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Chinese Engineer Switches To Finance In Time For Boom

Written by David-Anthony Gordon | Engineering Asia Pacific | Tuesday 12th March 2013 15:21:00 GMT

Do your MBA now to be prepared for finance explosion in China.

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance: attracting engineers

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance: attracting engineers

Interview with Sunxin, an engineer and one of the first full-time MBAs to study at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF).
Why did you quit your job and apply for an MBA program?
I am 25 now and eagerly seeking a career in an industry with more challenging work. The finance industry is definitely a good choice and SAIF’s program can get me well trained to make the switch.
Do you find switching from engineering to business difficult?
Nope. I am the type of person who loves to taste different things in life, and I was brought up in many different environments. I didn’t feel uncomfortable during this switch. 
Do you think your technical background will help you make more contribution to the class?
I am not sure. It depends on what courses I take.
Is there a convergence point for technology and business management?
Yes, but I do not have much proof to support this conclusion. Therefore, my answer is just my belief at this stage.
What type of job do you want to do after your MBA?
I like the idea of being a securities analyst as my first job. This job will help me to understand the operating mechanism at the core of modern capitalism: markets and securities markets. 
Why did you choose to do an MBA in Shanghai?
Shanghai has a strong goal to become an international finance centre by the year 2020. Also this is the will of Chinese government. Therefore in the next 10 years, Shanghai will provide lots of opportunities to foreign experts and local youngsters in the finance industry. I can share opportunities from this rapid growth by taking the SAIF MBA program now.
Why now?
The early bird gets the worm. Ten years is not a long time. Therefore, I need to get fully prepared during these few years to become more competitive, or I may not seize the opportunities brought in by Shanghai's growth. Also, I chose SAIF because I am the first batch of full time MBAs. This will also provide a first-mover; advantage.
What are the benefits of doing an MBA program in China as compared to overseas business schools?
Frankly speaking, the average quality of MBA programs in China is much lower than those in North America, Britain and Europe. However, I chose SAIF because all its faculty are hired from top overseas universities, and they will really teach me, rather than just appearing as a list of names in a brochure.
Also, SAIF is strongly supported by the Shanghai government. In China this means the so-called local advantage or local human resource network will become a reality.


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