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Student Experience: First Impressions

Written by Manny Ojigbo

 

As someone who entered the Digital Innovation Skills Certificate (DISC) program with a background in communications and an insatiable appetite for learning, I was super pumped to meet up with my teammates and begin a thrilling journey into the constantly evolving world of digital. 

 

Off to a Great Start!     

 
Our evening kicked off with a meet and greet dinner at Proof Kitchen and Lounge before all the participants and the program team headed out to our first in-class session at Shopify, one of Canada's leading tech companies with one of the coolest office spaces in the region. It was nice to chat with people with unique skill-sets, from very diverse backgrounds like journalism, business, sociology and music. In addition, I began to get a good sense of the team dynamics, program expectations and deliverables. 

 

Our first in-class session opened with several team building exercises that gave us all an opportunity to brainstorm cool agency names with our respective teams, develop value statements and learn about the small businesses that we'll all be working with for the duration of the DISC program. It was an activity filled first day with lots more to follow in the coming weeks!

 

What We’ll be Learning 


Throughout this 11-Week graduate certificate program, we're going to be diving deep into the world of e-commerce, digital marketing and project management. From the first in-class session, I've seen that the program is going to be an interesting mix of theory and hands-on work sessions that will allow for experiential learning, critical thinking and strategic problem solving as the teams work through each module. It's been designed in such a way that we're all going to be able to learn in-class and online too. Oh, another neat thing about it is the fact that we're going to be constantly exposed to valuable industry-specific insights from experts that live and breathe these core concepts every day!

 

 

In a Nutshell


Overall, I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the first session. Following 5 straight hours of mingling, brainstorming and learning, I can say with absolute certainty that this promises to be a fully engaging experience. I’m also convinced that many of the program’s participants will share the same sentiments. We’re just getting warmed up, cheers to an amazing 11 weeks!

 

 

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