After completing the Part-time MBA program (now called the Professional MBA) at UBC Sauder School of Business, Caterina Papadakos launched a new career in the banking industry. Today, she leads the Western Canadian division for Silicon Valley Bank where she’s responsible for connecting the bank’s clients with capital and resources to help them grow.
The last decade has been intense, but Caterina says her education is one of the best investments she’s ever made.
“The role I’m in now is really multi-faceted, so the broad education I got through the PMBA has really helped me and supported my career across the board."
Caterina’s job encompasses not just financial analysis but also risk management, client relations, sales, marketing, negotiating and more – skills she was taught at UBC Sauder.
Back in 2009 during the economic crisis, Caterina was working for Tourism BC. She was looking for ways to advance her career, but jobs were scarce. A colleague suggested she go back to school.
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