Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting student Zuleymi Ramirez worked at Canada Overseas Investments Limited as an Accounting intern for her placement last summer.
"The experience working with COIL was beyond my expectations. From day one I was treated with respect and professionalism," said Zuleymi. "Our daily meetings gave me the chance to interact closely with every member of the team. Working through the pandemic was a challenge, especially starting my first role in the field remotely, but with time, we adapted, and it's been a great learning experience. Daily tasks, additional assignments and interactions have helped me better understand the field and my aspirations for the future."
Why did you choose the Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting program?
I chose accounting as a career because there is a lot of flexibility and room for growth within the profession. It's a field that is always evolving and will give me a chance to work in a great variety of roles and industries helping others.
What is the most valuable thing you've learned about work and career?
I've learned the importance of communication and discipline. Managing your time and communicating when questions or concerns arise will help you succeed in the long run.
What is the most valuable thing you've learned about yourself?
I've learned that it’s okay to be afraid when you are starting something new. Accepting these fears has helped me overcome them, increased my confidence and allowed me to perform even better.
How did Placement Advisors support/assist you with your placement?
Without Mary’s support, I don’t think I could be in the position I'm in today. She sent this opportunity our way and I took it. What started as a summer internship turned into a year.
What advice would you give to future students?
Take a chance and apply for the opportunities that are sent to you even if you think you are not a perfect fit for the role. If you believe in yourself, you will succeed in whatever you do!