Martin Yiu | BBA 2018
Program: Management & Finance
Previous Work Terms: Staff Accountant at Deloitte Canada, Private Equity Analyst at OTPP Private Capital
Why did you choose UTSC Management? I chose the UTSC Management program because it would give me the best opportunity to not only learn about fundamental business concepts in the classroom but to also gain hands-on work experience with the co-op program. The program allowed me to stay close to my family while also getting great education at a globally recognized university that prides itself in the excellence of its students. I recommend this program to incoming students because UTSC Management is a very close-knit community and because of this, I have built long-lasting friendships with students and professors that I will value even in my postgraduate career. The program promotes a supportive culture and students are always looking to support each other’s growth and success. From a professional development perspective, the Management Co-op Department does a great job at providing students with resources to ensure that every individual is prepared in their respective seeking cycles. They offer a variety of services such as career coaching, resume critiques, and casual one-to-one advisor sessions to well-equip and inform students about different co-op and career opportunities.
What has been the highlight of your experience so far? I think the highlight of my experience thus far has been my involvement with student clubs; especially, the Management and Economics Students’ Association (MESA). In my two years with MESA, the positions I held within the association allowed me to grow not only as an individual but also as a professional and a leader. I had the opportunity to collaborate internally and externally for events, work alongside dynamic teams, and lead initiatives that had never been introduced to the UTSC community. I attribute a lot of my success at UTSC to the extracurricular activities as it has created an avenue of connections for me within the Management Community (Alumni, Department, Co-op, Upper Years, etc.).
What are your goals after this program and how is this program helping you to achieve them? My goals after this program are to gain the appropriate industry experience to run a business. I am a business enthusiast, and the school’s co-op program has allowed me to explore different opportunities in various business streams (Finance, Accounting, Marketing) to gain hands-on experience in solving problems that businesses encounter every day. I think this program does a great job of providing students with education in multiple business streams, which is very important for those aspiring to become managers of critically acclaimed corporations or starting their own business. I am confident that my undergraduate education at U of T will appropriately prepare me for postgraduate education as I look to enroll in a MBA program in the future.
What are your achievements to date? My achievements to date include: 2015 Deloitte National Conference Delegate (Received 1st Term Co-op Offer Post Conference), UTSC Stock Pitch Competition 2017 – 1st Place, BCG Impact Consulting Case Competition 2017 – 2nd Place, LIVE Competition 2016 – 2nd Place, Management and Economics Students’ Association – VP of Student Engagement, and UTSC Student Managed Fund – President.
What is the biggest hidden gem about the UTSC campus location? There are two hidden gems within the UTSC campus location: Osmow’s Grill on Morningside and Military Trail – You can never go wrong with “Chicken on the Rocks” or “Chicken on the Stix” and The Valley behind the UTSC campus. It is by far the most beautiful location within the university grounds. It is home to soccer fields, a baseball diamond, and a tennis courts (for sports enthusiasts) that are often used during intramural games or sports tournaments. The Valley also has acres of open space, "Instagram-worthy" scenic views, and hiking trails perfect for those looking to take a break from school and enjoy what nature has to offer.
What are some of your favourite Management courses you have taken? Some of my favourite courses include: "Investments" (MGFD10) "Marketing Management" (MGMB01) and "Intermediate Finance" (MGFC10).