MBA Takeover: Meng Li, GMBA 2014

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Meng Li completed her Global MBA in 2014 and currently works as an analyst for food and drinks industries in China with Mintel. Prior to this role, she acquired over six years of work experience in the wine & spirits industry with a focus on marketing and branding. Meng enjoys the work of market research and data analysis and was determined to choose opportunities in the market research area when she realized last year that she should explore something new for her career path.

Question: What advice would you give new graduates entering the workforce?
Answer: Choose the one job that you will enjoy doing every day. It is not only about the tasks but also the people around you. It will be great if your colleagues share some interests with you, such as music or movies. That way you will have some interesting topics to discuss when you take a break during the work day. Remember that you are going to spend 8 hours per day (at least) in that place with that bunch of people so whether you are happy with them and the job really matters a lot.

Question: What is one thing students should do while in school to prepare for a job?
Answer: I think it is the ‘can-do’ attitude. Confidence is contagious. When you are confident about yourself, others will trust you too. All successful people have their strong believes and some of them are even quite valuable in others’ eyes.

Question: What is your favorite thing about your current job?
Answer: I like the company culture. It respects personal values and respects knowledge and science. As long as you can prove your opinion with data, or scientific research, your work will be respected no matter how much experience you have. And the team leader holds the belief that as an analyst, you have the obligation to defend your work and not be affected by the people who are not familiar with the work as well as you are.

Question: What was the most influential experience you had at Carey?
Answer: It is the reading experience of the book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. This book was recommended by our signature Innovation for Humanity project. The book makes me aware that business success and the benefits to the people in need can be achieved at the same time. That is the value of social entrepreneurship.

Question: What three words would you use to define your time at Carey?
Answers: Hard-working. Busy. Promising.

Caitlin Magidson

Caitlin works with students and alumni in Washington DC as a transformational Career Coach. She provides guidance around self-exploration, job search strategy, and networking through individualized coaching and professional development courses.

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