Tyson Knauf, BCom

PRIOR TO ATTENDING ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY, TYSON KNAUF WAS DOING WELL IN HIS CAREER, BUT FELT HE LACKED THE NEXT LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM – AND PASSION – NECESSARY TO MOVE HIS CAREER FORWARD.

As an Account Manager and Sales Representative who worked mostly online with companies in Europe, Tyson was looking to build his in-person professionalism and confidence. Something he believes a degree offers.

“When you have a degree, it becomes an extra level of competition in the job market. It allows you to go forward confidently, and be in a boardroom presenting well and focused on the right things.”

With a diploma under his belt already, Tyson spoke with his brother about what his next step should be, and, as a Royal Roads alumnus, his brother pointed him in the direction of the applied learning-style at Royal Roads. This hands-on approach, combined with being a shorter program, made the decision an easy one for Tyson.

“Royal Roads was the place that would get me where I wanted to go, faster, and I could learn more along the way because I could apply it immediately while I was going to school.” 

Through the Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurial Management, Tyson learned with other industry professionals in small teams, as part of a greater cohort. Together, they worked on projects within the community, presented business proposals to real-world clients, and, as he puts it, went far beyond the textbook-only approach.

During his time at Royal Roads, Tyson also valued being on campus. Here, he was able to build deeper relationships with his peers because they were all taking the same classes, had the same deadlines, and could easily coordinate to help each other out. He also enjoyed taking walks through the Japanese gardens and the library for inspiration.

When he looks back, Tyson says the most challenging thing, and also the most rewarding, was working within those close teams. He had to learn how to motivate himself, and also others, while developing interpersonal skills that have become essential to his working life. In short, he calls his experience one of growth in many ways.

Now, two children, a new city, and a Wealth Management career later, Tyson is his own boss, running a firm where he works closely with mortgage lenders to devise strategies on how to grow their businesses. A job, he says, that he could only be doing today because of the skills he learned and experiences he had at Royal Roads.