Country of origin: Thailand
Senior Internal Auditor (South East Asia), Accor Group
Supang’s work for United Utilities on enhancing supplier relationship management won her the Dean’s Prize for ‘best MBA corporate project’.
Prior to joining the Lancaster MBA, I worked at PwC Thailand for four years as part of their external audit team. This not only gave me the chance to work on several projects in various industries which sharpened my financial and accounting skills, but most importantly it gave me an opportunity to interact with CEOs and directors and learn different management styles. Though their styles varied, they had a common aspect – their international experience and an international MBA.
In those four years, my goal became clear to me. I wanted to work in an international environment that gave me the prospect of interacting with people from across the world. This would help me when the project envisioned by ASEAN leaders of 13 countries in South East Asia to be economically integrated as the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 becomes a reality. I realised that though I had international experience it was within my country and that to prepare myself to compete in this dynamic world, I needed true international experience, together with practical management skills. This realisation culminated in my deciding to take an MBA.
Three things were influential in my decision to come to Lancaster:
- True international experience
The Lancaster MBA helped in getting the international experience that I was missing. As I was born Asian and experienced in Asian strategy, I believed that learning Western management style would bridge the gap. Interacting with students of many different nationalities in my class, which was an eye-opening experience, fulfilled this.
- A complete MBA experience in just one year – very important for me as I did not want to take a two-year break from my career.
- One of the best FT rankings among the universities offering one-year MBAs – which helped me during placements post-MBA.
The experience I gained from the Lancaster MBA has been priceless.
With three real client-based projects through the year, I got to collaborate with a start-up, a mid-sized firm, and a multi-billion dollar corporation.
The Mindful Manager module, a module that explores certain aspects of management that are never discussed in any other management school. Unlike the other modules this module runs throughout the year, and as a part of it we directly interacted with Kevin Roberts, the Global CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi – an absolutely amazing experience.
The Career Advancement Programme helped me greatly for my job interviews after my MBA. It assisted me not only in writing a good resume or giving helpful tips on the interview, but also gave me the intensive and professional training to bring out the best in me.
Friendship – my relationship with my syndicate team and other classmates is unforgettable. When we stayed on the campus together it was like I had got myself a second home in UK.
My post-MBA career
At present, I am working as Senior Internal Auditor for Accor Group. My role here is to support the operational and financial control in South East Asia region, and partly in India and Korea.
This big jump in my career would not have been possible without the Lancaster MBA experience.