Which TRSM program is right for you? With 12 BComm programs to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one will support your specific career goals.
Nima Hersi is in her fourth year of TRSM’s Human Resources Management & Organizational Behaviour (HRM/OB) program. In addition to her work in HRM/OB, Nima is a member of the Top 200 program and the VP of HR for Enactus Ryerson. We asked Nima why she chose TRSM, her favourite things about the HRM/OB program, and what she hopes to do after graduation.
Why study at TRSM?
I always knew about Ryerson but I didn’t hear about TRSM specifically until my final year of high school. One of my best friend’s sisters was in her final year at TRSM and told me about her experience. At that point, I didn’t know many people who went on to post-secondary school, let alone females pursuing business. I was intrigued and began to conduct my own research on TRSM.
As I researched TRSM I learnt about so many appealing aspects: smaller classes, the options for your major, the downtown location, student organizations, opportunities to do international exchange, and the ability to graduate with a bachelor of commerce.
Why major in Human Resources & Organizational Behaviour?
When I was applying to TRSM, I applied to both the Business Management program and the Accounting & Finance program. I wasn’t sure which program would be the right fit for me, and I didn’t feel like I was knowledgeable enough yet to make that decision. So I began to research the differences between a human resources career and a career in accounting. After reading various job descriptions and talking to a couple accountants, I realized HR would be the right fit for me.
When I entered TRSM, my research was confirmed. As a first-year Business Management student, you’re given the chance to take courses in every business discipline and I found the HR course most interesting of all.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the HRM/OB program?
Don’t be deterred by rejection!
A cool thing about the TRSM student organizations is that they are run a lot like businesses. Sadly, this means not everyone gets accepted. But soon you begin to refine yourself, build skills that will help you become a more desirable candidate and be more selective with what you choose to apply for. This has helped me when applying for internships, part-time jobs, and even how I present myself in networking situations.
What’s your favourite thing about TRSM?
I like the opportunities TRSM offers students. I can break down my own opportunities by year:
In first year I took advantage of things like Frosh Week (where I was able to meet lots of new people), the Academic Success Centre and study groups (which helped me through the first year struggle).
In second year I began to join clubs, I joined RENRA in the fall and was able to get firsthand experience in some HR work, like recruitment and member engagement. I also began to utilize the Business Career Hub to fix my resume.
In third year I was a member in Enactus Ryerson’s HR Department, where I was able to continue my practice. I was also accepted to be apart of the Top 200 Program where I am building my leadership skills. I also took advantage of the awesome exchange program offered by TRSM and was able to live in London, England for a semester.
I’m currently in fourth year and am serving as the VP of HR in Enactus Ryerson. I’m also in my second year of the Top 200 program, and looking forward to taking part in DECA this year.
What are your career goals after graduation?
To be honest I’m not entirely sure yet. The great thing about HR is that you don’t have to narrow your focus immediately. There are some HR classes that have helped me narrow down what type of HR I would like to focus on. For example, I find organizational change extremely interesting. One thing that I am sure about in relation to my career is that I will seek a company that values and invests in its employees.
What would you tell someone who isn’t sure what they want to study?
Research, research, research!
Word of mouth information can be great, but it’s usually just one person’s opinion and may be entirely different from your personal experience. It’s important to assess what you like and research how you can get there.