Wedded to their MBA studies!
> Jasmyin Petrinna Tay Sue Lin and Siew Weng Lee say studying together made the sacrifices easier
WHEN Jasmyin Petrinna Tay Sue Lin and Siew Weng Lee undertook the Edinburgh Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, they had the perfect study partners – each other!
The married couple began their studies in January 2015 and both sat for their final exam in August 2016.
Jasmyin, who will soon work as an IT Procurement Analyst for Village Roadshow Ltd, a leading international entertainment company, and Siew, a contract engineer with Shell, chose the Edinburgh Business School programme because it specifically caters for working professionals.
Jasmyin says studying together made the sacrifices easier. “It gave me more motivation to go to classes, knowing we were both without our weekends because of the programme. We were able to exchange ideas and talk to twice the number of people and then share that experience with each other,” she said.
Jasmyin moved companies twice during her studies but the flexibility of the programme enabled her to continue studying and she is currently living in Perth, Western Australia before starting her new job in Melbourne, Victoria.
“I was able to implement much of what I’d learnt from Project Management and Organisational Behaviour especially. I was also able to put into practice all the strategy modules I had taken when I was in a managerial position with WWF Malaysia, the environmental and conservation organisation,” she said.
Siew wanted to broaden his business knowledge by taking an MBA, as he comes from an engineering background. He will join Jasmyin in Australia when his contract with Shell ends in December: programmes. Some executives take an MBA as a glorified networking tool, expecting to meet people who can open doors for them, or provide them with capital to start businesses. While there is plenty of opportunity to network, the EBS MBA is for those who are interested in the subject matter of business administration, but treasure their flexibility. The contact hours are arranged to provide minimal intrusion into personal and professional life. However, the same flexibility means great discipline will be required as no one is going to make you study,” he said.
The married couple on vacation.