For Nina Kent of O’bash’kaan’da’gaang First Nation, earning her Master of Business Administration degree seemed like the logical next step in her academic career. The 30 year old had already received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and was looking for a challenge that would take her education to the next level.
Nina had heard about Cape Breton University’s MBA in Community Economic Development from her professors in Ontario and her father had taken courses from various national cohorts, so she knew that it was the right fit for her.
“My favourite thing about the MBA in CED program was having the ability to choose the First Nation Option as a specialization,” says Nina. “Having courses dedicated to First Nation topics was so important to me, as much of my work experience has been with First Nations people. It is a field that I am passionate about and want to continue working in.”
Having fallen in love with Cape Breton, Nina now lives in Eskasoni First Nation and is the Atlantic Regional Manager of CBU’s In.Business program (A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth). Of her current role, Nina says, “It is a personally fulfilling role. I am able to make a difference in the lives of youth by sharing how an education and career in Business can open so many doors.”
Now that Nina’s time as a student is coming to an end, she looks back fondly at the memories she’s made at CBU and reflects on how diverse her experience was. “My favourite memory at CBU was attending the Chinese New Year with my peers in the MBA in CED program,” says Nina. “We were able to sample some very unique cuisine, learn about a different culture and just enjoy the music, atmosphere and demonstrations.”
As for others considering the graduate level program, Nina’s advice is, “Go for it! It is not difficult if you attend all your classes, listen actively, reach out for help when you need it, STUDY and keep on top of deadlines. If you’ve achieved a four-year degree, odds are you’re ready and understand the commitment required for an MBA.”