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Pascal Samsoon

I am currently a SMU MBA Student. I used to make a living "answering" questions.

Pascal Samsoon

MBA at Singapore Management University

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I am currently a SMU MBA Student. I used to make a living "answering" questions.

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MBA at Singapore Management University

Pascal Samsoon

MBA at Singapore Management University

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 06 Feb 2019
Hi, At the time of writing, I am currently pursuing my MBA at SMU as a part-time student. It is heck of a difficult question to answer to be honest as your situation and mine would differ by a mile. I took a pragmatic approach (at least from my point of view), 1. Timing - I wanted to continue to earn while studying. So, studying while working made sense. Also, I had the "spare time" and to study seemed a good used ot my spare time. 2. Time to learn vs time to earn mindset. I am doing both. I learn at school and I learn at work. I learn all the time. 3. Transformation - I paid my tuition fees out of my own pocket. This gave me huge skin in the game motivation to fight to complete the programme. What did I expect gaining from the programme before joining? Network What do I hope to get after graduating? Network Effects And I don't know whether SIM Global Warwick will actually help you to solve the last part, which is the most important. Hope this helps, and you can ping me if you wish to chat. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.Asia

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 06 Feb 2019
Hi, At the time of writing, I am currently pursuing my MBA at SMU as a part-time student. It is heck of a difficult question to answer to be honest as your situation and mine would differ by a mile. I took a pragmatic approach (at least from my point of view), 1. Timing - I wanted to continue to earn while studying. So, studying while working made sense. Also, I had the "spare time" and to study seemed a good used ot my spare time. 2. Time to learn vs time to earn mindset. I am doing both. I learn at school and I learn at work. I learn all the time. 3. Transformation - I paid my tuition fees (you can check online) out of my own pocket. This gave me huge skin in the game motivation to fight to complete the programme. It is like a BTO to some extent. What did I expect gaining from the programme before joining? Network What do I hope to get after graduating? Network Effects Hope this helps, and you can ping me if you wish to chat. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.Asia

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 06 Feb 2019
Hi, I am taking the SMU MBA on a part-time basis, which is to attend evening classes and going on with work life during the day time. The SMU MBA has the advantage of being a 1-year long programme for Full-Time with compulsory internship (3-6 months long) while attending classes at night. There are 3 things now particular to this programme, 1. Lowering the opportunity cost - You can study while working, or work while studying and getting a degree. Acquire work knowledge in a new field or industry as an intern (or join a well-funded early stage startup) 2. Network effects - As a Part-Time student, it is harder to embrace this. As a Full-Time student, you may leverage the SMU network on Day 1 to connect with more people, all day long. There are no classes on Fridays to allow students to go and build their network. And yes, you have the whole week to do so if you feel like it. 3. Starting your side-hustle as a student is EASIER in Singapore than anywhere else in the world. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.asia

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 07 Nov 2018
Never too late. I started many times from scratch. I might start again in a few years. It might not be the most perfect career strategy but it is a risk to take. On to some pieces of advice... Some great starters... - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " With regard to industry. Since you are not passionate about any specific industry, focused on your skillsets and intrinsinc motivations to find roles that could suit you. From there on, you could end up in a few industries. Join one and figure out along the way how to excel in that industry before moving to a new industry... Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, Corporate Strategy at Ninjavan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 23 Aug 2018
As I got to mingle with more peers from the service, I believe the options are simply broad. However, it is up to you on, 1. Picking your next step 2. Refining your profile for #1 3. Hustling your way into a new opportunity Simple. Yet. Challenging. Hope it helps. Pascal

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
First. As per another previous answer... - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " Second. Once you got a clearer idea abour yourself at your CURRENT point in life. Then, maybe, you can start exploring the type of industries to go into. Why? Well, if you figured out from the first part that you are interested in working in a high pressure environment whereby split decision making are crucial for the well-being of thousands of people...then maybe a career as an air traffic controller would make sense for you...that's in the aviation industry fyi. The above was just an example. There are many scenarios. Please explore. Third. Pick a good school next. Whether it is great for the type of role you wish to get into or for the industry you would consider entering. If you can't make a case for it, pick a school that can give you the right support system (from classmates to school admin). This is probably the hardest of all 3 points. Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, Corporate Strategy at Ninjavan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
There are some very useful answers shared by other community members. Do read them . First. The investment is made on you by them. You know who. As such, you are bound to serve as well as bound to have your career (and maybe LIFE) carve out for you. Sorry, you are not going to be the Master Puppet anytime soon. Give it 20 years time. Second. I go back to some previous answers I made. - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " Third. While you have pointed out "government". I think the real answer lies within you. Given the limited info, go on a self-discovery journey to understand whether you believe you are suited to make use of your talents as a civil servants or not. After all, what worked for other people might not work for you. Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
This is equivalent to asking if you should choose bulbasaur or charmander or squirtle. Joke aside. You shared some valid points. And you seemed to be self-aware. That's good. To address your concern, here are 3 tips that I try to practice myself... 1. Set your target 2. Manage your expectations 3. Strategize - Execute - Iterate Firstly, understand your company and your own self. What is the target you wish to achieve? Where does it plateau? How far are you from the plateau stage? As you know, you can move vertically or horizontally. There are way more other type of experience you could probably get in your current company. All I know is that you would know this better. Thus, set your own target. Secondly, manage your expectations and manage other people's expectations. It is a tug of war and it is a battle. Don't give up. This stage is what you will undergo during your journey towards your target plateau stage. Be both a taker and a giver. Because you will learn the most by giving, and not just taking. Thus, manage your expectations and you will know/figure out what to do. Third and finally, always strategize and be fast to execute. Most importantly, know when to iterate on your plan to restrategize and then go back into execution mode. As such, there is little chance you will get stuck in a comfort zone. If you do, you are not iterating fast enough . Hope it helps Cheers, Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
If you take MRT or bus on a frequenty basis, one of the best things to do is to learn a new language. Duolingo is one of the best native mobile app for learning a new language . You could even learn High Valyrian on it. I am fluent in 3 languages, and can survive in 2 more. I am now on my 3rd language for survival mode. Cheers, Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, Corporate Strategy at Ninjavan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
Are you looking to build a business or be the business? The former, you will need to understand what it takes to move from being a tutor to being a business owner. The latter, you will need to understand what it takes to remain in the business. Regardless, these points should be great starters... - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte
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