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Career Services for the ME MBA and Master of Finance

At the Rotman School of Management we want to accelerate the careers of our students. As one of the largest MBA career teams in business education we want to maximize your learning experience. The list of services available to students is extensive and varies by program, but includes one-on-one coaching, 24/7 online resources and workshops and speaker events. Our career coaching model is highly personalized. Students are paired with a career coach in their first year and remain connected throughout their time at Rotman. You will also learn how to leverage your degree within your organization.

We provide career services for working professionals.

Your Career Services team is dedicated to supporting all Morning and Evening MBA and Master of Finance students throughout your journey at Rotman and beyond. Our goal is to equip you with a lifelong toolkit you can use to take ownership of and manage your career and professional development.

Whether you are looking to advance within your company or switch to a new industry, we are here to assist you in developing your Career Management Plan to achieve your career goals. This Plan will be based on an understanding of your interests, values and strengths, coupled with knowledge and awareness of career opportunities that you will explore and target. We provide one-on-one coaching, advice on how to position yourself in the market, targeted workshops, plus a wide variety of online tools and resources to help you achieve your career goals. Professional goals are a priority, we have a full week dedicated to career preparation. This includes over 100 hours of career workshops and skill building sessions.

Our career services include individual career counselling appointments which includes a self-assessment, resume and cover letter review, networking techniques, interview preparation, behavioural mock interviews, job offer and negotiation advice, to name a few. We also provide professional development workshops about defining your career objectives, branding and positioning, crafting your network pitch, developing a job search strategy, workshops and speaker events. Finally, there are our online career resources which are job postings, career development guidelines, research tools and the alumni database.

We help you refine your career goals, market yourself efficiently and learn to network. As a member of the Rotman community, you have access to a global network of prosperous alumni. We provide carer support throughout your journey at Rotman and beyond.

The Rotman Global Executive MBA: Experiencing the East Asia Module in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China

The Rotman Global Executive MBA at the University of Toronto offers exciting opportunities to study in key business hubs of the world. On this 18-month leadership journey, students learn from successful companies, faculty and business leaders around the globe. Recently, a group of senior managers and entrepreneurs embarked on a two-week East Asia module in the modern business hubs of Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Meeting a Network of Alumni Globally

Alumni and staff in China with the Rotman Global Executive MBA

Alumni and staff in China with the Rotman Global Executive MBA

Vicky Yang, an alumna from the Global Executive MBA program based in Hong Kong invited Rotman Staff and other alumni. Learning about Vicky’s experience during the program and the impact that it had on her career as an entrepreneur was fascinating. She attributed her decision to start her own company to the confidence, learning and experiences she gained during her Global Executive MBA. She keeps a very active and dynamic network that includes U of T alumni, not only from Rotman but from a wide variety of other areas.

Strategic Classes in a Local Context

The first course of the module was Strategic Change and Implementation taught by Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, Professional Programs at Rotman, which focused on a case study of GE’s change and growth under Jim Welsh’s leadership. The class also participated in the Capstone course, Applied Innovation, taught by Grayson Bass. After arriving in Hong Kong, the class attended Operations & Corporate Governance taught by Prof. Joe Milner and David Beatty. The content of the courses was further enhanced by five guest speakers who brought to the class a deep understanding of various industries in Asia. Guest speakers included, Craig Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriot for Asia Pacific and an Global Executive MBA alum.

Professor David Beatty, teaching""

Exciting Site Visits

A group photo at URWORKTo drive home global ways of doing business locally, the program intertwines local visits to dynamic businesses with the course curriculum. The first site visit of the module was hosted by URWORK, a co-working space in China. URWORK is an innovation hub that hosts start-ups and offers services in a wide variety of areas including HR, legal and finance. The class experienced the new and proliferating business of shared work space in China.

The class also visited MRD Dingshi Group in Shanghai, which is an integrated professional design company specializing in architectural design. The class had the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to Mr. Wu, Chairman of MRD Dingshi Group, who also shared his deep understanding of the development of commercial real estate in China.

Group photo at the Hong Kong Stock ExchangeAfter arriving in Hong Kong, the group visited ScotiaBank to learn about its 30 years’ of experience in China. The visit featured executives from the bank who talked about their respective units and the opportunities and challenges in the region.

