What is your background?
Before my MBA, I completed an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My diverse professional experiences include working as: a Research Assistant and then as a Scientific Engineer in a physics research and development lab to develop a new greenhouse technology; a consultant on usage-based car insurance policy; and as an insurance underwriter at two multinational insurance companies.
Why did you want to do the MBA at John Molson?
I chose to do an MBA because I wanted a better business education to pursue my goal of managing a medium-sized business in the aerospace industry in Montreal. John Molson is a forward-looking business school with many experiential learning opportunities. In particular, the Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau (CSBCB) interested me because it would give me the chance to work directly with local businesses.
How did you get involved at John Molson?
After starting the full-time MBA, I was selected to join the CSBCB, where I worked with a team to write industry research reports and business plans for clients. This was where I developed a deeper interest in consulting. I liked learning about different industries, such as artificial intelligence and healthcare, as well as providing clients with practical solutions to help their businesses. Though challenging, it was always new and exciting.
How has the MBA changed your career path?
In the spring of 2019, I decided to pursue a career in management consulting. I started my recruitment preparation that summer since most firms recruit in the fall. It was great to have the support of the JMSB community during my job hunt: I practiced case interviews with my MBA colleagues; received career guidance from Career Management Services; had several coffee meetings with alumni working in consulting; and attended many on-campus recruitment events. This support and my efforts paid off - I accepted an offer from Oliver Wyman.
Completing the John Molson MBA gave me the business skills and confidence to pursue a career in management consulting. I am excited to begin my new career and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.