We sat down (virtually) with Dhillon School of Business student Cody Russell, who is graduating with a major in Marketing and minor in Supply Chain and Operations Management, to talk about his experience at uLethbridge.

What is your most memorable uLethbridge experience?

The late nights spent with friends close to exams, helping each other understand complex problems and building off of each other's understanding. I also had the pleasure of being a residence assistant for three years which has connected me with so many amazing people and created some of my favourite memories.

What is the most important lesson you learned?

Put yourself out there, be visible and don’t be afraid of failure or rejection. This helped me tremendously in the classroom and out.

What kinds of  technology or hands-on learning opportunities did you participate in while being a student?

Using real-world software to conduct and analyze market research was immensely valuable and has helped me in my current work. Also using supply chain software to forecast issues and manage scheduling gave me insight and experience into lean management practices.

Did you participating in any experiential learning opportunities as a Dhillon student?

I was fortunate to complete four co-operative education semesters that helped me gain experience in marketing at two different institutions. This vastly improved my employability (I had an employment offer before graduating) and reinforced that my chosen career was a good fit for me.

I also found that after resuming classes I was more invested and understood the material on a more practical level. I would highly encourage every student to join the co-op program.

What advice would you give to students who are about to begin their post-secondary  journeys?

The people you surround yourself with will greatly affect who you become. Choose wisely.