How the SFU Beedie MBA is empowering women and helping to close the gender gap

Meet Alexandra, Canadian born but raised between Santiago, Chile and Vancouver, Canada. Alexandra is now an MBA candidate and Student Ambassador at SFU Beedie School of Business. We wanted to find out why getting an MBA was so important to her and what her advice was to prospective MBA students.

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Alexandra Kutilin (Canada) – SFU Beedie School of Business

What are the highlights of the MBA program at SFU Beedie?

When it comes to the highlights, I’d say make sure to get involved with extracurricular activities. For me, that’s just as valuable as the learning experience we receive in class. For example, I’m part of The GMCCP, The Graduate Management Consulting Club Program. It takes you through the interview process at top consulting firms like Deloitte or Accenture.

Take advantage of your extracurriculars, that’s the best advice I can give. As much as you learn from the course that you take your entire education experience can be advanced tenfold by taking part in extracurriculars.

What made you sign up to be a Student Ambassador?

I wanted to get involved because I had someone helping me with my application process and cheering me along from the sidelines as I applied for my MBA program. I wanted to do the same for someone else!

Can you tell us more about your experience on the MBA program at SFU Beedie?

The course really dives deep into who you are as a person, I’ve developed so much not just in business acumen but also as a person. I’ve really had to think about my leadership style, which wouldn’t have been possible outside of an MBA.

Your courses can be intimidating but remember you’re not in it alone, your professors are there to help you.

What would be your advice to someone considering an MBA?

“Right now is the best time to invest in an MBA. Leaders that are developed throughout this period of change are going to be the ones to lead the world on the other side of it.”

An MBA is a big investment but it’s worth it. When embarking upon an MBA journey you’re increasing your pool of opportunities. The two best decisions I’ve made in my life are getting engaged to my fiance and doing my MBA!

What was your background before you chose to study for an MBA?

I have a non-traditional background when it comes to coming into an MBA program, I have a diploma in Business and a Bachelor’s in Psychology but I don’t have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. At SFU Beedie it’s not required to have that prior business education, they focus on getting everyone in the cohort as diverse as possible so we can all have the opportunity to learn from others with different perspectives.

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