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From prairie school to MBA classroom

  • Financial Times
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  • Feb 2, 2018
From prairie school to MBA classroom

This article first appeared in the Financial Times MBA rankings magazine on January 29, 2018.

Before moving into asset management, Ryan Harder, MBA ’18 candidate, was teaching at a Hutterite Anabaptist Christian colony in Saskatchewan, an area with a population of 100. The leap to Ivey’s MBA Program came after much deliberation and a desire to control his own path.

During the MBA I learnt how to speak about myself. As a teacher I did not have to be literate in selling myself —once you are in, you are in and you can stop,” he said. “I came into the MBA with imposter syndrome; I felt like the dumbest guy in the room. But after about five weeks I realised ‘I can do this’. The biggest learning for me was confidence, realising I actually do have a lot of value to add."