Alumni Q&A with Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou '15

Master of Project Management, Class of 2015

​​Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou

Currently pursuing a PhD at University of Florida

Undergraduate School and Degree: Bachelor of Management, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology

How has your Master's degree helped your career? The master's program not only allowed me to learn advanced management knowledge systematically, but also provided me with precious opportunities to experience the real industry world. Therefore, the program helped me to lay a solid foundation for my future academic study and helped me to realize the top concerns within the industry. Some courses within the program have team research projects and presentations, which helped to inspire research interests and improve communication skills. All the support I have received while at WashU encouraged me to pursue a PhD.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? Starting a PhD degree with support from the warm and friendly faculty and staff members at WashU.

Who was your favorite professor during your program? Thomas Browdy

What was your favorite course and the biggest insight you gained?
Course: Applying Innovations within Organizations
Insight: Innovation is the key to help your business remain ahead in today's competitive world.

Best piece of advice for future student? Take the advantage of the flexibility of the curriculum to learn more, to exchange ideas with people from different programs and to build up your social network.

What is your ultimate long-term goal? To teach in a university or to join the consulting/R&D department of an enterprise.