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Q&A with Reza Rasool, Evening MBA ‘20

Reza Rasool (MEMBA ’20) is about making bold moves. 

As an undergraduate, he travelled from his native Pakistan to complete his BA in Economics at McGill University. After graduation in 2013, he relocated to Toronto where he was immersed in the world of advertising at two large media agencies employing his finance and operational background.

Wanting to explore additional directions for his career trajectory, in 2017, he applied for and was accepted into Rotman’s Morning & Evening MBA program for working professionals. It was a decision that was instrumental in helping Reza secure his next career move to Google. It was through the Rotman network that Reza was able to connect with his current manager at Google. 

“This is the best thing about Rotman: its network in Toronto is unparalleled.” 

“The great location and stellar reputation means that you would find Rotman alumni in almost every industry and apart from being well connected they are all extremely willing to help fellow Rotmanites out.”

At Rotman, Reza was able to go through a myriad of case studies that gave insight into real world problems and their solutions. He also took advantage of case competitions that have been a great tool for him to develop solutions to real world problems. The benefit of being a working professional while studying for an MBA meant that Reza learned how to solve problems in class and during case competitions, and then utilized that learning the very next day at work at Google. 

Reza’s role as an Agency Process Partner at Google involves working with the top Media Agencies. The role involves ensuring that Google’s internal processes align with their clients'. 

In his role, his number one priority for any project is, “Will this help my clients to work more efficiently with Google?’”. 

In addition to the immediate benefits of learning in the Morning and Evening MBA program, Reza enjoyed countless opportunities to interact and learn from the school’s diverse student community. He was impressed by the variety of professionals that Rotman engages from different industries that all bring real world experience to the classroom.

“There are many different opportunities to work with and impress managers, directors and senior professionals who would be able to help out with future career prospects.”

Reza has this to say for others interested in enrolling in an MBA program at Rotman: “Be bold. The time commitment is substantial and it is important to keep a balance between work, school and your personal life, but it is definitely worth the investment.”
 

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