Taking the next step in your health and safety career: a student perspective

Jason Weibel is a highly motivated and successful health and safety professional.  Working in the mining industry and eventually taking on safety roles, his learning path began in 2006 when he completed his Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. In 2007, Jason earned his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. While completing his certificate in Risk Management, he received his Certified Health and Safety Consultant designation.

Jason, the embodiment of a life-long learner, became acquainted with UFred’s online Executive MBA degree program while searching for his next steps. UFred offered a course of study that perfectly suited his experience and objective:

“The Health and Safety Leadership stream is unique to UFred and stood out as the best fit for me professionally,” he said.  “Organizations with strong safety performance often enjoy strong financial performance, and the program really focused on developing an understanding of that relationship.”

To Jason, the specialty stream in Health and Safety Leadership, “represents a community of peers across Canada and the globe. I often contact many of the professional colleagues and friends from the program to share ideas or discuss concepts,” he said.

Peers from various specialty streams study together during the foundation level courses and global capstone and Jason extended his network reach, stating he, “also developed strong ties with professionals in many of the other program streams like Innovation Leadership.” The result: he had created his own multifaceted, diversified professional network even before he even left the program and he consults this group to this day.

Initially drawn by the ability to achieve a post-graduate level business education combined with health and safety learning, Jason credits his success in the Executive MBA to many factors. The support he received from the UFred team, the quality instructors and expert delivery of course material in a condensed time frame, and especially to close collaboration with his peers have left him with an invaluable learning experience.   “I have certainly left the program with a wider perspective of both safety leadership and business,” said Jason.