Sunday, November 27, 2005

Finished the EMBA course!

I have just finished the EMBA course. I feel great because I have done it quite successfully with the help of many others.

If I make a comparison between me today and the person I was more than a year ago, I find changes in several aspects:
- Mindset and working habbit: I become more confident and familiar with hard-working habbit. Going to the course is just like going to the gym for excercising the mind as stated by somebody.... My mind seems to be stronger now after solving so many case studies by myself or with others.
- Better understanding of business reality: Such things like the value chain, change management,...were unknown to me before. I have more tools in my "tool box" now.
- Networking: Now I have friends in Singapore, China, India...
- Getting up late: Many of my classes are in the afternoon. My roommates and neighbors get up late, so so do I.

I feel grateful to the lecturers, school officers and friends. Each of you has taught me different valuable things. Sometimes there are many things that I had to do at the same time but with your mentoring and encouragement, I carried on enjoyably... What you have taught me will continue to have an influence on my future work and life and I am happy that I am now equiped with such valuable knowledge, skills and mindset.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Seminar on setting up an enterprise with no money

I attened a seminar on setting up an enterprise with no money yesterday. The seminar was conducted by Wendy, who achieved "Spirit of entrepreneur, 2004". She started with SGD52 and now has millions of dollars. Would like to share some points with you:
- If you have selling skill, you will always survive, no matter how your life will be. If you do not have anything to sell, sell others' stuff. If you do not have selling skill yet, practice can help.
-Use short-cut, meaning learning from others, especially those who can guide you and assist you. Be close to positive people and be positive. Be excited to welcome a new day when you get up.
-You need to participate actively. Audience of the seminar were also encouraged to participate.
- Do something unique that has not been done by anyone is also a good way to success.

She also made a distinction between "see" and "observe" (see and think) and between "knowledge" and "knowing" (know how to do things). She emphasized the importance of observe and knowing. So the statement: "knowledge is power" should be "knowing is power", right?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Where to buy new mobile phones in Singapore?

I discovered one location as I bought a Nokia for a friend of mine yesterday. It is a wholesaler but they also do retailing:
ECP Mobile Pte Ltd
1 Rochor Road # 02-548 Rochor Centre Singapore 180001
Tel: 65 62971033
Mobile: 98582250 (Mr. Adam Tan C.H./ Sales Manager)
It is just opposite Sim Lim Square.
My friends in Singapore said that it was a good deal (Nokia 7260 at SGD 360). Also, note that you can bargain a little bit!

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Read an excerpt from the MBA Career Bible

A light at the end of the tunnel, finally
After years of rescinded offers, suspended recruiting, and overall retrenchment, the corporate world is hiring MBAs again. In a survey published in 2004, the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) reported that the job market for MBAs had improved "noticeably" from the previous year: 60 percent of schools reported that on-campus recruiting had increased. (Eight percent of schools indicated that recruiting had increased by more than 25 percent.)
William Brady, president of the MBA CSC and director of Graduate Career Management at Brigham Young University's Marriott School, said, "Demand for MBA graduates has increased this year, lagging behind the recently reported productivity gains and overall modest economic recovery. Schools are indicating more on-campus activity across several broad industry sectors."
The hiring increase has extended to summer internships for MBA students: 46 percent of schools that responded to GMAC's survey indicated that their on-campus internship recruiting had increased.
The gradually improving picture drawn by career services directors is supported by recruiters themselves. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council's (GMAC, the organization that administers the GMAT business school admissions test) 2003-2004 Corporate Recruiters Survey, the percentage of corporate recruiters who said they believed the economy was weak dropped from 99 percent in 2001-2002 to 96 percent in 2002-2003 and then 82 percent by the 2003-2004 year. More importantly, in 2001-2002, 69 percent of recruiters said that the economy was constraining its recruiting plans; only 50 percent said the same in 2003-2004.

Where and why they're hiring
According to GMAC's Corporate Recruiters Survey, finance is the job area for which there is most MBA recruiting activity. Of the more than 1,000 employers surveyed, 62 percent reported that they were recruiting MBAs into the finance function. The breakdown of other functions for MBA hiring was as follows: marketing (49 percent), accounting (30 percent), general management (29 percent), operations and logistics (28 percent), information technology (26 percent), consulting (21 percent), human resources (17 percent) and entrepreneurship (7 percent).
As for the criteria used in hiring MBA graduates, strong communication/interpersonal skills was the area considered most important, according to the survey: 57 percent of recruiters consider this characteristic "extremely important" when hiring MBAs. The other two most important criteria were a proven ability to perform (47 percent indicated this as extremely important) and cultural fit with company (46 percent). All other factors, including quantitative knowledge/technical skills, MBA functional area/concentration of study, and reputation of MBA school, were each considered "extremely important" by less than 25 percent of recruiters.
Available from: [accessed 5th June, 2005]

Friday, June 03, 2005

Select Quotations on the Worth of an MBA Degree

"I would assert that it's not the MBA that's important, but the process by which that MBA is attained."
JAMES DROGAN, Management Consultant, Also Teaches a Graduate Course in International Logistics.

"We have long referred to the MBA as a global currency -- a degree that symbolizes value all over the world. In an era when people don't tend to stay with one company or job track for their entire career, the MBA allows them to take control of their careers and change course when they want or need to."
DAVE WILSON, President and Chief Executive of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

"Employers are aware of the capabilities that an MBA brings to the table, and that is why we're seeing more and more job requisitions that say 'MBA Preferred.'"
PEG HAVENS, Director of Commercial Market Management at Frontier Corporation in Rochester, New York.


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Monday, May 09, 2005

What is special about studying EMBA in Singapore?

A lot of assignments that require reading, thinking, writing and teamwork. What you get everyday is new knowledge, skills and habbit. You will notice how important it is to use your time wisely. Right now, for example, I have two assignments to work on. But, also I find it interesting and useful to do such stuff. It is more practical than theoretical. I also have the flexibility to choose topics of interest to work on.

It is quite easy to pass exams but tough to get high scores. I also notice that the way Chinese and Indian people think is quite different from Vietnamese. It is interesting to know about their culture, too: Ramadan, arranged marriage, the food they eat...

You want to know more about studying MBA in Singapore and want to consider taking this step, feel free to add my nick: to your yahoo messenger. I can help you apply successfully (Vietnamese people only). Please indicate that you want to study BBA (batchelor of business administration, MBA) so that I know that I can add your name to my list.