April 1, 2019Print | PDF
On March 6, the Business Technology Management (BTM) program hosted a networking reception for the BTM Advisory Council and BTM students. The evening was structured to provide students with the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, and to gain important insights into the hiring process – especially as it applies to co-op positions and upcoming co-op interviews.
The evening began with some light refreshments before students were divided into groups to participate in discussions with members of the council. A common theme that was shared amongst the council members was the ability of BTM grads to span the divide between business skills and tech acumen in a way that enables them to work within cross-functional teams, speak to both sides of what can sometimes be functional divisions, and help businesses move processes forward more quickly, with greater understanding.
“Traditionally in tech, the best coder found themselves in charge of all the coders, but they didn’t know much about managing people. That’s where this program is so unique – BTM produces well-rounded grads who make the connection between people and tech.” Scott, a member of BTM council told the students.
Speaking with students in the program, it was clear that this is a tight-knit group who really get to know their peers and work together for the success of the team. “I know and have worked with every person in my cohort, so it’s a really great feeling,” 4th year volunteer Jake told me.
Sherry, a member of the BTM Council, and BTM ’16 grad, originally moved from Shanghai to Brantford to pursue her degree. The small program and community feel helped her adjust in a new country, and the support at Laurier helped her land her dream job in Toronto after graduation.
“It’s really special to see the members of the BTM Advisory Council interacting with our students – supporting their success and answering their questions. I think it shows our students how dedicated the council is to their long-term success, and it reinforces to council how promising the future is for these students,” shares Trish McLaren, Associate Professor and Program Director, BTM.
A unique attribute of the BTM program is the automatic enrolment in co-op, giving all BTM students the opportunity to experience different career options before graduation. For Sherry, “it was important to have different co-op experiences to help guide my decisions [post-grad] and give me more experience.” For others, they may return to the same position for more than one term, or be offered a post-grad job before they even graduate, as was the case for Matt, BTM ’15.
To help prepare current BTM students for their first co-op interviews, advisory council members shared both their personal experiences and top tips for prospective employees. Here is a compilation of their top 10 tips.
“It’s really special to see the members of the BTM Advisory Council interacting with our students – supporting their success and answering their questions. I think it shows our students how dedicated the council is to their long-term success, and it reinforces to council how promising the future is for these students.” Trish McLaren
Thank you to the BTM Advisory Council members who shared their valuable insights and offered support to our students:
Jennifer Buchanan, Sr. Director, Product Management, Axonify
Sherry Jin (BTM ’16), Business Analyst, Scotiabank
Scott Lyons, President, Extend Communications Inc.
Musharaf Mughal, Director & Chief Architect, Scimitar Solutions, Inc.
Darren Myher (BBA ’96), VP Operations & CTO, Blue Link
Mathieu Petrie (BTM ’15), Product Manager, StarTech.com
Alistair Todd, Director of HR, Apotex Pharmachem Inc.