Tao Chayanin Vorayotsri
“Successor to my family business. Currently undergoing a transformation. Passionate about the energy industry.”
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m a coffee lover. When I moved to Singapore, I bought a coffee machine even before moving into my apartment. After classes, I try to find time to explore new coffee spots!
Undergraduate School and Major: Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University
Most Recent Employer and Job Title:
L’aquatech Co., Ltd. (family business – a construction material manufacturer, supplier and installer)
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA curriculum or activities that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The experiential learning modules are unique at NUS Business School. In my opinion, academic knowledge without real-life practice wouldn’t be useful. The MBA Consulting Project, one of the core modules, allows students to work with companies to solve real business challenges. I think this is the best opportunity to apply knowledge I’ve learnt to practice, in the real world.
What quality best describes your MBA classmates and why? Well-rounded. Peer contribution is valuable to me. I’ve gained many insights from my classmates, every one of them has interesting experiences to share. They enhance the learning experience incredibly.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I’ve worked in Mongolia to construct a wind farm. I collaborated with an experienced team to execute a construction plan which I had developed during the feasibility phase. I’m proud that I was able to challenge myself, in a country where I had no prior experience. Even though it was a short stint, I felt a real transformation in myself from that experience.
Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far? I was elected Vice President of The NUS MBA Energy Club, which I feel is my biggest achievement in the first few months at NUS. After joining ton\s of events before starting the programme, I hosted an event with the previous cohort on start-ups and incubators in the energy space. I gained constructive feedback from my classmates, which motivated me to run for the energy club and help enrich the learning experience for my cohort.
What has been the biggest surprise in your first months of business school? “The MBA is hectic.” I think MBA students have heard this line many times from our seniors. We all think that we will be able to handle it. However, it is even more demanding than I imagined. A positive reason behind this is that many opportunities come simultaneously. I try my best to participate in everything. With limited time, priority is the key to balancing my schedule. I admit that I’m still trying, but it is getting better.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? After working for 4 years and gaining various experiences, I started thinking about joining my family business. As an engineering student with a technical background, I feel that I lack business knowledge and experience, and I wanted to be the successor to my family business. An MBA is the right programme to equip me with formal business education and expose me to a high-quality network. Furthermore, many partners of my family business are located in Singapore. So there was no better choice for me than The NUS MBA!
What other MBA programs did you apply to? When I read the email from NUS with the first word “Congratulations”, I stopped drafting other applications.
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