Name: Brian Abelseth
Program/major: Corporate Residency MBA (corporate residency at Deloitte Consulting)
Career aspirations: After graduation, my goal is to continue pursuing a career in management consulting with a focus on information technology strategy and architecture. After gaining experience in the Canadian market, my hope is to transition to work in a global context. My personal career interest is in how organizations bridge the communication and collaboration gap between technical IT and non-technical business units.
Why were you interested in taking this course, Doing Business in Emerging Markets?
I was interested because of how relevant emerging markets are for the Canadian economy and overall continued globalization. I’m also interested because of the potential that emerging markets have for my own career growth. High-population-growth markets such as India and Africa are really exciting, in my opinion.
What do you expect to learn from your visit to Chile and Argentina?
I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned in the course to the real world of an emerging market. I’m also interested to learn how much of the course theory aligns with real life practice, and to test my assumptions about working in an emerging market such as Argentina or Chile.
How do you think this experience will impact your future career?
I think it will have a really positive impact on my career. The course uses experiential learning to teach a blend of economics, global markets and strategy to build a really deep understanding of international business in emerging markets. I think this knowledge and the way it is taught will give me a lot more context in understanding the positives and negatives of working in an emerging market. I also feel that experiencing different cultures has a really positive impact on an individual’s personal and professional development.