The Hub Convocation 2020: Josée Doucet, MBA

Convocation 2020: Josée Doucet, MBA

By: Josée Doucet

To celebrate #AthaU20 Convocation, we are profiling some of AU’s grads. The team at AU is so proud of everything they have accomplished and we are excited to celebrate each one of our graduates leading up to convocation and beyond!

Read on to learn more about Josée Doucet’s story and her AU journey through the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

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Why did you choose AU?

I chose AU because I like the two-phased approach for students who, like me, could apply based on managerial experience. The curriculum was appealing, and the school promised real flexibility with an online environment and the potential to be finished in three years.

Josée Doucet

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Tell us about the people who have supported you throughout your journey at AU?

My husband was incredibly supportive and encouraged me to follow my dream. He, and our teenagers were patient, supportive and understanding as my laptop was my constant companion, even on family trips. We all had to make sacrifices, like eating more pizza, but I was able to keep my promise that the laptop would be put away one full day a week!  My work team was equally supportive. The program challenged my way of thinking, and the construct allowed me to apply new-found insights at my workplace in real-time. Every course, every paper was an opportunity to creatively tackle existing problems within the organization and make positive changes

Josée Doucet

Josee's desk with papers and laptops all over it
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What is your favourite memory from your time at AU?

I made some incredible friends along the way. I am grateful that I was able to spend time with so many of them during the RDLD Developing Leaders course in Calgary. It was a personally transformative week; everyone was open, present and venerable as we shared stories and experiences.

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How will completing your degree at AU transform your life?

Having a degree opened up an endless world of possibilities for me. More importantly though, I came to truly understand and appreciate the inherent value of my own experiences and crucibles as well as that of others.

Josée Doucet

Josee and her MBA degree!
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Tell us about a time that the flexibility of AU helped you overcome a challenge.

I often travelled domestically and internationally for work. I studied and did assignments on trains, planes and automobiles – without that flexibility I would not have been able to deliver at work and stay on top of my schoolwork.

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My personal journey landed me here, at AU, but it certainly doesn’t stop now. My future …

I am very proud to say I was recently appointed a senior director within the public service. I would not have felt confident or capable of applying for, and accepting this appointment had I not completed the MBA program. With this promotion, my hard work and my family’s support were rewarded in a very tangible way. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Josée Doucet

Josée Doucet is a mother of three young adults, and a wife to her wonderfully supportive husband, a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. She is also a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces having enjoyed a 25 year career as a Supply Technician with postings throughout Canada and tours in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Josée is proud to continue serving Canada as a federal public servant and is very grateful to have been supported throughout this journey by an incredible work team. Josée is originally from Laval, Quebec and is currently settled in Ottawa.

Published:
  • September 16, 2020
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