The First 365: November – Top 5 List of Making the Most Out of Your ‘New Grad’ Status

The first 365

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the words, new grad?  Education, experience, motivation, professionalism, networking: these are all of the things that come to my mind.  There is no one well-defined way of going about the transition from student to new grad. Each person encounters their own set of challenges and opportunities, however, there certainly is a ubiquitous, agreed-upon list of things you could do to make this transition easier and advantageous.  As a new graduate, it is often understood that we may not have perfect – or even close to perfect – knowledge of the world around us.  Of course, after completing the four cumbersome years of university, we are keen on standing our ground, with pride on our faces and claim. “I know exactly what you’re talking about, and I can totally do this… if I get more exposure to it.”  But I have found that it is even more important to break through that mindset and continue seeing yourself as a student of the world.  That is, continue being flexible and open to ideas, and be willing to learn.  After much discussion with other successful new grads, below are my top five tips of making the most out of your “new grad” status (this can apply to current students as well).

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PSDP Info Session!

Are you an international student in first year? Do you know about the Department of Management and the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)? We are hosting an information session in collaboration with various student groups. The event is happening on Thursday, November 2nd, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in DV Council Chambers. Our awesome work-study team will share their experiences in PSDP and the International Education Centre will provide some information and resources for international students. Register here:

You will get a head start on a PSDP Point in Know Yourself. PSDP Info Session (3)

First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Are you in first-year Commerce / Management? Do you have many questions about the courses and programs? We want to share some important resources with you through this blog and hear from you.

Check your BlackBoard My Organization Plus for important links and updates. As well, First Year Experience (FYE) Blog posts will be updated monthly.

The First 365: October – Expectations vs. Reality

The first 365

October has officially set in and I assume that things are rolling.  People are getting busy with work and studies, preparing for midterms, applying for jobs, and setting time aside for personal endeavours.  As such, we often have many decisions – or trade-offs – to make in our lives which ultimately carve the way for our future.  How do we balance this?  I distinctly remember attending a conference three years ago in which a speaker broke it down to us quite bluntly: there are 24 hours in a day, about 8-10 hours are spent doing work (or studying), 3 hours are spent in eating, 2 hours are spent for personal hygiene/grooming, another 3 hours are gone in leisure, and the remaining 6-8 are spent in sleeping.  What time do we have to spare?  “Well, who needs sleep, anyway?” he so eloquently put it.
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Keeping up the Momentum

The 2017 Momentum Conference was a full-day event packed with workshops helmed by a diverse group of experienced thought leaders as well as break-out sessions by faculty on accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.

“Thank you for joining us as we help get you prepared for a life in business,” said Heather Hines, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services at the Department of Management, urging her young audience towards soft-skill development and student involvement.

Next, she introduced a panel of alumni, each of whom have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to the Department, including Aditi Shah, a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate and current alumni blogger for the new student-run UTMBIZLIFE blog.

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The First 365: September – Aditi

The first 365

The best part of being a kid is the sheer quality of unapologetic curiosity – it is simply the optimism and sense of adventure we held as children that makes us who we are today.  The reason we can test our limits and push ourselves to take challenges stems from this curiosity.  For most of us, the journey to success and happiness is a constant pursuit of knowledge and opportunity.  For me, this September marks the next stage of my life wherein instead of going to school, I must prepare for a career.  I have been working at CIBC Mellon for about four months, yet, every day is new a challenge and I sometimes find myself reflecting back to when I first started university.  Although the responsibilities expected of me have changed, the core feelings remain the same.  When I first started work, I was faced with the unknown.  The same sense of anxiety and confusion was rolling deep into a pit in my stomach, just like when I started school.  However, unlike school, I slowly got used to it.
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Meet Our Alum Blogger Aditi!


Hello Reader!  My name is Aditi Shah and I am a recent UTM graduate of 2017 with a Specialist in Finance and a Major in Economics.  Currently, I have the wonderful job of working as a Fund Accountant at CIBC Mellon while also writing this monthly Alumni blog for the Department of Management.  Apart from work, I enjoy reading classics (yes, Shakespeare, too), going for long nature walks, travelling and occasionally experimenting in the kitchen.  Like many UTMers, I strongly believe that knowledge is the key to success and awareness is the spout of opportunity.  As such, I hope this blog is of some use to you as I will make full efforts to try and link each post to the immediate world outside of UTM.  Feel free to leave comments and opinions on the posts which can, no doubt, lead to valuable discourse for others, and connect with me directly by adding me on Facebook or LinkedIn!  Cheers! 🙂

Meet the Undergrad Staff Team!

If you just got into Commerce / Management, the faces below might still look slightly unfamiliar to you. Now that you are in the business programs, you will have much more contact with the Department of Management’s dedicated undergraduate staff team. Whether you have questions about academics or extracurriculars, or just want to drop by and say hi, the staff team will greet you with a smile on the 2nd floor of the Innovation Complex.

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FASTrack to Finance With Prof. Otto Yung

If you are in Finance Specialist, I’m sure you have heard of Professor Otto Yung. He has 18 years of experience working in a range of sectors including financial services, higher education, telecommunications, hydro-utility, manufacturing and municipal services. As Assistant Professor of Teaching in Finance, Professor Yung teaches a few upper-year courses that connect finance knowledge and skills with practical applications. Professor Yung also facilitates a series of workshops throughout the academic year. The workshops range from broad overviews of the finance industry to more focused sessions that target a specific stream within the diverse field of finance. If you are keen in finance, make sure you attend all the workshops and you will be eligible to receive a certificate after the completion of a cumulative assessment.

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Workshop Series With Diana

The Department of Management has been partnering with the Soft Skills Group in hosting a series of workshops targeting important skills for Commerce / Management students. Here is an overview of the upcoming workshops:

1. Reports That Work–With a Focus on Executive Summaries

Writing reports that work is one of the most effective and direct ways for your company to pay attention to your ideas and the work that you do. Reports are the foundation on which most business decisions are made. Your reports can have a substantial impact on the direction your team, department, division or whole company will take.

Wednesday, October 4th, 3-5 pm in KN 2213

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