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Tsai Si Han

Please tell us more about where you are currently working at and what you are doing.

I am currently working as a Business Intelligence Executive at Global Fashion Group (GFG). GFG operates across 4 continents and 27 countries, with a strategic focus on emerging markets. As a Business Analyst within the Operations team, I analyze and maintain reports for GFG ventures, that monitors operational performance and drive integral business decisions. I also work with various department and country heads to address issues across multiple business functions, in order to deliver exceptional customer experience and maximize customer acquisition.

What made you choose to do a degree in Social Sciences and why did you choose to do it in SMU?

My study of social sciences, with a core focus in the field of Political Science, has proved to be an integral one as it provided me with a more well-rounded and multi-faceted perspective, and is highly applicable to my career. What drew me to SMU was its incomparable interactive pedagogy. SMU’s seminar-style teaching system highly encouraged interaction among students and our professors, creating a collaborative synergy within the seminar room and facilitating a positive learning environment. Looking back, I am confident that I made the right decision, although I might be slightly exhibiting hindsight bias (learnt this term in the Social Psychology module)!

How has the SOSS experience been for you, and how has it benefitted you?

My SOSS experience has been a challenging but fulfilling one, with every semester promising modules that were thought-provoking and stimulating. One of the major contributing factors towards my decision to choose SMU was the opportunity to declare a second major and complete electives from other faculties in SMU, encouraging a more holistic approach to learning. Completing a second major in Corporate Communication under the Lee Kong Chian School of Business has solidified benefits that would resonate throughout my career, such as effective and constructive communication within the workplace.

Do you have any advice for your juniors that are currently in SOSS or for those who are planning to join the SOSS family?

If I could summarize my experience as a SMU SOSS student in 2 words, it would be “Family” and “Global”. One memorable chapter of my time as a SOSS student was my privilege to serve as Academic Director, alongside other members in the 10th SOSCIETY Management Committee, as they truly embody the term “SOSS Family”. Furthermore, my student experience was a global one as I was pushed out of my comfort zone and completed a 6-month International Exchange Programme in Rouen, France. Apart from the eye-opening travels throughout Europe, the exposure to cultural diversity and differences has been really valuable in my workplace as I work with colleagues from various cultures and backgrounds within GFG. 

Last updated on 13 Sep 2017 .