Welcome to Steffi Goh, starting her MBA this September! Read more about Steffi’s preparation in her introductory blog. Steffi will be sharing her journey throughout the next 12 months. Stay tuned to find out more on her first few months in Oxford.
Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would your manager describe you?
Best friend: Sparkly
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
Born and bred in sunny Singapore, I have spent the last five years working for Deloitte Southeast Asia in the Clients & Markets function, mostly recently as an Assistant Manager in its Industries team. I chose Oxford for my MBA because it didn’t just offer a standalone business school, but a world-class business school embedded in a world-class university. To me, this offers an unparalleled opportunity to think about business issues in an interdisciplinary and integrative way, and to exchange ideas with a cohort of intellectually and culturally diverse peers.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Apart from doing the necessary coursework prep, such as accounting revision (yikes!), I have also taken the time to think about my priorities for the year ahead. The one-year MBA is a fast-paced programme, so I think that going in with some idea of the personal goals that I would like to achieve will help me better deal with all the inevitable trade-offs and feelings of FOMO as they arise.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
An ability to think both big and small, more friends, and an unforgettable year.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Done is better than perfect.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
The prospect of meeting great minds both within and outside the business school and, of course, experiencing the beautiful historic city. I mean, where else can you find the Inklings? I have no inkling, really.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
The MBA programme is a great platform to develop a strong, core skillset in individual areas of expertise. At the same time, however, it offers so many different opportunities for us to expose ourselves to things that are new and outside our comfort zones. Personally speaking, the most challenging part for me will be juggling and striking the right balance between these two priorities.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Saïd Business School is a business school with a strong social conscience. Through the programme and interactions with my peers, I look forward to better understanding how the work that I do can, in its own way, make a more meaningful impact that matters to business and society.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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