"Before the program I had to look for promotions,” he says. “Now I’m grateful that those opportunities come to me.”
When Aries began the Part-time MBA, his experience was heavily weighted on the technical side of things, while his experience with other aspects of an organization, like human resources and operations, was more limited.
"Best practices that I learned in my classes now help me identify opportunities to improve our processes,” he says. “What I learned about leadership, strategy, operations and HR allows me to contribute to the organization by considering not only my department, but also the high-level impact of any initiative I undertake.”
Overall, Aries says UBC Sauder changed how he thinks; making him consider cross-functional relationship-building and collaboration that are the foundations of big-picture strategy.
“I used to take a more siloed approach to work – I could only see the technological side of any given issue,” he says. “Now if someone comes to me and asks about employing a certain technology, I know how to create consensus and move projects forward.”