SAUDER's MBA INTRODUCTION

The 16-month, full-time MBA program at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School empowers candidates to embrace challenge and change their lives and businesses for the better. Challenged to strategize like a CEO, graduates move on to leadership positions in Vancouver and around the world, realizing their personal and professional potential.

Our mandatory Global Immersion Experience (GIE) allows each of our full-time MBA candidates to spend 2-weeks abroad, getting the opportunity to consult on business problems for local organizations. They begin preparing for the experience on campus before they depart, designing briefs and doing research. It’s an invaluable experience that helps students understand cultural implications of business decisions and adapting to different ways of doing things.

Sauder's MBA CLASS PROFILE

SAUDER's MBA PLACEMENT STATISTICS

Sauder's MBA SAMPLE WINNING ESSAYS

What are your motivations to pursue an MBA? (200 Words)

My long run career objective is to acquire a Partner/Director position at a strategy consulting firm, such as Mckinsey, Bain or BCG. I intend to achieve these positions after acquiring the necessary experience and skill-set by working my way up as technology strategy consultant at a boutique consulting firm.

I have 3 years of technology consulting experience with Deloitte. But most of my experience has been on the implementation side not on strategy side. Moving forward I would like to change my track from implementation to strategy first and then pursue my long run career objective.

However, to expedite my envisaged career-progression from implementation to strategy, I need to acquire following capabilities that can be best provided by a full-time MBA only:

– Theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to general business management concepts so that I could effectively understand, and resolve complex business problem.

–  I need to learn the “sell-side” on consulting so that I could effectively pitch the ideas to senior management and clients to gain more business.

– Also, I would like to learn cost-risk assessment and other business frameworks to effectively analyse the viable technical business solutions to make better informed decisions.

What excites you about the UBC MBA Program? How do you plan to get the most out of this journey? (200 Words)

The 2 things which resonates with me and got me excited to apply for UBS’s MBA program is its emphasis on experiential learning and global immersion program.

During my interactions with Aditya Vardhan (UBC MBA’14), he highlighted how UBC elective curriculum will enhance my overall business acumen by complementing my technical knowledge. Subjects such as ‘Managing Information Technology’ and ‘Business Intelligence for Management’ will give me deeper insight into management side of information technology. To supplement the theoretical knowledge, I am looking forward for an active role at the MBA Society and Management consulting club to have a truly experiential learning experience. To make the most out of the on campus learning I would enrol/opt for Sauder Business Career Centre’s various mentorship programs and coaching to help me guide in the direction to achieve my goals.

After having the enriching experience through on campus learning global immersion program can give me more hands-on experience off-campus in an international environment. The diverse background of peers and professors at UBC along with the global immersion program will allow me to broaden my horizon and expose me to cross cultural insights. Working in a highly diverse group of professionals, I will try to learn their best practices and by combining such practices with my class-room learnings, I will try to transform my strategic knowledge and analytical capabilities into practical experience during the summer internship.

The UBC MBA program prepares leaders who seek to create value for the world. Please describe a situation in which you created value for an organization or group. What was the outcome? We encourage you to consider your contributions in both professional and community settings. (500)

In my life I have always been motivated to give back to the society and improve the life of those who were not fortunate enough. Following my motivations I have always been proactive in seeking opportunities where I can create value for the society or my organization in my professional career.

One such opportunity came during the Deloitte Employee Giving Program (DEGP) in which we try to raise funds for NGO’s such as Literacy India and Khushii. In 2015, my direct manager was leading the initiative for Deloitte Gurgaon office. Due to unforeseen emergency he had to go on emergency leave a week  before the start of DEGP. I volunteered to step in and lead the initiative for fund raising for children education.

After taking over, I realized that the fund collections for the year has been not good so far as compared to previous years. I analysed the situation and quickly realized the 3 major contributing factors which were lack of coordination among organizing teams, Non-participation of new hires and poor promotional campaign.

The overall atmosphere was a downer but I was motivated to make this event a success. I planned out a new strategy with my core team. We changed the organising team structure to work more in groups rather than in Silos. We moved the awareness campaigns and fund-raising events from the common cafeteria to respective floors to increase visibility of the on-going program. We also conducted floor-walks which increased our participation ratio. And the most important thing which turned out to be a huge success was a skit performed by children from Khushii NGO, depicting the importance of education.

Eventually our efforts paid off and we were able to raise more than $200K which were then distributed among multiple NGOs to provide better educational and healthcare facilities to over 500 underprivileged children of the local community.

Another situation where I believe I created value for my organization as a leaders was in June 2015. My team was working on a $ 50 Million project for a major US client. Deloitte was delivering their first project in transportation domain, so team had not pre-determined approach for building the solution. The project was distributed among 5 cross functional teams spread across 4 different geographical locations in 3 different time zones. Without prior experience there was a clear lack of coordination among teams.

Coordination Issues and ambiguous requirements pushed the various teams to build the solution as per their own understanding. Things began to go out of sync and delivery started getting delayed.

Since I was the only offshore project coordinator, my manager asked me to come up with concrete measures. I started by having discussions with all the teams and acted as a single point of contact for improving coordination efforts. We organized clarification meetings with the clients and came up with specific guidelines and requirements. My findings and efforts and tried to bring the teams on common functional grounds.

Eventually our efforts paid off we were able to deliver the high quality solution within stringent timelines. We achieved 20% higher accuracy than previously predicted and client signed a long-term mandate.

Although these experiences were driven by a commitment to bring a meaningful change–these also showed me the importance of empathy, collaboration, leadership, and the importance of taking calculated risks in uncertain situations to achieve greater outcomes. I plan to expand and augment these skills at UBC.

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