In an industry like Joyce’s, the day-to-day is understandably varied. Likewise, so are the teams she works with.
“One day I could be meeting with the accounting manager followed by the HR manager followed by the operations manager,” she says. “UBC Sauder prepared me to speak everyone’s language and understand what’s important to their diverse roles.”
Not only did Joyce, who served as class president, gain this from her classwork, but also from her classmates.
“I didn’t come from a business background, so I knew I’d have to work three times harder just to get to the same level as my peers,” she says. “On day one I was sitting beside someone in finance and in front of someone in banking and I turned to them and said ‘I have no idea what’s going on, can you help me out?’ They didn’t even flinch. They sat with me during the break and helped me out.”
Over the course of the program, Joyce’s relationships with her classmates strengthened even further.
“Having a cohort from such a diverse background brought an additional layer to the theory we were learning in the classroom,” she says.
To this day, Joyce’s alumni peers are an invaluable resource for her – offering her support when their expertise is needed, recruiting her for projects when her expertise is needed.