From taking a multi-millionaire out to dinner to creating a business, Fleming College is a wild ride for Dylan Trepanier

dylan-t-blogWhen Dylan Trepanier reflects on his most memorable experience at Fleming College, he recalls the time he took a multi-millionaire to dinner in his 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.

He had been tasked with driving Nicole Verkindt – a young, successful entrepreneur who founded OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and serves as a Dragon on CBC’s “Next Gen Den” – from the Innovation Cluster to St. Veronus restaurant. Nicole was in Peterborough to speak at a FastStart Fleming event and Dylan had won the opportunity to have dinner with her afterward.

“I’ll never forget her racing me to my car and getting in the passenger seat, and all I could think about was the bits of dried paint on the seat and the fact I was about to drive around a Dragon,” said Dylan, who graduated from the Business Administration – Marketing program this year.

“But the moment I remember the most that night is when all the stress melted away, when she asked to listen to my story.”

He shared his business idea with Nicole, a driven and passionate “rock star” business person named Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by StartUp Canada. Nicole enthusiastically asked Dylan questions and gave valuable feedback.

“I’ll never forget the feeling when she told me that she believed in me and my idea. It felt incredible to be acknowledged by someone who understands what it’s like to put everything on the line to follow their dreams,” he said.

Dylan’s business idea is Alexander Optical, a team of on-demand health care service professionals that organize pop-up eye exam clinics. Their teams visit places like schools, long-term care residences, and companies to offer eye health care services, including glasses.

Dylan (right) with the Alexander Optical team
Dylan (right) with the Alexander Optical team

He developed this idea in 2013 and came to Fleming College in September 2015 because of it, working with nearly every professor to tailor assignments, projects and case studies to help understand his business plan. In his last semester, Dylan officially launched Alexander Optical as his Applied Project for the Business Administration – Marketing program and presented it at the Innovation Showcase event, where he earned the Most Innovative Business Award and the Best Presenter Award.

Dylan was also awarded the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Award for Outstanding Business Achievements, The Duane Parnham Business Development Award, the Sustainable Peterborough Award, the Student Administrative Council’s President’s Award, and the Valedictorian Award.

“The Fleming College community is generous and supportive. My success here never would have been possible without the relationships built over the last three years. It’s this community that’s helped me to become confident in myself and my career choice,” said Dylan. “I loved my time here in this program, and having the co-curricular hands-on opportunities available to practice what I was learning in class made my time way more valuable.”

Through the Business Administration – Marketing program, Dylan developed communication skills, problem solving, accountability, and more.

“I 11/10 would recommend this diploma to a friend, have recommended it to friends, and I will continue to advocate on behalf of the program because I graduated feeling ready for the industry,” said Dylan. “I know my graduating class is going to do incredible things with the knowledge we’ve learned here.”

Dylan served as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation ceremony this month and hopes his fellow graduates remember to seize the moment, prioritize their mental and physical health, get out of their comfort zone, learn where to focus their efforts, and remember they have the power to control how others treat them.

“And most importantly, put your heart into it,” he added.

Dylan thanks Student Life Coordinator Leona Folz, and faculty members Raymond Yip Choy and Wendy Morgan for being role models, and the Class of 2018 for helping make amazing memories.

“This class is going down in the history books, you watch,” he said.

Now that Dylan has graduated from Fleming College, he is working on Alexander Optical full-time. Dylan was selected as one of seven youth entrepreneurs for the Innovation Cluster Slingshot Program, which provides him with workspace and access to workshops, resources, specialists and tools throughout the summer culminating in a pitch competition to become a full-time client of the Cluster and win $1000.

“With the skills I’ve learned in class, I’ve been able to create a lean and profitable business model that satisfies the three pillars of sustainability, creates incredible impact, and is continuing to gain momentum with the support of the Innovation Cluster,” said Dylan.

