Sheridan Graduate Advertising Management program hosts networking event for current students
Members of Sheridan’s graduate certificate program Advertising Management recently held their networking event with graduates of their program to meet, greet and network. More than a dozen recent graduates shared their job search and employment experiences with members currently in the program.
Current students in the program commented about how beneficial this type of event is to provide opportunities for them to ask questions of the recent graduates about the transitions from being a student in the program to actually working in the advertising industry. Most of the Advertising Management students already possess degrees in another field of study and are attending Sheridan’s one-year graduate certificate program to refine their opportunities of getting work in the advertising industry.
“It was great getting to talk to people who were in our situation only a few years ago. It certainly reassured me that advertising is the right industry for me. Everyone there was really friendly and helpful and I could easily say it has been the most helpful networking experience I have had thus far,” said Timothy Simpson, Advertising Management student.
Graduates of the program, representing many different advertising agencies, were scattered about the room to allow students to interact with them and ask questions about securing and managing a satisfying career in advertising.
“The annual graduate networking event allows for current students to get a glimpse into the experiences, successes and obstacles that come with entering the advertising industry. It is a great atmosphere where students can relax and relate to us on a different level from their teachers because as graduates we were in the same position a few years ago. It is such an amazing night, filled with positivity and support for these students who are filled with uncertainty, excitement and genuine interest. As a graduate, you feel as though you are contributing to the program that has allowed you to fulfil your career goals. As long as Peggy Barnwell, program coordinator, asks me to come back, I will be there every year,” said Alana Roach, Marketing Communications Specialist, Bell Canada.
Graduates of the program at the networking event included: Cristian Tesoro, Senior Associate, Mindshare, James Clark, Project Manager, Indusblue Inc., Jose Camarena, Account Manager, Torstar Digital, Judie Rodrigues, Strategist, OMD, Katie Manor, Digital Strategist, OMD, Laura Sarginson, Account Director, JAM Direct, Lara Ruggeri, Jr. Marketing Coordinator, Tayco, Lexy Khoo, Associate – Planning, Excelerator, Mario Lio Account Coordinator, Shaw Media, Megan Metzak, Associate Planner, Mindshare, Raquel Malaga, Media Coordinator, Wunderman, Alana Roach, Marketing Communications Specialist, Bell Canada, Todd Bennie, Account Executive, InField Marketing Group.
“It was a great event put on by the faculty this year (as it was last year too!). It’s always a great opportunity to meet with the upcoming grads as I found it to be a huge help when I was still in school. It’s great to see such passion by the students and professionalism as some even followed up the next day thanking me for my time. The informal atmosphere really made talking to the students much more personal as we were all able to not just share advice, but stories about actually being involved in the industry. It’s always a great honor being asked to come back and I look forward to it,” said Cristian Tesoro, Senior Associate, Mindshare.