Originally posted by Scott A.E. Smith.
This is not the first time I’ve been featured in the dalmba.ca blog, but it has been a while! If you were to look back in our archives to April 23, 2010, you’d find the rather uniquely titled edition called “A Twitterview from Toronto” featuring yours truly: Scott A.E. Smith.
In that long-ago edition, our former editor (and noted social media guru) Jordy Fujiwara thought it would be cool to make a bit of a splash with the weekly interview format by taking it into the previously uncharted waters of social media: namely, Twitter. And rather than interviewing a then-current student, he decided to exchange 140-character questions and answers with me, a fourth-year student at Queen’s University at the time, who had recently been accepted to the Corporate Residency MBA program.
I, too, had taken an interest in social media, particularly by starting the Facebook group for the Class of 2012. And that interest continues. In fact, I’ve taken a leading role, along with my partners at Coburg Consultants Ltd. (fellow Corporate Residency MBA students James Ewart, Blake Jeffrey and Sean A. Sinclair), in managing the Class of 2013’s presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as in this very blog!
But wait a minute! I was the founder of the Facebook group for the Class of 2012, not 2013! How is it that I’m now so involved with the Class of 2013?
The short answer is that I’m now part of the Class of 2013! I chose to defer my acceptance for one year in order to gain some work experience before starting the program. I landed a job at an advertising agency in Toronto, where I worked primarily on the company’s TELUS and Scotiabank International accounts, and even got to do some in-house consulting on social media, of all things, and where it may be headed in the future!
What’s most fascinating about looking back at our “Twitterview” nearly a year and a half later is how few of my answers I would change. Even today, when people ask me the moment, or the reason, that I knew I wanted to be part of this program, I tell them the same thing I told Jordy then: it was Dean Peggy Cunningham’s interview with the Globe and Mail in March 2009. It’s also interesting to reflect on the potential employers I had in mind 17 months ago—especially since, just last month, I accepted an offer from one of them, American Express, and will be starting my corporate residency there (in Ottawa, specifically) in January!
Most of all, though, the words that resonate are these (if you’ll allow me the indulgence of quoting myself, for the first and last time ever):
“I would say: if you think this MBA program is for you, it probably is. The people are first-class every step of the way. Apply!”
If I could ‘re-tweet’ anything from our “Twitterview” that day, that would certainly be it.
So there you have it: my unique perspective on the Corporate Residency MBA program here at Dalhousie University. Since I’m inheriting this blog from the recently graduated Jordy Fujiwara, I thank him for his pioneering efforts writing about the program and the wonderful people in it over the past two years. He will continue to be a friend of the blog, and I look forward to telling the stories of our students, alumni, professors, administrators and partners in the way that he did so well.