Ada Choy, Head of Asia Wealth Business Implementation at HSBC, crossed the virtual state to receive her MBA(FS) in October 2020. CEGE Connection reached out to Ada to discuss her thoughts as she takes on new challenges and opportunities.
Thinking back in 2014, with the aim to compete with others in my organization, I enrolled in the Dalhousie MBA FS program.
Throughout my MBA journey, there were many surprises that added depth and breadth to my learning experience. I discovered new knowledge that I could apply at work immediately. Insights from my professors as well as the interactions and different perspectives of my classmates, contributed to adding dimensions in my outlook and personal goals. I thought differently, more strategically in the ways of working and collaborating. In addition to that, my academic journey helped me to compete differently in my organization, moving to more advanced roles, year after year.
However, I must admit there were tough times, jiggling between work, time zone differences, and family life. To exacerbate the situation, I had to take a year off due to a health problem. There were times when I really wanted to give up. Despite all the challenges, the warmest care from the remarkable CEGE staff, professors, classmates, the online capability, and the flexibility of the Dalhousie MBA(FS) program provided the best fit to my situation, all of which inspired me to complete my graduate degree.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the CEGE staff, especially Sarah, Michelle, Rebecca, and Professor McLarney for all your care and support during the toughest time of my life! Also, to all my lovely classmates, it has been wonderful meeting all of you. Thank you for accommodating my time zone in all the group works. My deepest and sincere thanks to all!
My Next Blue Ocean Strategy is to discover more about wine. There is a saying that the essential guide to wine is “Think, Taste, Drink & Feel, how we explore undiscovered treasures, enjoy great food and wine, and experience the wine lifestyle.” Wine and the MBA are two separate things, but to me, it is a perfect match that will open my mind even more!
I wish all of you every success in your future endeavours. Please keep in touch! Congratulations again to all the 2020 Dal Graduates!
Editor’s Note: CEGE Connection is thrilled that Ada Choy has agreed to be a repeat contributor on CEGE Connection.