Aubrey Chapnick is a first year MBA student at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Before coming to Sauder, Aubrey worked as a consultant for one of North America’s leading human capital consulting firms, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge.
Prior to entering the consulting world, he spent time as a business development specialist in the speaking industry, where he worked closely with Olympic athletes and senior executives.
What makes UBC Sauder unique?
The UBC Sauder MBA’s uniqueness stems from a focus on leading with purpose. While most MBA programs teach very similar curricula, UBC Sauder pushes students to look at complex problems through a multifaceted and holistic lens.
UBC Sauder’s MBA courses are grounded in understanding the points of intersection between technical proficiency, functional execution and operationalizing organizational purpose through deliberate decision making and strategy.
This philosophy, tied with the program’s world renowned faculty and international focus, made coming to Sauder an easy decision.
Did your first impressions match your expectations?
After being accepted to the UBC Sauder MBA, I made considerable effort to meet with alumni and speak with students to prepare myself before coming to school.
As such, many of my expectations have been realized. In retrospect, doing so allowed me to get a much better sense of what I was in for once the program started and I am thankful I did it.
What impact do you expect the MBA to have on your career?
I believe that an MBA provides one with critical business skills that are more important today than ever before.
Additionally, I believe the process of going through an MBA is one that is highly reflective and forces one to critically assess their skills, aspirations and identity.
Keeping that in mind, I know the MBA will have a large impact on my ability to critically analyze problems and will certainly teach me more about leadership and teamwork.
Lastly, I am confident that gaining access to a global network of Sauder alumni will enable me to build strong relationships with fellow business professionals in a way that was previously not possible, and will open up opportunities for me to provide greater value to my business community.
What tips do you have for impressing the admissions committee?
Getting accepted to a top business program like Sauder’s is all about storytelling. Whether it’s in the business world or business school, being intelligent and ambitious are merely table stakes.
What differentiates candidates is their ability to paint a clear picture of who they are personally and professionally and speak to why going to Sauder specifically will help them achieve their goals.
Candidates should highlight their unique experiences and achievements, as these are critical elements of one’s application, which brings an applicant’s profile to life.
I would advise candidates to focus more on who they are, what they believe in, what they value and what good they are driven to create in the world after leaving Sauder instead of just relying on their academic aptitude. Acing the GMAT alone is not the key to getting in.