Riding the wave of experiential learning

By: Laura Copeland

blog-photoThe surf’s up for 15 Fleming College students who are working on a multi-faceted project to help a west coast surfboard company expand overseas.

Swell Composites Supply Ltd., based in Richmond, B.C., is sponsoring three applied projects for business students. Applied projects, available within certain programs in the School of Business and School of Trades and Technology, see students spend their final semester finding innovative solutions to a real-world challenge. The students gain academic credit and on-the-job experience. At the same time, the project results provide new information, answer questions, contribute to planning, and lay the groundwork for future innovations.

For Swell Composites – Entropy Resin’s Canadian partner that is the Importer and Distributor of the complete range of composite materials used in Fiberglass and Resin manufacturing within the sporting goods, custom manufacturing and marine industries in Canada -, a team of students in the International Business Management program have been creating a logistics and export manual that will aid the company in exporting to international markets. As well, two groups of Global Business Management students have been analyzing the markets of targeted, specific countries.

International Business Management student Duy Vong says working in teams on the applied projects has been both eye-opening and uplifting.

“I have been very lucky to work with an incredible group of people who are super supportive. They always help me whenever I’m in need and help me get over my weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

Duy added that working on the project has been an “incredible journey” thanks to the sponsor, Swell Composite Principal Cofounder Jimmy Stewart, who is also a Fleming alumnus.

“He has taught us meaningful, real-life lessons, and he has provided a lot of information to helps us get our work done more easily and more quickly.”

Arielle Smith, an International Business Management student, says the three teams were “synergistic” and helped each other grow and develop over the semester. Like Duy, she also appreciated the support from their sponsor throughout the project.

“As a past Fleming graduate, Jimmy knows what it’s like to be in our shoes. He’s been able to offer us advice on what to do after we leave Fleming, advice about the industry, and has been a great overall guide for the project. He’s gone through information with us to ensure we have a solid understanding on the material, which has helped us in giving him an overall better final product,” she said.

Both Arielle and Duy said that communication between students and across projects presented a bit of a challenge at times.

“In order to be successful as a team, you need to have an effective channel of communication, to make sure that everybody is on the same page. Distance does not, and will not, stop a team from being successful as long as you know how to overcome the challenges,” said Duy.

Arielle says she is grateful for the applied project opportunity, as it will help her move forward into a career.

“With the experience I’ve gained from working for Swell Composites, I feel more prepared to enter the workforce than ever before,” she said. “I think it has been invaluable not only to myself but also the other groups. It’s easy for teachers to recreate situations for students to participate in, but there’s nothing like the real-life experience that we learned from the applied project.”

Fleming students pack their bags for Sweden, Denmark and Holland

blog-photoA group of students from the School of Business will bid farewell to Fleming College to travel to Sweden, Denmark and Holland this spring for their Travel-Based Learning course.

The new Travel-Based Learning (INTL 10) course is an opportunity for students to witness and explore new corners of the globe. In this course, students learn about commercial travel, research their destination, and explore relevant social justice issues. Students are also exposed to the cultural, educational, environmental, economic, political, and social norms at play within the societies they visit.

“This is a very unique course. We really look forward to taking this journey with our students, and seeing them learn and develop,” said faculty member Rogier ten Kate. “During their trip, students will learn and understand what these countries do to implement innovation and sustainability in their societies. We want to feel and explore these cultures– its positive and negative impacts on innovation and sustainability.”

The elective Travel-Based Learning course is available to students in the School of Business, as well as students in other programs at Sutherland Campus provided that the course fits their timetable. Seating is limited. This year, the April 26 to May 6 jam-packed trip itinerary is a Nordic Expedition. The group will first fly to Stockholm, Sweden, exploring companies that helped Sweden develop a strong reputation as an innovative country, as well as museums and other points of interest.

“It’ll be amazing!” said Marnie Young, Human Resources Management student. “We will see innovative companies that we don’t get the chance to see in Canada.”

