Student Stories

Life at Asia School of Business is more than just academics. Explore some of the stories of how our students have been navigating life in Kuala Lumpur. Our Student Stories are constantly updated with real-life success stories and inspirational life lessons as told by ASB students themselves.

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  • How I am leveraging my MBA to learn with purpose How I am leveraging my MBA to learn with purpose - Before coming to ASB, Amanda Silver (MBA '21) was struggling to find and pursue her passions. Now, she has begun to "learn with purpose," starting a regular blog and newsletter about issues that interest her. Read more and discover her work here. ...
  • 3 things I value about the MBA for Working Professionals 3 things I value about the MBA for Working Professionals - What's it like to be a student in the MBA for Working Professionals? Ai-Ping See (MBA-WP '21) outlines three memorable aspects of the program that stand out. ...
  • MBA jobs: 4 insider tips for launching a career in Asia MBA jobs: 4 insider tips for launching a career in Asia - The MBA jobs market in Asia is different to that in Europe or the US. BusinessBecause interviewed two ASB career experts who shared their insider tips for starting a career in Asia. ...
  • How Action Learning helps MBAs become experts How Action Learning helps MBAs become experts - What does it mean to become an expert? Can students become business experts by sitting in a classroom? Paul (MBA-WP '21) explains how Action Learning, coupled with theory, can be useful for solving real-world business challenges. ...
  • MBA-WP Class During Immersion MBA for Working Professionals and the story of 20% - The MBA for Working Professionals is an intense modular program. With students managing "full-time jobs and full-time families" on top of coursework, the program is full of highs and lows. But with the support of the ASB community, they've made it 20% of the way there. ...
  • 10 takeaways from the first 100 days of my MBA 10 takeaways from the first 100 days of my MBA - Hear from one of our students about his first 100 days at ASB, and how the experience has already shaped him into a better student, teammate and global leader. ...
  • Why the MBA for Working Professionals is the “best of both worlds” Why the MBA for Working Professionals is the “best of both worlds” - Want a world-class education without leaving your job? Deputy Director Juliana Roth discusses the development of #ASB's #MBA for Working Professionals, and why it helps both students and employers succeed. ...
  • Michael Chin Entrepreneur How my MBA made a RM 500K impact on my business - Student and entrepreneur Michael ('20) weighs the costs and benefits to business owners of pursuing an MBA. He shares how, within his first year, the learnings and connections he made at ASB led to a RM 500K impact on his business. ...
  • How my MBA prepared me for a role at Microsoft in Singapore How my MBA prepared me for a role at Microsoft in Singapore - Deepika Mahankali’s MBA showed her the possibilities of Southeast Asia’s exciting tech growth. Now she’s capitalizing on it through her job at Microsoft ...
  • How I used my summer to build an eco-tourism business How I used my summer to build an eco-tourism business - Some MBAs spend their summers working on spreadsheets in air-conditioned offices. Allenie ('20) decided to take an unconventional approach, exploring an eco-tourism business concept on an island in the Philippines. ...
  • How Meiyume is challenging the “Made in China” stigma How Meiyume is challenging the “Made in China” stigma - Though China struggles to be recognized as an innovator in manufacturing, Meiyume and other companies have been taking steps to overcome this stereotype. Amelia ('20) reflects on a summer project she completed with the company. ...
  • An incoming student shares why ASB is "specifically designed" for him An incoming student shares why ASB is “specifically designed” for him - Incoming MBA student Awal Musah ('21) argues that, rather than changing to fit your environment, you should find the place that's right for you. Find out why he thinks ASB was "the right place" for him. ...
  • How my MBA helped me switch from law to tech How my MBA helped me switch from law to tech - The opportunity to switch career, for many, is tempting but challenging. For Sherilyn Ooi, an MBA gave her the knowledge and experience to finesse it ...
  • An ASB student shares how to become the “world’s best networker” An ASB student shares how to become the “world’s best networker” - Tawanda's ('19) classmates call him the "world's best networker," and though he seems like a natural, he thinks networking is a learned skill. Find out what skills helped him create his post-MBA opportunities. ...
  • ASB Student Stories This summer, I explored business opportunities in coliving; Here’s what I learned - For Connor Moore's ('20) summer Entrepreneurhip Track, he researched the coliving industry in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Bali. He found that the global opportunities for this new type of living arrangement were even greater than he'd expected. ...
