I’ve known Tyler before our encounter here at BCIT and being the quiet superhero he is, has really helped me survive thus far. Adapting to a new environment is always something difficult to do (8 courses? SFU is now a distant memory…), but with Tyler’s small tips: attend a lot of events, network with a lot of people and tricks: disclosed information (I will share with first years next yearJ) I have come to be real comfortable as a first year student here at BCIT.
I have been fortunate to talk to Tyler and go behind the scenes of what he does for the BCITMA and some final tips for students like you! (Tyler’s answers are in dark purple)
Hi Tyler, thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview with me.
No problem Jin!
(For those of you who don’t really know Tyler, he is a hardworking and really exciting individual) So Tyler, what are some of your interests/passions?
Baseball. Fantasy Baseball. Healthy Living. I’m not sure, I’m not too exciting lol
(More exciting than I am) I’ve heard you work at Vancity? How long have you worked at Vancity?
Almost four and a half years now – saying it out loud makes me feel really old.
(He’s not really old folks, just worked for a very long time!) So what do you like about working there?
The people. I would not have been there for as long as I have if I didn’t truly enjoy the environment. It’s so much easier being in a place where your co-workers are so genuine, and really care about the work that they do.
I can definitely relate. Whether it is for school or a work environment, the people around you are so important.
Onto the BCITMA! So how did you become the VP of Finance?
I simply just applied.
(Wish internships next year is this easy)
Not being a part of the MA last year, I had absolutely no idea what I was signing up for. However, if you’re willing to put yourself out there, great things can happen.
What are some of your roles or responsibilities?
My main responsibility is managing the club’s bank account. It doesn’t seem like a challenging job, but it is one of the most important. I am constantly acting as a liaison for the club with the Student Association to ensure that everyone, and everything gets paid in a timely manner. This means collecting payments from events, sponsors or any other sources, writing cheques, preparing bank deposits, and paper work. A lot of paper work. Did I mention paperwork?
Paper….work… paper… paper… money… Now, what do you really do with all that money 😉
How are you feeling being so close to being finished the crazy 2 years here at BCIT?
Nervous. Excited. Confused? A bit of everything lol. Now that my internship is secured, and with it having great potential to become a career, I am ready to graduate! Now it is just a matter of surviving term projects and passing every course.
Any final tips (and tricks) for getting through the program?
Become well-connected. It’s been said many times, but who you know can really help you get through the program. Make friends. Be nice to the teachers. Make the most of the experience. At the end of the day, grades do not matter – you just have to pass! Personally, it took me a long time to understand this because it is not reflective of who I am. But worrying too much about grades may prevent you from seeing the real benefits of the program. And join a club too – a lot of what you learn comes from outside of the classroom.
A big thank you to Tyler for this opportunity to get to know more about him as a person and what his responsibilities are as part of the BCITMA. I know I am lucky to have been provided a lot of guidance and information to making the most out of my first year as a Marketing student and Tyler has really been one of the most influential. I hope this interview not only highlighted the (fun and exciting) life of Tyler, but also some tips for first-year students as we progress into the last stretch of our semester.