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In daily communications, he looks like a child who is not “socialized” enough, talking about music and games and having a clear-cut stand on making friends. Nevertheless, he is very serious about his work and has won recognition from McKinsey & Company by relying on his professional quality and capabilities. As a typical graduate of Peking University, he strikes a balance between romanticism and realism and pursues his career goals persistently.

Wu Jiaze

1. How would you describe yourself? How do people think about you? What kind of person do you want to be?

I think I am earnest and trustworthy at work. I am an orderly person and have a clear mind. I am good at summarizing and expressing my opinions. I am curious about the world and like to stay alone and lead a quiet life. I hope that people have such impression on me.

I want to be a person who can enjoy inner peace, be open-minded towards life and stay true to his original aspiration in spite of the changes in the external environment. As an old Chinese saying goes, “neither pleased by external gains nor saddened by personal losses”.

2. Could you share with us some learning tips and MBA course experience?

I think that every student in the MBA program hopes to change more or less. For this, one important thing is to set your goals. From the very beginning, you should be clear about your goals in the next two years.

The first course I want to recommend is the Start-up and Investment, lectured by Dr. Wu Yibing from Temasek. I attended the course in 2020-2021 fall semester. Dr. Wu shared the investment methodology of Temasek. He also invited a number of founders of the companies involved in the investment portfolio of Temasek, including Li Bin from NIO and Cheng Wei from Didi, among others, to give lectures. It is a rare opportunity and impressive experience to communicate with such industry leaders face to face.

3. Do you think you are a person with clear and definite goals? From which perspectives do you consider your career planning?

Yes. A clear goal is actually not a result, but a process of repeated thinking, correction, trial and error, understanding oneself and knowing about the outside world.

As far as career planning, what I value most is how to maintain long-term competitiveness in the job market. I think I have neither capabilities and psychological quality of an “entrepreneur”, nor an idea of working for the government entities, therefore, I opt to be an office worker on a long-term basis. I build my capabilities and choose my career based on this idea. I hope to have solid business skills, learn about industry trends, connect with the best talents of the industry, build my reputation and have a circle of friends. Meanwhile, I hope to get a job that can inspire my creativity and constantly enrich my knowledge. Therefore, I have set consulting as my career goal after studying the MBA program. Fortunately, the consulting industry has accepted me.

4. What preparations have you made before applying for McKinsey & Company? Why did you decide to work for the company?

After setting my professional goal, on one hand, I started applying for the double-degree program, hoping to enrich my experience in international business operations, which can help me with the consulting interview. At that time, I was admitted by the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. On the other hand, I started preparing for the consulting interview, including polishing my personal experience, career stories, and the very important case interview.

There is numerous information about case interview on the Internet. I believe we shall improve our ability through accumulating business knowledge constantly and doing efficient practices after learning about the basic contents and the framework of structured thinking. In the process, you’d better find a case partner, fully discern and utilize resources on the Internet and in the job market. In a word, it is a protracted war. For students who have similar goals, you need to make preparations as early as possible.

In my two-month summer internship, I assisted my partner and team in finishing a brand strategy project for a regional developer. During my internship, I mastered the basic consultation skills, learned about the way of work in a consulting team, experienced the life of a consultant, and was moved by the inclusive and diversified cultures of McKinsey & Company. Therefore, I have decided to join in the company after my internship.

5. What are pros and cons for shifting from real estate to consulting? And are there any difficulties in the process?

A consulting company has a very wide business scope, which ranges from traditional industries, real estate, consumer goods to cutting-edge technology, pharmaceuticals, Internet, economic entities under all forms of ownership, and even governmental agencies. For example, the real estate industry in which I previously worked for often hires a consulting company for project operations. At present, there are more diversified projects, which are not limited to traditional strategic projects. Many project results are more practical. It represents the changes in customers and the upgrading of the consulting industry. As a student of Guanghua MBA, whatever your previous industrial background is, you will be able to realize your personal value as long as you work hard.

6. What have you gained when studying with the Guanghua MBA of Peking University?

The most important thing I have gained from Guanghua MBA is that I have got to know my classmates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we spent much less time meeting each other. No matter when I felt confused or when I was preparing for consulting interviews, my classmates have been helping me a lot, particularly in the fields (such as the storytelling skills in the interview of personal experience) I am not good at. They helped me to make up for my weaknesses. I would like to give my special thanks to my MBA classmates, colleagues and lifetime friends who have given selfless help to me.

7. You won the second place of the “Top 10 Singers of Peking University” when you were an undergraduate student. Could you share your stories?

The contest is actually related to MBA. At that time there was a time conflict between the rehearsal of the contest and Guanghua “X Plan” in which I also participated in. It was a pity that I have not taken part in some activities of the “X Plan”. The contest is indeed something I am proud of and the most impressive experience I had when I was an undergraduate. I took part in the contest as a solo singer and as a member of Acappella group. I sang six or seven songs. I was very glad to share my stories and my favorite music at the time of my graduation.

8. What personal hobbies do you have?

I like listening to music, reading, watching films, watching basketball games, playing video games, and traveling. In the recent half year, I have begun to pump iron on a regular basis. I think it is very important to have hobbies, which is a way of not only spending spare time meaningfully but also of helping you to set up a comfort zone and forget worries.

9. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you invite? Why?

Steve Jobs. Apple is the most valuable company in the world and a leader of the consumer electronics industry in terms of scientific & technological research and development and innovation in business model. Steve Jobs is the founder of the Apple and a genius of the era that he lived in. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” has been my “QQ signature” since my middle school, and it deeply motivated me in my boyhood. I want to listen to his stories and want to tell him the new disruptive changes of the present world. It must be a very interesting experience.

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