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The world is an uncertain place right now, but one thing is certain: we will need bold leaders to lead us into the future. Investing in your education can help take your career to the next level or help you transition during these volatile times.

The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is among the educational institutions producing leaders in this respect. With options for everyone from young professionals launching their careers to experienced professionals looking to elevate their leadership skills, Haskayne’s flexible programs open doors to Calgary’s resilient business community.

A springboard to success for graduates fresh out of school

Many young professionals who just finished their undergraduate degrees are looking to upgrade their knowledge and distinguish themselves from their peers. Haskayne’s 10-month Master of Management (MMgmt) program is designed for recent non-business graduates looking to enhance their education with practical business skills, preparing them for the job market, a field change or to start an entrepreneurial venture.

One thing is certain, we need bold leaders.

“The MMgmt program helped me to transition from science to business and to find a job,” says Rachel Jacob, a 2020 graduate of the MMgmt program who now works as a strategy analyst at Shaw, combining skills from her science undergrad with business acumen acquired at Haskayne. “The program helped me polish up my resume and cover letter and gave me networking skills. It also gave me the confidence to put myself out there for jobs that I thought maybe I wouldn’t have a chance at.”

A girl studying on her laptop and making notes
Rachel Jacob, MMgmt ‘20
Strategy Analyst, Shaw

A degree that accelerates your career and activates your true potential

For Audra Stevenson, a 2017 alumna of Haskayne’s MBA program, what drew her to Haskayne was a desire to make a social impact and to connect with Calgary’s innovation ecosystem.

“What I love about Calgary first and foremost is that it’s incredibly resilient and diverse,” she says. “This creates vibrant communities and neighbourhoods that really come to the table when things need to change or when people need help. That makes me incredibly proud to be a Calgarian.”

Stevenson is now the interim CEO at the Leftovers Foundation, one of Western Canada’s largest food rescue charities. Receiving her MBA helped her accelerate her career and step into her new leadership position, which took on added weight during the pandemic due to increasing food insecurity.

“Maybe you feel stuck in the undergrad you chose or the job you’re working, and you want to level up your skills to be able to move into something that aligns with your values. That’s what Haskayne did for me,” says Stevenson.

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Audra Stevenson, MBA ‘17
Interim CEO, Leftovers Foundation

Invest in your education to gain a competitive advantage

For more experienced professionals with demonstrated skills in their chosen fields, Haskayne’s Executive MBA (EMBA) offers the chance to complement their experience with enhanced leadership, problem-solving, and business strategy — all while continuing to work full-time.

“I took the EMBA because I wanted that competitive edge,” says Cecilia Lee, a 2017 alumna of the program and Department Manager of Pediatrics at Alberta Health Services’ Calgary Zone. “I also wanted to invest in myself, and I’m so happy that I did because it was one of the most pivotal experiences that I’ve had. The trajectory I’ve taken in my career has also been very much supported by the Haskayne School of Business.”

Jacob, Stevenson, and Lee are all on separate paths but share a common goal, building a bolder future.

Education drives change, in Calgary and around the world. With programs designed to help students reimagine the status quo, Haskayne is poised to produce bold leaders who propel innovation.

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