How Abbie found that a career in finance wasn’t outside the realm of feasibility for an arts student

After spending most of her undergraduate degree aspiring to attend Law school, Abbie McLatchy began to question whether it was still the right path for her. In her fourth year, she was working in her parents’ Dartmouth restaurants, and realized she wanted to learn more about management, operations, and the hospitality industry following graduation. 

Writing, speaking, and interacting are all central components of business—which her Political Science and Economics studies taught her. The CRMBA (Corporate Residency Master of Business Administration) at Dalhousie University would incorporate the technical skills that Abbie needed to develop in order to run a business.

“Beginning this degree required a mental shift from the arts to business, which seemed challenging. The CRMBA allowed me to come in unsure and helped me to gain the added confidence to pivot from arts to finance,” Abbie says. 

She knew she was going to be interested in working in a fast-paced industry, which rewards critical thinking and decision making. The CRMBA made Abbie realize that she was able to apply her diversity of thought from her arts degree to understand the fundamentals of business through a financial lens. 

“The program is demanding, and it was helpful to form mentorship relationships both personally and academically,” Abbie explains the unique culture and network found in the CRMBA program. The cohorts are small, and the classmates come from other academic and cultural backgrounds. This allowed Abbie to see from different perspectives and incorporate a more holistic thinking approach to solving problems. 

“It has been incredibly rewarding to contribute to this culture through my work on the MBA Society as VP of Program Culture. Through this role, I help to form ties between students through planning and executing social events,” Abbie says. 

Abbie has taken full advantage of the mentorship offered by the CRMBA program and now helps other students gain the confidence to consider finance as a career option and to pursue business and finance. By building this network of Dalhousie MBA students, she and the other students will have made contacts and friends that will follow through to their careers. 

Where Abbie’s blended skills have shaped her approach to solving problems, the program helped to fast-track her
professional growth.  

Abbie completed her eight-month corporate residency work experience at Scotiabank Global Markets in Toronto, where she worked as a Corporate Banking Analyst. “This opportunity allowed me to leverage both my personal strengths and skills and made me realize that I am
interested in a career in banking,” she adds. 

Abbie encourages perspective students to enroll and learn about which individual strengths they can bring to the program. 

“If you are goal driven, want to be successful and make an impact, while leveraging both existing skills and learned strengths, this program will take you to the next level.”