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Humans of Telfer – Matthew

Matthew in front of white background

“Joining the uOttawa volleyball team as a Finance student at the Telfer School of Management was made possible through the different programs and services offered by the University, such as: the Peer Mentoring Program, the Student Academic Success Service (SASS), and, obviously, my 3rd‑ and 4th‑year volleyball teammates. From my very first year, they provided me with books and advice to facilitate my integration at Telfer. By going through the Co-op process, I received useful advice. If I had one piece of advice for students who are going through this process for the first time, it would be this: fewer jobs will be available due to the COVID-19 pandemic: be proactive.

Being a Finance student, I always wanted to experience real-life financial situations and the financial market, learn how to make better pitches and, finally, being able to graduate from the Telfer School of Management with some useful knowledge and experience. After looking at what was offered by the School, my classmate and I realize that the Capital Market Program was limited in terms of investment opportunities. Therefore, I was asked to be a member of the Investment Club created by my finance classmates. Within this club, we get to meet every Tuesday, pitch companies, and decide together whether we want to invest in a company or not.

I encourage every student who wants to learn about the investment club and what it can offer to join us every Tuesday during our weekly public meeting. Check out our Facebook page: TFS Investment Group.”

– Mathew Gaerke, 4th‑year Finance

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, this weekly feature of the Telfer Career Blog will contain photography of individuals from the Telfer School of Management community and a corresponding narrative that gives us a glimpse into their lives.