An Interview With Business Management and Career Boost Student: Cole Sabaot

This week I got a chance to speak to Cole Saboat, a Ryerson fifth-year Business Management and Career Boost student with Ryerson’s Student Awards and Scholarships Office. Career Boost is Ryerson’s source for off campus and on campus job opportunities. Cole shared some of his Ryerson experiences and perspectives as a student and staff, let’s get into it. 

Ted Rogers School of Management - Ryerson

Ted Rogers School of Management

What is Ryerson’s Student Awards and Scholarships Office responsible for at the university?

We play a central role in the establishment, set-up, promotion and application process for all student awards, scholarships and bursaries. We also support other departments with their award applications, assessments, selection processes and plan a variety of awards events.

What is your role within the office? 

My main role, as an Awards Management System (AMS) Analyst, is to support the university’s transition to an online AMS; that improves the process for students and stakeholders who administer awards. 

Which includes: 

  • Collaborating with 135 award administrators across 60 campus departments on a regular basis, to ensure their smooth transition to the new award administration process.
  • Conducting an audit of 2000+ opportunities & implemented 500+ edits to ensure accuracy on the AMS.
  • Drafting a student guide, award administrator manual, glossary and FAQ sheet to help users navigate the new system.
    • Our scholarships and awards are now all online at Award Spring!
  • Awarding and distributing funds to 150+ students to expedite the award administration process when needed.
How would you describe your experience at Ryerson?

Not only is Ryerson a top notch institution to get a practical and applicable education. It’s also a diverse land of opportunity for students to build a network, gain valuable work experience and develop both personally and professionally outside of the classroom. In regards to Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) and Business Management, what’s nice about our school is that we have a whole bunch of student groups and course unions for every major so getting involved in my program was easier because there were so many options. In regards to the on campus job experience, it doesn’t matter what program or department you’re in because there’s an equal opportunity for everyone. 

How has working from home affected you?

Financially, working at home has been very beneficial, I’m saving approximately $150 a week on transit and food expenses. I also have more free time now that I’m not spending three hours commuting. Meaning I can actually workout and make a proper breakfast and lunch, all while spending more time doing things I enjoy.

One strategy I use is a physical calendar because when you mark all your due dates, you realize they are actually closer than they seem. Due dates seem further away in my mind, but when I see it on the calendar I’m reminded it’s actually closer than it seems, and that acts as a motivator to get things done and not to procrastinate. But it is okay to sometimes waste your time and enjoy yourself. I think it’s an unrealistic expectation that you have to be constantly doing something proactive and productive, as long as you’re not handing in things late. 

How would you describe the Business Management program?

It’s learning that combines theory and practice with opportunities to meet industry experts. You get to compete in case competitions and attend networking events that strengthen and put your skills to work in professional environments.

Why did you choose your program?

I liked that in first year we got a taste of all the different specializations within business studies then got to choose from a wide selection of majors at the end of the year.  All first-year students do the same courses, and they’re very basic courses such as an economic course, a finance course, an accounting course and a stats course. You get a taste of what you like and what you didn’t like, so come second year, you can choose your major and more specialized courses, meaning we get to study topics we actually care about, and join student groups that provide experiences we don’t typically get within the classroom. Once you choose your major – I picked Human Resources Management (HR) – there’ll be a corresponding course union, which is basically a student that focuses on that topic. So for me, I had the HR student association, who are constantly hosting events focused around HR professionals. But let’s say you have a specific interest in investing, you also have the Ryerson investment group. These are not course unions, but they’re called special interest groups, so you have those two types. Also, there are school-wide groups, such as FCAR (Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson), so that’ll touch on other topics outside of your academics. There’s a diverse range of student groups and that don’t necessarily just focus on academics and school topics. You can check them out on their website!

Are you happy with your choice? Is it what you expected? 

I’m quite happy with my major in Human Resources Management (with a concentration in Organizational Behaviour), and a double minor in Business Law and Finance. I’m looking forward to a career in the HR field where I can apply the knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills I acquired from my degree; and to create organizational effectiveness, lead HRM strategies and enhance the human condition at work. 

What has been your favourite course?

CMHR 741 – Managing Interpersonal Dynamics and Teams. No matter what occupation you end up in, you’ll always have to work with people or teams, and the nice thing about this course is that it teaches the theoretical and practical side of working efficiently and effectively in teams. The things you learn in that course, you can start applying immediately. What’s interesting about this course, specifically, is that the whole year is just group projects, which might sound difficult but in actuality, because you know the theory of how to work well, the projects tend to go well and you actually become friends with the people you work with. I’ve become quite close with my group members. 

Working Work From Home | Giphy

How are you preparing yourself to work from home this fall?

I’ve brought over my computer and dual monitor set-up from my office, so I have a proper work station here at home. Being a Career Boost student also means having very flexible hours, so I can create a schedule that helps achieve work/life balance. 

From your time working from home, what is the #1 tip you would give to students about working from home?

Take full advantage of this opportunity! You may not get the chance again to work in your pjs or cook a fresh meal during lunch break in your own kitchen.

What’s one thing students can look forward to about going back to campus once it’s safe enough to do so?

Eating out for lunch, attending events and mingling with friends. 

Food recommendations!

  • Check out more food recommendations and reviews on Cole’s Instagram @coles_stomach!

Hopefully Cole’s experience at Ryerson gave you a fresh perspective on what life might be like in Ryerson’s Business Management program. Check out Ryerson’s Business Management program page to find out more!

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