Zain Cheema is a Bachelor of Management alumnus who took part in the Bachelor of Management Internship program, spending eight months at ARAMARK Canada. As a result of his experience with ARAMARK, Zain secured a full-time position with Cargill, an international provider of food, agriculture and risk management products and services. Zain started as an Operations Management Associate, progressed to an Operations Supervisor role and now working as an Operations Manager – where he leads a departmental group of supervisors and employees.
Zain believes that the Bachelor of Management Internship Program had a meaningful impact on his future success at Cargill, and would highly recommend it to anyone considering it. “I was required to attend an internship preparation seminar once a week. The seminar was used as a career development tool, and included writing persuasive cover letters, conducting informational interviews, networking for success and giving great interviews. One of the most important factors for getting hired by a company is how you present yourself, your skills and experiences – the internship prep seminar played a strong role in polishing my skills.”
In terms of finding a job for your internship or after graduation, Zain suggests sending a small thank you note after any interview, “following-up with a small note (on LinkedIn, email etc.) saying that you have applied for the job (job title, posting #) and you are very interested in the position.”
Zain cites confidence, enthusiasm and curiosity as key traits to succeed at Cargill. “You need to have a growth mindset and be a problem solver – it does not have to be a major issue; focus on smaller problems and solve them, and be known as someone who can get things done.” Any other skill can be learned on the job. “A career with Cargill means opportunity, growth and development. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from the smartest people in the industry. You will be presented with a supportive environment and diverse opportunities to match your passions and interests with your growth and development.”
To learn more about Cargill, check out their upcoming recruitment events on October 16th in myCareer:
- Recruitment booth at 9:00 am in the Student Union Building
- Recruitment booth at 11:00 am in the Rowe Atrium
- Information session and networking at 2:30pm in room 2068 in the Rowe