Ruijing Pan, MSCM 23′, China
- Name: Ruijing Pan
- Program: Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) 23’
- Nationality: China
- Previous education background: Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business Management (specialize in operations and supply chain management), Conestoga College
- Current company and role: Wintrax Logistics Inc., Operational Specialist
- Tell us about yourself.
My name is Ruijing Pan, and I studied at the Schulich School of Business for my Master of Supply Chain Management degree. I graduated In June 2023 and now I am the operational Specialist in a supply chain solution company. I have been in Canada for more than 13 years and worked in the supply chain field for more that 8 years. Last winter I started to learn snowboarding and I hope this year I can make a lot of progress.
- Why did you decide to pursue an MBA/Master program at this point of your career?
The COVID-19 pandemic served as a poignant reminder of the vital role played by supply chain management in daily lives. Almost overnight, consumption patterns underwent a dramatic transformation, leading to a surge in demand for home office equipment, cleaning products, and essential items like toilet paper. This abrupt shift in demand, coupled with lockdowns and travel restrictions, triggered global shortages. The onus fell on supply chain talent to swiftly adapt and meet the ever-changing customer demands. In the aftermath of the pandemic, evident transformations have taken place in the realms of e-commerce, information technology, and supply chain logistics. The supply chain field continues to evolve, underscoring the importance of continuous education. I firmly believe that one must remain proactive in learning, as the world constantly evolves, and failure to do so can result in falling behind.
- Why Schulich?
Schulich is the top Canadian business school, with exceptional professionals who offer the best resources and networks to support my career. The Schulich School of Business is renowned not only for its outstanding faculty but also for its diverse student body. Interacting with students from diverse backgrounds within the Schulich community has broadened her perspective. With students hailing from 56 countries, including India, Pakistan, and Nigeria, the school goes the extra mile to create a welcoming atmosphere with resources like festivals and student clubs.
- What word or phrase describes your Schulich experience so far?
Networking-building would describe my Schulich experience so far because every year Schulich provides different events to get the students, alumni, and faculties together to grow connections and foster enjoyment in professional networking.
- What have you enjoyed the most about Schulich’s Master program?
I enjoyed my MSCM field trip the most. As visiting different companies and discussing with them regarding the supply chain, we have learned more about how those companies struggle with the supply shortage and what the MSCM student/people could help them to resolve and provide the valuable insight.
- What is your plan after graduation and how has Schulich helped with that?
Through completing the MSCM program at Schulich, I am well-prepared to pursue the goal of securing a senior SCM role. I have received a couple of offers from well-known companies by connecting with alumni. It was very exciting that I have been recognized by my academic credentials from Schulich and my solid work experiences and skills.
- What would you like prospective students to know about Schulich’s Master program?
I would like prospective students to know that your experience will be even more than expected when you are embraced by the professionals and amazing faculties. They do not only help you in your academic performance, but also your work and life.
- What advice do you have for someone who is considering pursuing an MBA/Master program at Schulich?
I believe that the significance of gaining practical experience is crucial. While a strong GPA is a prerequisite for admission to the MSCM program at Schulich, individuals transitioning directly from a bachelor’s program may need to enhance their credentials. Succeeding in SCM entails not only problem-solving expertise but also practical communication skills, which are essential not only for program admission but also for a successful career. Although it may appear to be a catch-22 situation, where experience is needed to gain experience, there’s no need to worry. Engaging in community activities, such as volunteering, can showcase your problem-solving abilities and teamwork aptitude.