Poom Kunplin

Poom Kunplin

Nationality: Thai
Position pre MBA: Secretary to Managing Director

What motivated you to do an MBA and why did you choose Cass Business School?

Already with a strong creative background, I realised that I also needed to strengthen my knowledge and skills in business and management, to more effectively manage my family business in general insurance, in Thailand.

I chose Cass because I believe that it is one of the top business schools in the world. On top of being in London, it offers an accelerated one-year Full-time MBA programme, a highly international cohort, a finance-led and practical approach, and an impressive reputation.

What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?

As the third generation to carry on my family insurance business, my goal is to ensure the success and sustainability of the company, and to provide the people of Thailand with excellent and reliable insurance products and services.

How would you describe your overall experience of the MBA so far?

So far, the course has been super intensive, there are not enough hours in the day. Academics generally run morning to afternoon throughout the entire week, and in the evenings and on weekends, we usually have group work. When possible, I would try to go to events on financial services to network.

What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?

The thing about the Cass MBA is that you become exposed to a great variety of events and challenges which altogether are highly rewarding experiences. One week, you might be figuring out how to use excel in your Business Analytics class, the next; white water rafting to build teamwork, then you might be developing leadership skills at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

What has been the most challenging aspect?

Time management has clearly been the most challenging aspect of the course. Having to juggle between three to five business subjects at once – whilst working on group work throughout the entire week outside class lectures – can be very difficult. Prioritisation and resilience are key.

How would you describe your fellow cohort?

With 73 classmates from 33 countries, the course is incredibly diverse. There's an interesting mix of people from across all industries, particularly from the financial services, which is very beneficial as you get to network with people in this industry.

When assigned group projects, we work in teams of seven to eight. Striking the right balance within the team, in terms of voicing opinions and maintaining effectiveness and unison, can be a real challenge, which is great for learning and self-development.

What has the learning experience been like? How are classes taught and what sort of expertise do the academics bring?

So far, I have been taught Strategy, Organisational Behaviour, Business Analytics, and Accounting & Finance. All the teachers have been really enthusiastic and interactive. The best thing is that they deliver the class content in a very practical way. This is great as I can easily make use of the theory I have learnt after I graduate.

What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass’ location bring any added benefit?

Arguably, London is the most exciting place in the world. It's rich in history, culture, entertainment and just about everything else one can think of. People from all over the world want to be here and that's why the Cass MBA has a richly international cohort of 74 students from 33 countries. Plus, being located in the city and surrounded by lots of tech and finance companies, students can really benefit from the networking opportunities.

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing an MBA at Cass?

Doing an MBA is not like any other course out there. It usually involves giving up your current job, which is in fact a big risk, to become a student once again. You have to invest a lot of time, effort and money.

Hence, it so important to figure out exactly just why you want to take an MBA. Unless you have a clear goal, it would be foolish to embark on an MBA course, particularly one at a leading business school like Cass. It may be to increase the business knowledge that you lack to take your company forward, to develop your leadership skills to potentially secure a management-level position, or to pursue new knowledge and skills to switch work industries. Whatever it may be, it's key that you take the time to work it out.