Taking the World by Storm, One Country at a Time
Mike Bayles BS’07
Intern, Beijing Honglin Pharmaceutical; Beijing, China
“More than anything else, business and economics are learned ways of thinking. The Kelley school taught me to approach problems systematically while maintaining a continual focus on results,” says Bayles.
He’s only in his early twenties, but recent Kelley graduate Mike Bayles is the definition of an intrepid world traveler.
In summer 2006 he interned for General Motors in Germany as a strategic planning analyst on the retail network development team. Continuing this global work trend, Bayles currently lives in China, interning at Beijing Honglin Pharmaceutical performing market research for the company’s early-stage drugs. (He’s also taking intensive Chinese language courses because he has no prior experience with the language.)
He credits his IU degree with giving him the knowledge to succeed anywhere in the world. “The best thing about IU for me was the incredible variety of resources available,” says Bayles, who double majored in business and Germanic studies while at IU. “Having a major in the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to my business majors allowed me to balance these competing perspectives. I was able to learn practical analytics for things like finance and accounting in the business school, while also expanding my creative abilities in my German classes. Having such resources at my disposal helped prevent me from becoming too one-dimensional in either direction and made me a more well-rounded person.”
Bayles has also taken advantage of the Kelley School’s vast alumni network. In fact, his internship in China was offered by Simon Goe, a Kelley graduate and entrepreneur of Chinese origin, and advertised through IU’s Hutton Honors College. Although he’s just begun his internship, Bayles can already see that his Kelley degree is paying off.
“More than anything else, business and economics are learned ways of thinking. The Kelley school taught me to approach problems systematically while maintaining a continual focus on results,” says Bayles. “All college graduates are possessed of some degree of intelligence, but the ability to execute is what sets successful people apart from those who can't get past the theoretical stage. My course work at Kelley gave me a solid basis from which I feel confident handling any work that I might be given.”
- What are your ultimate career goals?
"I'm an entrepreneur at heart. My dream is to start my own business venture before the age of 30. Aside from international affairs, my other love in life is film, so opening a production company seems like a risky, yet enticing proposition.”
- What is the one Web site or blog you visit every day?
- What is your dream job?