CEO of HBC
MBA or relocation to Beijing
Dear Career Doctor,
I am a middle management in a HK headquartered logistics company. Just a few weeks ago i am accepted by one of the best Part time MBA program in HKG but at the same time my company is considering sending me to Beijing as a promotion. I am actually thinking to change industry / company and that's why i applied a MBA (to enhance my network ). So i am thinking whether i should give up studying or the opportunity to Beijing. I am really struggled because China is blooming and the chance to Beijing is not common in my organization, however long term wise i still want to jump to another industry and i am hoping the MBA Degree will help me. Any advice pls ?
Posted Friday 26th July 2013 08:20:00 AM
Thank you Sidney ! Much appreciated !
Sidney Yuen - Career Doctor
Posted Saturday 20th July 2013 08:44:00 AM
Dear Chris No one can answer this question but you. Everyone has a different sense of what is important to them. Yet, I can imagine how difficult this decision can be. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you as I feel that your organization recognizes your contribution to the company by promoting you and giving you more responsibilities. As you rightly said, it is a fact that China is booming. Having the experience to work in China would mean that you will enhance your future job opportunities and the chance to brush up your Putonghua. For senior and middle management positions in first tier cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, the salary and compensation package are very competitive as one of the China’s challenges is about talent acquisition and retention. Despite that there are over 6 million graduates coming out from universities every year, they are also aggressively recruiting talent from Hong Kong and overseas. You mentioned about your desire to change industry and company and to look for a new career. I don’t know what type of industry you would like to join. Would this industry and job require an MBA? I assume no. In this case, it might not even give you an added advantage compared to a solid work experience and performance. As an employer, I would look for candidates who are assertive, good at dealing with people, fluent in speaking Putonghua and have good references from their previous employers. If your reason to apply for an MBA is to enhance your network, there are many other ways to achieve this. For example, you may become active in community work, industry specific groups, professional groups and various chambers of commerce. On the other hand, you might be able to get the best of both worlds by working in Beijing and study for an MBA program at one of the top universities in Beijing. The French writer and poet Victor Hugo once said, ‘put your affairs in order – you may survive.” Maybe we can learn from this. Don’t just think about what to do – pay attention to what is important to you right now. Because at the end of the day, you have to bear the consequences.
Posted Tuesday 23rd July 2013 01:07:00 AM
The reason you enroll into a MBA is that you want to be given an opportunity in the future. However opportunity now comes calling and does not wait until you have a higher qualification. Then again you have to ask yourself what career you are after? You are a truly blessed person with so many opportunities but too many options will caused you great confusion.