Name: Jason Sanio
Career: Consultant, Capgemini Canada
Education: York University, Shulich School of Business – iBBA (International Bachelor of Business Administration)
Jason Sanio has what he calls a “restless curiosity”, which means that he enjoys meeting new challenges every day. After completing his four-year degree, he took his versatile approach to business and began work as a consultant. He is currently working on a project that aims to convert Ontarians to smart hydroelectric meters. He enjoys managing the operational flow of people and information, and would eventually like to run his own business. Jason has always been interested in designing new products, though his main goal is to help people while making money at the same time.
Advice for Aspiring Consultants
According to Jason, it’s very important for consultants and other business professionals to have excellent presentation skills. He recommends that students get involved with case competitions at their schools, or even try a bit of theatre. Case competitions allow you to meet people, exercise your analytic and communication skills, and gain confidence. As a student, Jason also went on an exchange to Switzerland, which gave him a unique perspective on how businesses run around the world. He and a friend (who was also in Europe at the time) actually wrote a proposal for a case competition overseas, and then flew back to Toronto to present it. He was interested to see how people communicate at great distances, and he and his friend both got jobs out of the experience.
Jason was a Studentawards member while in school, and received multiple scholarships including a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship, and a Millennium Foundation Award for In-Course excellence. He encourages all students to apply for as many scholarships as possible. But also, to focus on ones that are unique and well-suited to you. Additionally, be as involved as you can in a variety of activities, academic or not. These extracurriculars will help to set you apart from others.