Alumni

If you would like to reconnect with BUSO and York and tell prospective students about the work you do and how our program affected the achievement of your career goals, please complete this form.

Mehak Rasheed

Mehak RasheedPresent Job Title: Financial Services Manager
Present Employer: BMO
Degree Earned: Business and society bachelor honors
The Year You Graduated: 2014

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
General banking and finances in an advised based sales role ranging from everyday commercial/personal banking, investment, secured/unsecured lending and partner referrals

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
BUSO had economic courses required for the degree that provided students with knowledge that was practical enough to apply in real life

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
Time management

What advice do you have for current or potential students in this program?
Get involved and utilize every networking opportunity

Rami Accoumeh

Rami AccoumehPresent Job Title: Director, Producer, Filmmaker
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts, BUSO, LA&PS & Certificate in Business Fundamentals, Schulich
The Year You Graduated: 2012

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
My work is quite creative and often times very subjective. I shoot stills and videos for a range of industries including: music, corporate, commercial, viral, and even weddings. My business is independently run - I am a freelancer at the moment.

A typical day includes returning clients' emails, calls, preparing for a shoot, reading and writing, producing, managing a team from time to time, and overseeing a project from conception to completion.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
My studies at York helped me better understand the meaning behind networking (in programs and clubs on campus), paying attention to detail (in my writing), and most of all, how to significance of effectively managing one's time. Although I am still not where I want to be when it comes to managing my time more effectively, I realize the importance and influence it has to get what you want done, and to get it done while upholding quality.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
I joined an extracurricular club at York. I became the VP of Marketing and Digital Media, so it's where I realized my passion for the arts. I was learning how to brand our club appropriately - some strategies were effective, others were not - but I really enjoyed the action of trying to improve and market the club's presence.  And for the first time, it made me feel a part of a team that was all working together for the same cause and purpose. The relationships I have shaped with the other students in the club are still my friends, and some have since becomes my clients.

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
I learned that in developing my time-management skills, it would influence positive and strong outcomes, both in my work and in spirit.

What advice do you have for current or potential students in this program?
A post-secondary education is not enough. You have to get out there and do more. Make time to speak with your professors and TAs. Become more involved on campus and off campus. Find out what you love about your studies and then figure out what kind of job or career titles align with your program. After doing so, go volunteer and work for the said company or person; these experiences will help shape and give you a better understanding on real-world practice which you can later bring back into your studies. Without real-world and practical skills, you will lack effective strategy skills. Education in the classroom is not enough. Real-world application is just as essential.

Daniel Ching

Present Job Title: Customs and Freight Broker
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts BUSO - Economics and Political Science
The Year You Graduated: 2009

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
Handling various tasks related to Customs and Freight Import/Export.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
Mainly the research skills used at York University is extremely important in the real world.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
Meeting friends from around the world.

What advice do you have for current or potential students in this program?
The BUSO degree will only get one so far, they will most likely need to gain experience and have an open mind on future careers.  Often times people do not actually end up working in the same area they studied.

Fears El-Jardali

Fears El-JardaliPresent Job Title: Software Sales Consultant
Present Employer: IBM
Degree Earned: BA BUSO
The Year You Graduated: 2008

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
I help IBM Clients to bye the right operational software applications. My job require me to travel and present the functionality of IBM Software to executives such as Directors, IT managers, financial executives as well as software operators.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
York BUSO degree enabled me to stand out of the marketing and sales crowd due to my humanitarian approach learned at university. I approach my clients promoting societal/enviromental advantage of our technologies beside financial feasibility.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
That would have to be my experience with York is U, hands down. I had the opportunity to make a real impact in student experience and leadership development at York. I met amazing professors, administrators - leaders and mentors who I still reach out to today. We organized Terry Fox Run, Stress Buster Carnivals during exams, Multicultural Week, Leadership retreats and so much more. Those numerous experiences helped prepare me for my career as an HR professional, nurtured my love of learning and make connections with people who I truly treasure. I may not be studying at York today, but York will always be home for me.

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
Reading Skills

What advice do you have for current or potential students in this program?
Love your program by tailoring your own interest and passion.

Sadie Etemad-Rezaie

Sadie Etemad-RezaieYears of Study at York: 2003-2008
Degree and Year of Graduation: 2008

I, Sadie Etemad-Rezaie am currently a third-year law student at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Prior to law school, I did my undergraduate degree at York University in Business and Society. I graduated from York University back in 2008.