The final visit for the module was to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, one of the largest financial market operators in the world. Students had the opportunity to further their knowledge of trading in Hong Kong through this visit.

Speaker Series & Networking

Every module hosts a Speaker Series & Networking event, this time Egidio Zarrella, Clients and Innovation Partner at KPMG China addressed the audience with an interactive talk about the economy in China and Hong Kong, the challenges that Hong Kong faces with the rapid digitalization of the financial market and the growth China continues to experience. The focus on innovation and the interactive nature of the talk allowed for lively participation by students and guests alike. After the talk, the networking portion of the event allowed students to grow their network by making new connections.

A collage of photos from the Speaker Series

The Global Executive MBA program at the University of Toronto is an expansive leadership journey that will transform the way you think about your career on the global stage. In addition to learning from East Asia, the program will take you to key business hubs in the Americas, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Want to learn more? Connect with us or visit our website to learn more.

 

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Grow with the Rotman Self-Development Lab

The Self-Development Lab (SDL) is an incredible resource for Rotman students to participate in to develop and nurture the communicative, interactive and interpersonal skills essential to be a collaborative problem solver and decision maker in the workplace.

Unique to Rotman, the SDL offers an extensive schedule of workshops designed to help you express yourself effectively, understand your own motivations and those of others, and achieve your goals in complex, high-stakes environments. You will receive personalized feedback on your behavioural performance, communication style, and personal presence in a series of intensive, individual coaching sessions and small group workshops.

The skills developed within the SDL are the perfect compliment to the knowledge and set of technical, analytical and targeted problem solving skills (both know-what and know-how) that are the main areas being developed in the classroom.

Self-Development Lab; Re-engineering patterns of expressive, communicative and interactive skills, and of one's own understanding of self

Since the launch of the Lab, our students have consistently reported learning some of the most impactful and valuable skills in their student experience for the real world.

You can learn more about the Self-Development Lab on our website.

Maja Djikic, PhD., Director, Self-Development Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Maja Djikic, PhD., Executive Director, Self-Development Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

 

The SDL is directed by Maja Djikic, PhD. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development and was a post-doctoral fellow with Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking (Rotman School of Management) and Psychology Department at Harvard University.

 

 

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Advice from Rotman students and alumni

There are many different sources of information when it comes to getting advice and making most decisions in life, and choosing the right Master degree is no different.  In researching Rotman Master degree programs, you will most likely have viewed our website a number of times, hopefully attended an event or spoken to someone involved with the program – whether someone on the recruitment team, or a member of faculty.

One great source of information are current students and graduates – they would have had similar questions to you before starting and now have the answers to those questions (and perhaps ones you have not thought of before).

We asked the question ‘what advice would you give to someone considering choosing a Rotman program’ to students/graduates from the Executive MBA, Master of Finance, Global Executive MBA and the Morning and Evening MBA programs. We’ve highlighted a few of their comments below.

Rotman Executive MBA

“What advice would you give to someone considering choosing a Rotman program?”

“The relationships with your classmates are as important as the academics. Prepare to work hard, and have fun.” Eghtedar Manouchehri, EMBA ‘15

“My experience at Rotman exceeded my expectations. The program is a well-rounded academic experience and Rotman offers amazing opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders, both past, present and future.” Ashley Warburton, MFin ’17

“My advice: engage early and often with career services. They were instrumental in helping me choose my next career, prepare for it, and land the job I wanted.” Cole Lepine, Morning MBA ‘17

“Take advantage of extracurricular activities including clubs, lectures, workshops and case competitions. Rotman offers fantastic learning and networking opportunities outside of your coursework in the MBA.” Vanessa Perry, Morning MBA’18

“The support within the class is incredible. Inspiring professional women and role models help you thrive as colleagues and friends.” Gavinder Bhatia, EMBA ‘15

“I was impressed with the emphasis that Rotman places on leadership excellence – both organizational and personal. There is no substitution for great leadership in the corporate world.” Rachel Huckle, GEMBA ‘17

“I have acquired new friendships with like-minded people in all corners of the financial market. For anyone who wants to further their career in the financial markets while working full-time, this program is undoubtedly at the top of my recommendation list.” Richard Wong, MFin ’12

Balancing a Master’s degree with a family

Pursuing a Master’s degree is a large decision to make and starting a family is an even bigger one. Imagine trying to both now; that is to undertake a Master’s degree program while continue to working and raising a family. It’s tough, but it’s not impossible.

