Karol Juliana Coy Peña

Pitalito, Huila, Colombia
Full-time with Co-op
Universidad de Los Andes (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering)
Class of 2024

The MBA program refined my skills and provided me with a confident mindset, making me fully capable of accomplishing what I thought was not possible.

Work Experience during the DeGroote MBA (Co-op or Summer Internship)

  • Global Capital Markets Banking Analyst – Scotiabank
  • Corporate Banking Analyst – Scotiabank
  • Program Advisor – Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Why DeGroote?

DeGroote provides all the tools you need to be successful in the field you want. This includes amazing networking opportunities, experiences in class, and support from classmates, professors, and various teams within the DeGroote community. I decided to choose DeGroote over other business schools due to its reputation and the working exposure I would gain through the co-op program.

Why an MBA?

An MBA is an investment that boosts your personal and professional growth. If you want to improve your communication, analytical, managerial, and networking skills, then an MBA is for you. Making a positive impact and supporting critical decision-making processes in any industry, business, or organization you go for.

What surprised you about DeGroote?

Finding such lovely people. The feeling you have in class is amazing because we all want in a sense the same things. We want to learn, grow and be a better version of ourselves. Doing an MBA at DeGroote is very challenging, but you will find people going through the same struggle as you. MBA Students Ambassadors, Professors, Academic Advisors, Relationship Managers, Alumni, and in general, the DeGroote community, will well-prepared you and support you to go through this journey

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote?

Be prepared to be challenged, but don’t be afraid! The program is full of commitments including tight deadlines, teamwork, deliverables, networking events, and presentations, but you can definitely do it. Take advantage of every experience and keep in mind that your process is unique!

What has been the highlight of your DeGroote experience so far?

I would say that finding my first job in Canada. Going through the process of applying for jobs and doing interviews was challenging and time-consuming, but I still remember how excited and proud I was when I got my first job offer.

Extra Curricular Involvement at DeGroote MBA

  • MBA Student Ambassador
  • Pitching in for Charity Competition

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I love food, dancing and coffee.