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Xiaojun Zhu

MSc International Business with CEMS-MIM 2019

Degree

MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself. 

I am originally from Zhuhai, China, a city close to Hong Kong and Macau. My undergraduate program is a "2+2" program, which allowed me to study two years in China at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and two years in Canada at Western University. My major was economics. After my undergraduate degree, I went to Shanghai for my internship for half a year. My internship in Shanghai was about capital market investment and I served as investment assistant. Since I decided to join the Ivey MSc Program in International Business with CEMS, I moved back to Canada after the internship. I am currently doing an exchange at the University of Sydney Business School in Australia. After the exchange in Sydney, I will go to Ireland for another exchange.

Think back to when you were researching business schools. What did Ivey offer you that other schools did not? What made it a good fit for you?

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I gradually developed interest in a consulting career. I always wanted to know how people solve business problems and challenges in real life. I believe Ivey's case-based methodology is a good way to approach the real business world. Ivey is also known for its career management service, and I am also interested in having a career in Canada. Moreover, I love travelling and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. That's the reason I decided to join the International Business with CEMS program at Ivey. I am really grateful I could join this program and learn the things I always wanted to learn and travel around the world.

What is your most memorable moment in the program to date?

Life is pretty busy at Ivey! During the most intense week, I finished a Spanish exam, a mock interview, an individual paper that has 3000 words, a 24-hour report, and two social events. That week represents my life at Ivey: work hard and play hard. It's challenging but at the same time exciting because I will surely have this kind of tight schedule after I start working, especially if I am interested in becoming a consultant. Having been through this kind of balancing in life and knowing that I am able to adjust to this lifestyle means a lot to me. I also learned how to schedule my work given a short period of time and become as efficient as possible in a stressful environment. Last but not the least, I learned how to relax properly after work and gain enough energy for the work later.

How do you see the case-method developing you as a business leader?

Using the case-based methodology, we normally study 3 to 4 cases every day for different classes. For each case, we follow the three-step case learning process. First, we read the case and try to develop our own thinking. Next, we discuss the case with our learning team. Finally, in the class, we discuss the case with professors and the whole class. During discussion, I would often find new understanding from different points of view. Under the direction of professors, we would challenge each other's logic and try our best to think more critically. This case-based methodology helps me to think about business problems comprehensively and critically. Moreover, I've developed proper communication skills throughout the discussion with professors and classmates.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts- Honours Specialization in Economics, Huron University College at Western University