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Alexandra Rauseo

MSc International Business & NHH Dual Degree 2019

Degree

MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself. 

Throughout my academic career, I have developed a diverse skill set through a variety of educational, international, and employment opportunities. I have worked, volunteered, travelled, and studied across five continents. I completed my bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Chemical Engineering specializing in biochemical engineering. I spent a semester in England studying at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) learning about global project management. I have professional experience in marketing, pharmaceuticals, waste water treatment, and planning and design. I had always planned to combine a business degree with engineering, but I did not want to wait until I was in my late 20s. The Ivey MSc Program offered the opportunity to enrol as a pre-experience candidate and gain international experience while developing the skill set to become an international leader. The combination of my past experiences and my time at Ivey has helped me to refine my critical analysis and decision-making abilities creating more leadership opportunities for me around the world.

Think back to when you were researching business schools. What did Ivey offer you that other schools did not? What made it a good fit for you?

I chose to enrol in the Ivey MSc in International Business program because of the Ivey Global Lab and the double degree opportunity at the Norwegian School of Economics. The Ivey Global Lab (IGL) was an incredible and unique experience that differentiates Ivey MSc students from everyone else. I was able to travel to India, immerse myself in the culture, and build my professional network while gaining international work experience. Additionally, the opportunity to complete a double degree with the Norwegian School of Economics and graduate with two different master’s degrees in 16 months was not offered anywhere else. When I have completed the program, I will have a Master of Science in International Business from Ivey and a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration majoring in Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment from the Norwegian School of Economics. Through this program, I am currently living and studying abroad for a year, as well as focusing on a specialization not offered at Ivey. The combination of these two degrees will complement my bachelor’s degree and hopefully enable me to stand out in the job market.

What advice would you give to prospective students considering Ivey?

I would advise prospective students to talk to current or past Ivey students about their experiences in the program. The MSc program is unique and will enable its graduates to be competitive on the international stage. It provides many opportunities to customize your degree, from CEMS exchanges to the double degree program at NHH, to IGL placements in India, Vietnam, or Nicaragua. Every current student and MSc graduate has experienced something different in this program and there is no one better to learn about it from than those who have experienced it. When I was going through the application process, I reached out to a student that was completing the double degree program I was interested in. I sent him a list of my questions and he was able to provide a lot of useful insights and extra information to help me make my decision. Another piece of advice I would give to prospective students is to take advantage of every opportunity provided to you at Ivey and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Participate in workshops, meet with career management, join a club that interests you, travel somewhere new, and build your network. You will meet some of the most passionate and dedicated people at Ivey and have an abundance of incredible opportunities, you just need to take advantage of it.

Education

  • Bachelor of Applied Science- Chemical Engineering, Queen's University