In 2009, I obtained my MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, England. I then worked for the government of Ontario as a Policy Analyst until I started law school in 2011. As of June 2014, I will be articling at MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman (MLT) LLP, a full-service corporate law firm in Saskatchewan and I look forward to be called to the bar in 2015.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
Scott Library 5th Floor

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
Work hard and stay ambitious!

What advice do you have for current students?
Cherish and value education and the process of education because it is the only current path to individual enlightenment.

Erik Franc

Erik FrancPresent Job Title: Financial Planning Analyst
Present Employer: City Of Toronto
Degree Earned: Business and Society
The Year You Graduated: 2006

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
In my current role, I work on consolidating the City of Toronto's operating budget at the corporate level.  I also provide guidance and strategic advice to senior management and City Council regarding the City's budget and financial plans.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
The BUSO program is very well rounded and lets you try many different areas and disciplines.  I took the economics and history streams; with my electives I was able to take accounting courses to qualify for my CMA.

I find I'm constantly using the skills I developed at York in my current role.  The courses on governance through the BUSO program are especially helpful.

Sayma Hai

Sayma HaiPresent Job Title: Diversity & Engagement Manager
Present Employer: PepsiCo Foods Canada
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Business and Society
The Year You Graduated: 2005

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?
I lead PepsiCo Foods Canada's Diversity & Engagement agenda. I work closely with our leaders to identify business needs, develop our diversity & employee engagement strategy, design targeted programs and monitor and evaluate success. I partner closely with colleagues all over the world both within and outside of PepsiCo. It's a real privilege to transform our business through innovative and unique perspectives.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.
My program in Business and Society (BUSO) gave me strong foundation to build up on. While at York, I was very involved in leadership development and building spirit and pride on campus through York is U, a student run program. Being involved in campus truly enriched my experience - I made lifelong friends, developed essential skills I still rely on, and received several recognition from my work. Above all, I had an opportunity to make a difference, and I met the love of my life, who I married in 2012.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
That would have to be my experience with York is U, hands down. I had the opportunity to make a real impact in student experience and leadership development at York. I met amazing professors, administrators - leaders and mentors who I still reach out to today. We organized Terry Fox Run, Stress Buster Carnivals during exams, Multicultural Week, Leadership retreats and so much more. Those numerous experiences helped prepare me for my career as an HR professional, nurtured my love of learning and make connections with people who I truly treasure. I may not be studying at York today, but York will always be home for me.

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
Wow! this is a tough question. I think I learnt the most about myself through all my academic and extra-curricular activities. I learnt about my strengths and passions, my leadership style, what I enjoy and what I dislike - life in university is this amazing sandbox. You can make mistakes, experiment and learn in a safe, supportive environment, one you will likely not have once you graduate and move on with life.

What advice do you have for current or potential students in this program?
Sign up for things that interest you, but also keep an open mind to try new and different experiences. Don't get too caught up in getting things right the first time. Experiment. Learn. To quote Mark Twain - explore, dream, discover... and definitely get involved on campus.

Sarah Hashem

Sarah HashemYears of Study at York: 4
Degree and Year of Graduation: BUSO with Honours

Before graduating from BUSO I was working part-time at a Bank and they had offered me a full time job as a commercial officer so I welcomed it and went right into the workforce after exams. After 1 year of turning real entrepreneurs away, I decided it was time for change so I applied for Masters' program at Ottawa U and submitted my application for one job at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF).

I was lucky enough to get an offer from both school and the job. I picked the job while deferring entrance to the masters' program only to realize a few months into it that I was made to work in microfinance. I kept the job and eventually completed my Masters in Management of Development from the International Training Centre of the ILO/University of Turin, Italy. I also completed my certificate in Community-Based Microfinance from the Coady Institute.

I'm now Director, National Client Relationships with CYBF and sit on the boards of other entrepreneurship initiatives in the city. I've had some fantastic opportunities to make a difference for youth entrepreneurs in Canada and I hope one day I can take my career internationally.

What is your fondest/clearest memory of studying at York?
There are so many fond memories but what comes to mind first is the day I got accepted into the exchange program to go to Paris. It had been my dream for years.

What is the most important thing that you learned at university?
That I had a real opportunity to make a big difference in my life and potentially in the lives of others around me. University showed me some of my own potential that I myself didn't know I had.

What advice do you have for current students?
Make the best of the various social and educational opportunities you have while studying as they can open up many doors. (International exchange programs to athletic leagues and the various interest clubs.