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Nicole Lee

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA and what drew you to the SFU Beedie School of Business?

There are so many reasons to pursue an MBA, but the main reason for me was the doors it would open. I’m a risk-averse person, so I wanted options for my future in case I need to move, change industries, experience a change in my health, or some other. Having knowledge and skills that are versatile, as well as a powerful network, can make all the difference in case a career change is needed. Attending SFU Beedie was a no-brainer for me because of its reputation, focus on applied learning, and beautiful downtown campus.

What has been your favourite moment or experience at Beedie so far? What are you looking forward to?

As an introvert, I’ve always had a fear of networking—so I was surprised to find that the networking events have been my favourite so far. The Career Management Centre puts a lot of effort into preparing you for the events: they help ensure your LinkedIn profile is optimized, they help you define your career goals, and they share tips on how to network efficiently and make the most of the events. Even though I’ve only been in the program for two month so far, I’ve already built some fantastic connections and feel prepared for a career change next fall.

How would you describe SFU Beedie’s culture?

Beedie is an incredibly engaged community. There is a constant slew of events, co-curriculars, and other opportunities which really enrich the student experience. I love that my classmates aren’t just here to attend classes and get the MBA letters—everyone is really engaged in learning, sharing their diverse perspectives, and finding ways outside the classroom to apply their new skills. It really helps me stay motivated and strive to better myself.