Name: Jane Xia
Graduated: 2011 MBA (Full time)
Current Job: Pharmacy Representative, Merck Canada
Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?
I started out as a community pharmacist. After finishing my MBA, I got promoted as assistant pharmacy manager then pharmacy manager. I learned a lot about retail pharmacy and to satisfy my curiosity in the pharmaceutical industry, I ventured into my current position as pharmacy representative.
What is the most valuable skill you learned during your time in the MBA program?
The most valuable skill I learned is to think critically using ROI as a metric. Sometimes an attractive opportunity may not give you the return on investment. Strategically, you can stand out amongst many by knowing the most efficient and effective way of doing things maximizing benefits/value.
Who / what inspires you the most?
I don’t think there is ONE person who inspires me. I look up to many female role models, to name a couple, Marissa Mayer and Angelina Jolie. They pursued their passion and paved paths that are admirable. I feel the motivation to push forward what I envision what my life would be like and every moment is filled purposeful excitement.
What is your most memorable moment from your MBA?
The laughter with my friends and the nerdy ah ha moments that we had when we uncovered a framework for a case and business models that would be under blue ocean strategy. Oh boy, I miss those moments!
What do you believe are the most important skills one needs as they enter the workforce?
You will learn different skillsets and sharpen the ones you already possess. The key transferable skill is your ability to work with others. Be genuine, work smart, and kindly help those in need will move you forward with a happier mindset with better results.
What’s the single best piece of career advice you can give to soon-to-be grads?
The best advice I can give is to always aspire to be a better you by continuously learn new knowledge, meet new people and experience new ventures. An optimist with a great attitude will always succeed!