Jiaxian Shi









By Jiaxian Shi

Get to know Jiaxian Shi, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Being a software engineer in the automotive industry, I have over 10 years of experience in the front-line, both in China and in Japan. Since mobility is under dramatic transformation, I am eager to bring some innovative idea to this traditional industry.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Automotive Manufacturing

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Start-up in automotive industry

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: China

College: St. John’s

Instagram: @jiaxian212

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Earnest
Manager: Reliable

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I used to be a veteran engineer in the field of embedded software in China. My speciality is in the automotive industry. This is a fantastic industry that I can see changes happening every day. Old business customs are broken by newly emerged start-ups and those start-ups themselves are constantly challenged by innovators form other industries. To understand the underlying rules of the revolution and the way to develop my own business model, I thought that the MBA could the best way to reach my goal. And Oxford, with its both intensive and diversified curriculum, along with the unchallengeable reputation, became my first choice.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I was a candidate for the famous Oxford Said Finance Lab. In order to be accepted formally, I needed to prepare myself with a bundle of online courses ranging from advanced accounting to financial modelling technics. Besides, it was essential to pass two online assessment to be considered eligible to the lab. So, my summer before MBA was buried with a lot of financial stuff, which I found extremely helpful for the MBA courses. I also put a lot of time in learning the pre-MBA career development course, which turned out to be quite useful for my career related activities when I was formally enrolled to the MBA in September.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
As my background is dominated by engineering stuff, I hope the MBA experience can give me a comprehensive sense of business matters, i.e. accounting, marketing, organisation behaviour, etc. Besides all these academic knowledges, I am also expecting to gain a lot of practical experience like leadership, entrepreneurship and innovative mindset, which will surely help me to boost in my future career. And I should not forget the network which I mean to develop during the whole year when I am in oxford!

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
There will be uncountable co-curricular activities, lectures, societies, and networking events, which you will never be able to manage them all. So, keep in mind what is your vision and mission and try to concentrate on these essential affairs. You will probably miss a lot, but you will not get lost to reach your goal.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The unique experience to be an MBA in oxford is undoubtfully the most exciting part. Chances to meet with different people, most of whom are even not your classmates, are one of the most essential part that only a diversified (and in some sense chaotic) Oxford community can offer me. I hope innovative ideas can sprout one day during my MBA journey at Oxford.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
The programme lasts for one year but there are so many fantastic things to learn! I find it challenging to manage my time and to balance the study with social activities and recreation. I should always remind myself to take a break!

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Learning is learning, and practical business world is quite different. All that I will learn from the MBA will be merely my first step to realise my dream to change the world. I plan to continually learn from doing after my graduation and I will utilise the network which I will develop during the study to help me make the most positive impact in my future sectors.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I am interested in science and technology so I will sign up for the Oxford University Scientific Society. Just imagine that there will be a chance to listen to the speech of Prof. Sir Peter Ratcliffe, the newly Nobel Laureate in Medicine! (There will even be an opportunity to ballot for dinner with the speaker!) And I have found an interesting project in the Oxford Foundry, the aim of which is to build a formula racing car. I mean to take part in this project as a electronic engineer.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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