MBAs and undergraduates alike need the “right” extracurricular activities to grab the attention finance recruiters. Trekking in Kilimanjaro, volunteering in Uganda, captaining the football team. However, making a Chinese version of the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ might be the best way to impress.
But an MBA class at Shanghai Jiaotong University have done just that. Well, sort of. A 20-minute short film called ‘The Rings of SAIF’, about how young Chinese financial professionals fight an attempt by global short-sellers to target Chinese stocks. Not surprisingly, the story is a bit simple, a bit of stereotype, and the technique is very amateur. And there are also some promotional features for the school included in the film. But this still took the students six months – yes, six months – so presumably they were trying to set themselves apart from other candidates.
Actually, no. The film was made by part-time MBAs already in full-time employment, so impressing investment banks wasn’t high on the agenda, according to employees at the business school. What’s more, the project leader, Minfeng Huang is a full-time student, but also a serial entrepreneur who has started a few businesses already, according to the staff. So, he’s not looking for a new job.
In fact, Huang has been inspired to set up a movie fund, particularly those with a financial services theme. The Chinese Wolf of Wall Street could be on the cards after all.