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Human Resources talks exclusively with Jenny Pong, HR director at Gammon Construction about how executive education has been an indispensable boost to her professional network.

HRO: I noticed from your bio that you have undertaken an MBA at HKUST. What did you get out of that experience professionally?
Jenny Pong: Now that my title is HR director, I have to manage corporate communication as well but I know very little about PR. So at times I have to leverage the network I established while doing my MBA. So the network is a factor that you can’t beat. It’s a group of young professionals that develop professionally together.

For example, I can ask them ‘Hey, do you have any good consultants that you can refer to me.’ And I can get a reply within two minutes.

I would recommend HKUST because at the time when I did my course, it was the toughest local MBA programme. Because on Saturday – no matter where you are – you have to physically be on campus. You can’t escape.      

Would you recommend HR professionals undertake an MBA?
I don’t recommend taking on a very easy one, such as a purely online one. They should have a tough programme. And the people need to commit to each other to spend the time – that’s a meaningful MBA.

And what did you get out of the MBA experience personally?
To tell you the truth, I got a big prize. Because I got a husband! And then during the 10-year anniversary of the alumni at the party, I announced to everyone that I got pregnant. You can’t beat that.