ST. JOHN’S, NL –
Making the shift from high school to a post-secondary environment can be stressful for many; however, for Ryan Walsh, this experience has been the most rewarding time of his life.
“After I graduated high school, I had a few ideas about what I wanted to pursue and started my business career at Memorial University; however, the real progression towards my career path started when I transferred to CNA,” said the second-year Business Management (Accounting) student.
A St. John’s native, Ryan was interested in the stock market from a young age, and how money revolves around the gamut of the business model.
“As a teenager I was fascinated with how transactions took place in the stock market and one of the first memories was watching a documentary with my father on the Wall Street and aspiring to being able to one day invest in stocks – getting rich, famous and successful.”
Business Case Competition Experience
Ryan said his first experience at CNA’s Business Case Competition last year was one of the many amazing memories, both personally and professionally.
“It was my first time competing, and I was not sure what to expect; however, with the support of my coaches and peers, I had a very fun time. I met some amazing people and the whole experience impacted largely in focusing on self-growth, honing my public speaking skills, as well as an excellent opportunity to make connections with industry experts.”
Excited to participate again this year, with more insights and practical knowledge on various subject matters in the accounting profession, Ryan says he feels more confident. He is also happy with the fact that his program has helped him gain real-world skills that can be used in the industry, during work terms, and even in some aspects of the Business Case Competition.
“My only strategy going in this year is focusing on several aspects on breaking down the problem presented in the case in a timely manner. I have an amazing team again this year, and we feel more confident and ready. I have a better understanding and knowledge on the financial aspects of a business, like costing and budgets, paired with the practical experience from last year. Honestly, I am ambitious to win this year, and get a chance to visit Qatar to compete in the finals.”
Coming to CNA
For Ryan, the deciding factor to transfer to CNA from Memorial University was solely based on the positive feedback he received during his research.
“This past year has been a lot of transition, yet one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am proud to be a part of an amazing campus with exceptional student services, very knowledgeable instructors, and supportive peers. All of the things that persuaded me to further my career goals.”
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College of the North Atlantic