Singapore entrepreneur Ken Seow was an executive financial services manager at Aviva Financial Advisers who was keen to complete a Master of Business Administration to expand his knowledge of business valuations.
After working as a financial advisor for 12 years, Ken wanted to be able to perform his own securities valuations to give him an insight into how investment funds might perform.
He also had an additional motivation, as he had co-founded a company, Hanami Technology, with a friend during the pandemic. As the co-founder and chief operating officer, he helps to connect small and medium-sized enterprises in Singapore with potential customers. Ken further explained that he wanted to understand what the driving forces were behind companies that had enjoyed strong growth in the past two years so that he could apply the same principles to his venture.
The Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services, offered through PSB Academy, stood out from other MBA programmes for a number of reasons.
“When I looked at the modules, I realised what I was going to learn would be helpful to me both as a financial advisor and for my own company,” Ken said. One key focus of Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services is helping MBA candidates to build up their global finance acumen. It covers international financial markets to the valuation of securities, and equity trading to enable candidates to develop a truly global perspective on the financial services industry.
He further added, “This aspect of the programme is so important in today’s industry. When we look at the stock market companies that have seen strong growth over the past two years, we need all of this knowledge to understand what factors have propelled them so far forward.”
Another aspect of the MBA course that Ken feels is particularly helpful is the module covering leadership and management. Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services places a strong emphasis on enabling financial professionals to develop the leadership skills they need to respond to the changes that have been introduced in their sector since the last Global Financial Crisis. It seeks to strengthen one’s strategic perspectives across the political, regulatory, technological, and business landscapes, equipping them with the skills they need to steer organisations through the complex, fast-moving world of international financial services.
“This aspect of the MBA course was very hands-on and very applicable to my generation. These modules really gave us an insight into the whole industry and how to lead teams. It is the knowledge we can apply to real-life businesses. And to grow a company, you need to have leadership skills,” Ken further elaborated. He added that the whole programme emphasises critical analysis, with candidates applying what they are learning in lectures to practical situations.
Singapore-based lecturers for Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services draw from their prior professional experiences or real industry case studies to illustrate key management concepts. Ken explained that this combination really enhanced his learning, as he was able to benefit from the many years of industry experience the lecturers had and their academic knowledge. “They were able to impart their knowledge and experience to us, which is very useful when you are just starting out,” he said.
Ken also pointed out that he is also learning from his fellow MBA candidates. “The other MBA candidates are from diverse backgrounds, so we are able to learn about different industries from each other and see how they are applying what we are being taught to their industry,” he shared.
Students can take Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services on either a full-time or part-time basis at PSB Academy, an option that was crucial to Ken.
He explained: “I am doing the programme on a part-time basis, and this option was important to me because, like many people who are in their mid-career stage, I have a full-time job.” He pointed out that the way the programme is structured makes it easy for him to manage his time, attend lectures and complete his course work at weekends while working on his business.
“Studying and working at the same time means I can apply what I have learnt in the real world straight away. I am learning while I am working and I can gain more knowledge in a shorter time,” he says.
Ken advises anyone thinking of applying for Coventry University’s Master of Business Administration in Global Financial Services to sign up now. “During the pandemic is a great time to do the programme as you have to stay at home more. You should use this time to increase your knowledge. Don’t wait until the pandemic is over,” he added.