Chris’ mind-focused journey at UBC began with a BA in psychology, which he completed in 2012. As a research assistant and coordinator on a number of studies at the university, Chris developed his passion for the practical applications of psychological research and education related to mental health.
Intense and fast-paced
He had been thinking of continuing that work through a master’s degree and then a PhD in psychology, but came to understand that rather than doing the research himself, what he found most enjoyable was facilitating it. He considered he had a natural aptitude for management and thought that the MM would be an ideal program to develop it further. He was right.
“It’s intense and fast-paced, but you get a solid foundation in management principles and great opportunities to apply them in practice,” says Chris. “One of the things I’ve been so impressed with is my fellow students on the program. It’s a very diverse group of people from all over the world, but at the same time we’re like-minded and get along really well with each other.”
As president of the MM Society, Chris plays an active part in the social and professional development of his fellow students. The role involves representing the class to the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC) as well as creating business connections that could lead to employment opportunities for MM graduates in the future. One major project he’s working on is establishing a program called Trek Vancouver, which will allow students to develop relationships with Sauder alumni at local companies.
“From the start I would say that the BCC are embedded in the program,” says Chris. “One of the great things about the MM is that in addition to the incredible education you’re getting, it’s also heavily focused on ensuring that by the end of it you’re either close to getting a job or you’re already set up with a job.”
So what does Chris have in mind for his own career? He says he hopes to get a position related to mental health and education and by happy coincidence UBC will open up a brand new facility in the next year. The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will bring together all the multidisciplinary areas of brain health in a project focused on leading edge clinical research and medical practice. Chris is keen to explore job opportunities that may arise when the centre opens in the fall of 2013.
If you’re mindful of the need to get a world-class business education to improve your career prospects, why not follow Chris’ example and find out more about the MM program at the Sauder School of Business.