was earning your MBA at HBS important to you?
Prior to business school, I studied biomedical engineering and worked in health
economics research. I learned useful technical skills, but I looked to expand
my thinking. Business school was a chance for me to study the global economy and examine complex business issues. I chose HBS because I wished to learn from
peers and professors from diverse backgrounds, and the MBA program offered both
breadth in its coverage of management topics and the opportunity to drill into
specific interests. The school’s mission—“to educate leaders who make a
difference in the world”—also resonated strongly with me, and it has been
incredible to see how the people, resources, and curriculum at HBS are all
aligned to fulfill that mission.
has your overall HBS experience shaped your goals & career path?
I had come to business school knowing that I wanted a career with strong social
impact. However, I was unsure about which field or kind of work would suit my
interests. At HBS, I took courses about emerging markets, worked with a professor
to conduct research in development economics, and attended conferences about
social entrepreneurship. Through these experiences, I learned how excited I am
about international development and the way that firms can organize to combine
profit with purpose. After graduation, I will work with a couple of professors
to explore these topics more deeply.
What are you most looking forward to in your career?
I look forward to engaging with issues in development and creating positive
change. As emerging markets continue to grow, firms and governments are looking
to understand how to operate more effectively in these environments and to
create value for all. I am excited to contribute to this body of knowledge and
have an impact on business and policy decisions.
How did HBS prepare you for your internship and your long-term career?
HBS has created a foundation for me for lifelong learning. I obtained an amazing
business education, and I learned to see the world from many different
perspectives. In particular, through the case method, I learned how to really
listen—to focus my attention on others, to think critically about what’s being
said, to probe for assumptions, and to check on my own biases and reactions. I
also gained practice in structuring my own ideas and engaging in constructive
discussions. During my internship, these communication skills helped me in
working with the team to develop and evaluate interesting proposals. Looking
forward, I feel better prepared to analyze new challenges and build solutions
because of my experiences at HBS.