Skip to Main Content

Jay Sharma

MSc International Business & CEMS-MIM 2018


MSc '18, Ivey Business School

Briefly, describe your background and profile. 

If I were to describe my career so far in one word, it would be 'entrepreneurial.” To me, start-ups with innovative products have always been deeply attractive; nimble, agile, and ever-evolving, these companies dare to challenge the status quo, creating great products and services in often demanding conditions. Over the last four years, I've had the opportunity to experience these challenges in three different start-ups, operating in multiple market geographies. My roles within these start-ups have ranged from co-founder to intern, and (being a computer engineer) have often drawn heavily upon my technical knowledge. At the same time, in a small start-up, specialization is necessarily limited. Everyone has to wear multiple hats on a daily basis, and day-to-day tasks commonly require at least a basic understanding of business concepts.

What made the Ivey MSc program a good fit for you?

A young professional today cannot afford to know how to do just one thing; career pivots and relocation are already common to the point of being cliché in organizations large and small, and the march towards a truly integrated global economy is one that gains momentum every day. A business degree with an international focus thus makes eminent sense, and for me, Ivey’s case-based approach and its inherently international CEMS program was a natural choice.

What were you most nervous about when you began the program? Has that nervousness eased, and or/ how have your expectations been met?

As an engineer with some practical business experience but no formal business education, I certainly felt that thriving in an MSc program in management could prove to be a challenging task. However, when I came to Ivey, I quickly realized that the MSc class was much more diverse than I had imagined. There were, of course, many students from traditional business and international relations backgrounds, but there were also students who had studied kinesiology, theoretical physics or even food science! With hard work, help from Ivey's intensive pre-knowledge program, and the support of my fellow MSc-ers, I found that I was able to easily absorb the curriculum, succeed in the program, and grow my understanding of international business by leaps and bounds.

How is your story different from that of your classmates? What perspective do you bring to the class? 

While Ivey is an extraordinary school in many regards, perhaps the best part of the Ivey experience for me so far has been the people. The MSc cohort is diverse in background, nationality, and goals, but at the same time also happens to be one of the most talented, ambitious and supportive groups of people that I have yet encountered. Whenever I have needed help at Ivey, I have not had to search far to find it. This culture is complemented and enhanced by the faculty and staff, who combine tremendous expertise with consistent support and concern for students.

Describe the relationships and culture of support at Ivey.  

The confluence of Ivey's supportive culture, case approach, and emphasis on practical application results in an exceptionally engaging student experience. This has helped me hone my problem-solving skills and has trained me in an approach to business that is logical, grounded in real-world experience, and informed by an international outlook. In a world with shrinking borders and an exacting focus on innovation, I believe that this foundation will prove to be an incredibly valuable asset


  • Bachelor of Technology, GGS Indraprastha University