At the Rotman School of Management, we make a continued commitment to all our students in supporting their professional development but also personal growth. We spoke to Jinzi Zheng, MBA 2017 on how to balance her time between raising a family, pursuing an MBA and working at the same time.

Prior to joining Rotman, she obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering and also has a PhD in medical biophysics and is currently a scientist at UHN and assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering. She is also the Co-Founder of Nanovista Inc., a startup dedicated to developing new technology that can help with patient care.

New Priorities

During her 2nd year in the program, she decided it was time that she wanted to raise a family. “Having a child changed a lot in my life but I’m grateful that everyone in the program was super supportive. Because of that, I didn’t have to lose any time to complete my MBA. All the faculty and staff’s willingness to be flexible has allowed me to progress smoothly through this journey.”

Time management was also an essential skill to successfully balancing the MBA and family. Jinzi says that her situation was not too different from other part time students. “All of us in the program have a full time job that we are managing. I like to think of myself as having just that extra bit of commitment with my family. Because of the cohort nature of the program, we all have the same challenges but by working together, we’re able to overcome these obstacles and build a better relationship while doing so.”

Her advice for those in similar situations is that “there’s never a best time to have a child so if you feel now is the time to do a master’s degree, it’s best to pursue this degree sooner rather than later. There’s no better place to do a part time MBA than at Rotman. The school’s strong reputation and convenient location to Canada’s business hub made it an easy choice for me. Remember that doing an MBA and starting a family are not mutually exclusive.”

Journey of a Lifetime

After completing her MBA, Jinzi hopes to use the knowledge she has gained from the program to continue to run her successful company as well as leveraging her network to grow professionally. “Through this program, the people that I have met and the connections I’ve made have definitely changed my career. It’s great to be part of the Rotman family. The entire experience has been amazing for me.

To learn more about our programs for working professionals, visit our website.

CFA Ethics Challenge: Third Win for Rotman Master of Finance

CFA Ethics Competition Winners 2016 - Rotman Master of Finance

CFA Ethics Challenge Rotman Master of Finance winning team. L-R Johnny Wu, Nicole Jiang, Elizabeth Ren and Michael Kim (CNW Group/CFA Society Toronto)

Congratulations to the Rotman Master of Finance winners of the annual CFA Ethics Challenge! This is the third consecutive year that Rotman students achieved first place, competing against students from Schulich, Queen’s Smith School of Business, and the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.

The CFA Ethics Challenge is organized to encourage the development of analytical and ethical skills required to tackle real-life challenges in the workplace. We asked winners Elizabeth Ren, Nicole Jiang, Michael Kim and Johnny Wu from the Master of Finance 2017 winning team to tell us about their experience.

Congratulations on winning this competition! How do you feel about bringing it home for the third year?

We are so proud (and also relieved, phew!) to bring home the top honor for the third year in a row, especially since Rotman was hosting the challenge this year. We all strongly believe in the importance of ethics for financial professionals. With the bloom of compliance and the regulatory industry, Rotman has taken the leadership in educating financial practitioners in this area. Our very own MFin Program is a strong evidence of this.

Where there other resources that you tapped into to prepare for this challenge?

While academic courses provided us insights into ethics in the finance world, mandatory and optional professional development modules offered by the Rotman MFin program really gave us an edge. The dynamic Teams Workshop showed us how powerful we can be if we value each other’s input and truly collaborate with each other; the Presentation Skills Workshop sharpened our skills and enabled us to present effectively in front of the CFA Society of Toronto. We worked extremely hard to dissect the complicated case, and now we know that all those Sunday practices and late online meetings were worth it! This experience has been more than rewarding and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this challenge.

Did you reach out to your external network outside of your team?

