In 2010, a family crisis forced me to leave my home in Montreal for Vancouver. I was lucky to find a technical job with a prestigious engineering company, but my real ambition was to become a successful businessperson.
The following spring, I decided that the time had come to take a chance on myself and apply for entry into a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. My family situation (and Vancouver’s high cost of living) meant that I would need to remain fully employed, so the University of British Columbia’s part-time MBA program was my best option. I had previously earned a master’s degree in engineering, but the prospect of starting another graduate program at this point in my life seemed like a huge challenge. I embraced the challenge, however, and after successfully writing the GMAT test, was accepted into the Sauder School of Business.
In spite of my heavy workload, I was able to balance the demands of school and work and meet my tuition and living expenses. But it wasn’t long before life took another unexpected turn—I was laid off from my job before I was even halfway finished my MBA.
Thankfully, I discovered the Minerva Foundation for BC Women. Thanks to the generosity of the Hager Family, I have financial breathing room, and will continue to study for my MBA during this very challenging crossroad in my career.
Moloud Mousavi is the 2012 recipient of the Robert and Judy Hager Family Education Award, a $5,000 prize, which was matched with an additional $5,000 by the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.