July 22, 2011
|It wasn’t until his fourth year of the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Process Automation Technology program that Andrew Tarasiewicz decided to combine his longstanding passion for science and technology with a newfound appreciation for the world of business. “I found that the management courses in B.Tech really provided context for the technical knowledge,” remarks Andrew.
With the decision made to pursue an MBA degree, Andrew was then faced with the task of getting admitted to his choice institution – the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University. A highly competitive program, admission to the MBA program requires a minimum GMAT score of 600, a minimum B average in undergraduate studies, two reference letters, and at least one year of work experience.
Math and problem solving skills still fresh from his B.Tech. degree, with a little extra studying, Andrew was able to score high on the GMAT exam. A stellar student, he had no difficulty obtaining reference letters from two of his B.Tech. professors, including B.Tech.’s Associate Director, Dr. Ishwar Singh. “Andrew has a very analytical approach to solving problems and can critically dissect difficult issues,” Dr. Singh attests, making him a great fit for McMaster’s MBA program. Finally, Andrew’s B.Tech. co-op work placements at Atomic Energy of Canada, Petro Canada, and McMaster University are impressive, enough to fulfill the work experience requirement for MBA admission.
Currently in his second year of the MBA program, based out of Burlington’s brand new, state-of-the-art Ron Joyce Centre, Andrew loves it. “In addition to a strong quantitative focus on all topics, students are also encouraged to develop soft skills like presenting, team building, ethics, and networking,... [and] the business content is manageable if you stay on top it,” says Andrew.
According to him, one of the more difficult aspects of the program for many students is the class discussion component. “It can be intimidating at first to speak out in front of many other students...and I was initially reluctant to ever raise my hand.” Now comfortable developing on-the-spot arguments to contribute in class, Andrew is able to share his unique technological perspectives with his classmates from all backgrounds. “There’s a real mix of talent,” comments Andrew.
Was it a good decision? “Most definitely.” According to Andrew, he reads more, makes more connections between chunks of knowledge, and overall, has a better sense of how he can move forward in the engineering technology field at the management level. He has also improved his networking skills, the result of which is a paid internship in sales operations at Pepsi this summer. Excited for the future, Andrew is amazed at the options that will be open to him as a B.Tech and MBA grad.
Lindsay Carrocci, Coordinator, Recruiting and Promotion, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program 905-525-9143 ext. 20221