From studying to start-up

“This is real life. You need a great support network to be successful.”

Vera Wei

Programme: LBS Sloan Masters
Founder and CEO, Sloan Education Ltd


Mentored through the challenges

“What have I got left to learn?”

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‘My story is one of a 40-year-old woman, with years of experience and an educated background, who came all the way to London to pursue her passion."

‘When I started on the Sloan MBA programme, I had 18 years’ experience in China’s financial
industry, but I was asking myself: “What have I got left to learn?” 

"I asked Jurek Sikorski, Entrepreneur Mentor-in-Residence at LBS, to help mefind a way to share my experience of life in the UK with my compatriots. ‘I wanted to educate Chinese children and help them realise that speaking English could open doors."

‘Jurek helped me launch the Sloan Education company. Our first educational trip took place in July 2015, with 17 Chinese students aged between eight and 16 travelling to an English-language summer camp in Buckinghamshire."

“For most students, it was the first time that learning English stopped being stressful and became a way to communicate with the world. When I moved to London to join the Sloan course, I brought my son Marc, who’s now 13, with me. I was wary about uprooting him, but LBS’s Senior Admissions Manager Linden Selby was a great help. He helped me through the visa process and other challenges involved in moving to a new country."

"It’s quite a daunting task to seemingly throw everything away and jump into the unknown. Having people cheering me on made me feel more confident.”

“I told one of my classmates I felt a lot of pressure, but I didn’t want to share this with my boy in case it worried him,” she says. One of my classmates told me: “This is real life. You need a great support network to be successful. Don’t let Marc live in a bubble, share your concerns with him and he’ll support you – that was the best advice I have ever had."

“Together we make a great team."
“He often says that seeing me work hard makes him feel the impossible is possible. I feel I can really lead by example."

“He calls me an inspiration."

“I’m a career mum doing something I’m passionate about. And that’s having a big impact on my boy.”

Seeking out the new challenges

‘I was asking myself; ‘What have I got left to learn?’

Help from your peers

You need a great support network to be successful.