In the MBA program, Sharma thrived on collaborating with people from a range of industries, as they offered unique perspectives and approaches. In the process, he not only learned about business in theory – but also very much in practice.
Sharma credits UBC Sauder’s Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre for helping him narrow his focus when looking forward to the next steps in his career. Working with a coach he honed in on finance and supply chain management, a path that would allow him to tap into his love of numbers and organizational prowess.
In the meantime, he secured an MBA internship with Vancouver startup socialnature.ca, where he helped develop a financial model to source funding and built a supply chain model to connect the company’s fulfillment centres.
“That was a game-changing experience, because I had so much responsibility and I really wanted to deliver,” remembers Sharma of the internship, which was also his first job in Canada. “Because it was a startup, the moment I did the work, I saw results.”