Maria Aquino (far right) poses with business students and faculty at the Herzing College Winnipeg campus
A lot of people choose business administration training because it opens up so many different career paths. Accounting, marketing, sales, management, client services...this program builds a strong foundation in several key areas of business.
And that's exactly what Maria Theresa Aquino was looking for when she started the Business Administration program at Herzing earlier this year.
Like so many Herzing students, Maria is focused, hard-working, and determined to build a successful future for herself.
We interviewed Maria this week to learn more about her story. We talked about what brought her to Herzing, why she chose business training, her opinion of the program, and her career goals after graduation.
Here's what we found out.
Q: Maria, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Maria: I am an immigrant from the Philippines, with a background in both office administration and the medical field.
When I came to Winnipeg, I wanted to get formal training in business administration so I can use the skills and knowledge I learn to build a successful career here in Canada.
Q: What inspired you to choose Business Administration training?
Maria: I wanted to build on the business experience I already had back home in the Philippines. I was missing some basic and essential skills that I need to pursue a career here.
I knew that with stronger skills, I could make better decisions about my career and have more job options.
Q: What made you choose Herzing over another school?
Maria: I chose Herzing because they provide job-oriented training that I know will prepare me for a career in business. The first time I went to inquire about a training program, the admissions advisor was very supportive and helpful.
I understood Herzing's mission as an institution, which I found interesting and convinced me to enrol in the Business Administration program. I'm almost done my training now, and it's been exactly how I expected—straightforward and easy to follow.
Overall, the campus is very conducive to learning. The staff is friendly and approachable. Everyone feels welcome.
Q: Business training leads to a lot of different job options. What are your career goals?
Maria: Since accounting is so important in any business, I would love to work in accounting. I am also interested in a more general role, like business administration or office management.
I would like to work for government, or a big corporation—where I would be challenged to learn more about the world of business and keep growing.
Overall, I want to land a job where I can apply everything I've learned in training, be part of a company's success, and continue to learn more skills.
Q: What's been the most challenging part of your business training so far?
Maria: Learning the accounting software and skills for the first time. It's challenging, but also fun and interesting—and very important to be qualified in accounting to get a good office job these days.
Learning to make my own business and marketing plan has also been really challenging. But it's really exciting as well, knowing that you can bring out your creativity, and at the same time, learn and be knowledgeable in the field of business.
Q: What part of training are you enjoying the most?
Maria: I would say the Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access database training. It's really great learning how to be proficient in these programs. These skills are useful in almost every field of work, and you need them to get hired in business.
Q: What are your classmates like? What backgrounds do they come from?
Maria: My classmates are a very diverse group. They come from all backgrounds and age groups.
Some are going back to school to switch careers, while others already have relevant work experience and want to enhance their knowledge and skills. I find them to be friendly, fun, and also excited to learn.
Q: Can you tell us about the internship? How is it going?
Maria: I am on my internship for an entire month, working at a company called The Food System.
I'm working in their accounting department, where they're training me on basics like sorting, filing, verifying sales summary reports, accounts payable and receivable, debit transactions, and other administrative duties. I'm learning a lot.
Q: What does it take to succeed in the Business Administration program at Herzing?
Maria: You need to be self-motivated and have a clear goal. It's important to be diligent in reading and analyzing, and also be creative.
But above all, you need to be inspired by the fact that in business, education is continuous and learning never stops. You have to love learning.
Q: Would you recommend the Business Administration program?
Maria: Yes, I would definitely recommend the Business Administration program. This training is perfect for those who really want to study, analyze, and truly understand the material.
The instructor doesn't just spoon-feed students the information. It's a really fulfilling experience.
Maria, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We're so proud of your success in the program so far and wish you a long and rewarding career in business.
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