Work Term Excellence Award: Ashvin Sivapalan

Ashvin Sivapalan

“How rewarding it is to see your work come to life.”

– Ashvin Sivapalan, Co-op Management and International Business (BBA) Candidate 2025, University of Toronto Scarborough

Congratulations to Ashvin, recipient of a Management Co-op Work Term Excellence Award for his contributions at Learn Different in Summer 2022!

How did you get hired at Learn Different? 

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I applied for the position of Media Studies/Marketing Intern when I found it posted on the internal job portal for Management Co-op students. During my interview, it felt like a perfect fit because I wanted to step into a role where I could learn and lead in marketing and design. The next day, I was on the bus after class when I received the email confirming that both interviewers felt the same way I did, and they welcomed me to join their amazing team.

Who was your manager at Learn Different? What’s the most important lesson they taught you? 

My managers Robin Bacher and Toreigh Sheffer are phenomenal individuals who have supported me since day one. The most important thing I learned from them is time management: how to set clear deadlines, prioritize tasks, and delegate within the team to ensure effective processes. I have learned a lot about how to maximize my productivity and achieve objectives within deadlines.

Walk us through your best day on the job. 

One of my first projects involved creating a series of animated videos summarizing the lessons in an online course my team was creating. How rewarding it is to see your work come to life for the first time! I learned to research, test, and weigh all of the pros and cons that went into selecting the best software for video production. As I completed each task, my understanding of the project kept increasing, which contributed to my strong belief and passion for the course content.

Why should a high school student choose to apply to the Management and International Business (MIB) program at U of T Scarborough? 

MIB is an excellent choice for students who want to gain a competitive edge to pursue a career in business anywhere in the world. MIB offers a unique set of courses that blend domestic and international business studies, together with small class sizes which create a more personalized learning environment and a tight-knit community of support for every student. Then of course there's the incredible co-op program and the practical real-life experience MIB students receive through international work and study terms.

The tagline of our program is Experience to Lead. What does that mean to you? 

Inspiring students to develop their leadership skills through different types of learning, whether that be in the form of courses, hands-on activities, or Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). The statement empowers me to remember to develop and hone new leadership skills—decision making, communication, problem solving, teamwork—to help set my team up for success. Studying business at UTSC has provided me with an incomparable foundation for a global career in business.