Taking my postgraduate degree at HKUST was the best investment I have made. Programs are well-designed and include the latest discoveries as well as practical applications for industry.
There are also countless extra-curricular opportunities. In my case, I was nominated by SENG to attend a nine-day winter camp at Peking University. I was then selected to attend the 5th Annual Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit at Columbia University, which brought together women leaders across industries, disciplines, and generations to share their experiences and stories. The trip was really eye-opening as I was also able to visit the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street and Metropolitan Museum of Art. In June 2014, I joined the “Light on Dreams” service and learning trip, organized by HKUST Connect, a community engagement initiative. I spent a week in Mabian, Sichuan Province, teaching pupils in a rural area and finding out more about the Yi minority group. All of these experiences made my student life colorful and unforgettable.
Building strong industry connections was another benefit. From the alumni-sharing sessions and optional career development course (a big thank you to instructor Ms Keiko Shinohara here!), I met alumnus Mr Michael Leung, Sales Director of Hilti (Hong Kong) Ltd. From his sharing, I got to know Hilti, a construction product and solution supplier. I liked the sound of its caring culture and core values so I applied and, after several rounds of interviews, received an offer ahead of graduation to join its global management development program as an Outperformer Trainee. Since then, I have rotated round different areas of the business in various corporate regional markets. I have worked as a sales representative and in the finance department. Currently, I am in Australia in the marketing department on a regional assignment. Later this year, I will start my international project in Europe.
My suggestion for anyone joining an MSc program at the School of Engineering is: be proactive. Make the most of the numerous opportunities in academia and industry inside and outside campus. Also take part in the activities you are interested in trying. This way you can fruitfully enjoy the all-round student experience available at HKUST.