One site Marnie is particularly looking forward to is the incineration program in Sweden, where trash is used underground for heating. She is also interested in exploring wave energy in Holland, as it takes up less land than wind turbines.

The group visits Copenhagen, Denmark on Day 4, known for its technology, modern art, music and theatre. An Education Day has been carved in the schedule, between sightseeing, to tour companies known for innovation and sustainable solutions, which will provide students with invaluable information they can apply to their industry in Canada.

The lessons learned in sustainability and innovation is something Marketing student Kenneth Bruce Stauffer plans to apply to his career. “I’m interested in taking what I learn at these businesses and bringing it back to Canada,” he said. “The first-hand experience I will gain there is excellent and worth it to me.”

For fellow Marketing student Leena Yagnik, this knowledge is something she hopes sets her apart on the job hunt. “I am going to graduate soon and will be looking for jobs,” she explained. “I will be learning a lot of things on this trip that will give me a competitive advantage against my colleagues.”

On Day 7, the Travel-Based Learning group heads to Utrecht, Holland, then to Amsterdam; followed by Rotterdam the next day to visit Eneco Group, a group of companies under one umbrella that focus on sustainable energy. The group will enjoy free time sightseeing on their ninth day of travel and will fly home the next day.

The whole package is something that excites Tourism – Global Travel student Brenda Boutin-Lacelle, who will apply the experience of being a tourist to her career. “I’m going for the travel experience, which will help me in my job,” she said. “Like how I experience going to that country and what I enjoyed will be useful if I’m ever asked about my experience in my job.”

The students would like to thank their generous sponsors for their support in making this learning experience possible:

  • Part Time CFO Services Inc.
  • Paget Denture Clinic
  • Peterborough Museum & Archives
  • Fleming Student Administrative Council

“This experience for the students will be like none other,” said faculty member Kris Dawson. “We are hoping that students will get inspired, and put some of the innovative and sustainable practices and techniques learned abroad into action here around Peterborough and the surrounding communities. This is such an exciting opportunity and I am so thankful to Part Time CFO Services Inc. and all of our sponsors for their support and enthusiasm for this learning experience. We truly appreciate it.”

From high school diploma to Masters degree, Sarah Healey uses Fleming’s education pathways for continuous learning

sarahhealeySarah Healey never expected to love learning. When she started the Specialist High School Major (SHSM) in Business in grade 11, her only goal was to skip a year of college.

“Naturally, at 17 years old, skipping a year of school seemed like a great idea,” said Sarah, who was told the SHSM program would count towards first year in the International Trade program at Fleming College.

“This high school to college pathway was my main priority. Additionally, I truly didn’t believe in myself that I was capable of achieving higher learning until I was attending Fleming,” said Sarah, who took the SHSM program in 2010 to 2011. “Here, I quickly learned that I am able to be successful when I set my mind to it and, to this day, I’m still surprising myself.”

After high school, Sarah enrolled in the International Trade program and participated in the Fleming International Learning Experience (FILE) trip to Europe with the School of Business. During her time at Fleming, Sarah said she matured, developed a passion for learning and business, explored new languages, and made lifelong friends.

“My experience was clarifying,” she said. “I entered Fleming a completely different person than I did leaving.”

One course in the International Trade program that impacted Sarah was Corporate Social Responsibility. “The entire course changed my outlook on education and, as a result, my life,” said Sarah, adding that she decided to continue her education after Fleming to become a stronger candidate in the workforce. “By furthering my education, I believed this would provide me the opportunity to advocate for businesses becoming more sustainable and transparent in their practices.”

After completing her advanced diploma in International Trade in 2014, Sarah used a Fleming education pathway to enter the third year of Trent University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. She said she was prepared for the transition to university because she developed time management, project management, teamwork and leadership skills at Fleming College.

“I was highly involved with extra-curricular, which definitely aided my experience,” said Sarah, who was part of the Trent Business Students’ Association and served as a delegate at JDC Central, a prestigious business competition focusing on academic, social, athletic and debate-based competitions. “I won awards for my leadership in the school and traveled across the country – literally, Winnipeg, British Columbia and Alberta – advocating for our students and the Business School.”

She completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 and is now earning her Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies, CSR Strategic Planning at Trent University.

“I would say Fleming was my primary motivation, the CSR course was a pivotal moment in my education,” said Sarah on why she wanted to earn her Masters degree. “While at Trent I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn about the overarching field of sustainability, which most people mistake for only surrounding the environmental field. Sustainability is a diverse sector that branches out across all fields.”

Her career goal is to work in a senior management position to create strategic sustainability partnerships for corporate businesses.

“I used to think if I didn’t go straight to university from high school I’d never make it there,” said Sarah. “Seven years later I’m graduating from my Masters degree in April and will have nine years of post-secondary education in less than seven years. If I can do it, you can too!”

It’s down to the last details for Hotel and Restaurant Management grad Brittany Stewart

brittany-stewartBrittany Stewart, Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate (Class of 2015), returned to campus on Wednesday to speak with Fleming College students about event planning, education, and gaining real world experience through placement opportunities.

Brittany is the owner of local event planning company Down to the Last Details, where she plans weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, holiday parties, and fundraising events. Down to the Last Details has welcomed many Hospitality field placement students to gain real world experience and recently hired Fleming College student Tavlyn Evans as an employee after her placement ended.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Hospitality program coordinator Jennifer Rishor welcomed Brittany back to class to discuss her career journey as well as placement opportunities with Down to the Last Details.

“There is no better way to learn about industry ins-and-outs than by working from the ground up,” Jennifer told her students.

Brittany agrees and was happy to spot many familiar faces in the classroom for her guest presentation, as many Hospitality students have already started earning work experience hours through Brittany’s event planning business. Although some event planners are hesitant to take on students due to the 12 to 15 hour event days and hectic schedule, Brittany, who is a certified wedding planner through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, welcomes the help and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

“I like working with a team. You need someone to talk to and to bounce ideas off of,” said Brittany on the team dynamic of event planning.

Brittany plans events as a sub-contractor for The Ranch Resort in Bethany and Down to the Last Details has a number of corporate clients. She is currently planning a Bridal Show in Peterborough and a fundraiser for the Ashburnham Dog Park. With all that is on the go, Brittany is looking for extra hands to help. “You really end up working as a team base to get things done,” she said.

Her interest in event planning was sparked by the 2001 movie “The Wedding Planner,” and although Brittany claims real event planning is not quite as glamorous as Hollywood portrays it, she did share that real event planners do often smile and pretend to be calm around clients while in the midst of a crisis.

This scenario rang true when Down to the Last Details secured their first contract, which was a destination wedding in Mexico. “The average destination wedding is 20 to 30 people, but we doubled that. I had to start big,” she laughed, recalling that the banquet hall’s air conditioning broke before the reception and she scurried to get it repaired before guests noticed.

With five years of event planning experience now under her belt, including a six-month contract position at Peterborough Musicfest, as well as a Fleming College diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a graduate certificate in Event Management from Algonquin College, Brittany said she is always learning something new. “Every time you have a wedding or event, you’re going to learn from it,” she said.

This includes an array of handy items Brittany has accumulated for a tool belt she wears on event days. “For one wedding, the photographer wanted the bride to walk off the trail in Jackson Park. The bride was laidback and fine with it but her heels were very thin, so I pulled out shoe stoppers from my pack and offered it to her,” said Brittany on the importance of small details when planning an event.

The small details are where Brittany starts with teaching her placement students, which includes proper email etiquette and place settings. “Sometimes you have to go back to the basics.”

Ruixin (Rayna) Li feels like a ‘true Canadian’ after Fleming 50th Anniversary Night at the Peterborough Petes

Ruixin (Rayna) Li, left, beside SAC Student Services & Clubs Coordinator Sarah-Jayne Riley.
Ruixin (Rayna) Li, left, beside SAC Student Services & Clubs Coordinator Sarah-Jayne Riley.

