This article was written by Seb Murray of Business Because for EMLYON Business School.
Before Bella Handojo became a business student, she was a food sciences undergrad and spent years researching and writing reports on the manufacturing of food stuffs at university. Now she is an entrepreneur, cooking up a venture that she hopes will shake-up the food and beverage industry in Indonesia.
“I come from a country where education and work motivation is considerably low. I want to be able to create opportunities,” she says.
Bella has completed business education in a whirl. An entrepreneurship program took her across three different countries – France, China and the US – at three Business Schools: EMLYON Business School, Zhejiang University and Pace University.
“Moving from one country to another within one year has helped me to adapt faster to situations,” she says.
There are many transferable skills, from tech to business. “Entrepreneurship is not just accounting or finance; it is about being outrageously creative in any field – engineering, IT, science or arts,” Bella says.
She is one of a growing number of former techies that have turned to business education.
A survey last year of more than 5,000 business school applicants found 5% more technology employees and 0.3% more engineers were opting for business education than the previous year.
Bella and her fellow alum Abhinandan De are the new faces of the evolving business school scene. Abhinandan is a manager at IIAS Group, a company with interests in the education, hospitality, tourism and manufacturing sectors.
He moved into management after a career as an industrial engineer, including at a steel plant in west Bengal, India.
“I [have] always wanted to be an entrepreneur and to build a business,” he says. “Engineering is hard work; it prepares one to not only be analytical, but to go through the grind of college.”
An entrepreneurship graduate program has helped him switch careers. Now, he is developing a business plan for a mobile applications business.
Abhinandan says the program made a difference: “Not only has it made me more aware about how the start-up world works, but it has also provided me with the key skills [and] insights [needed] to think like an investor.”
Hear Abhinandan’s experience of the Global Entrepreneurship Program:
The Global Entrepreneurship Program is a program run jointly by EMLYON in Europe, Zhejiang University’s School of Management in Asia and Pace University in the US.
By working in three global markets, students benefit from cultural experiences far beyond pure academic studies. Also, on each continent the entrepreneurs work on semester-long consulting projects for local companies with students from other countries.