Opening up new options with a UBC MBA

A rewarding career is as much about the people you work with as it is about what you do. For Katrina Warren, the UBC MBA has opened up some intriguing new possibilities.

The culture and values that drive organizations forward are important to Katrina. By the time she graduates in 2015 she’ll have several years of marketing experience and a UBC MBA on her resume. As a result she expects to have a variety of options when it comes to her next career move.

Katrina has a BCom with a major in marketing from the University of Calgary. After her undergraduate degree she worked in commodity marketing at Husky Energy, one of Canada’s largest petroleum companies, and as a marketing coordinator at Swimco, a family run company that is Western Canada’s biggest swimwear retailer.

Experiential learning

“I love the marketing industry, the fact that it’s creative and fast-moving,” says Katrina. “But for me it’s also about working with a great organization where I can get on board with the values and the culture and be inspired by the people I work with. My next career move will be about picking and choosing exactly where I want to work and then seeing how I can best fit in and add value."

Part of Katrina’s confidence comes from the wide range of experiences and opportunities she’s been exposed to at Sauder.

“What I really liked about the UBC MBA when I was looking at different schools was that it’s all-encompassing,” she says. “The Global Immersion program was really exciting, and I liked the emphasis on experiential learning. The small class sizes are also a big draw. It means that you’re not just a number and you really get to know your peers and professors. Being close to the ocean and the mountains isn’t bad either.”

Katrina travelled to India for Global Immersion and says the highlight of her trip was the chance to work with VIDYA, a not-for-profit organization that provides schooling, education and training programs to underprivileged women, children and youth. Along with another of her classmates she is now working on a Business Clinic project with VIDYA to help build their social media presence and also on an e-mentorship program to be launched later in the year.

Getting involved

As for her internship, Katrina is working in BCAA’s marketing department on travel insurance. The position allows her to manage multiple projects, conduct in-depth research and work on promotional campaigns.

All of these opportunities have come directly through Sauder and Katrina has some advice for prospective students.

“The UBC MBA is exactly what you make of it,” she says. “I would really encourage future students to get involved as much as possible, whether it’s through clubs, the MBA society [Katrina is the Vice President of Events] or by really getting to know their professors and peers. You’ll get so much out of this program if you dive right in and immerse yourself in this incredible learning environment.”

If incredible learning environments and outstanding career prospects are what you’re looking for, look no further than a UBC MBA.


Name: Katrina Warren
Title: MBA candidate 2015
Track: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Nationality: Canadian (Calgary)