MBA Specialization in Real Estate & Infrastructure

MBA Specialization in Real Estate & Infrastructure


My previous work experience
at Rice Group here and my previous education
was very real estate focused. So, I saw the MBA as an
opportunity to expand my knowledge base and
really broaden my horizon into different business sectors and develop a skill set
that would be required for senior management in the future. Schulich comes up as the
name because they provide a very unique program. The Brookfield Centre in Real
Estate and Infrastructure is positioned to become
one of the global hubs in education research and
it has deep connections with industry professionals. I wanted more of the range of courses that the MBA has to offer, so to do so, I would still take the same core courses as an MBA, but also have the opportunity to take the specialized courses. Real estate is a complicated industry, it requires a combination
of many disciplines, from finance to design
thinking to marketing and it’s well planned with
the real estate course. Having no previous
experience in infrastructure, learning that asset
class is very important because it’s becoming
more and more popular. Pension funds and investment
vehicles are all trying to increase their allocation. In any course, we are asked to challenge the old assumptions, to participate in case competitions, to attend conferences, seminars, to do networking receptions. The other event is a Perspectives Lecture and I got to see Blake Hutcheson speak as well as Mitchell Goldhar. And the event, for networking purposes, for learning aspects, it’s a great event. SREIC, which is a Schulich Real Estate and Infrastructure Club
is a group of students that are really interested
and engaged in the real estate and infrastructure industry. SREIC does a great job
of organizing a series of regular events during the year. I had a chance to be exposed
to a lot of previous alums, one of them reached out to
me after seeing my resume as part of the resume book initiative that we have at SREIC and that’s how I landed my full-time role, so I’ll be working as
a development manager at SmartCentres. For me, I had a newfound confidence coming back into the workplace, so for that, I am very
grateful that I took the plunge into the Schulich MBA when I did. Based on the faculty
members and your peers and the connection to the
real estate and infrastructure industry that Schulich has, you learn a lot and it really
is a rewarding experience.

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