Staff Accountant (CA Articling Student)
Ernst & Young LLP
Why did you end up in the Alberta BCom program and what did you specialize in?
Business in it's own way called to me. I didn't always want to go into it (sort of my own act of rebellion against my parents, who thought business was the best choice for me). But I quickly realized that my own personality and skill sets were made for business. I applied in secret (so my parents wouldn't know I caved) and got in! I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I met one of my closest friends that day. She was a rock through my entire BCom career. I sort of fell into accounting. I chose it as my major before I got into the program and found that I liked the rules and logic behind accounting. I felt like it could open the most doors for me to choose what I wanted to do after I receive my designation. But in the end I gained a real appreciation for event planning, through all my extracurricular activities. Business really opened doors for me to find out who I am and what my limits are. It pushed my boundaries and challenged me in every way possible. Who knows where I'll be in 5, 10, 15 years?
You've just recently graduated and started your career at Ernst & Young LLP in September. What did you take away from the Alberta BCom that helped you get a job after graduation?
The biggest thing I've taken away from the Alberta School of Business is the ability to work in all sorts of teams. I've been fortunate to work with so many different personalities in all my university days. I was able to start learning how to work with different types of people. I was able to make mistakes with these people and learn from them. I've definitely learned how to be resilient through the School of Business. I remember last September when I was applying for jobs to pursue my CA. There were BSA events and the Alberta Energy Challenge was happening all at the same time. I had to learn how to prioritize, time manage, and delegate in order to survive the first two months of the school year. In the end, as cheesy as it sounds, I've taken away great friends... ones that I am still friends with even though our paths no longer cross in my professional life.
Do you have any advice for young people who are either thinking of starting a BCom degree or are working towards one?
Don't be afraid to be out of your comfort zone. That's when you'll learn the most about yourself and your abilities. I've gained so much confidence in who I want to be from being in the BCom program. Do things you wouldn't naturally do, whether that's getting involved with student activities or studying in the library for the first time. For me, coming out of high school I was comfortable being the wall flower. I never got involved in school politics or leadership. But once I got into business, I promised myself I would try something new. Now I've been a part of planning international case competitions, business simulations, competed in case competitions, been an executive on a business student organization and campaigned for president as well. I have created a basis for my professional life and now I'm excited to add to my knowledge as I go out into the work force!