“My goal? Leading a Fortune 500 company as Chief Executive Officer.”

For some business students, that is the ultimate career goal, but for Tom Rajaeieh it’s part of his 10-year plan upon graduating from Capilano University.

“I know it sounds ambitious,” Rajaeieh explains, “but I am confident that through my unique life experiences, a lot of hard work and dedication, as well as the tremendous support I’ve received from my family and Capilano University, that goal is attainable.”

Student of the World

Growing up in Iran, Rajaeieh began his international schooling experience at the age of nine, attending schools in half a dozen countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and North America. He eventually settled in Vancouver with his family at the age of 18.

“Experiencing cultural variety in different parts of the world was tremendously important for my personal and professional development,” says Rajaeieh. “When I started university here at Cap U, I felt that same diversity and connectedness that I really valued growing up. The experiential and hands-on approach was a key factor in why I chose to pursue my degree here.”

A fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student focusing on finance and accounting, Rajaeieh has embraced many opportunities to hone his natural leadership skills. In early 2016, he led a team of four to first place in the Junior Division at the Western Canadian Business Competition in Kelowna, B.C., as both CEO and VP of Operations. The achievement marked the first year that both of Capilano University’s Junior and Senior teams took home first place at this competition.

Rajaeieh credits the approachability and supportive feedback of his instructors to the team’s success. “The experiential approach our instructors provide was critical to our success at this competition. They challenge us to back up our reasoning and provide answers relevant to a real-world situation.”

Ronald Wong, Rajaeieh’s instructor, says he strives to provide one-on-one support to help students further their knowledge and build critical analysis and decision-making skills. “Incorporating case studies and projects from Canadian public companies into our courses has been a very effective method in preparing students for success,” he says.

This hands-on approach to learning is also what Rajaeieh credits as a major reason for student success in the job market upon graduation. At the recent annual CPA Recruit event hosted by the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, 15 Capilano U business students were offered highly sought-after positions with renowned firms in an extremely competitive market. The results marked the highest success rate ever at this event for Capilano U’s School of Business students.

Experience Pushes Personal Growth

Rajaeieh himself was offered two positions at the CPA Recruit event, ultimately accepting a competitive offer from Deloitte LLP, the largest of the “big four” professional services networks in the world. The position is his first in his chosen field, and he is confident it will pave the way to a rewarding career fulfilling his passion.

While he has big ambitions, Rajaeieh doesn’t want to be the next Steve jobs or Elon Musk.

“I want to be me — the best version of myself. To an organization, I want to bring a positive leadership style and my global experience, and help drive teams towards success.”

His advice for new Capilano U students? “Stay focused on what drives you. Believe in yourself and your abilities — every ‘no’ is a ‘yes’ to your future path, so don’t be deterred by the rejections. Above all, it’s about how you experience the moments, so enjoy your time and make the most of it.”

Submitted by Communications & Marketing
Written by Sarah Coull

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Want to start building your career in business? Come to Capilano’s School of Business Info Night on Monday, November 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Library building, room LB321.

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