#Why Guanghua# is a special feature on our MBA students' stories with Guanghua School of Management.
Name: Jiada Chen (Stanley)
Previous School and Major: Taiwan University, International Business
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Standard Chartered, Corporate Finance Summer Analyst
Q: Can you give us a brief introduction of your experience?
After receiving the Bachelor of Economics degree, I found Business study the next for better understanding the real commercial world and better transferring knowledge learned into real-work scenarios. I also partook in several internship programs from buy-side to sell-side and from investment banking to institutional investment with asset classes covering equity, fixed-income, real estate, and alternative. The diversified coverage in the finance industry didn’t confuse me but confirmed my true aspiration for a career: to find a job benefitting our firm, client, and even the world in a long-term trajectory.
Q: What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career?
After confirming investment as my career endeavor, I came to realize Chinese mainland is the right place to fulfill my aspiration for its huge economic volume, diversified business opportunities, and abundance of talents. Enrolling in the Top MBA degree in the country is the best way to deep dive into the market and to share the local network.
Q: What was the key factor(s) that led you to determine on Guanghua MBA, and why was it so important to you?
Guanghua’s unparallel reputation provides all the fireworks to success. It is particularly important in the CV screening stage to win the recruiter’s attention, for example, I was put in the same batch with other prestigious schools in the world (e.g., MIT, Oxford, UPenn, Chicago, and so on) when interviewing and interning. Adding weights on the application and helping students to stand out in the competitive job market is what Guanghua can offer.
The other critical factor is the resources school provides. Resources here are not limited to the classroom outlet, database, and research material, but the expansive network fabricated by talented professors, alumni everywhere, and classmates who sit right beside you.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Peking University and Guanghua MBA?
Yan Yuan campus really fascinates me in its full of cultural heritages and poetic scenery. You can enjoy the ancient ambiance besides Weiminghu Lake and switch to the classroom with modern outfits effortlessly. Peking University is not only a place to study but a place to live a chill life. The quality lecture is the best part of the Guanghua MBA program. I really like the active discussion in the class, thought-provoking ideas, and every insight into doing business in Chinese mainland.
Q: Do you think Guanghua will help with your career? If so, why?
Absolutely. Guanghua is an excellent conduit to land a decent job in mainland China, as in many employers’ minds, the school always tops the recruitment list. For example, one CEO from a reputable foreign institution said, “Our firm is committed to tightening the relationship with the best business school in China: Guanghua School of Management”. Besides reputation, an incomparable alumni network is an asset shared by all students. This asset is super conducive to gaining insights into the industry or specific company you are interested in and potentially offers internal reference opportunities. If you’re able to fully leverage these advantages, Guanghua will become a sureness for your lifegoal fulfillment.
Q: What quality best describes your MBA classmates and why?
Open-mindedness is the best footnote and one critical factor for being an MBAer as students represent over 20 countries /regions with very diversified backgrounds. For example, I learned lots of crypto lingos which I was alienated and learned many interesting facts about Spain all from my classmates. It is fantastic to meet with people having different minds and to figure out anything to learn, to respect.
Q: What made you stand out from the stiff competition to get the investment banking internship at Credit Suisse?
Effective communication plays critically as everyday life in the investment banking division (IBD), bankers need to extensively convey thoughts with internal and external stakeholders. Another important factor is multitasked capability, which is essential to manage pipelines with different genres and deadlines. Finally, to win the pitch from C-suite level managers, professionalism is a prerequisite in the industry. The required knowledge includes accounting, finance, economics, and even statistics, and you should be well prepared before pursuing a seat in the industry.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outdoor activities consume most of my spare time. I go workout routinely three times a week to keep fresh and in shape, and often I’ll go biking, jogging, and play badminton or tennis as leisure. Apart from exercising, reading is another activity of my favorite to enrich industry knowledge and broaden my vision.
Q: What’s the plan after graduation / where do you see yourself in ten years?
A career with challenges and great exposure is what I’m looking for, and I firmly believe the investment will be on my next ten-year schedule. As innovation thrives quickly in Chinese mainland, there’re many more opportunities for private equity firms to leverage. I’d like to see myself turn into a qualified, trustable investor and contribute positively to every stakeholder in the next decades.