Sylvester Mensah (BIE’21) is a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte, working primarily within their customer and marketing division.
For Mensah, the commerce courses he was able to take as part of the BIE degree were some of the most enriching.
He talks about his BIE experience and more in this Q&A.
Where does your interest in economics come from?
Growing up, I was always interested in what was happening around me. I’m originally from Ghana where politics is a huge part of everyone’s daily lives. I wanted to expand my perspective by understanding various political issues discussed around the world. With my BIE degree, I feel like I’m in a position where I better understand how and why various governments make decisions.
What would you say is something that you learned the most from the program?
Being an international student myself, I learned it is very important to understand various viewpoints and understand where people are coming from. There are a lot of other soft skills that were really honed through the various activities and curricula that we had. I had numerous group projects and I had to work with different people. I bring that experience and training into my current work.
How has the BIE program helped you with what you are doing now?
The connections that exist within the BIE and VSE community. I was able to find my current position through the VSE Career Centre. I was trying to find different things and places I could see myself in. Thanks to the broad network of different corporations and organizations that foster relationships with the VSE and also hire new grads, I was able to find my position at Deloitte.