Beedie School of Business MBA student Alannah Cervenko has accomplished a lot in the last year of her life. But as she prepares to move on from the MBA program to one of the world’s largest mining companies, she intends to use the experience she has gained from it in order to accomplish even more in the future.
Cervenko graduated from UBC in 2006 with a degree in Psychology, before going on to work as a teacher at an American International school in Genoa, Italy. After this experience she returned to Vancouver and began working for private equity firm CAI Capital Management. It was while working there that she opted to pursue an MBA, although she admits that she came to this decision through chance.
“My role at CAI Capital Management was progressively involving more and more responsibility, and I was aware that I was missing some key business tools needed to advance my career,” says Cervenko. “A friend asked me to accompany him to an information session for the MBA at SFU. The session appealed to me immediately and I decided this was my next step.”
Cervenko quickly decided she had made the correct decision in choosing the Beedie School of Business, and was particularly pleased with the camaraderie she developed with her fellow cohort members. “The MBA program at Beedie is awesome, but at the same time pretty intense,” she says. “The small class sizes have really helped us to develop a sense of community. The other students in the cohort have been great to work with and bring so much to the table, because we all come from such diverse backgrounds. I have spent a lot of time in the vault over the last year working on group projects, so having such a tightly-knit cohort has been extremely beneficial. It’s one of the real strengths of the MBA program at Beedie.” Keep reading…
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