Milan, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a lawyer. At such a young age I never really knew what that meant. All I knew was that lawyers were admired and respected, not to mention well paid. Seemed like a solid career choice, despite my more impractical desire to be a professional race car driver. While the idea had me fascinated at a young age, it was not until high school that I began the treadmill path to achieve the goal I set out for myself. It was not until I was in law school did I realize I will not be practicing law for the rest of my life. Considering myself to be more businessman than lawyer, an MBA was the next logical step in my career.
Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
One of the significant reasons as to why I chose Telfer was the triple crown of accreditation. I do not know where my career will take me. I fully expect it to take me beyond the borders of Canada. Having the Program recognized on an international level made the choice a no brainer. This says nothing of the six consulting projects. Being in a position where trial by fire is the norm, I was looking forward to working with real companies solving their real world problems. I had no desire to move backward into the hypothetical.
What qualities do you admire in a mentor? Do you have someone you consider a strong mentor in your own life?
In completing the Program, I also hope to further develop and strengthen the skills and attributes that can make me a more effective leader. While there are many qualities that make a great leader, one of the key indicators is the ability to make others around you better. I admire this the most in a leader. This also goes hand-in-hand with being an effective mentor. The strongest mentors I have had were those that provided answers to questions, but let me fail and succeed on my own. This not only made me a better lawyer, but a better person.