A software engineer by training, Adolphus Bassey feared he might lose his technical skills if he chose to pursue a business education. He was eyeing a future in the technology sector and didn’t want to change course.
Two years after graduation, the UBC Master of Business Administration (MBA) alum is a Security Technical Program Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the wisdom of hindsight, Bassey now knows he needn’t have worried. “When I got into business school, I was worried that I would have to sacrifice my technical skills in order to focus on business,” says Bassey. “But the UBC MBA presents limitless opportunities for folks who want to leverage their technical skills to lead.”
Bassey notes that cybersecurity may not be the most traditional route for an MBA graduate, but that his experience at UBC Sauder helped him forge his own unique path. “I found my niche and that happens to be stakeholder management, customer and program management, problem solving, data and communications – all of the things that I love.”
“I’ve grown a lot as a person and I try my best to not work alone in a silo, but to make an impact on people’s lives through my work,” says Bassey. “I also try to serve as a mentor for people who are underrepresented in the tech space. Those are the things that make me happy and excited about what I do.”
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