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In this article from Metro news, Business Edge graduate Miguel Abascal discusses how 'calling for attention' might be a good thing in a professional culture that places a premium on knowing your own worth.

Miguel Abascal

 

When Miguel Abascal moved from Mexico to Canada seven years ago, he discovered that while his culture values keeping a “low profile,” visibility is a key to success in Canada. It is a lesson, he says, that was solidified when he attended the Business Edge program at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

“I grew up understanding that calling for attention was not good,” says Abascal, who in 2016 completed the six-month program that offers internationally educated professionals a thorough understanding of Canadian workplace culture and soft skills.


 "My professors and coaches.. genuinely cared about my well-being. [The program] has changed my life. ”

- Miguel Abascal, senior product analyst, TD Bank, and graduate of the Business Edge program


“Here, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. This insight gave me the confidence to turbo-boost my career.”

A senior product analyst for the personal savings and investing team at TD Bank, Abascal says when he joined the program he was facing an invisible barrier due to “unwritten workplace rules.”

He says the Business Edge program, with themes such as advanced communication, leadership skills and career management, allowed him to change the way he looked at his workplace.  As a result, Abascal says, he was promoted once before he completed the program and again this month.

“My professors and coaches were really helpful not only because they are subject matter experts but also because they genuinely cared about my well-being,” he says.  “Every time I learned something new, the same week I was implementing and practicing.  It has changed my life.”

Article originally appeared in Metro News Toronto.

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