AYash Shah

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

Flirting with the idea of a 1-year MBA to reduce my opportunity cost, I visited Smith’s Toronto facility for an MBA open house. I immediately noticed how close-knit, career-focused and professional the Smith community was. Speaking to a few program alumni, I could confirm that those exceptional employment outcomes and starting salaries were not just a selling proposition. As soon as I began the program, I experienced how Smith thrives on collaboration and teamwork. You will be studying in the heart of Queen’s University’s beautiful Tudor gothic architecture buildings. Smith’s manageable class size provides students more time with world-class professors and career coaches.

There are a few pieces of advice I would give to the older me. First, apply well in advance. Second, the reason why you want an MBA and what you plan to get out of it is just as crucial as the GMAT, if not more. Finally, learn the art of talking - ask lots of questions, reach out if you need help, learn to effectively project your abilities and experiences through your written submissions and interviews. Effective communication is a key to success during and after an MBA program.

Coming from a technology startup background, I plan to utilize my MBA to transition into product management or digital transformation consulting in the future. Smith offers a wide variety of elective courses such as management analytics and digital transformation that I plan to take to tailor my MBA to my career goals. In addition to the world-class faculty, a great deal of learning happens outside the classroom, through a cohort full of high-performing MBA colleagues who offer endless learning opportunities.

I could not be happier about my decision to come to Smith School of Business for an MBA and would love to share my experiences with future applicants.

  • Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Prior Industry: Technology
  • Career Focus: Product Management
AYash Shah

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