Thursday, November 25, 2010

Between classes: Nick Mobilio

My program and graduating class: Bachelor of Business AdministrationAccounting major. Graduating Winter 2011.

My current job: Owner/Chef – Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Burnaby. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) starting in September 2011. 

My career goals: Attain my CA designation through PwC and move on to become a partner in the firm.

My personal goals: Travel before I start my career with PwC in September. I would like to visit family in Italy and Australia.

My role model: My father and [Italian footballer] Alessandro Del Piero. 

My personal motto: Work hard, play hard.

Why I took this program: I started at Douglas directly out of high school back in ’05. I had always planned to become an accountant, and started in the UT program. Then in the fall of ’07 the College introduced the degree program at Douglas and I found my calling. Immediately I switched to into the BBA program.

What surprised me about the program: It offered me flexibility and allowed me to balance my time between work and school.

How the program has helped me in my career: I entered the CA recruit this year, attending recruiting and networking events throughout the summer and into September. It was definitely a difficult time as all the students were competing, trying to impress the recruiters from the firms. At the end of September the resumes were due to the firms. I landed five interviews, which was quite overwhelming.

How my instructors have helped me: I approached several Douglas instructors for advice and help throughout the process. All were more than willing to take the time to help me prepare myself and give me tips to succeed in the interviews. 

The best thing about my experience at Douglas: It is very personable and practical. Small classes allow for good face time with teachers, and they are easily reachable.

Notable accomplishment: In winter 2010 I spearheaded the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) Tax Service, a volunteer tax service in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency. This service allowed students and lower income individuals to bring their information to us, and we would file their taxes for free.

Advice for anyone thinking of entering your faculty: In the fall of ’09 I joined the DCBA. This club was filled with fellow accounting, finance, and marketing students that worked together to plan events and provide services for students. Upon joining the club and participating in events, I felt more involved in Douglas. I had more interaction with Faculty and students, and it also gave me the opportunity to meet and talk with business professionals in the working world.