AJesse Mikelberg

I came to the Full-time MBA at Smith School of Business because ...

I was looking for a challenge. Although I have no formal background in business, I was confident that my prior leadership roles and experience would benefit me in a team-based environment. Working with others on a small team can be difficult for some, but I thrive in these situations.

After my discharge from the military, I was interested in learning about corporate strategy, international business, and management consulting. If I could have given myself some feedback, I would have taken every opportunity to speak with individuals from as many backgrounds as possible. My first tip for you: “Ask as many questions as possible; find out what you don’t like.” In my experience, making tough decisions can be simplified when you focus on what you don’t want instead of what you do want. By getting rid of these ‘unwanted’ options, you have successfully narrowed down your search! Now, it’s time to be courageous. Make a decision and be confident with your decision.

Moving forward, my short-term goals are to assume a leadership position and to expand my network as a strategy consultant working in areas of conflict. Over the next 3 – 5 years, my career goals are to integrate my skill set and experience into the business world through negotiations and conflict resolution. A Smith MBA from Queen’s has provided me with invaluable networking opportunities and the support of a community-oriented business school.  My last tip for prospective students: “Do not give up, keep pushing yourself, and please, reach out if you have any questions!”

  • Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Prior Industry: Military/Emergency Services
  • Career Focus: Strategy Consulting/Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
AJesse Mikelberg

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