Graduation Year: 2005
With a vast supply of information literally at their fingertips, Ryan Laverty’s clients have never been more educated and accessible.
“Business hours are now 24/7”, says the Branch Manager for TD Bank Group in Toronto. “My clients can connect online or through mobile devices from all corners of the globe. This provides me with unprecedented access to customers but also makes it a much more competitive environment.”
The ease of online and mobile banking also means many clients rarely set foot in a physical bank, eliminating the face-to-face contact that used to be standard procedure in the industry, he says.
But that doesn’t mean the personal touch is a thing of the past, adds Ryan.
“With all of the changes that have occurred over the last decade, one thing remains constant,” says Ryan. “Success is built upon relationships. Your career advancement is directly linked to your ability to network and forge meaningful connections both inside and outside of your organization.”
Not surprisingly, Ryan’s advice for new graduates is centred on networking.
“There’s no better time or place to start building that strong foundation of relationships than right here with your fellow graduates,” advises Ryan, who came to Sheridan after earning an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph.
“I chose Sheridan to help further my career by gaining hands-on experience and knowledge from a top notch faculty,” says the Brampton native. “The program allowed me to become a subject matter expert in financial planning and advice.” Ryan’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start up and operate his own tax business after graduating from Sheridan and while working for the bank. In addition to his current responsibilities as a Branch Manager, he also consults for financial services education providers, mentors, and teaches at the post-secondary level.
An advocate of lifelong learning, Ryan, who just completed his MBA, also urges alumni to learn something new every day, whether through continuing education classes or volunteer activities.
“The benefits will have positive effects for you, your family and the community around you. By investing in yourself first, your future will be rich, both financially and personally.”