  • Nailing the case interview: how to land a job at McKinsey Nailing the case interview: how to land a job at McKinsey - ASB alumnus Katherine explains how she prepared for her interviews at McKinsey, a prestigious global consulting firm. She now works for the firm in supply chain and service operations, completing projects that take her all over the United States. ...
  • From Malaysia to MIT Sloan: My experience on an MBA sponsored by AirAsia From Malaysia to MIT Sloan: My experience on an MBA sponsored by AirAsia - Travelling is a lifelong passion for AirAsia manager Allenie, and the chance to study an MBA on two different continents was too good to pass up. ...
  • Four reasons why techies should earn an MBA Four reasons why techies should earn an MBA - Are you a techie debating whether or not you should earn an MBA? Our recent graduate Deepika ('19) explains four ways that an MBA can bring value to those with technical careers based on her own experience. ...
  • Here’s what it takes to get an MBA job at DiDi - China’s Uber alternative Here’s what it takes to get an MBA job at DiDi – China’s Uber alternative - While Uber flopped in China, ride-hailing app DiDi dominates the market. But what does it take get hired by DiDi? Diego Benito ('19) explains how a series of tech-focused Action Learning projects helped pave the way for his upcoming role at the company. ...
  • At Samsung, it’s brand strength and consumer preferences that matter At Samsung, it’s brand strength and consumer preferences that matter - In today’s globalized world, everyone is competing for the same market, and each company must place great emphasis on its brand, reputation, communication, competition and values to stand out. Find out how our MBA students learned this valuable lesson. ...
  • ASB Student Stories These MBA students are tapping into Southeast Asia’s technology boom - Southeast Asia is experiencing an unprecedented tech revolution, with opportunities for tech-minded students at Asia School of Business. ...
  • 190416-thai-air-asia-1 How we took Thai AirAsia’s operations to new heights - Since embarking on my MBA journey at Asia School of Business, I have completed two out of five required Action Learning projects. Every project presents an opportunity to apply the toolkits learned in the classroom to real-world environments. ...
  • Quang Nguyen ASB Convocation 2019: Graduate Speaker Quang Nguyen - Why ASB? This question was asked many times before I came here. It was asked many times while I was here and I’m sure it will continue to be asked many more times after today. ...
  • how-mba-uses-business-school-social-enterprise How one MBA student is using business school to launch a career in social enterprise - As soon as you meet Calvin Woo, it’s easy to tell where his interests lie. As part of ASB’s MBA Class of 2019, Calvin’s unconventional background centers around entrepreneurship and social impact, two of his long-term passions. ...
  • bb-image Why I swapped the United States for Vietnam after my MBA - “Asia is relationship-driven”, muses Benjamin Archangeli. “If people are going to trust you, you have to show that you are willing to eat their food, to learn their language, and to put in the time, otherwise they won’t take you seriously.” ...
  • Interested in private equity? Here’s how one MBA student broke into the industry Interested in private equity? Here’s how one MBA student broke into the industry - Hailing from India, Raghav has had anything but the standard career trajectory. He has trained and worked as a lawyer, as well as starting his own businesses and even doing a stint at Google. Earning his MBA at ASB was a way to realign his career path with his growing… ...
  • 12-03 BB AirAsia Article Why AirAsia is snapping up MBAs from this business school - When it comes to running an airline, it doesn’t get much more impressive than AirAsia. Originating in Malaysia, AirAsia was voted the world’s best low-cost airline for the 10th consecutive year in 2018. ...
  • 26-02 Azra How an MBA in Asia builds entrepreneurial confidence - I wanted to gain knowledge and experience by learning from top professionals. I wanted to expose myself to different markets where growth and opportunities are surging. ...
  • Belum Rainforest Summit How four MBA students built a business in the jungles of Malaysia - When I woke up in the middle of a rainforest one month into the MBA program, I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical business school experience. ...
  • MBA students get ‘Asia-ready’ with projects in emerging markets MBA students get ‘Asia-ready’ with projects in emerging markets - According to a recent survey by the Financial Times, the most important skills recruiters look for include the ability to work in diverse teams, the ability to solve complex problems, and time management - all skills which are bolstered by working in a real-life business environment. ...
  • Fiona Traveling Blog 1 Why travel is the best teacher, even in business - When Fiona O’Leary Sloan arrived in Lima, Peru at 2 AM, she realized that she didn’t have a bed to sleep in. “The only thing I had booked was my flight to Lima and my hostel,” Fiona says, laughing, “and I had booked the wrong days, so really I had… ...
