Transcend Talks #4 – Alvin Hsieh (ASU MBA)

For Transcend Talks #4, David speaks with Alvin Hsieh, a former engineer who elected to do his MBA at Arizona State University because of the program’s strengths in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Today, Alvin works for Amazon in the…

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For Transcend Talks #4, David speaks with Alvin Hsieh, a former engineer who elected to do his MBA at Arizona State University because of the program’s strengths in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Today, Alvin works for Amazon in the San Francisco Bay area.

Discussion question rundown:

00:00 – Welcome to Transcend Talks #4
00:38 – Alvin’s Introduction
01:47 – How did you get this idea that you wanted to get an MBA in the first place?
03:19 – Do you have any specific memories from when you were applying for an MBA?
04:54 – How did you know ASU’s programs aligned with your future career goals?
06:10 – Is ASU generous with their scholarships and financial aid?
07:35 – Is there something about ASU’s business school education that stands out?
09:06 – Is ASU’s MBA program Supply Chain Operations focused?
09:40 – What makes ASU strong in Supply Chain Operation?
10:58 – Are there jobs in the US that are more difficult to get for international students?
11:30 – What is it about supply chain or operations that makes it a good match for some international students?
12:28 – How did you get a full-time job offer from Facebook?
13:38 – How important is your previous work experience when it comes to switching roles post-MBA?
14:49 – What kinds of jobs enabled you to incorporate your previous engineering experience in your post-MBA career goals?
16:40 – Do you have any advice for engineers considering an MBA?
19:38 – What is something you learned during your MBA that you use every day?
21:03 – Is there something you wish you had focused more on during your MBA?
22:22 – What is your advice for people who want to work at a tech company but may not come from a tech background?
26:33 – What are the particular skills people who want to work in supply chain analysis or sourcing should focus on?
27:56- How helpful is it to develop skills with tools like Python and SQL?
28:18 – What skills are helpful for operations jobs, like forecasting, demand planning, or material management?
29:29 – For engineers out there considering MBAs, what are some common job titles for MBA graduates with engineering backgrounds?
32:57 – What are the challenges international MBA graduates with engineering backgrounds face working as Product Managers?
34:42 -What is your advice to people who want to switch industries as well as their job scope?
37:00 – What qualities do you think a company like Amazon is looking for in the people they hire?
40:22 – What do you miss most about Taiwan?

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