MBA careers

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Make an impact in the world.

We believe a meaningful career involves more than climbing the corporate ladder. It’s about leveraging your core values and passions to make a difference in the world. With individualized career coaching and a unique integrated curriculum, we make sure that you have all the resources you need to build a meaningful life and career on your own terms.

Career development

Career development is an ongoing component of our program. We provide you with tools, resources, reflective learning activities and one-on-one coaching to ensure you develop strategies to take concrete steps toward achieving your career goals. 

You will experience a myriad of opportunities to explore existing and emerging career possibilities, increase your business acumen, strengthen your effectiveness as a leader, and build resilience to tackle professional challenges ahead. From coaching sessions and workshops to networking events and case competitions, you will find many options to experience innovative learning beyond the classroom. This is how we prepare you to succeed in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world and become impactful business leaders of tomorrow. 

Co-op (Paid Internship)

Home of the first co-op program in western Canada, UVic has a well-established Co-op & Career Office that has developed relationships across many industries to help you connect with co-op jobs in your chosen field or desired career path. You can complete one paid co-op work term during the program, allowing them to test your classroom knowledge and gain marketable experience. Hundreds of jobs are posted to the Co-op & Career job site each term, and you can choose to apply to a range of positions in different industries and cities. Our small cohort size allows personalized attention, so you can accomplish goals through Career Development.

Some of the many organizations that have hired our MBA students for co-op work terms include:

 Industry/Sector

Example Organizations

Example Position Titles

Banking & Finance

  • BC Investment Management Corporation (BCI)
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Scotiabank
  • Private Markets Intern
  • Financial Services Student
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Business Reporting & Analytics Intern

Consulting

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Elevate Consulting
  • MNP
  • Senior Consultant
  • Strategy Intern
  • Business Analyst
  • Consulting Services Intern

BC Public Service, Crown Corporations and Government Agencies

  • BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness
  • BC Ministry of Finance
  • BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • BC Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • BC Utilities Commission
  • Market Development Business Officer
  • Fee Inventory Analyst
  • Communications Developer
  • Policy & Research Analyst
  • Audit & Compliance Research Assistant

Technology

  • AbeBooks
  • Electronic Arts
  • Nokia
  • Workday
  • Redbrick
  • HR Assistant
  • Associate Business Analyst
  • Marketing Portfolio Assistant
  • Associate Product Manager
  • Business & Marketing Co-op

Science/Health

  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Starfish Medical
  • Island Health

 

  • Research Associate
  • BioTech Marketing Co-op
  • Medical & Academic Affairs Co-op

 

Executive Mentor Program

Our Executive Mentor Program connects you with experienced business leaders in our community eager to share their expertise, knowledge and experience with you. Through your relationship with your mentor, you add a real-world perspective to your classroom learning. 

Meet our Alumni

Gozde Ozbilim (MBA '18)

Alexandra Ivanov (MBA '19)

Alex Ivanov

In my 14 years in human resources and operations, I have gone from an HR assistant to a general manager, obtained my professional designation and MBA degree. When COVID-19 hit, I needed to make a change from a full-time, 9-5 job to something that would give me flexibility while raising my children and bringing in income. Entrepreneurship was always appealing to me, and I decided to take a leap of faith and started my recruitment agency, MaverickHR, which focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion in its recruitment practice. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of the most innovative recruitment practices to reduce biases and attract candidates that might typically be underrepresented in the workplace.

The UVic MBA program provided me with all the business tools I need as an entrepreneur and more. The MBA courses in collaboration, sustainability, design thinking, and the International Applied Project changed how I view business and my role as an entrepreneur.  As a result, I have a thorough understanding of creating and running a sustainable business built on collaborative partnerships, trust, and respect for my own needs as a consultant.

Listening to understand various perspectives truly allows you to learn and digest the academic material. I was fortunate to have a cohort of diverse and knowledgeable people who elevated the learning experience.

If you are looking for a solid, well-designed MBA program that is innovative, collaborative and focused on sustainability, the UVic MBA in Sustainable Innovation can help you make your impact on the world.

Aditi Aditi (MBA '19)

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I am an international ex-pat with more than seven years experience in the telecom and software industry. I specialize in strategy and operational excellence. I have successfully led the global rollout of cross-functional strategic projects and delivered executive-level reporting.

The importance of sustainable innovation is highlighted in our company’s strategy in utilizing resources effectively. It’s driven by the fact that innovation addresses the ever-changing needs of the market. I’m at the forefront of innovation in expanding partner ecosystems and software development. Incorporating sustainability into addressing complex business problems impacts the bottom line in both the short and long term; this is visible in allocating resources under a strategic plan, like partner management, on a global scale.

The UVic MBA focuses on Sustainable Innovation with courses like design thinking that have been crucial in providing me with tools that I utilize in my profession on a daily basis. The program has taught me skills missing in the current job market, such as service design and innovation strategy, among others.

Coming out of the MBA program, I now have the utmost appreciation for the importance of sustainability when dealing with complex problems and smaller ones like my own carbon footprint – collectively, it all makes a difference.

My biggest takeaway from the program is the power of diversity and international collaboration in developing innovative and sustainable solutions. Working with professionals from diverse backgrounds has provided me with a new perspective and fresh outlook on complex problem-solving.

The program will push you out of your comfort zone and empower you to become the future business leader who will challenge the status quo and change the world for the better. Get ready to embrace the challenges and the opportunities that the UVic MBA program offers you. It is an exciting environment to test your limitations, push boundaries and pursue out-of-the-box, innovative ideas.

Bhuvi Kasiviswanathan (MBA ’17)

Bhuvi Kasiviswanathan

Bhuvi Kasiviswanathan (MBA ’17) is the director of finance for Breathe99. The Minnesota-based start-up’s reusable B2 Mask, which filters out 99.6 per cent of microscopic particles, landed on TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2020 list.

The team completed two successful crowdfunding campaigns, launched a popular Shopify store and, to date, generated more than $1.5 million in sales. However, convincing customers of B2’s health benefits beyond reducing the spread of COVID-19—whether it’s combatting cold and flu season or providing protection from pollution, allergens and the increasing prevalence of wild fire smoke during the summer months—has been a tough sell.

Despite Breathe99 essentially putting itself on life support, Kasiviswanathan says she’s gained invaluable experience and is proud of what of she and the business has accomplished in such a short, unprecedented time.  

Kasiviswanathan also credits her time at UVic for instilling values that have carried over into her business career. “The UVic MBA program was amazing, all the professors, the amount of knowledge that was imparted and the sustainability aspect. I think that is one pillar of the MBA program that changed me or shaped me into where I am right now… That's something that most stands out for me and how much I learned from that. And it’s why I joined Breathe99.”

As for what comes next, Kasiviswanathan isn’t entirely sure. “I don’t have a plan for starting another business right away,” she says. “So maybe I’ll find another company with similar values, or something that I can directly help people with. It doesn't have to be a mask or healthcare product, but still find a job in the space that I really care for. And I know I can shine.”

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