We could not have done this without the support from last year’s winning team (Michael Szaura, Sheng Fei, Mahtab Faruqui and Roger Brown). We are so thankful for Roger taking time on a Saturday afternoon to coach us. Special thanks to our former and current MFin Academic Directors Alexandra MacKay and Fotini Tolias, and Reema Chaudhry our MFin programs Assistant Director,  who not only encouraged us but also provided much guidance.


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Master of Finance program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/MFin or contact us. Our next MFin deadline is February and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Tip: the earlier you apply, the greater your chance of an entrance award.

Rotman Master of Finance Soccer Champions (Again)!

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Last year, Rotman Master of Finance students and alumni won the inaugural friendly GTA MFin soccer match. On Sunday, June 14, at Glendon College, we repeated our success!  In the first game, we beat Queens 1:0 and, in the final game, we won 4:1 against York.

We are the champions for the second time in a row! Congratulations and thanks to all for a fun and energetic day!

Winning case competitions: the #GEECLP experience

We’re proud to congratulate a team of Morning & Evening MBA students who won the Inaugural Canadian ECLP Consulting Case Competition with GE (GE ECLP). Competing against three other top Canadian Business Schools, these students took first place in their approach to GE business cases.

#GEECLP 2014 Rotman MBA winners

From left to right: Rotman Morning & Evening MBA students Christopher McIntyre, Dejan Knezevic, Candice Luck, Wahed Fidaali, Jennifer Flexman

There are many ways for your Rotman MBA experience to extend beyond the classroom; case competitions is one way for you to enrich your experience by putting theory into practice, and is a great platform to display your strategic ability and creativity with potential employers.

“Case competitions are an excellent way for Rotman MBAs to apply and showcase our Business Problem Solving Approach”, says Wahed Fidaali, one member of the GE ECLP case competition winning team.

“Our Team really credit our win at the GE ECLP Case Competition to the strong team we put together. As students in our final year of the program, we have spent over two years working together, this really gave us an advantage when it came to working as a team to deliver this case in a very tight timeline.”

What is a case competition, and what is the experience like? Candice Luck, a current Rotman Morning MBA student and another member of the winning team, gave us her reflections on her experience.

GE ECLP Case Competition Challenge:

The intersection of industrial infrastructure and digital analytics is inevitable. GE needs to define and capitalize on the industrial internet to continue to grow and maintain its relevance. GE is facing competition in this space from both traditional and non-traditional competitors. GE partnered with Accenture and Amazon to develop a data analytics solution known as Predictivity that can be used optimize the performance of industrial assets and operations.  However, GE’s customers have shown reluctance in adopting digital technology and data solutions. GE is a global conglomerate with expertise in the manufacturing and servicing of industrial infrastructure, not software and data solutions.  With all that, how should GE drive customer adoption of Predictivity?

Our Winning Solution:

GE should develop a Targeted, Tailored, and Partnership Approach to drive adoption of Predictivity. This ultimately means that GE should transition from being a manufacturer of industrial product to being a provider of customer solutions. Providing customer solutions means that GE needs to develop a consultant relationship with the customer to create a custom solution catered to each customer’s needs. This requires GE to target and identify the right customer, understand and tailor to their needs, and become a partner that is intimately involved in all aspects of their customer’s business.

Why our Solution was Unique:

The feedback we received was that our solution was rather “provocative” because although GE strives to become a partner, the path to becoming a solutions provider or developing that consultant relationship was unclear for GE. They were very intrigued by our delivery and detailed walk-through of how this could potentially play out. Utilizing the business design emphasis on user empathy, we mapped the emotions of a potential customer and crafted a story of how GE could walk hand-in-hand with this customer through the Predictivity adoption cycle. We delivered the story as if the judges and the audience were in the boardroom witnessing the conversation between the customer and the GE representative. We painted a picture of the future with our solution in it. That, is what I believe made our presentation and our solution unique.

My Personal Key Takeaways:

I was genuinely impressed by how GE developed a unique platform to recruit talent. The case competition was really well organized with the right combination of work load and networking. It allowed students to demonstrate their strengths in a live team setting.

The case itself was quite interesting. It was current, relevant, and challenging.  The case alone was a great experience and worth the time and effort even if it were not tied to the ECLP interview opportunity.

