Why did you choose Seneca?
I selected Seneca as my school of choice because one of my brothers attended and told me about the valuable co-op work experience his program had afforded him. I decided to attend in hopes that I would get a similar experience.
How would you describe your experience at Seneca?
Overall I had a great experience. I had professors who were in the field and were able to tackle any questions posed to them. Also they were kept abreast of the changes in the profession. Class sizes were relatively small and gave you personal one-on-one time with the professors instead of being lost in larger class groups.
As a student, I was also a part-time employee; Seneca offers students the ability to find part-time work on campus.
Finally, as an immigrant who held a degree from another country, I was able to transfer some of my credits from my previous studies to Seneca and reduce my program time by getting transfer credit for certain subjects that I already completed.
What influenced your decision to continue your education after completing your diploma?
Seneca’s Accounting and Finance and International Accounting and Finance (IAF) programs were accredited by CPA (CGA then) - and after completing my Diploma I considered going for my CGA designation. Seneca’s IAF program had a mandatory co-op term while some Bachelor of Business Administration university programs did not have a co-op component. I weighed the options and stayed at Seneca.
How did your Seneca program prepare you for your degree program?
The advanced diploma I did was very intense. From first semester I developed the necessary skills of doing cases etc., which were fundamental for success in the degree.
What are you up to now?
I am now designated as Chartered Professional Accountant, working as a Senior Accountant in the Audit and Assurance service line at Deloitte LLP.
From experience, what do you think the value of having both a diploma and a degree is?
Diploma students will know by the end of semester three or four if they want to pursue the field more. The degree puts the icing on the cake and takes you further providing more depth and breadth in the subject area. Having both, you are able to leverage your academic experiences.
Any words of advice to students who are currently in the program you graduated from at Seneca? And considering transferring to a degree program?
First, know for sure that you are eager to learn more and advance in the subject field. Don’t just take it because you think it’s the right thing to do. Without a genuine love for accounting you will fall behind in the degree as it is not easy, so be ready for the challenge.