MBA Student Profiles
Kim Tae Kang
Job Before INSEAD: Research Engineer, Samsung Electronics
Exposing myself to an environment, where there are different experiences and backgrounds, helped me figure out what I want to do and what I don’t want to do with my career.
I was born in South Korea, but spent half of my teenage life in Thailand. I then went to the UK to do my bachelor and master’s degrees. I studied chemical engineering, focusing on sustainable development such as biofuel and desalination membrane. After graduation, I received an offer from Samsung Electronics to work as an R&D engineer. During my tenure, I developed the next generation LED chip, a new light source that forecasts to reduce global energy consumption by 80%. The LED I developed was for backlighting that goes into more than half of the Samsung LED TV product lines.
After three years of working, I felt too settled and found work less challenging and life seemed too repetitive. I realised I needed a change, and an MBA was the perfect option as I wanted to expand my horizon from an engineer to a managerial position. From researching the top MBA programmes around the world, I learnt that INSEAD was able to fulfill all my needs. Thanks to my international upbringing, I truly value the power of diversity in a learning environment. Thus, it was not difficult to decide on the INSEAD MBA programme.
At INSEAD, you will always be surrounded by people from all over the world. Whenever we plan a trip, chances are there will be a colleague from the country who will plan a tour for us! For example, a bunch of my friends from INSEAD and I were at Budapest last week and a Hungarian colleague, who happened to be back for the break, invited us for traditional Hungarian cuisine and a wine tasting session. How amazing is that?
From weekly career event updates to on-campus events, the CDC seeks ways to help students to not only find a job but also identify what that person wants to do in the future. It is done through numerous sessions such as self-reflections, job search and networking workshops.
The biggest lesson is that I learned to understand myself better. Exposing myself to an environment, where there are different experiences and backgrounds, helped me figure out what I want to do and what I don’t want to do with my career. Furthermore, the study group interactions encouraged me to re-consider my teamwork ability and leadership style.