Ruixin (Rayna) Li was excited to attend her first hockey game ever at Fleming 50th Anniversary Night at the Peterborough Petes, but it was made extra special for the Fleming International student because she got to perform the ceremonial puck drop.

Fleming 50th Anniversary Night at the Peterborough Petes was September 21st and recognized the College’s 50th Anniversary. Rayna, who is an International Student Ambassador at Fleming College and a Director on the Fleming College Student Administrative Council (SAC), was asked by Fleming SAC to drop the puck on the ice at the home opener game.

“I thought I just got free tickets, I didn’t realize I got to drop the puck until a few days before the game,” said Rayna, who moved from China to take Fleming’s Business Administration – Accounting program. “It’s like winning the lottery for me. My first hockey game and I get to drop the puck? It’s like a miracle.”

To prepare, Rayna researched hockey online and watched YouTube videos of the game. “I didn’t know how to drop the puck. Should I throw it like a basketball?” she said. After her research, Rayna felt ready.

“The act is simple but it’s so special to drop it in that moment because it is the College’s 50th Anniversary. Dropping the puck felt like a fresh start in that moment for the next 50 years of Fleming College,” said Rayna, who is in her second year of studies at Fleming College.

She thanks the College and Fleming SAC for the incredible opportunity. “I never thought I’d get to walk on a red carpet like a movie premiere,” said Rayna, referring to the red carpet laid on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop. “I called my mom and friends in China, and they’re all proud of me.”

Walking in front of a large crowd at a hockey arena would’ve been out of Rayna’s comfort zone just one year ago when she first came to Canada.

“When I was in China I was the quiet girl, and my first month here my English was so bad so I was quiet here too,” she said. “I stopped at the SAC Office asking how I could get involved. I wanted to improve my English and I was lonely because it was only my boyfriend [a Frost Campus GIS graduate] and I here.”

SAC helped Rayna get involved on campus and in the community through volunteer opportunities, which she said helped build her confidence. She took the Leadership program at Fleming, got hired as an International Student Ambassador, became a SAC Director, and got a part-time job at Burger King to earn extra money.

“Now I am very outgoing. It has also built up my time management skills,” said Rayna, who enjoys having a lot on the go. “I got the highest GPA in my first year and I do not find it stressful, it is a driving force for me. My English is good now, and Fleming College and SAC really helped me.”

In addition to thanking the College for helping her gain confidence, Rayna also credits Fleming for making her a hockey fan.

“I like it because it’s a fast-paced game and it’s a very Canadian game. The audience cheering feels very enthusiastic and positive,” she said. “My friend said I’m a true Canadian now.”

Hospitality graduate Alexander Molnar puts passion for travel into action

alexander-molnar-web-photoAlexander Molnar is excited to explore Ontario this fall as a Grad Recruiter for Student Recruitment at Fleming College. Grad Recruiters travel locally and across the province speaking to a variety of audiences – secondary school students, young adults, parents, teachers and school guidance counselors – about Fleming programs, services and facilities.

The travel aspect of the job is well-suited to Alexander because he is a 2017 graduate of Fleming’s two-year Hospitality diploma program, which is aimed at students who want travel, adventure and meeting new people as part of their career plan.

“I am looking forward to being on the road and getting to see the parts of Ontario that I have never seen before,” said the Grad Recruiter. “We live in a beautiful province filled with so many great places and attractions that I have never gotten a chance to fully explore. Although I will be busy talking to folks while I’m out there, I am going to take advantage of every opportunity to visit sites and explore cities.”

His love of exploring is also why Alexander recommends Fleming College to prospective students.

