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[GMBA Career Story] “G-MBA Program’s Wealth of Practical Knowledge Has Been a Great Asset for Me” (Sang-Bae Lee, GMBA 12TH)
Nov 06, 2018
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[GMBA Career Story] “G-MBA Program’s Wealth of Practical Knowledge
Has Been a Great Asset for Me” (Sang-Bae Lee, GMBA 12TH)

 

Sang-Bae Lee, G-MBA 12th, PwC Korea




 

1. Please introduce yourself.
Hello, I am Sang-Bae Lee, who have graduated from Global MBA (G-MBA) program at Korea University in August 2018. I spent a year as a member of the student council during the program. I am currently working in the M&A Advisory department at Samil PwC Korea.

2. What did you do before you got into MBA program?
I went to Canada in the first year of junior high school and graduated from high school and university in the United States. At Boston University, I majored in International Relations and minored in Business Administration. During my studies at Boston University, I got involved with many clubs, organizations, and activities and even founded the first Korean Start-up club called (B.U.K.E). Before returning to school after discharge from the army, I participated in a consulting project for small businesses overseas expansion and learned in strategy consulting. Also, I gained smart building related knowledge and experience while working at a company in which the graduate school classmate started.
 
3. Why did you choose Global MBA at Korea University?
Since my major is international relations and minor is business administration, I thought to myself that I relatively lacked business related knowledge than business majors. My interest in domestic business consulting and start-up business led me to go to MBA in order to deepen my practical knowledge of business management. Furthermore, one of the reasons I chose the G-MBA is the English language curriculum which is familiar to me. I think it is a great advantage for me to be able to cultivate global capabilities by interacting with foreign friends with various background due to the nature of CEMS program. 

4. Please tell us the curriculum of the Global MBA that contributes the best to your current career
The M&A Advisory department where I am currently working offers strategic financial advisory services for clients for both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.
The impact of the corporate strategy class taught by professor Jungbien Moon was significant in applying for M&A advisory, which is a little different from the strategy consulting I had experienced in the past.
The impact of the Corporate Strategy class led by Professor Jungbien Moon was significant in supporting M & A advisory, which is a little different from the strategy consulting I had experienced in the past. Previously, I did not know much about M&A. However, I learned a lot about it while analyzing various management cases in class and carrying out various team projects. As a result, I became more interested in M&A consulting and I applied for Samil PwC Korea. Since I did have a relatively lack of knowledge about accounting and finance, accounting class from Professor Yong Keun Yoo and Professor Seung-Weon Yoo and finance class from Professor Chung, Ji-Woong were very helpful. The courses related to IT industry taught by Professor Se-Joon Hong and Professor Dongwon Lee, was also fascinating to me because I was interested in IT industry. I think that G-MBA classes that cover a wide range of fields have helped me to lead me where I am and who I am now.

5. What is the most helpful coaching you did get from Career Hub?
As a previous member of the student council who was responsible for the communication between Career Hub and G-MBA students, the Career Hub was a big part of my graduate school life. Getting counseling from Career Hub allowed me to gain more information about the recruitment and introduced me MBA graduates who are currently working at certain companies. Thanks to the Career Hub, I was able to increase my understanding of the overall recruiting process and the companies. In particular, I could create much cleaner and eye-catching English and Korean resume through resume review program, called Resume Clinic Program.

6. Is there something you personally did to improve your career development while going to Global MBA?
First of all, I made great efforts to build good credits. Often there are misconceptions among students that companies do not pay much attention to MBA credits. However, if you consider the fact that the level of highest qualification and its credits are the first things to be exposed on the resume, I think it is highly important to take care of your credits. I also read the Korean editorials issued by each newspaper every day because I could easily get a misunderstanding that I lacked the capability to fully comprehend and write the Korean report since I have been studying abroad for a long time. Those efforts are very helpful when I write and understand the industry analysis report at my current work.

7.  Please provide advice for job seekers, as well college juniors seeking to pursue a career path in M&A Advisory
I think that M&A Consulting is a broad field. Since you do not know which companies would ask for an advice, you must always be alert to current trends in various industries. I highly recommend reading newspaper articles and editorials on a daily basis in order to be able to identify current trends. In addition, you will have a heavy workload with papers. It would be great for you to get a certificate of MS Office to get yourself familiarized with the program and increase proficiency if you have time on your side. Most importantly, I suggest you think thoroughly about what you really want to do first and then prepare yourself to get the job. I can confidently say that you can make it with the help from Career Hub.