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About Me: Ashmal - MMA Class of 2024

Quick info:

  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Class of 2023
  • Previous education: 
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology(GIKI), 2020

Why did you decide to join the Master of Management Analytics program?

Rotman's Master of Management Analytics (MMA) program was a direct hit on real-world analytics applications. I chose the MMA program because of its pragmatic approach and tailored focus on real-world applications. With my prior work experience as a Technology Analyst and Business Intelligence Analyst, I was eager to specialize further in analytics and needed a program that prioritized practical skills. The MMA's fast-paced curriculum, with the blend of high-impact courses like Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, and diverse topics in Supply Chain Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Service Analytics, and Analytics in Finance, coupled with Rotman's industry-aligned faculty and vibrant network, sealed the deal. It's a program designed to accelerate career growth by equipping students with the hands-on skills needed in today's job market. For me, there couldn't have been a better choice than the MMA program at Rotman to propel my career in analytics.

Top Reason(s) for choosing Rotman:

Choosing Rotman for the Master of Management Analytics program was an obvious choice considering its status as a top-ranked school in Canada and globally. Beyond its impressive technical curriculum, Rotman's emphasis on soft skills and holistic management education sets it apart. Studying at a top-tier institution like Rotman provides invaluable opportunities to push boundaries, step out of comfort zones, and interact with brilliant minds. This dynamic environment fosters continuous learning and personal growth, both inside and outside the lecture halls. Choosing Rotman means embracing challenges and seizing opportunities to excel in the competitive world of analytics and management.

What are you looking forward to the most in the program?

I'm looking forward to the collaborative projects, real-world case studies, and especially the practicum within the program. The opportunity to engage directly with current analytics challenges faced by industries, working alongside peers and faculty to devise innovative solutions, offers a unique platform for practical learning and creative problem-solving. The practicum would allow us to apply our classroom knowledge in real-world business contexts, providing a bridge between academic theories and practical application. It's a chance to tackle live projects, collaborate with companies at the forefront of analytics, and deliver actionable insights that have a tangible impact on business decisions.

Additionally, the prospect of networking with professionals and thought leaders in the field of analytics through Rotman's extensive industry connections would be incredibly exciting. It would offer the chance to not only learn from the best in the business but also to establish relationships that could shape my career path in analytics. These comprehensive experiences—from the classroom to the practicum—are key to developing the hands-on skills and strategic mindset needed to lead in today's data-driven decision-making environments.

What do you expect to gain in your next 11 months at Rotman?

In the next 11 months at Rotman, I expect to gain a wealth of knowledge and skills that will be pivotal for my career in analytics. Specifically, I anticipate deepening my expertise in analytics techniques and tools, such as advanced machine learning models and statistical analysis, through the rigorous curriculum offered. The hands-on projects and case studies will not only solidify my technical abilities but also enhance my problem-solving and critical thinking skills, preparing me for complex business challenges.


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