I was really glad that Rotman allowed us to form our own diverse teams. I was surprised to find out that other schools had formed the teams based on individual student applications. Our team was complimented for our display of cohesiveness and team dynamic.

It was a great experience working with my Morning & Evening MBA classmates.  As a working professional balancing school and other commitments, it was a tough decision to invest in yet another extracurricular activity; and the decision was the right one.  The opportunity to apply my skills directly to a live case in a short period of time and to create an actionable strategy for a global conglomerate was priceless. It is so important to step outside of your day job and the classroom to participate in the unique opportunities Rotman has to offer. Because frankly, there’s never a good time. So if not now, when?


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Morning or Evening MBA program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/me-mba.

Contact us for more information or to start your MBA August 2015. You may also contact Rummy Gill, Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would love to meet with you!

Powerhouse Mix & Mingle: Annual Rotman MFin Casino Night

Every year, the Rotman Master of Finance program organizes the popular Rotman MFin Casino Night Mix and Mingle. It’s a fabulous opportunity for current MFin students, alumni, faculty and staff to meet together for a fun and casual night. Current students take the opportunity to meet their seniors, alumni touch base with friends made during their time at Rotman, and faculty mix and mingle with all.

Check out photos from our last Rotman MFin Casino Night Mix and Mingle on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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A Woman in Finance on Balance, Discipline & Support: Conversations with a Rotman MFin Alumna [Part III of IV]

What is it like to study part-time while working full-time in the finance industry? In part 3 of 4 of our wide-ranging conversation with Rotman Master of Finance alumna, Wen Lei, CFA, Manager, Asset and Liability Management at Manulife Financial, she shares her personal experiences with getting it all done. Remember to check out part I and II of our conversations.

Wen Lei, Rotman MFin

Wen Lei, MFin, CFA

What’s the lifestyle for you as a woman in finance?

It’s busy, I like it. A lot it is about your personality and what you want to do career-wise and in your personal life. For me, I feel anxious if I’m not doing anything. For example, this year, work was pretty heavy. I worked with Manulife Hong Kong and Japan, so I was always on calls at eight in the morning, eight o’clock at night. Then school in the last semester was crazy. I also had a wedding in May. In February, I completed my group fitness certificate as a personal trainer. If it wasn’t for exercise, I wouldn’t have energy for all those things.

That’s a lot! Let’s talk about your strategy for juggling these different areas in your life. One of the big questions that people pose about part-time programs is how to balance, work, family and study at the same time.

The thing is, I don’t think I’m the best student in class. My approach is to separate work and school. During the week, I focused on work. Some people have time here and there to do assignments and stuff. But because of my work schedule, I’m constantly working overtime. The 8AM/8PM calls mean that I wouldn’t have time during the week to do assignments unless I really had to. I devote my time 100% to school on the weekends. I’m always kind of playing catch up. We have class on Wednesday nights, Saturdays, and sometimes Saturday and Sunday. I definitely devote those days mostly to assignment and readings. I make sure that I get whatever I need done, done.

I’m not a super woman either, so I can’t do everything at once. You have to give up something. So I had to see my friends less frequently. I didn’t really go out all that much during my studies. The only time I really go out is after class on Saturday. I’ll go out for a drink with friends or classmates. And I’ll make sure I don’t over indulge to the point where I have a hangover the next day because that would waste my whole day. You really have to be disciplined.

During the MFin program, I got a lot of support. My family, my husband. And also classmates. They’re your motivators.

[Laughs] For my wedding, I was able to push much of it to my husband. He did a lot.

So it sounds like you really have to be dedicated to achieving what you want – and studying while working full-time is possible.

Well, for the Rotman MFin program, it’s part-time, so the school understands you’re not going to be 100% at school. The curriculum is structured in a way so that all the work is very doable.

The thing is, you’re paying good money for your education and advancement. It all depends on what you want out of this program. I’m sure some people may just go through the motions or even miss classes. You paid for this. You should definitely get as much out it as possible.


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Master of Finance program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/mfin.

Contact us for more information or to start your MFin this September. This time next year you’ll be half way towards achieving your degree.  You may also contact Fiona Duley, Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would love to meet with you!