MBA Reflections: Candice Chiang ’17

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In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we feature profiles and thoughts from recent Whitman MBA graduates.

Name: Candice Chiang
Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Major: MBASupply Chain Management
Background: Economics
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candice-chiang-9a000989/

Why an MBA?
An MBA was always my plan. To excel in business, having limited knowledge is not enough. An MBA gives you opportunities to further explore diverse aspects of business, such as finance, marketing and supply chain. What’s more, I have the opportunity to work with people from different countries.

Why Whitman?
Whitman’s high percentage of people from different parts of the world caught my attention. With a diverse class, students have the chance to generate unique connections. Also, Whitman’s main focus is to help students gain work experience. I believe gaining experience while pursuing a degree enhances the learning experience.

 What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
I have gained not only professional knowledge from my professors but also a lot of knowledge from my classmates who are now friends. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, countries and cultures and also everyone is a different age. In these two years, I have learned a lot from my peers not only in the approach through which we deal with academic work but also the way we face life’s problems.

 What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
There are too many moments that are remarkable and unforgettable. I cherish the friendships I formed and the family I found in Whitman’s MBA program.

 Internship?
This summer, I interned at Mondelēz International, Inc. in Singapore, thanks to Professor Gary La Point. I really appreciate the opportunity. I have met great people and been assigned challenging jobs. I believe toward the end of this summer, I will have learned and achieved a great amount.

 Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
My goals and plans are not different, but the only difference is I understand better what I want to do and where I want to go in the future.

 What is your dream job?
My dream is to pursue a job in the manufacturing industry, which will allow me to implement my knowledge and passion in streamlining operations.

Vatsal Popat

Vatsal Popat

Vatsal Popat is an MBA graduate student at Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He is proficient in digital marketing and analytics. Previously, he has worked for Phocuswright Inc. and at Syracuse University's Parental Advocacy Center, in the capacity of marketing analyst. Vatsal is an avid sports fan and religiously follows Manchester United and Golden State Warriors. His favorite music artists are The Chainsmokers.
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