Well, dear readers, the time has come for my final blog entry from Singapore, as I depart here on Monday and have finished my Suffolk Global MBA internship here at BMC. Perhaps this is a time for reflection about my overall experience and for the “sentimental” part, if you will.
Coming into this 3 month internship at BMC in Singapore, my goal was to gain a better understanding of this corner of the globe on both a personal and professional level. I wanted to challenge myself way beyond my comfortable zone. As an avid traveler, I live for culture shock and for new experiences all over the world.
Coming to Asia- alone- really took this to a whole new level. When I was offered this internship, I came knowing that this part of the globe was an incredible place to learn about emerging markets and also to feel the influence of two of the BRIC’s countries in such close proximity- India and China. I also had a really strong desire to understand the cultural and business differences in eastern culture vs west. I strongly desired to build for myself, a routine and sense of normalcy here. Not only to live, but to thrive in Singapore and at work each day, to try to expand my mind as far as it could go.
I can leave now knowing that I’ve done a good job. I’ve gained the respect of my peers as a professional here and I’ve learned so much, I feel as if my brain could explode! I’ve made wonderful friends from everywhere in the world, that I will miss dearly, and I’ve also had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout SE Asia.
For me, travel is a teacher far more important than anything you can learn in a classroom. It furthered my understanding of business cultures throughout different nations. Overall, this experience has met all of my expectations, and while I’m very sad it’s over, I feel I can return to the US with a huge advantage professionally.
In closing, all I can offer is my advice both to potential Global MBAs and traveling fools like me.
I was afraid at first, because I didn’t have a ton of money to fund this trip, and I also had to quit my job in Boston to take this internship. So, my advice to you is: Don’t be afraid to take the risk, because the reward is always greater.
I’ve pushed myself beyond my limits and comfortable zone and came out with the most enriching cultural and professional experience thus far in my life. What I pictured Asia to be beforehand, and what Asia actually IS are two very, very different things and I challenge everyone at some point in their life to experience it.
Thanks for your support along the way, and I look forward to seeing all my fellow GMBA’s soon!
Signing off in Sunny Singapore!
PS- Attached is a photo on my last day, with my 2 mentors, VP of Sales for Asia-Pacific Chip Salyards (a Boston guy), and Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, Lynn Tan.