As the days grow sunnier, it means many graduate students will begin the long march to the convocation stage later this year. Each year different students take on a number of leadership roles in the Schulich community that have a direct impact on the quality of experience each grad student has during their time here.

This interview series will provide insight about students’ extracurricular leadership, professional achievements, and personal reflections.

– Frank Paul, Graduate Business Council President, MBA candidate, 2017

Class of 2017 Profile: Meet Zachary Prabhu, MBA Candidate

Part 1: Quick Stats

Age: 28

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Undergraduate School and Degree: Mumbai University, Software Engineering

Community Work and Leadership Roles: President of Schulich Finance Association (SFA), Graduate Ambassador, GBC Buddy Program participant

 Part 2: Business Education & Achievements

Q: Where did you work before coming to Schulich?
Accenture and KPMG

Q: Where will you be working after graduation?
A: I’ll be working at Deloitte in M&A Advisory

Q: Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during your MBA?
As SFA President I am able to help students make career choices, and that’s incredibly helpful and important.

Q: Which professional achievement are you most proud of in your career?
A:  Transitioning from Technology to Finance before an MBA – In India it can be incredibly difficult to make the transition without the degree in the industry you want to work in.

Q: What did you enjoy most about Schulich? 
A: Professional development – it teaches you to work on yourself and not just to focus on academics. You realize through your teamwork and community endeavors exactly where you need the most improvement.

Q: What was the most challenging thing about your MBA? 
A: I realized that I can suck at something that I thought I was good at. I thought I could lead a team effectively; however, there’s no cookie cutter recipe for guaranteed success. Leading a diverse group and identifying others’ strengths can be tricky.

Q: Who would you most want to thank for your success?
A: Family first!

Part 3: Fill in the Blank…

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
I wanted a career switch and I wanted to grow faster.

“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would…”
Zach: …
join a start-up in consulting.

Part 4: Fast Favourites

  • Book: Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

  • Movie: Argo

  • Musical performer: Michael Jackson

  • Schulich professor: Willow Sheremata

  • Schulich courses: Strategic Management and Strategy Execution

Stay tuned for more profiles of the Schulich class of 2017!