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Spotlight: Temesgen, Electrical Engineering Technology

How did Work Placement Services help you prepare for your placement?

I personally think the whole Work Placement Services department did a great job of providing me with the tools I needed to be successful. The workshops really helped me see what I was missing in terms of my resume structure. The job portal was really great because it had many different job opportunities. The job fair was also really great because it gave me a better picture of what each employer was looking for and it gave me one-on-one time to introduce myself.

What did you learn through your work term experience at Commercial Bakeries?

I learned that you have to take risks to get where you want to be. The interview at Commercial Bakeries was different from any other interview I experienced which is what prompted me to accept the offer. On the job I got to meet and work with a lot of different people from the business professionals to the Electricians and Mechanics. I also learned that the more things you have that make you stand out from everyone else in your class or even from other schools, the more valuable you are to an employer.

Best of all, because I did a work term I differentiated myself from a number of my peers, and the opportunity I had to work on projects - no matter how small I thought they were - really impressed the employers I interviewed with for a job after graduating.

What advice would you give to current students?

You have to start somewhere and you can only get out what you put into something. I started working for the TTC my first year at Humber sweeping and cleaning the buses and car houses. I knew I needed to start at the bottom if I wanted to work for the company, so I did. In addition to working at Commercial Bakeries, I also worked part-time at the TTC during that summer. As a result of my hard work and experience gained, I was able to land a full-time job at the TTC as an Engineering Technologist.