The future is in the details

The UBC MBA class of 2017 is ready for recruitment. Of these exceptional, business-ready graduates, this is the story of just one. Contact our business development managers to view 2017 MBA grad profiles.

Sharika Salim is well-versed in getting things done. Before pursuing her MBA, she worked in the technology sector as a software engineer. “A lot of my work was detail-focused,” she says. “It was all about making things happen.”

After half a decade, she gained a deep understanding of the technology space.

“I was working with a wide variety of clients,” she says. “Yet most of my colleagues were engineers too, so we all had a similar rhythm to making decisions.”

The further Salim got in her career, the more she wanted to expand her professional world. That’s what inspired her to pursue an MBA at the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School.

At UBC Sauder, Salim specialized in the Innovation + Entrepreneurship track, which gave her a new perspective on the industry she knew so well.

“My MBA changed how I think about the tech sector,” she says. “Now I look at the whole picture; how strategy, finance and marketing all come together to determine how successful a product is.”

Salim put these skills to use during her internship for a well-funded Vancouver-based startup that develops handheld ultrasound machines. To help the brand plan an international expansion, Salim evaluated global markets on factors like market potential, competition and the economy.

“It’s inspiring to help shape the future of a company like that,” she says.

Global-facing experience proved to be a theme throughout Salim’s MBA program. As part of the Global Immersion Experience, she travelled to Chile, where she worked with a not-for-profit to bridge the gap between the Canadian and Chilean mining industries.

“To be able to have that kind of exposure as the marketplace is becoming more global is invaluable,” she says.

As she looks to her career post-MBA, Salim sees a future in product management, which she says offers the ideal intersection of business and technology.

“Because of my previous work experience as a software engineer I am able to analyze the details,” she says.

“And now, thanks to the experience I gained in my MBA, I can strategize on how those details form the whole solution.”

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