After a few months since the beginning of the MBA, it is time to get to know one of my international classmates, Sifan Guo. Sifan was a professional Chinese swimmer and she is currently Senior Designer at Jaeger-LeCoultre, a luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Switzerland.
Name: Sifan Guo
Background: I used to be a professional swimmer in the Chinese national team until I went to university. I come from an industrial design background, after university I worked for different consumer electronics brands like Sony and Samsung. Itâ€™s now 6 years that I have been working in Switzerland as a Senior Designer for Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Letâ€™s see what she tells usâ€¦
Hi Sifan, how is your life in Milan as an international MBA student?
I have to say it is great to come back to university, especially in Milan because I have lived here before for one year, it feels like visiting an old friend!
Has your life changed with the MBA?
A lot. I am learning to balance my time and energy between work and study. I have to say that at times it is really hard as we have a lot of assignments, but thatâ€™s also the challenging part!
More than 3 months have passed since the MBA has started.
How has been your experience so far?
It is quite intense, especially taking into consideration that I come from humanistic background. It may be more difficult for me to deal with numbers with respect to some of my classmates who are engineers, but luckily Iâ€™m also the one that can in some ways learn the most, since I am kind of a blank page, ready to absorb everything! I enjoy in particular to work in team with my classmates who are professionals from all different industries. We learn a lot from each otherâ€™s way of thinking and working.
What do you expect from your MBA at MIP?
I hope I will be able to acquire the knowledge I feel I am missing. I am also looking for inspirational solutions as entrepreneur and a general vision of different industries in the future.