“No matter the course, whether it be in business, trades or arts, all have components outside of your typical classroom,” he said. “One of my favorite days at college was traveling to Toronto with Hospitality and the Tourism students to go see the inside workings of hotels. We got to go underneath the Fairmont Royal York and explore their massive tunnels that run under their facility, as well as visit the penthouse apartment at the Trump Hotel. We got to see what we were getting ourselves into and really immerse ourselves in the world of hospitality. The hands-on and applied learning that Fleming College offers gives you a new way to learn that you won’t get anywhere else.”

Alexander wants to help spread the word about Fleming College because he hadn’t heard of it when starting his post-secondary journey. It was Alexander’s move to Peterborough for Trent University that led him to the local college.

“Coming from Ottawa, the school was new to me when I came to Peterborough,” said Alexander, who switched to Fleming College after the move. “I am so glad I did attend Fleming because the knowledge and experience I gained here I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

The Hospitality graduate praises Fleming as a great school with a friendly campus environment. “All the staff are very approachable and everyone is super friendly,” he said. “Anytime I’ve had a question about classes or need guidance of any sort I’ve always been able to find someone to talk to, whether it’s an instructor or another member of the faculty.”

Alexander gives a special shout-out to the staff at Breaktime, which is credited as his favourite spot on campus. “The ladies there are amazingly nice, always talking to you about your classes or how your day was. They remember you over breaks, even summer, and are the sweetest people,” he said. “Also if you remember your coffee card and get to the free coffee they’ll even do a happy dance for you, which is always great fun.”

Entactus Fleming President encourages students to get involved

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Dylan Trepanier, President of Enactus Fleming, encourages all Fleming College students to get involved on campus. The leader of the entrepreneurial student club said the more involved you are on campus, the stronger your resumé will be after graduating.

“My advice is the same to every student: get involved and you will become more employable,” said Dylan, who is entering semester 5 of the Business Administration – Marketing program this fall. “We are all here for the same reason – to become more employable – so why not take full advantage of that while you can? Get recognition for getting involved and develop your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Your experience is what’s getting you the job, the diploma only gets you the interview.”

Enactus Fleming is a student-led entrepreneurial club that provides innovative programming initiatives. The group gives students an opportunity to apply their skills to entrepreneurship, participate in workshops, impact the economic growth of international communities, and start a business on campus.

“I am involved with Enactus because I believe I have the ability to make real change happen on campus and Enactus provided me with a network of support to enable me to do that,” said Dylan. “I believe that I can help other students to feel empowered to make an impact of their own on campus.”

Through Enactus, Dylan participated in the Enactus Central Canada Regional Competition, a pitch competition with participating colleges and universities in Central Canada. His team discussed obstacles and advice for strategic short, medium and long-term planning, and had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, and Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s daughter Swati Dlamini.

Enactus Fleming also attended the Enactus World Cup, which featured business students from 136 countries around the world competing in a pitch and showcase-style presentation. Dylan participated in workshops hosted by business industry leaders and experts, and networked with Coca-Cola’s Vice-President of Sales Scott Lindsay to discuss water usage reduction strategies and employment opportunities at Coca-Cola.

At the Enactus World Cup, Dylan and his team discussed the importance of a collaborative approach to reach the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations, which is an important issue for the Fleming College student.

“Sustainability is important to me because I like this planet and a lot of the people on it. I have the ability to influence how people perceive sustainability and their ability to improve their lives to be more sustainable, so I will,” said Dylan, who explained that the three pillars of sustainability include an economic, social, and environmental component.

Dylan said sustainability is especially important in his career path, as marketing professionals can influence how a generation thinks and acts towards sustainability.

“I appreciate that there is such a strong and influential corporate social responsibility component involved in our courses at Fleming, as it has had a major impact on the way I act and react to products as a consumer and an entrepreneur,” he said.

Dylan, who is a First Generation student, is enjoying his Fleming College program. He came to Fleming to improve his employment prospects and develop entrepreneurial skills, and credits the faculty, staff and his peers for helping him develop his professional abilities and step out of his comfort zone.

