When BBA student Zoha Tariq reflects upon her path through the Beedie School of Business, it is apparent that her Beedie experience has helped define her both professionally and personally.
Within her first year at Beedie Zoha had become a member of the first cohort of Beedie Protégés, a series of workshops designed to provide students with the essential hands on skills required to be successful in student organization positions.
The program provided her with priceless leadership, team building, and communications skills that helped her in future roles as Vice President External Relations and Chair of the SFU Student Accounting Association. It also offered an opportunity to forge a connection with a mentor who would later help her obtain a prestigious co-op placement with Deloitte – one which would lead to a full-time job offer upon graduation.
Zoha arrived at the Beedie School of Business via Pakistan, her place of birth, and Saudia Arabia, where she lived for eight years. Having been exposed to internationalization from a young age, she fed her passion for travel through global work experience in Pakistan, where she completed a three-month internship with a telecommunications organization.
“Working as an HR assistant in Pakistan was intimidating at first because the work environment was so different,” says Zoha. “I soon learned that underneath, the way business works globally is very similar. I was warmly welcomed, and it was a lovely experience where I made some great connections.”
Her sense of Beedie community spirit drove her to represent the School on two occasions at JDC West, the largest student-run business case competition in Western Canada. She was part of the Beedie team that earned bronze in the Academic School of the Year category at the competition, and continued this run of success in 2015 as she took silver in the Business Strategy category of the competition.
As a Beedie Ambassador, Zoha represented the School at a number of prestigious events – a role she performed with aplomb on each occasion. She not only took advantage of professional development opportunities through attending prestigious events such as the annual Art of Marketing Conference, but also acted a mouthpiece for Beedie students, when she and fellow Beedie Engaged student Matthew Tse acted as emcees at the 2014 BASS Banquet.
“The connections I made at these events were invaluable – the exposure to professionals you receive through being a Beedie Ambassador is something you don’t normally get as a student,” she says.
In addition to her roles at the SFU Student Accounting Association, Zoha immersed herself in a number of student organizations. She held the title of Corporate Relations Specialist for AIESEC SFU, the SFU chapter of the world’s largest student-run organization, and also acted first as Director of External Relations and then as Co-Chair of the Pathways Conference, which is designed to help students unsure of what career to pursue upon graduation.
“Participating in the different clubs at Beedie makes you realize just what you like to do,” says Zoha. “Initially I thought I was just good with numbers, but now I like to be in a client facing role explaining the numbers. This has led me to pursue my CPA designation, which in turn led me to do the co-op term at Deloitte, after which I was offered a full time position. The Beedie clubs have shaped the direction of my career.”
-Written by the Beedie School of Business
Published in May 2016