Eleanore Liang, alumna of University of New Brunswick Saint John, discusses her decision to pursue her MBA abroad in Canada and explains how an internship opportunity via the school's Career Development and Employment Centre lead to her current job.
What has been your favorite classroom experience?
My favorite classroom experience was participating in a business plan competition organized and judged by Deloitte and Ganong Bros., which is Canada's oldest candy company. I was part of the winning team! We provided recommendations to Ganong on how to strengthen its abilities to adapt and compete in the ever-changing marketplace of the global economy.
Why did you choose your MBA program? Do you have advice to students on how to make a decision?
My MBA program was a productive and enriching program that had intensive courses and diversified events and activities. With regard to advice to students on how to make a decision, you need to understand what your heart desires and what you want to pursue through your MBA. Familiarize yourself with the different options and select a program that best satisfies your needs.
What resources and support did your school offer you through the career search?
UNB Saint John has a mentorship program that assigns a senior level business leader to each student to provide out of class, one-on-one mentoring on career search and development. In addition, my school works closely with local companies and arranged an interview opportunity for me for a one-year internship position, which became the starting point of my career with my current employer.
What inspired you to pursue your MBA abroad and what have been the greatest benefits of doing so?
I desired to pursue my MBA with a diversified and multicultural group of students in a new country as I believed it would help expand my field of view and achieve a better understanding and readiness for competing in today's era of globalization. The greatest benefit of getting my MBA in Canada is that I have adapted to the western business culture, and I have created lasting relationships with my fellow students and have had the opportunity to network with my alumni from different countries.
What advice can you give to ease the transition into a new country?
Search the information you need and be as prepared as you can be before you leave your country. Acquaint yourself with the new country and city by taking advantage of all the resources provided by your school including the university's website, student forum, alumni website and your school's Office for International Students. Always be ready and stay open-minded to embracing the cultural differences.