Ask Madeline Hait who her role model in life is and the recent BBA graduate may well respond, “the Duracell Bunny”. Her seemingly limitless energy saw her not only travel North America with the SFU women’s varsity volleyball team, but also drove her to secure a prestigious graduate position with TELUS – one of only four such positions the company offers each year.
Starting fall 2016, Madeline will begin work in TELUS’ Marketing Development Program. The role will see her trained in the organization’s culture, rotating every six months into a different department or team, including customer solutions, new product development, content creation, and digital marketing.
With only four of the coveted positions available each year across the nation, competition was fierce. Madeline states that the experience she gained from her studies at the Beedie School of Business was instrumental in her securing the role. The skills and techniques she learned from her enrollment in the first cohort of the Beedie Management Consulting Interview Program (MCIP) were particularly useful during the interview process.
“TELUS is a unique company – it’s very team based and Beedie helped me a lot in securing this very competitive position,” she says. “The MCIP program played a big role. Even though it wasn’t a consulting job necessarily, I was able to apply a lot of the interview skills that I learned in MCIP for the TELUS interviews. Even the SFU network helped me – the person that runs the program is an SFU grad.”
Madeline spent five successful years playing volleyball for SFU, achieving both team and individual honours in the process. In her final season she not only led the team to its first winning season in NCAA Division II, but in the process was voted to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team. The dedication required to remain at the pinnacle of both her studies and athletics is testament to Madeline’s drive to succeed.
“It was a little hectic trying to balance studies with practice every day – I was travelling every second week and trying to fit in all my classes or work with groups online,” she says. “A lot of the skills I picked up in volleyball carried over to my career: working under pressure, working with different personalities, and being disciplined. It makes you a tougher person. You’re not just trying to beat the other team, you’re trying to beat yourself.”
Her competitive edge also transferred to academics. She was a member of the first ever SFU team to compete at the SDS International Business Case Competition in Otago, New Zealand. Though the team did not ultimately place, the experience was nonetheless extremely beneficial.
“I was encouraged to get involved with the Beedie Case Competition Training Cohort by team coach Kevin Stewart, and from there was drafted to his team for New Zealand,” says Madeline. “We spent eight months training for the competition, practicing twice a week. I was in volleyball season and taking four courses at the same time – I wasn’t sleeping much I had so little free time. Case competitions take a lot out of you but you learn so much and meet great people. I would encourage anyone to take advantage of that opportunity.”
-Written by the Beedie School of Business
Published in May 2016