Q&A with Amir Toulany, a Commercial Banking Associate Account Manager at TD Atlantic Real Estate Group
What led you to enroll in the Rowe School of Business?
Dalhousie offers an eight-month Corporate Residency, which distinguished it from other MBA programs and drew me toward it. As a chemistry graduate with limited work experience, I knew the paid internship would allow me to get a foot in the door, in a job I was passionate about and that challenged me.
What was your experience in the program?
The experience was so beyond exotic derivatives or the relationship between business and politics. The small class size allowed me to get to know my professors and classmates on a personal level. I’m confident that the sense of camaraderie fostered by the CRMBA program is its most valuable advantage. I’ve met some of my best friends in the program—now we’re pretty much family.
What was the most challenging part of the program?
The program challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. Whether it was mock interviews or pitching myself to a room of over 40 employers in less than a minute, the program helped me gain the confidence and skills needed to be thrown into any situation and handle it comfortably and professionally.
Tell me about a day on the job you’ll never forget.
I remember going on my first site visit to one of our client’s projects. Having a discussion with them about their past ideas and future plans was incredible! Being able to share their imagination about real estate in Halifax and Atlantic Canada is my favourite part of the job.
What would you say to people looking to get into a career similar to yours?
I would tell them to make sure they’re interested and passionate about the industry. Sounds cliche, but enjoying what you do makes you more effective in the workplace, it shows in the work you do.
Where do you think you would be without your MBA?
Dalhousie’s MBA program has helped me catapult my career. I’ve been able to jump into a role that would have taken me years to achieve if I didn’t have my degree. Along with the education, I gained a large network of great professionals and, more importantly, great friends, who are going to do amazing things and have amazing careers.