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Humans of Telfer – Andrea

Andrea in front of a window and a wood wall

“Hello, my name is Andrea, and I’m a 4th-year Marketing student. I am also Vice-President of the uOttawa Association des étudiants ivoiriens as well as Director, Marketing, at the Students for Wishes club of the University of Ottawa.

For me, the ideal job would be a position that would allow me to act as a leader, where I could express my creativity, help people and meet new challenges every day.

I had always hesitated between journalism and marketing, but I’ve made my career choice very quickly at a job fair during my last year of high school. I met the Director of Marketing at Orange France (a telecommunication company) with whom I’ve shared my doubts. He explained to me what marketing was and what his job was. It is after this discussion that I fell in love with marketing.

Afterwards, I chose Telfer because of its bilingualism, its fame and its affordable tuition fees for international students.

To new students, I would give the following advice:

  • Don’t forget that the organization is your best friend.
  • Remember to have fun and to take time to relax.
  • Surround yourself with the right people.
  • Remain open to others; take advantage of all the opportunities offered to you to build connections.

And don’t wait: four years, it goes by very fast!”

– Andrea Abiyou,
4th‑year Marketing

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.