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Cutline: Alejandro Reid (left), an international finance and economics student, is completing an eight-month internship at AYAL Capital Advisors, a placement that was facilitated by Ryerson economics graduate Adam Shier (right), who also works with him as a risk analyst at the investment firm. Photo credit: Michael Pereira
Each term, some 70 international finance and economics students are successfully placed in internships in the public and private sectors. There, they gain first-hand experience and industry knowledge to prepare them for the workforce. The results speak for themselves: over 90 per cent of students are graduating with a degree — and a job.
Alejandro Reid is one such student. Thanks to economics graduate Adam Shier (Economics ’11) and his connections with his alma mater, the international finance and economics student is gaining valuable experience as a co-op student this fall with AYAL Capital Advisors, a leading investment fund manager located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
I chose this program because it allows students to study both economics and finance. It also offers an internship, which opens the door for me to explore different career paths, gain practical experience and make those important connections. The program also has amazing professors that care deeply about a student’s success.
During my last year in high school, I took an economics class with a teacher who was a great motivator. Now that I have almost completed my degree, I have realized that economics can be applied to so many different fields. I am very interested in pursuing a career in capital markets or working for a hedge fund company. I am also very interested in entrepreneurship opportunities.
During my eight-month internship, my core responsibilities involve risk management and operations. For example, I am looking after reconciling the portfolio, compiling reports and helping in ensuring that the fund is compliant. I am also learning about the fundamentals of our operations so I can explain cash flows and changes in the portfolio.
I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to apply for this internship, thanks to my program advisor, Neha Narang, and Adam Shier, who currently works at AYAL as a risk analyst and is a Ryerson economics graduate.
This co-op, combined with the education I am receiving at Ryerson, will definitely enhance my chances at a better job opportunity when I graduate. It has also given me the opportunity to explore my career interests and discover if this industry is the right career path for me.
Ryerson gave me the base set of skills I needed to develop my career. I quickly realized that it is not just about what you learn, but how you learn. Navigating group assignments, finding time to complete essays and projects, bouncing questions off fellow classmates — all of these ‘soft skills’ that I acquired during my university years have been invaluable to my career.
This is exactly the kind of opportunity I wish was available when I was a student at Ryerson. Typically, my firm had only hired co-op students from another university so I asked the question: why not Ryerson? I am happy to work with my alma mater to provide more career opportunities for economics and finance students in the future.
Interested in providing work experience for a Ryerson student? Learn more about the Co-Op Program.
This story originally appeared on the Ryerson University Faculty of Arts News and Events section.