Alum of the Month - March 2016

Yan Yan

I also built up great friendship with my classmates who are now all over the world. Yan Yan

  • Programme studied: MSc Public Management and Governance
  • Year of Graduation: 2010
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What's your current job? 

Associate Consultant at APCO worldwide since September 2014.

Where have you worked previously?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

How has the programme helped your career since you graduated? 

The programme taught me critical and strategic thinking, and presenting arguments in a simple and elegant way, namely logical and concise. As a consultant of public policy and government relations, those skills are essential for me to analyse policies independently and communicate, both orally and in written, with my clients in a straightforward and easily understandable way.

I also built up great friendship with my classmates who are now all over the world. This worldwide friendship and emotional attachment makes me have real feelings of connection with different corners of the world, and thus makes me see and care about things from a more multi-culture and international perspective. That is to say, I am no longer see the world detachedly as an objective to analyse and study, but with real concerns and feelings. It makes me know what I was exactly doing at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

What has been your greatest achievement since you graduated?

To serve as a diplomat between corporations or NPOs and governments, facilitating the communications and cooperation to add value to the society. 

What would you tell someone thinking of studying at the Department of Management?

It not only provides you with professional knowledge and great alumni network, most important, it provides you with philosophies, ideas and methods for studying, thinking and communicating, which is of long-term enormous impact on both of your career and your personal life.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would be prepared myself with more questions of my own (my own business or something relevant to my own society, government, etc.) for every class. Since in that case, I will not only learn the knowledge in general, but also learn how to apply it and make the best use of it.