Jul 08 2009
I just started a new chapter in life by enrolling into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme with Graduate School of Management in Universiti Putra Malaysia (GSM-UPM). And I feel excited about it!
Coming from a technical background in software engineering, I worked as a programmer and software developer, later started my own business. But the problem is, there is a whole lot of difference between a business run by a technician, and a business run by a business person.
In trying to cross over from a technical person to a business person, there are many skills and expertise I need to develop, including problem-solving, presentation, public speaking and networking, among others.
Certainly no MBA will be the magic bullet to provide everything I need to learn in business. But it will give me a good foundation in both knowledge and business skills, knowledge being the know how in different functional aspects of business and business as a whole, which I never learned in a class.
But most importantly, it’s the business skills that I’m looking for. I would not have gone for any academic course in business, if not for its student-centered learning, problem-based learning and self-directed learning approaches by GSM. Their unique positioning in how they impart knowledge and skills to the students attracted me, apart from being one of the top business schools in Malaysia and Asia.
I’m taking only two subjects per trimester (school term or semester as they call it, as there are three semesters in a year), which is the least number of subjects possible, in order to spread the whole course over 2 years. My subjects this trimester are Organizational Behaviour and Accounting For Decision Making if you are interested to know.
I don’t want to rush as I still have a business to take care. I also think it’s the learning and development process that counts, not just the end result. Moreover, I don’t need to finish the course quickly in order to get to the job market fast. I’m not interested in job anyway
So I’m glad to be an MBA student now. It will be an important part of my learning and development plan in realizing my dream in business. I’m going to learn, develop, network and enjoy in the whole process!
Much thanks to my long time customer Ms Alison and business partner Tim for being kind and supportive referees to recommend me for the course.
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