“I enjoy attending Fleming every day and I almost always look forward to going back the next day,” said Dylan. “I think my experience is very unique because of my involvement on campus and I encourage more students to follow suit and get involved themselves.”

Brooks Paget lands two jobs from Human Resources field placement

brooks-pagetBrooks Paget may balance a busy schedule of classes, field placement and being a single mother, but for the Business Administration – Human Resources Management student it is worth it.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really put your mind to it,” said the third-year student.

Because of her hectic schoolyear schedule, Brooks opted to do her 70-hour Field Placement at HRS Group during summer break. And it worked out well for Brooks, who was not only offered a summer job, but a job once she graduates from Fleming College as well.

“I enjoy going into work every day,” said Brooks. “The people I work for and with are incredible people and I like to think we’ve become very close over the past few months. They treat me like family and have been a wonderful company to work for.”

This summer Brooks is working as the Training Content Development Assistant at HRS Group, where she edits training manuals, writes documents and certificates, communicates with clients, and is working towards becoming a trainer. Brooks said once she graduates from Fleming College she will take on a more administrative role.

“I worked hard to get where I have and I believe that shows,” said Brooks. “I was offered a job before I was even finished my placement.”

Brooks credits Fleming College with helping her develop a strong work ethic. She said she treats school like a job, staying on campus 40+ hours per week regardless of whether she has class.

And in addition to the skills and knowledge she gained in school, Brooks said she is grateful for the in-class mock interviews for preparing her for the real thing at HRS Group.

“My experience has been eye-opening and like none other, not only from an educational standpoint but on a personal level too. I have never pushed myself so hard before,” said Brooks.

She also appreciates the support her professors provided. “The professors believe in helping those who want to help themselves and achieve greatness,” she said. “If you are looking at being successful and want to work hard, there are a ton of people willing to help you get to where you want to be.”

HR student Taylor Rea lands summer job thanks to program placement

taylor-rea-photoField placement worked out pretty well for Business Administration – Human Resources Management student Taylor Rea. Thanks to her 70-hour program placement at Nefab Inc. in Peterborough, Ont., Taylor secured summer employment.

“Placement was an amazing experience for me,” said the third-year Fleming College student. “I learned lots about my field, I met tons of connections, I got a deeper insight into what I am doing at school by putting it into action.”

Best of all, Taylor also got employed as an HR Assistant. She will spend the summer working on projects for different departments at Nefab Inc., gaining tons of real world experience in her field.

“I think I turned this into a job by being very reliable and punctual. I showed my managers that I wanted to learn and I was always willing to try something new,” she said. “I always paid attention to what I was being told to do, asked for clarification, as well as continually asked to be exposed to new things that related to my field. I think asking questions is very important, it shows that you care and take pride in your work, as well as you want to learn.”

In her summer position, Taylor helps recruit new employees, assists with payroll, creates and updates new policies, switches over benefits packages, answers phones and files.

“This Fleming education did help,” said Taylor, adding that the most applicable skills to her role are accounting, recruitment, management principles, payroll, occupational health and safety, and marketing.

“My manager is also a Fleming HR graduate, and has helped me with her own personal advice and experiences,” she said.

Taylor decided to take the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program at Fleming College because of her interest in business. After reading about the HR program on the College website, it seemed like a great fit.

“My experience so far has been great,” said Taylor. “At Fleming you don’t feel like a number, the teachers take the time and care about how you are doing with your studies.”

Taylor plans on doing her next field placement at Nefab Inc. because she enjoys the environment.

“I think just being appreciated and having someone put their confidence in you to get the job done is one of the best things so far,” she said. “It shows that the hard work you put in all year is finally starting to pay off.”

Her advice to students applying for placement is to apply everywhere and do your best.

“Don’t be shy to go and talk to people. Although it’s intimidating, it goes a long way,” Taylor said. “Always be willing to learn and try new things. Don’t shy away from something because it’s unfamiliar, face it head-on. Be confident and ask questions!”