Alumni Profile: Neo Li, GMBA 2017

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Neo Li completed his Global MBA in 2017 and currently works as a business analyst in Tencent’s MIG (Mobile Internet Group). Neo brought 3 years of real estate experience with China Vanke Group before coming to Carey. Neo feels the information industry, especially the AI sector, has a great potential even though real estate is a growing industry in China.

Question: What advice would you give new graduates entering the workforce?
Answer: Stay hungry and take risks. Companies pay you to do your job effectively. Don’t complain, and treat each task as a chance to learn. After completing an MBA, many students have high expectations regarding their future; however, often they fall short of their vision, especially when they change career paths. For me, I showed my attitude with clear and deliberate actions, arriving earlier than anyone else, leaving later than the seniors, spending extra time to ensure project quality, and focusing on the work that benefits the team in the long run. Your career is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. You have to provide indispensable value to the team that depends on your experience and ability to create impact.

Question: What is one thing students should do while in grad school to prepare for a job?
Answer:

  1. First, find an industry that will boom in the next decade that offers job opportunities aligned with your skillset.
  2. Second, build core career tales (action stories help you stand out from others in this industry).
  3. Third, spread your network to professionals of target companies and ask for advice.
  4. Fourth, there is no over-preparation for an interview! Most people fear interviews, neglect them, or attribute them to luck. How can you compete with candidates armed to the teeth? From my point of view, a well-decorated resume and a brief self-introduction are far from enough. Analyze the financial reports, dig into the organization’s advantages and disadvantages, keep market insights front of mind, and, most important, turn each question into a case that showcases your capabilities.

Question: What is your favorite thing about your current job?
Answer: Tencent is a leading internet company with an innovation gene. Its market cap has already been the number one in Asia; however, the company is still growing 50% each year and spreading its business to all online sectors. Diversity at Tencent is also a highlightable point. My director is from South Korea, born in Saudi Arabia, and grew up in the United States. She has a great global vision and can speak eight foreign languages. Most colleagues in my team have an MBA or consulting background. These people dress in sandals and shorts, but when at work, they think about how to change the world with innovation. The next battle field is definitely AI. More and more global internet giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon want to go all-in. Compared to those competitors, Tencent is narrowing the gap on technology and resources, and has advantages on reaching this market.

Question: What was the most influential experience you had at Carey?
Answer: The I4H program culturally shocked me, and it pushed me to ask questions I hadn’t thought to ask before. From then on, I began to approach business with a dynamic perspective. It’s often hard to judge if a business decision is going to be best for the organization at any given point in time, but probability is for predictions and consequence is for checkout. The more rules we summarize from past cases, the more flexibility we have moving forward.

Question: What three words would you use to define your time at Carey?
Answers:
 Thrilling. Critical-thinking. Promising.

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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