Canadian rugby player Tyler Hotson is studying for his MBA by correspondence from the Edinburgh Business School, while playing lock forward for London Scottish in the second tier of English rugby. He's also a member of the Canadian men's national team. Two finals away from gaining his MBA, he shares his thoughts on his studies:
On what he plans to do with his MBA:
"We're so well connected being in the heart of London, and so starting in the new year … I'm hoping to do a little bit of networking and maybe get some sort of work placement in my days off and in my weeks off in the summer. You know, potentially land something so I can easily transition into a job after rugby finishes."
On the reaction of his teammates:
"Some guys, probably the younger guys are like, 'Wow, that's impressive, good on you.' Other guys are doing other courses at the same time so we're sort of in the same boat. One guy just completed his law degree on my team, there's other guys who are physiotherapists now, and they've been studying for a few years while they've been on the squad."
On Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley's thoughts of his studies:
"He's a big advocate for players having plans in place for post-rugby … because he knows how important it is. He knows we get paid next to nothing playing for Canada so he understands that you have to take care of life after rugby because it's a very short career."
On how his athletic career might help his employment prospects in the workplace:
"There's a lot of companies that are first and foremost looking for ex-athletes and especially ex-rugby players just because they know how to take criticism and bounce back in a second. They know how to work in a team and they know how to lead a team."