The Global Business Practicum is an in-company intensively-taught subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of an international company first-hand. Francois-Paul Bourg, shares his experience with GlaxoSmithKline Singapore.
We hit the ground running after landing in Singapore as our team grappled with the task that would occupy us for the next two weeks: assessing the viability of a fractional real estate trading platform for our client.
This project stemmed from a proposal that the client had developed themselves from the ground up, which presented a unique challenge: how to bring fresh perspectives to a client that (it seemed at first) had thought of just about everything.
Hours and hours of vigorous brainstorming and research allowed us to crack what was initially a daunting task. In the end, being able to deliver substantial analysis and recommendations for a client with real skin in the game was an extremely rewarding experience. Delivering the final presentation to our client that comprised all the work we had put in over the two weeks felt fantastic! Global Management Consulting provided a great opportunity to develop presentation skills, which are crucial given that presentations are a mainstay of professional life.
Delivering the final presentation to our client that comprised all the work we had put in over the two weeks felt fantastic! Roland Allen
Our team was able to bring some of the concepts we’d learned at university to approach the project, but much of the program was a learning experience for us. I gained a lot of knowledge about real estate in particular, which I found enriching given that I had not had a chance to study the field previously. More broadly, my comfort level with approaching open-ended problems and performing extensive research improved significantly over the two weeks, which are valuable skills in both industry and further study. Teamwork is an essential workplace skill and good communication and chemistry between our team was essential in developing the end product. Like any skill, the ability to work effectively in teams is one that gets better with experience and GMC provides a perfect opportunity to work on these competencies.
Singapore is renowned for being a global centre of commerce and rightfully so, and I got to meet great people that I’d otherwise be unlikely to cross paths with.
Ultimately, the experience was unlike anything I had done before. Being able to work on a real consulting project offers a challenge beyond the normal university experience and helps equip you for professional life
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