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Yi Tang

MSc Business Analytics 2019

Degree

MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself. 

After graduating from York University majoring in Accounting, I gained almost two years work experience in a Biotech company and a Media company as a financial analyst. I am a self-starter and have always been motivated to explore the unknown world. I realized technology had changed my life and the way that society operates, and that being a financial analyst could not fulfill my desires and curiosity. This was also the reason why the business analytics program was the best choice — it’s allowed me to expand my knowledge to statistics, coding, and mathematics. One of the special things about this program is that the design of the courses is very practical, so you can always learn how to interpret and deal with complex data in the real 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?

Before I enrolled in the MSc program, I had heard about the case method teaching style at Ivey and the productive career management team. I still remember the first class at Ivey. I was not confident to face the dynamic class. The contribution mark accounts for 25% to 35% of the total grade, which forced us to get involved in the class, share ideas, and debate creative topics. I am a little bit introverted but I knew that the society here prized people who have outgoing character, and the teaching style and a chain of requirements from different professors put me out of my comfort zone. I became a person who could easily explain critical concepts and ideas in my program.

What is your most memorable experience at Ivey to date?

The most memorable event I have ever had in my student life was the mock networking event that took place at Ivey. The career management team play roles in a fictitious company and organize the event to invite all students to come to talk and network with employees. Other staff observed students’ behaviours and gave feedback to students after the event. It was a good experience to learn the right and wrong behaviours in the networking event because it allowed us to learn in a supportive environment and improve before going out to try these things in the real world!

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

One thing I was nervous about was that because some of my classmates have a strong technical background, I thought I might slow down the process. This is also why I did some self-study beforehand and previewed classes and models. I can see myself making a huge improvement regarding the technical skills. The technical skills are not only how to use various program languages but also how to think in an analytic way. The roadmap to solve a big business problem can also be broken down into many small pieces, which requires people who have the business sense to recognize problems and are able to figure out the best method to solve them.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration- Accounting & CFA Level 1, York University