Gabriel Cunto, born in Canada and raised in Venezuela, reflects on his time spent pursuing his MBA abroad in Canada at Schulich School of Business- York University.
What do you think is Schulich’s greatest asset?
Schulich’s state-of-the-art infrastructure provides the latest technology and resources to excel students’ learning experience. The program is running four top-notch faculties with solid business and academic background around the globe. I’d say the program also offers a powerful combination by integrating as vibrant and modern a city as Toronto with a smart and diverse student body.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you before you started the MBA application process?
On top of aiming to get into a prestigious and well-known program it’s also important to analyze the work environment surrounding it. The latter could leverage your career opportunities if you are looking to develop your career and settle down your family in the place you are pursuing your MBA.
How did you fund your MBA? Can you offer any advice to students looking to fund their MBA?
Personal savings – Since my first job I started to save at least 10% of my annual compensation and invest these funds in financial structures.
What is it like to transition back to school after being out for a few years? What advice can you offer students transitioning back?
It is not that easy considering the program’s tight agenda and the level of competitiveness of the student body. My advice will be to look forward to work with people from different backgrounds and ages to get diverse insights and approaches.
How often are you in touch with your alumni network? Are they helpful in making connections?
On a daily-basis. The alumni network is the primary channel to connect and to access potential opportunities around the world.
What advice can you give to ease the transition into a new country?
If you are not familiar with the place where you are planning to do your MBA, it is really important to land a few weeks in advance. There are a number of errands such as open a banking account, finding a place to live and so forth that you will need to complete.