Alumnus takes engineering degree to next level with MBA

Raj Vasal specializes in Business Analytics Leadership to advance career

Earning an MBA was on Raj Vasal’s wishlist for a few years. He had already earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree and was working as a software engineer for a telecommunications firm in India.

Raj moved to Canada in 2002 and started working in supply chain management (SCM) for a large pharmaceutical distributor, then moved on to the energy sector. In October 2016, he decided it was the right time to start an MBA to develop his leadership and management skills.

Raj knew the time commitment involved with completing an MBA would be considerable, and he wanted to keep some balance between work, school, family and social life. He was looking for a university that could provide flexibility without compromising the quality.

“During my search and feedback from colleagues, UFred was highly recommended. I’m glad I made the right decision,” he said.

Raj chose to enrol in the Business Analytics Leadership stream, and as it turned out, the organization he works for was starting to take advantage of technology and data to make more informed business decisions by using advanced data analytics.

“The timing could not have been better than this,” Raj said. “The skills I have gained have already assisted me in contributing to achieving my company goals.”

He was particularly impressed with UFred’s technology platform, which he says made interactions with peers and instructors seamless.

“UFred has very skilled and knowledgeable instructors and also makes sure everyone is engaged in the class. I had an excellent opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and learn from their experiences. The professional network I have built will be hugely beneficial for my career,” he said.

Raj says discipline and time management skills are crucial to stay on track.

“It is a significant time commitment to complete the MBA; hence, it is vital to maintain the balance among study, work, and personal life.”

Raj believes the MBA program helped him enhance his communications skills, especially listening skills, which is vital for a leadership role. He says it also changed his viewpoint on how to think strategically, another vital characteristic of his current and future roles.

“The business analytics skills I learned are also essential in today’s market, and I am already applying them in my current position.”

Outside of his career and social life, Raj is a proud husband and has two young children, is an avid cricket and badminton player, and volunteers in Aboriginal communities.

“Because of my personal interest and to support my organization’s social goal, I do volunteer work in Aboriginal communities. It helps me to learn about a new culture, and helps me and my organization strengthen working relationships with Aboriginal communities.”

His goal for the future is to keep progressing in his career.

“I am confident that my MBA education will support me on this journey.”