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Perfect timing: an Executive MBA on starting a demanding new job during business school

It was the ideal opportunity, but it was coming at the wrong time. At least that’s what it felt like for Hassina Sunderji (EMBA ‘20) when she was offered a director position mid-way through the very demanding One-Year Executive MBA program at Rotman. 

When Sunderji arrived at the School, she felt like she was in a good place professionally. She was working full-time as a senior manager in operational risk and analytics at Scotiabank. Having worked in the department for a few years, she had established strong working relationships and developed a reputation as a subject matter expert in her field. Reaching this level of proficiency — and having the encouragement of her manager — had given her the confidence to pursue an MBA.

“It’s a bit ironic,” says Sunderji. “I was completing the program so that I’d be prepared to handle greater responsibility, but when the opportunity to do exactly that came up, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle it because business school was so demanding.”

Ultimately, the new position seemed too good to turn down.

Fortunately, as she discovered, the professional MBA programs at Rotman are designed to support students as they go through major career advancements and pivots. The resources at the School — including excellent classroom instruction, expert faculty, supportive students and career resources — help students make the transition to senior leadership.

Learn more about Hassina Sunderji's journey at Rotman, as well as her transition to senior leadership. 


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