  • Meet the new business school on the front line of Asia's emerging markets Meet the new business school on the front line of Asia’s emerging markets - It seems everybody wants to work in a startup these days, and the same goes for business schools. Sean O Ferguson was working as the associate dean of MBA programs at a leading school in Hong Kong when he was offered the chance to join a new business school venture,… ...
  • BB SE Asia Article 5 reasons why you should do your MBA in Southeast Asia - In the latest ASB blog, Associate Dean Loredana Padurean and MBA '18 alumnus Natalie Ho explain why Southeast Asia should be at the top of your list for places to get an MBA and accelerate your career. ...
  • Opportunity: The upside of ambiguity Opportunity: The upside of ambiguity - For many young professionals, pursuing an MBA is tantamount to bringing some level of certainty to one’s life. Whether this is in the form of personal validation, the need for a period in which to find one’s true calling in the world, or just a promise of a promotion, the… ...
  • Why smart people make dumb mistakes: Experiencing system dynamics at MIT Sloan Why smart people make dumb mistakes: Experiencing system dynamics at MIT Sloan - “You think that because you understand “one” that you must therefore understand “two” because one and one make two. But you forget that you must also understand “and” … a simple lesson but one that we often ignore: the behavior of a system cannot be known just by knowing the… ...
  • My life as an MBA mom My life as an MBA mom - I have always been someone who constantly strives for self-improvement. As a working mother, I’ve always felt like I want to do more and achieve something bigger. That’s how the journey I am currently on began: with the search for a business school that would not only fulfil my ambition… ...
  • How we celebrated our first MBA wedding with true Indian flair How we celebrated our first MBA wedding with true Indian flair - Last November, fifteen students from the class of MBA 2019 made a trip to Kolkata, India, to celebrate the union of our classmate Mounika Myudukur with Rahul Kanoi, her sweetheart of 11 years. It was the first time an ASB student was getting married during the program, so of course… ...
  • How hiking is like preparing for an MBA How hiking is like preparing for an MBA - Rinjani is an active volcano also known as ‘Child of the Sea’, with a caldera on top which is partially filled by Segara Anak crater. Standing at 3726 metres above sea level, it is also Indonesia’s second highest peak. ...
  • Living in Kuala Lumpur I came, I saw, I drank from the firehose: What I learned in 4 weeks at MIT Sloan - “Getting an education from MIT is like drinking from a firehose.” When I heard this quote during my first week at ASB, it sounded amusing at first. After two semesters, though, I’ve learned that it was no joke — and it has become my way of life. At MIT Sloan,… ...
  • Life lessons from Myanmar and Cambodia Life lessons from Myanmar and Cambodia - A year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life: to embark on an MBA journey with the Asia School of Business established in collaboration with MIT Sloan. Having always been fascinated by the different cultures and diversity across South East Asia, I was very excited to… ...
  • How this engineer become a battle-ready corporate soldier How this engineer become a battle-ready corporate soldier - An engineer by training and a successful former manager in the aerospace and aviation defense industry, Jatin Seghal has worked with industry giants including Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd. Recently, as part of his recent Action Learning trek, he fulfilled a dream to work with a company he has always… ...
  • How Asia changes a VFA Fellow's perspective How Asia changes a VFA Fellow’s perspective - With a background in the solar energy industry, Alex is passionate about sustainability and using big data, behavioral economics, and process optimization to deliver impact and efficiency. The former Marketing Director was also a Venture for America Fellow, trained in principles of entrepreneurship and holding experience working in a startup.… ...
  • How I learned to tackle business problems from multiple angles How I learned to tackle business problems from multiple angles - Since starting my MBA journey at Asia School of Business, I’ve had the chance to work with people from all walks of life. In fact, ASB’s diversity is inescapable and is one of the school’s defining characteristics. With a class full of students hailing from different backgrounds, every Action Learning… ...
  • What MBA grads and pirates have in common What MBA grads and pirates have in common - With those famous words from Steve Jobs, Bill Aulet, MD of MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship, kicked off an exciting week of the Entrepreneurship module for our Class of 2018. Jobs and Aulet are certainly not advocating for people to attack and rob ships… ...
  • Three engineers and a lawyer walk into a bank Three engineers and a lawyer walk into a bank - As an Indian national with an engineering background, my previous work experiences did not involve dealing much with a multicultural team or with business-related challenges. Working with my diverse classmates on Action Learning projects has pushed me beyond my boundaries. My summer Action Learning Project team consisted of three engineers… ...