From Schulich MBA to Amazon via the Career Development Centre

Charles Touma (MBA ’16) Senior Financial Analyst, Amazon
Charles Touma (MBA ’16)

Charles Touma (MBA ’16) began his Schulich journey like many other students – by flipping through a brochure and recognizing a Schulich MBA could take his career where he wanted to be.

In July 2016, Charles started working as a Senior Financial Analyst at Amazon at the headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Charles credits the Career Development Centre (CDC) with successfully helping him obtain employment south of the border.

“During my time at Schulich, I was in constant contact with the CDC – we spoke every other week in person or via email, “ Charles said. “You need to commit and work hard – once you are clear about what you want, the CDC will assist you in getting there.”

Industry Advisors at the CDC connected him with alumni working in the U.S., let him know about internship opportunities and coached Charles through mock interviews – even conducting one at 9 at night.

While studying at Schulich, Charles also worked with CDC Executive Director Rob Hines to establish Phase 5 Advisors Inc., providing capital markets and M&A advisory services for a 350 million euro fund – experience which added to his resume that he would not have received elsewhere.

Charles suggests incoming students meet with the CDC as soon as they can, starting early will help you get ahead.