Career Profile: Business Executive
Name: Sandra Rayner
Career/Title: Vice President, Digital Services, Studentawards
Education: Bachelor of Arts, History (York University/University of Waterloo); MBA (Laurier)
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What was the first thing that you were ever paid to do?
What was your favourite subject in high school?
Was it also your best subject?
Did you continue to study it in post-secondary school?
No. My guidance counsellor in high school told me I wouldn’t need it in the future ... that was bad advice.
Which post-secondary school did you attend? What was the name of your program/degree? How many years did it take you to complete it?
York University / University of Waterloo: Bachelor of Arts (History), a long time :)
Laurier: Masters in Business, 3 years
Did you ever change (or consider changing) programs?
Started as an Economics major and moved to History so I could pursue a law degree.
When you think about your college/university experience, is there a particular memory that comes to mind?
Being on student council, I loved being involved with school events.
What was your favourite part about your post-secondary experience? Least favourite?
Favourite: all the people I met
Least Favourite: struggling through first year.
When you graduated, did you receive a job right away?
I continued to work through most of my school, so there was never a first job, although I never had a job that was related to History.
Did you pursue another degree?
Completed my MBA in 2007 so that I had credentials in the business world, and to get some solid marketing training.
Was your first job out of school related to your degree? Was it something that you had expected to do?
Worked in marketing at Coca Cola after graduating MBA, it exceeded my expectations.
How many jobs have you had since graduation?
Lots and lots
Which of your skills do you find to be the most helpful in your line of work?
Empathy, communication, analysis.
What is one skill that you wish you possessed?
The ability to be awake 24 hours a day
Does your job involve travel?
How far would you travel/move for a job?
As far as I needed and could within my family's requirements.
What advice would you give to students who are interested in pursuing similar opportunities?
Take every opportunity that you can get and never think it’s too late to start something new.
What do you see yourself doing ten years from now? Is there anything that you've always wanted to do, but just haven't got around to it yet?
Take a culinary course.
If you could go back to the end of high school and do things over again, would you change anything? If so, what would you change?
Yes, I would have listened to all the advice given to me, but done exactly what I thought I should have, not what I was told to do.
What do you wish you had known in high school, before you began to pursue your education/career?
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