Alum mentor encourages business students to resist comparing themselves to others

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Business alum Fahd Chowdhury sitting at his desk

Fahd Chowdhury already had 12 years of experience in the telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods, aviation, education and transportation industries when he moved to Toronto from Bangladesh in 2018. But finding a suitable job in the city to help provide for his family was difficult.  

"Pursuing my postgraduate degree in Business Analytics for Business Decision Making was a transformative decision that equipped me with valuable skills and exposed me to the Canadian corporate landscape," he said.  

Chowdhury is a Senior Client Success Specialist at, the world's leading job site. He's also applying everything he's learned as a new immigrant and student in Canada by acting as a mentor for the Centre for Business Student-Alumni Mentorship Program.  

"My experience taught me resilience and helped me establish a career in the Canadian job market," he said. "That's why I'm here to share my bitter-sweet journey, provide guidance to graduating students and see them succeed." 

Besides seeing the value of attending a school in the centre of a city with plenty of networking opportunities, Chowdhury decided to attend George Brown College to learn from professors with over 15 years of experience in corporate industries. Some highlights of what he learned included business development, client success and data analysis. 

"My learning experience was engaging and incremental," he said. "The professors taught us fundamentals and provided additional learning resources to deepen our understanding. I greatly appreciated the individual attention and guidance from each professor, especially when it came to securing a first job in Canada." 

Chowdhury is a great example of what he wants to impart to current students: there's importance in believing in yourself and not comparing yourself or your journey to others.   

"There will be moments when giving up feels tempting, but those moments often mark the turning point for embarking on something new and worthwhile. Never stop pursuing your dreams, even in the face of obstacles."