Chaskar adding golf to her business skills

June 10, 2004, vol. 30, no. 4
By Diane Luckow

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Reshma Chaskar will be spending the next month out on the golf course, learning how to chip and drive.

It's one more business skill that she's adding to her repertoire before taking up a position as a business analyst with global consulting firm Accenture in July. After all, she says, “you have to play golf to network.”

Chaskar, who convocates with a first class honours bachelor of business administration degree, has truly explored every opportunity the university has to offer. She spent one semester as an international exchange student at the National University of Singapore, where she revelled in the student diversity.

She completed three job internships through the co-op education program, working for Canada Customs and Revenue as a student customs inspector, as a client services/network assistant for Western Economic Diversification and as a student affairs office program co-ordinator in the faculty of business administration. She also joined a faculty team competing in a Queen's University intercollegiate business competition - and they made it into the final round.

She was one of eight Canadian students accepted to a student leadership conference in Illinois hosted by Accenture. She also joined numerous campus clubs and associations, including serving as president of the business administration student society and vice-president of communications of the management information systems association.

Despite such a lengthy list of activities, Chaskar maintained the top grade point average in her class - 4.14 out of a possible 4.33, earning her more than $20,000 in scholarships during her five years at SFU as well as the dean of business' undergraduate convocation medal.

Chaskar, who lives in Vancouver and graduated from David Thompson secondary school, says her prestigious new job evolved out of her involvement in SFU programs and activities. “Accenture is one of the sponsors which consistently comes out to events sponsored by the faculty,” she says. “I had an opportunity to meet many of the consultants and managers and, through those networks, learned about opportunities.”

“I've had a great experience at SFU,” she adds. “I really found a sense of community here and the faculty are extremely helpful, inspiring and motivating.”

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