Business Edge Digital is a unique online career advancement program for highly motivated, internationally educated professionals who are determined to leverage their full potential and take their careers to the next level. The program is delivered as a blend of 80% online learning, “intensive” on-site sessions and personal coaching, and is for individuals who prefer a convenient and flexible learning schedule.
Your key to career success in Canada
At Business Edge, we look for highly motivated, flexible, open-minded individuals who are ready to commit to a rigorous and challenging career advancement program. If you have at least one year of work experience in Canada, and are seeking a career that better fits your abilities and potential, consider this transformative program, offered by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Transform your potential
Through a combination of online group workshops, self-paced online study, one-to-one coaching, and online simulations, Business Edge Digital helps you develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals.
In the competitive Canadian workplace, getting ahead takes focus, grit and a commitment to continual personal growth. We’ll equip you with the techniques and strategies you need to make the most of the skills, experience and education that you brought with you to Canada.
Business Edge attracts professionals from a range of career paths and sectors, and cultural backgrounds. We deliberately seek out participants who have achieved great things before immigrating, are keen to return to those levels and support each other as they grow. They are an exceptional group of professionals who will provide a lifetime of friendship and career support, and enrich your learning in endless ways.
About the program structure
Business Edge Digital helps you develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals.
In the competitive Canadian workplace, getting ahead takes focus, grit and a commitment to continual personal growth. We’ll equip you with the techniques and strategies you need to fully utilize the skills, experience and education that you brought with you to Canada. The program prepares you for advancement with practical and relevant learning that you’ll be able to start applying in your organization right away.
Course calendars, materials, and modules are all available online. Participants meet regularly in an online classroom environment in full-class sessions, smaller groups and individually with classmates and coaches.
The program schedule includes:
- An in-person Orientation session
- Whole class webinars on Thursday evenings from 6:45pm – 8:45pm
- 3 on-site intensive boot camps
- 3-4 hours per week of self-paced study online in addition to program deliverables
- 6 hours of online peer coaching
- 6 hours of personalized, one-on-one coaching online on weekday evenings by appointment only
If attending class regularly at our downtown Toronto (U of T) campus is possible for you, learn more about the Business Edge Campus program.
Participants develop a thorough understanding of the critical skills that are required to work across diverse cultural groups and to navigate the unwritten rules that govern each group. They learn the skills needed for professional confidence, organizational visibility and effective communication to build networks critical to their career success. Business Edge participants master the ability to present, negotiate, influence, and lead. Program graduates emerge with a clear understanding of their personal brand and organizational value – and how to capitalize on both.
How do I appropriately disagree with an idea proposed in a team meeting? How can I suggest an organizational change, make appropriate small talk, or deliver an engaging presentation? These are situations where stakes are high and nuance is everything.
In a knowledge economy, communication skills are paramount and go beyond understanding a language and its grammar. Effective communication is about using culturally appropriate language for handling specific business situations. Business Edge devotes extensive time to advanced communication in both classroom and coaching sessions. The sessions are designed to be interactive and participatory. They include various learning tools to enable participants to communicate effectively and efficiently in multicultural environments.
Intercultural skills and competencies
A command of intercultural skills is becoming crucial in today’s agile, evolving and multicultural workplace. Adapting to working-life in Ontario would be simple if there were one type of organizational or workplace culture, but there isn’t just one. A multitude of factors make every organization different.
Business Edge participants develop an in-depth understanding of their cultural values, interaction style and intercultural adaptability and how they affect their interactions in diverse teams. Participants learn to adapt their behaviours across cultures while staying authentic to their core values.
Great leaders have high levels of emotional intelligence: they work well with others, take responsibility for their own actions, give constructive feedback and appreciate the same. They solve problems, influence others and drive change.
In Canada, leadership characteristics are expected of all employees – especially those who want to advance. Business Edge enables a recalibration of leadership skills for the Canadian market.
Managing your career is about thinking beyond securing a better job. It is about active and strategic career self-management on an ongoing basis. It is about being clear about goals.
Business Edge participants work with a dedicated career coach to develop a personalized career management plan. These plans help participants understand their value, clarify their goals, and transform their ideas into action.
In addition to being highly skilled, internationally educated professionals who are open-minded and committed to learning and working hard, Business Edge participants need to meet additional criteria. The list of admission requirements can be found at this link.
- All Program materials and supplies
- Completion certificate
Financial assistance may be available. Eligibility criteria is based on household income and number of dependents. For information on micro-credit loans for IEPs visit Windmill Microlending (Formerly IAF). For more information about financial support, please contact the admissions team at 416-978-6803.