About this Person
About this Person
As an international student from Turkey, Can is determined to make the most of his time during his undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph. Eager to gain work experience while studying, Can got his first job working for Hospitality Services at the University, one of the largest employers on campus. Can's first co-op work term was with Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, where he began to experience a workplace in his field of study. His next two work terms were at Fidelity Investments.
"Getting co-op work experience is a great way to figure out the different things I can do and what I like more for my career options"
Co-op work terms have equipped Can with strong presentation skills, technical knowledge in his area of expertise and emotional intelligence when dealing with others. Working in a professional setting with a team was an invaluable experience for Can. "Getting co-op work experience is a great way to figure out the different things I can do and what I like more for my career options" he shares. Can also began to get involved with student clubs on campus as a way of expanding his network and further developing his employability skills. As the director of finance for My World, My Choice, Can was able to network with other students and faculty members in an extracurricular setting. He found that he was stepping outside his comfort zone and improving his time management skills due to his accountability in the club, and his commitment to his academics. Through the Guelph Student Investment Council, Can is able to put into practice what he learns in class about investing and stock markets, and learn from his peers.
"It is challenging, but it is worth the time to take advantage of the opportunities available"
Through his involvement in student clubs, Can feels that he is able to stay connected to the campus community, even when he is away on a co-op work term. In order to balance his extracurriculars and academics, Can finds it helpful to allocate blocks of time that are dedicated to his out-of-classroom commitments. Through effective time management, he is able to be an active part of his clubs and classes. "It is challenging, but it is worth the time to take advantage of the opportunities available," Can shared. Speaking highly of this experiences, he recommends other students should get involved in experiential learning opportunities. "But they have to find something they like," Can adds.
For the remainder of his undergraduate education, Can intends on staying involved with experiential opportunities and continue developing his skills.