Glora Chan | BBA 2017
Program: Management & Accounting
Previous Work Terms: Accounting Co-op at OPTrust, Jr. Financial Analyst at Unilever, and Assurance Associate at PwC
Why did you choose UTSC Management? I switched my program to Management Co-op at UTSC after my first year because I realized I wanted to pursue a career in finance or accounting. I wanted to learn from formal academic lectures, but also gain knowledge through experiential learning. The Management Co-op program allowed me to get a glimpse of the accounting and finance industry. The structure and extensive amount of resources from Management Co-op really guided me through my university years. Looking back, I can definitely say Management Co-op helped me grow as an individual professionally and personally.
What has been the highlight of your experience so far? Joining the LIVE Executive Team was definitely the highlight of my experience at UTSC. When I first came to UTSC, I was very reserved and shy, but decided to apply for the LIVE Executive team to help me get out of my comfort zone. Although juggling school, work, and extra-curricular’s wasn’t easy, my expectations were far exceeded- the friendships I built along with the challenges I overcame are now one of my fondest memories at UTSC.
What are your goals after this program and how is this program helping you to achieve them? My goals after graduation are to earn the CPA designation and complete my 3-year rotational program at Unilever. The Accounting Specialist clearly mapped out the prerequisites I needed to enter the CPA path and provided information sessions on campus. With Management Co-op, I was able to secure my second co-op placement at Unilever, where I will be returning for a full-time position in September 2017. All in all, I truly believe Management Co-op helps set their students up for success.
What are your achievements to date? As a transfer student, I entered UTSC as a statistical student and needed certain requirements to get into Management Co-op. Through hard work and perseverance, I successfully entered the Management Co-op program after my second year. Fast track 3 co-op terms and 2 extra-curricular roles later, I am glad to say I’ll be graduating this year and starting my full-time position at Unilever in their Future Leader’s Program for Finance.
What is the biggest hidden gem about the UTSC campus location? The Pan Am Sports Centre! Not many people, including students, know that our student card grants us access to the Pan Am Sports Centre. The large facility offers many different fitness drop-in classes, as well as several recreational sports to help students find tranquility during their times of stress. Aside from the Pan Am, the plethora of resources on campus alongside the vast amount of learning opportunities from UTSC’s close knit family is what makes UTSC very unique.
What are some of your favourite Management and Economics courses you have taken? Some of my favourite courses would have to be "Management Communications for Co-op"(MGTA36), "Marketing Management" (MGMB01) and "Intermediate Financial Accounting I" (MGAC01).