Testimonial: Kumiko Suzuki
Class of 2013
What made you decide to pursue an MBA?
I put my career on hold in my late twenties and early thirties to get married and raise children, so I missed many training opportunities at work. I wanted to obtain the knowledge and skills that I missed so that I could catch up with my colleagues.
In addition, when I returned to work in my late thirties I became a manager and needed to study accounting and finance systematically, not only as they came up in my work.
Why did you choose the Executive MBA Program at Temple University, Japan Campus?
Once I decided to pursue an MBA, I wanted to receive the best quality education that I could. Also, the schedule was important to me, because I wanted to work full time while pursuing an MBA so that I could immediately apply what I learn in class to my work.
I searched for programs with AACSB accreditation as a benchmark, and programs with an international environment. Then, I narrowed my choices down to a few schools and went to their open campuses and observed classes. Finally, I decided on the Executive MBA Program at Temple University, Japan Campus because I was fascinated by the high quality of education and the students' eagerness to learn.
Which course did you like the most? And why?
Accounting course Financial Information Reporting and Analysis. I had many opportunities to look at financial statements at work, but in class I could learn systematically what the statement is. I learned what numbers in the statement mean, how they work and how to analyze them. I applied that knowledge directly at work.
What is your best memory of the program?
What I learned in Enterprise Financial Management impressed me the most. In class I learned not only about cash flow and methods of investment, but how we can make money work strategically to pursue company goals. This concept had never occurred to me and broadened my view. In class after we learned the basic concepts, we did group projects -- planning what we invested personally and by group, and then presented the results of our investments. It was a simulation, but I learned that a slight difference in portfolio can make a huge difference in the results of few years later. I realized the importance of knowing about finance and strategic investing and making money work effectively. What I learned about finance and strategic thinking in class helped me a lot in my work, and I also used that knowledge in my personal life to achieve my dreams.
A message to prospective students
Studying in the Executive MBA Program while working fulltime and fulfilling family responsibilities is very challenging. You will need to have high-level skills to manage your time and set priorities.
However, through the program you will realize that you learn not only from class but also by working with classmates from various countries and industries, and you acquire skills that can be immediately applied to your work. You will enjoy the moment when you effectively apply what you learn to real work. Above all, the knowledge, experience, and connections with people you meet will definitely enhance your career.