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Ivey's alumni network is fairly extensive and most of the alums were very supportive and provided good feedback.
The case based method was a phenomenal learning tool. It allowed students to prepare before hand both individually and as part of a group before going into class. This really cemented the learning concepts and the class room discussion was very rich because of the advanced preparation.
There seems to be too much of a focus on consulting and banking opportunities and other streams such as operations, supply chain, marketing, etc seemed to be neglected.
With 13 months in total, Ivey uses it's time very well, layering in core classes, networking sessions with recruiters and companies, electives, leadership and professional equity seminars, volunteering and career management components in an effective way. The mix and complementary nature of the course programming allows students to learn different concepts from the same business case in unique ways as well as then getting an opportunity to apply them.
The best thing about Ivey is the alumni network. As the oldest and (arguably) most prestigious MBA program in the country, Ivey has an unparallelled wealth of alumni contacts within the business community in Canada, and alumni are generally very willing to assist current students. I had very positive experiences meeting with several alumni in target companies and industries as a student, and expect to continue to do so as an alumnus.
Although the program provides access to several of the most desirable employers in Canada, I noticed a marked lack of opportunity for classmates hoping to switch careers or enter competitive fields like investment banking. Students of competing 2-year MBA programs seemed to enjoy an advantage, as many employers expressed or revealed a strong preference for candidates who had previously interned with their company.
The high quality professors at Ivey were the best part of my MBA experience. They were a good mix of academic and practicing business professionals.
The knowledge and expertise of the professors. Most of them have gone out and done exactly what they are teaching. Professors known globally for value investing, professors who have participated in more multimillion dollar entrepreneurial deals than anyone I have ever met. These same professors have been successful and are only teaching because they love to teach. Equally important is the pace and amount of work. This is not the program where you can float through. This is a gruelling one-year program, but it eliminates any free riders in the back row who think they can simply cram for exams and graduate with an MBA.
The main focus of the program is the Canadian business environment. This is detrimental to the understanding of global challenges and international stakes. Unless you already have an international experience or background, Ivey is not the ideal place to acquire a global mindset.
Small class, tight knit group. I'd feel comfortable reaching out to every single one of them in the future for any business need.
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