“The learning I’ve experienced while collaborating and engaging across multiple platforms virtually, has helped me transition to a new work environment”.
Anthony Ricci, MBA(L) Candidate (Class of 2022)
As Anthony Ricci rounds out his last year in the MBA(L) program, he shared with CEGE Connection his thoughts on the virtual experience and the various social platforms as a way to create communities.
Anthony emphasizes the importance of building relationships and creating a network for sharing ideas; as well as providing support for cohorts to collaborate.
Anthony takes a moment to remind those in the program to get the most out of each course, participate with peers, remain engaged, and make the most of your time during intensives. Another great aspect of the program is that it can be fun.
As I head into my last year in the Dal MBA program, there are several lessons I’ve learned that have enriched my work, life and learning experience.
- Create your balance. The flexibility of the program really does allow you to customize and make it work for you. For me, this has not been about speed, but rather allowing myself to be present for my family, and growing my career, while continuing my education. In a virtual environment, you can customize your learning schedule with your family and your career in mind, to become more of a complement than a conflicting priority.
- Connect & collaborate. Virtual learning doesn’t mean isolated learning. Create communities and invite peers where you can interact, share ideas and learning. For example, build MS teams communities within your courses to collaborate and discuss ideas and/or WhatsApp to create a social dimension for peer engagement like a support network.
- Participate in debate. My background for the last 20+ years has been banking and through online discussion forums, I’ve enjoyed learning from the perspectives of my peers who bring experience from other fields ranging from Healthcare to Oil & Gas. For me, it’s provided more diversity of thought and expanded my perspective on the content we’re learning.
- Have fun. While most of your time is in a remote experience, as restrictions lift it’s equally important to make the best of any in-person sessions at intensives to expand relationships with peers and enjoy all that Dalhousie and Halifax have to offer.
Over the last year many of us have had to adapt to virtual engagement for our careers and I can confidently say that the learning I’ve experienced while collaborating and engaging across multiple platforms virtually, has helped me transition to a new work environment.