As an Ivey HBA, your technical knowledge of business will be as strong as, or stronger than, that of graduates from traditional business schools. What will set you apart throughout your career is your strength in what we call Leadership Essentials. The development of these traits is at the heart of everything we do at Ivey.
The essence of being a leader is the ability to make and defend decisions in the midst of uncertainty, under pressure and often with incomplete, conflicting or ambiguous information. Different facts, different options, different results. Learning with cases at Ivey challenges you to sift through information and make decisions.
But it doesn’t stop there. You get even more from the experience when you take the opportunity to reflect on and learn from the decisions you make. Learn by doing. Accept that there isn’t always a right answer. Take action.
Strong communication skills — written, oral and numeric — are indispensable in business. You need to be able to give clear, consistent direction and convince colleagues, while ensuring everyone is on the same page.
In an Ivey classroom, you don’t sit back and listen. You are an active part of each class discussion. You are evaluated and coached on your communication effectiveness, enabling you to achieve your personal best. Learn to express your ideas confidently and professionally in any situation.
It is essential to be able to work effectively with others — whether in the next office, another division or another continent. Understanding how groups work, being a productive team member and being able to lead a team will help you excel.
Working in teams at Ivey from day one, you quickly gain an appreciation for the power of an effective team. You learn what it takes, regardless of the type of group or the task, to move a group of individuals into a high-performing team, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Soon after you begin your career, you will be asked to contribute to projects with varying degrees of complexity. You need the confidence to assess, decide, communicate and deliver.
The Ivey HBA Program challenges you with a series of business simulations of increasing complexity. These events are built into the program at critical points to ensure you get the opportunity and coaching you need to integrate and apply your learning in a real-world context. The result is a level of personal confidence that, no matter how complex the issue, you can deliver.
The plain and simple reality is that business will demand a lot. You have to be able to pick up the right priorities, handle a huge workload and thrive under pressure. You need to be able to work efficiently in order to have time to participate in other activities you love.
The pace of the HBA Program is demanding, but exhilarating. You tackle exercises and assignments that will push you to achieve more than you ever thought possible. Ask an Ivey HBA graduate about 48-Hour Reports to get a sense of how these experiences changed the way they work.