Read more on Wee Yang’s journey to Oxford through his introduction blog. He joins the MBA programme this September.
Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Sincere
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am born and bred in Singapore. I have worked in the maritime industry for more than four years, dealing with asset acquisition and divestment, project financing and risk management matters. My career included a stint in offshore crew management in which I was responsible for hiring and training ship crew for offshore operations. Beyond this, I have also served on the board of a real estate and hospitality company that owns and operates value hotels in Asia.
My long-term goal is to create sustainable income through investments and use it to support projects that catalyse social improvements. Oxford is ideal for me because of its strong culture in using business as a platform to drive world-scale changes and its rigorous programmes in finance, such as the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
The business school has provided many resources to prepare us for the MBA programme. I have spent significant time running through the Wall Street Prep materials, solidifying my foundation in finance and accounting. I have also expanded my readings on market updates to cover a wider range of industries and asset classes as I envisage that the knowledge would facilitate my participation in class discussions.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to become proficient in financial modelling and to have acquired the necessary financial knowledge and skill sets to break into investment banking.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Oxford doesn’t give out distinction easily. The effort gap between a pass and a distinction grade is massive but the difference between them is nothing (no one outside of the Examination Board gets to see the grades). Unless you are obsessed with grades, don’t be too hard up on them. The MBA programme is not only about scoring “A” on every test or assignment; the value also lies in exploring new places, learning new cultures and networking with people.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
Our class is made up of insanely inspiring and competent people from different walks of life. I can’t wait to speak with everyone and listen to his/her story. I love listening to people’s life stories because they not only inspire me to do better, but also show me the way forward. I also get new ideas during the process – new ideas are formed when I mix and match various life experiences.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Making choices. Oxford offers many avenues and opportunities for professional and personal developments. Unfortunately, time will not permit my involvement in every activity so I need to decide on which opportunity to take on or forgo. It is not easy for someone of varied interests and goals to decide which opportunity is better.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I believe that impact investing has the power to give everyone affordable access to basic needs and create economic opportunity to lift him/her out of poverty. I hope to use my expertise to create sustainable streams of investment income and channel such income into impact investments. I aspire to become the person who can take on tough projects and witness people living the changes I bring about.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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