Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Wei Lynn Tang, CEIBS

Meet the MBA Class of 2024 CEIBS

Wei Lynn Tang
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

“Curious, witty, and one who embraces making mistakes and enjoys good convo and a laugh!”

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I love learning phrases of local languages in places I travel to – that, and try out their local brew!

On a more serious note, I am extremely grateful to my parents who have shaped me to be the person that I am today. They have instilled in me life skills that include the importance of having good EQ, resilience, and a spirit of continuous learning… and for that, I believe I will be OK wherever I go and in whatever I choose to venture to in the future.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Commerce)

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Reporter, China Global Television Network (CGTN)

Aside from your classmates, what was the key programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? CEIBS stood out and was in fact the only business school I applied to because of its unique value proposition of “China Depth, Global Breadth”.

Having worked in China for four years as a field reporter, and having been exposed to many parts and layers of this magnetic country, I aim to solidify my understanding of China’s business landscape through (and out of) the classroom. In particular, I am interesting digging deeper as to how local Chinese think, approach and solve problems, and what makes them tick – for they will be the ones driving China’s future economic growth. This comes as I plan to continue developing my career here in the short to medium term.

What course, club or activity excites you the most? Thus far, I am really enjoying Organizational Behaviour (OB) and Operations Management (OM). OB is making me unlearn and re-think how to navigate dealing with people who are very different in personalities and values. Meanwhile, I resonate well with OM too because, unknowingly, I have been applying some notions of it in my life thus far: “Surely, there’s a better and faster way to go about doing this!”

As for activities, I’m excited to be part of the TEDxCEIBS team – which will hopefully come to fruition! There are so many stories and ideas from both the winners and underdogs (I like to call them the uncovered gems) of society that are worth telling and I’d like to bring them to light.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Interviewing former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (who was then the oldest state leader in the world) in the capacity of a journalist with Chinese state media. This was just about a year and a half into my role with CGTN. My time in China has been extra formative as it was my first time reporting on TV – on a global channel, no less – having come from a banking and print business journalism background back home in Malaysia.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? I recently read a book called Wellth: How to Build a Life, Not a Résumé, which was a gift from my mother to my two brothers and I really liked how wealth here is redefined as wellth, because I find more often than not, a lot of emphasis in society – and especially in business school – these days is placed on making money as the benchmark for success. Yes, money is important, but there is also more to life than just that.

“To be truly wellthy is to find your personal prescription – to discover what works for you, what feels good, what you love,” said the author Jason Wachob.

It is my hope that as prospective and current MBA students go through the journey of hustling (in and beyond business school), that we do not forget to take care of ourselves, to remind ourselves what is it that we really enjoy doing, and what really matters to us at the end of the day.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into your school’s MBA program? Work on your reason(s) for wanting to come to CEIBS, and how you think the school and the platforms it provides can help you get to where you want to be.

While going through the application process, I would also urge potential applicants to reflect not only on your achievements thus far, but also on the mistakes, rejections and failures that made you who you are today – stronger, better, wiser.

And finally, continue to have a thirst for new knowledge and insights, be curious to learn from everyone you meet, read and keep abreast of what’s going on around the world.

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