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Ram Kumar

Humans of Telfer - Ram

“I first became interested in Telfer Capital Fund (TCF) when I attended a workshop on financial modelling. I really enjoyed that workshop and applied the following year to be part of the program. Ever since, TCF has been a great learning experience. It has helped me learn about the different career paths that I could pursue as a finance student. Now, as a portfolio manager co-leader, I have been able to meet with CEOs and connect with key individuals within Telfer. I encourage all of those who are passionate, optimistic and ambitious to apply. In TCF, it’s not only about how smart you are, it’s about whether you’re willing to put in the time and have the right attitude.” Read more ›

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Karl Ndabihore

Humans of Telfer - Karl

“I came to Telfer to pursue my dream of becoming a professional accountant. It’s through the tools offered at the school that I was able to secure a job at BMO and find a balance between work and classes. Studying at Telfer was the best decision of my life and I would do it all over again!” Read more ›

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Photo Sonia Vinogradova

Humans of Telfer - Sonia

“I dove right into Telfer student life and haven’t looked back! Getting involved means meeting entrepreneurial students and interesting professionals. It has also shaped my perception of the business community in Ottawa. And being active in Telfer has given me hands-on skills that students can’t always learn in a classroom. Being involved really rounds out your education. Jump into clubs to get your feet wet and find out what your calling is!” Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Josh

"My dream job is somewhere in the world of quantitative finance. While still unsure of the exact career I want, I know I am on the right path and it has started with Telfer. The University of Ottawa has given me countless experiences to learn both inside and out of the classroom. It has been through courses like Finance Theory, Stats, IT, BA, and Macro, that have allowed me to piece together my passions of investing, the economy and quantitative methods. I also could not have come to this realization without the help of some incredibly talented people and mentors in my life – such as my Business Analytics professor, Jonathan Li, who has been an invaluable insight into this career path. For this, I thank him and all the others from Telfer who have helped me figure out my ambitions." Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Stephanie

"When I had the opportunity to become one of the Co-President’s of the Telfer Human Resources Association, it was an easy decision for me to accept. In my third year of university, any opportunity I had that I initially thought “no, I can’t do that”, I pushed myself to say YES to instead. Doing this with HRA was definitely worth it. Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is the best thing I’ve ever done! The knowledge I’ve gained from working with other intelligent and passionate individuals, as well as the confidence I now have from connecting with and speaking in front of colleagues and professionals is invaluable. Discovering how great my interest in HR is was a bonus as well!" Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Polly

"The inspiration to create WMN came from joining the women's network at American Express when I worked there this summer. They are one of the top employers in Canada for Diversity Management, and won the award several times because they have so many networks; millennials network, remote workers network, women’s network; the list goes on. I joined their Women’s Interest Network, WIN. The interest came when I went to their roundtable series. Led by 3 VPs, a group of 20 women of all ages and seniorities had the opportunity to have a conversation. I have never found such an authentic and genuine community of people who were willing to share their vulnerabilities and hard life lessons. I was so inspired that I immediately sent an email off to the Relationship Managers at the Career Centre. Once I started it, it wasn't just me but every person I talked to opened another door for me and it blossomed from there. It is so empowering to be in an environment where you see women leading at the front lines and supporting each other. If you're passionate about something, it grows."  Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Olivia

"In general, my experience at Telfer has been good. I found the classes from some professors quite stimulating. I was also involved in clubs and extracurricular activities that gave me the opportunity to make the most of my academic experience. I find that the activities provided by the Career Centre help students develop skills and build their professional profile. I'm supposed to go to Madrid in the winter for an international exchange. I would like to improve my third language, which is Spanish, and gain a better understanding of ​​international markets, especially European markets with which I’m less familiar. Since my professional goal is to pursue a career abroad, I will benefit a lot from this exchange." Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Heather

“My time here at Telfer has been challenging so far. Despite these challenges, my experiences have been rewarding. Telfer has allowed me to study in French immersion, as well as to gain valuable volunteer and work experience. After much hard work and determination, I am proud to say that I was admitted into the CO-OP program. Ultimately, through my developing skills, I have learned to overcome these obstacles by setting goals, being persistent and managing my time.” Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Yasmina

“I heard about being a Career Centre ambassador through a friend who was also applying for the position. I realized I didn’t want to limit my extracurricular experience to specific clubs but to expand my experiences to include something that is more general to the student body. I knew as a Career Centre ambassador I would be stepping out of my comfort zone, since I would be constantly networking with students,  employers, as well as Career Centre staff. Read more ›

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Humans of Telfer - Aïcha

"The fact that I chose a specialization in Finance can be explained in part by my family culture: almost all of my family works in this field. I also have a passion for numbers, and the Finance program was the ideal choice. When I came to Telfer, I had expectations just from an academic standpoint, but I gained so much more: I worked as a teaching assistant, I was president of a competition and I also did CO-OP internships. Read more ›

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