Azim Noor is no stranger to hard work. Before pursuing his MBA at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, he spent years in the exceptionally competitive world of commodity trading in Korea.
“In my role as Commodity Trader and Logistics Manager at Hyundai GLOVIS, I’d work from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, then go for dinner with my clients until after midnight before waking up and doing it again,” he says. “And that was four or five nights a week.”
Still, he loved it. Noor found business logistics fascinating and he was advancing in his role at a rapid pace. But he wanted more from his career - which brought him to UBC Sauder.
“I wanted to get formal training in project management,” he says. “And I wanted to expand my leadership capabilities.”
The UBC MBA is heavy on experiential learning, a key component of which is a high-level internship that every candidate completes. For Noor, that meant working at a sizable third-party logistics company whose team he met through UBC Sauder’s Supply Chain Club.
Over the course of his four-month internship, Noor took on a leadership role, acting as project manager during an internal company competition. Out of 144 interns across the continent, Noor led his team to first place.
“The MBA gave me more confidence in my leadership skills,” he says. “It’s a big part of the reason I was able to bring our team together so effectively.”
Also key to the UBC MBA is the Global Immersion program, where candidates work with companies around the world to help solve their real-world business problems. Global Immersion brought Noor to Japan, which added to the business experience he’d already gained in Scotland, Portugal, China and Korea.
“Seeing firsthand the differences in how business is conducted across many cultures has deepened and enriched my understanding of the business world,” he says.
What does Noor plan to bring to his future employer now that he has completed his MBA?
“I’m ready to bring rigor and data-driven decision-making to the table,” he says. “I look forward to the opportunity to use all the skills I’ve acquired to increase efficiencies and reduce costs within an organization.”
Exceptionally personable, he’s also looking forward to building relationships that aid in business development.
“I’m ready to put my past experiences and everything I’ve learned during my MBA to work,” he says.
Our 2017 MBA grads are ready to solve your business problems.