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HKUST MBA Triple Jumps Into A Management Consulting Career At Infosys In Hong Kong

Israeli Zac Abrahami saw an MBA at HKUST Business School as an essential step to changing industry, role, and location



Mon Feb 5 2018

With experience in the Israeli military and having worked in law, Zac Abrahami is used to making plans. So, when he started mapping out a career triple jump—a change of role, industry, and location—he knew that an MBA was an essential stop on the way.

Zac wanted to move to Asia—Hong Kong in particular. He had family located there already, but seeing where the world was going and considering China’s growing economy, it was somewhere he had to be. As he looked into the best schools in Asia, HKUST Business School—ranked in the top 15 of the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings for nine consecutive years—was an obvious choice.

Since completing his degree, he’s switched careers into consulting at Infosys and knows his MBA skills were essential to achieving his goals. He also credits Hong Kong itself, and its open atmosphere, for making his career dreams become reality.

How did the HKUST MBA help you switch careers into consulting?

The HKUST Business School MBA provided me with more business tools that I needed and sharpened my skills. We had a management consultant course that gave me a lot of tools and knowledge about how the consulting practices work.

One of the things about the school itself is that it offers you the chance to choose your own courses. So, I took courses on business strategy, marketing strategy and IT. For a consultant that diversity is important because you need a lot of knowledge of different industries.

How key was your MBA to starting a new career in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a bit different to Europe and US. Here, the MBA is maybe less important as a qualification, but it does give you a lot of skills and advantages over those who don’t have it.

It’s less about your resume and more about what it offers you. When it comes to tools, practices, engaging with communities, and also having a great experience it’s important. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll meet lots of people who become your friends. And if you stay here to work, you’ll have a network ready. This is great to have from the get-go as you’re trying to pursue a new career.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at HKUST?

I planned on an MBA for a long time before I decided to go to HKUST. It was natural step in my career as business was my passion.

Knowing I wanted to come to Asia, it became an easy choice as HKUST was the best school. I checked other schools and curriculums and saw that HKUST offered a mix of great professors, more practical schooling, a focus on the Asian economy, and subjects that could help me.

What were your career goals going into it?

I had worked in many industries before HKUST—the army, supply chain and business development for investment banks before I got into Law. I really wanted to focus on business and use my past experience wrapped up with new tools and skills and do something utilizing it all.

I knew coming to Asia opens a lot of doors if you want to engage with industries and communities. The beauty of Hong Kong is that it’s all open for you. If you’re interested in a different industry, you can just go and try it out. The city offers you so much.

What advice do you have for anyone considering an MBA?

Know where you want to go and why you want to be there. Think about where you want to be in the next four or five years, then think back from that point. If you think an MBA can help, particularly the school, professors, and engagement with the business community, go for it.

For me, the MBA was an amazing experience and I met great people there. I had a plan and I’m happy with the place that I’m in now. HKUST Business School helped me get there.

Student Reviews

HKUST Business School




On Campus

Excellent Supporting Staff

HKUST campus is a very scenic place. However, the best part of the university is the professors and administrators. I have had numerous instances where I have approached them outside their office hours and asked them for help. I have always received full support, and they have helped me escape some very tricky situations. I will miss the faculty and especially the UG Hall 5 Residence Master. I am grateful for his help during my undergraduate program. I will recommend people choose HKUST for their bachelor, master, or Ph.D. studies. Do experience the hall life and you will never regret it.




On Campus

Stressful university

Vibe Students in HKUST is really competitive, they study really hard. Environment Nice sea view and modern campus Teaching Many professors are from mainland, whose accent are difficult to understand sometimes. Harsh grading from most of the professors from my department Opportunities HKUST provides many opportunities and guidance for students on careers and extracurricular activities




On Campus

Hard working and motivational

Major selection activities are very competitive. 1st/2nd year students work hard to get into popular majors they want. If you enjoy working in a competitive environment, this is a great place. Great ocean view with sports facilities and activities ready for you. Many programmes and social clubs available to boost your cv, learn practical skills for future jobs and interviews.





Good for academics but not that good for student life

Professors and teaching staffs definitely know what they are teaching and have strong knowledge in their discipline; Academics can be quite tough and stressful for students as everyone works very hard and course grades are rather competitive; Student societies exist but are not extensive. Activities are also mostly non-existent.