Atsushi Takayama MBA’19
Graduate Student, Two-Year MBA
What is your pre-Babson experience?
I previously attended Doshisha University. Before coming to Babson, I was a chief engineer with Hitachi, Ltd.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I’m here sponsored by my company, and will return to it after I graduate. First, I believe I can learn about real-world entrepreneurship practices. My company is requiring me to innovate system development and business, so entrepreneurship is critical for me. Second, I can gain hands-on experiences in management by leading teams with diverse backgrounds through the Babson Consulting Alliance Program and Management Consulting Field Experience. Finally, I want to join Babson’s Energy and Environment Club to network with electric utilities to innovate and expand our energy businesses.
What are your career goals?
My company's vision is to “Inspire the Next,” and I’m always aligned with this vision. In fact, I developed the world’s first controller for an electric power distribution network. After Babson, I want to help incubate businesses as an intrapreneur. I want to accelerate business innovation to make society better. I believe Babson can be aligned with my career ambitions and help me, an aspiring intrapreneur, develop skills and knowledge.
What was your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
I started my Babson life two months ago, but I have already been inspired a lot. For example, I loved the class Entrepreneurship & Opportunity. In several field projects, we were required to act. Act, act, act! In my professional work, the most important thing is to minimize mistakes and risks, so I tended to plan first. However, I learned through this class that action and risk taking are more important for entrepreneurs.