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Katherine Li

Degree:

MBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Management Consulting

Year:

2017-18

By Katherine Li

Introduction to Katherine Li

Find out more about Katherine’s decision to study at Oxford in her introductory blog. Katherine joins the MBA programme from the United States.

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Driven
Manager: Stabilising

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I’ve worked in the San Francisco Bay Area at various start-ups since I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. During that time, I’ve partnered with company founders to strategise, facilitate, and implement ambitious visions that transform the way people work. As one of the first 10 or so employees, I create the foundation (e.g. structure, processes) for future growth and am passionate about leveraging technology and processes to enable people to work better.

As for how I ended up at Oxford, much of my childhood involved reading novels by Austen and Dickens, leading to a love of British literature and TV shows, as well as Oxford. When I explored options for personal and professional growth, Said Business School was my first choice, especially due to its focus on social entrepreneurship.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

My MBA journey began many years ago when I was evaluating options for a post undergraduate career. After a period of self-reflection aided by the Forte Foundation and peers, and having sought advice from B-school alumni, professionals, and mentors while exploring numerous career paths, I came to the conclusion that an Oxford MBA will help enable my transition into healthcare. I have since spoken to potential employers, read books on my chosen career path, and networked extensively to give me a clear career vision that will guide my focus during the MBA programme.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

First and foremost, I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with a great cohort of diverse, accomplished individuals. Diversity is one of the major reasons I chose Oxford in the first place. I also hope to gain global mobility through this international experience and access to opportunities in healthcare.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

An Oxford alumna told me that the MBA is not a magic bullet for your career. It acts as a catalyst or jumping off point for your career development, especially during transitional stages (e.g. functions, industry, location). If you don’t land your dream job right after the MBA, it’s OK. Finding your ‘fit’ is a lifelong journey, and the MBA is a vital (and rewarding) part of it.

Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?

I am excited for the opportunity to see things from a different point of view and to expand my own worldview in the process. New experiences, especially those outside of my comfort zone, are invigorating. Moreover, studying at the oldest university in the English-speaking world is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Everyone has the same number of hours in the day, so managing that time wisely is one of my top concerns. An alumna advised me that FOMO (Fear of missing out) is a true phenomenon that many students fall prey to at the beginning of term.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I plan to influence positive change post-MBA by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare industry and the challenges ahead, while developing lasting connections for future collaboration during my time at Oxford. Creating a strong foundation will enable me to have the ability, confidence, and connections to effect sustainable positive change.

Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#DigitalHealth. Check it out!

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