A beautiful mind

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 May, 2012, 12:00am


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sharon Lee went to Diocesan Girls' School for her primary and secondary education, and then attended Northwestern University in the United States, majoring in learning and organisational change. Upon graduation, she returned to Hong Kong and worked at Citibank as a management associate for six years. In 2011, she decided to pursue a full-time MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School. She expects to graduate at the end of 2012.

What prompted you to pursue an MBA?

It is mainly to round out my business skills. In my past career, I was exposed to mostly qualitative jobs, such as a relationship manager or marketing manager. After equipping myself with qualitative skills, I was enthusiastic at learning quantitative skills, such as financial accounting and operations. I am sure these skills will help me along my career path.

Why did you choose HKUST?

According to the Financial Times, HKUST ranked sixth in the world. It also enjoys a good reputation among Northwestern [University] graduates who returned to Hong Kong and studied the same course. Staying in Hong Kong to pursue my studies would also allow me to maintain my network easier than if I had done my MBA overseas.

Are you funding your own studies?

I am self-financed.

How have your studies affected your personal or social life?

It was very intense when the course started. To fit in everything - classes, projects, club events as well as social events and sleeping - I decided to move to the Clearwater Bay [campus] dormitory to save travel time.

What are the major challenges of your MBA studies?

Undoubtedly, it's balancing the many aspects of life - schoolwork, career planning and development, social events and club events. All MBA students are very ambitious and want to do everything and to do it well. But it is really not easy to juggle so many things as we only have limited time.

How do you see yourself after graduation?

Influenced by my father, a dermatologist, I would like to work in the anti-ageing and wellness industry as I wish to help those around me look good and feel good both inside and out.

Three to five years down the road, I believe I will still be enjoying working in the anti-ageing industry as I truly believe in its mission.