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Perks of the job

Perks of the Job

January 27, 2015

Melanie Duchak knows the benefits of being a Sheridan graduate from both sides of the fence. As the Program Coordinator for the Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance, she can share firsthand details of the benefits are offered to alumni after they leave Sheridan and start building their careers.

“We offer preferred group rates to Sheridan grads on home, auto and recreational vehicle products,” Melanie says. “We have competitive pricing and provide ‘Legendary’ service to all eligible alumni.”

As a graduate herself, Melanie takes advantage of the many perks she is entitled to as a Sheridan alumna. A 1997 Business Administration-Marketing graduate, she has been with TD Insurance for the past 12 years, having progressed from a variety of positions, including insurance advisor, facilitator, team manager and her current role. “It was the desire to be a ‘face’ for TD Insurance and to assist in maintaining positive relationships with our affinity partners that appealed to me about this position,” says Melanie.

Like so many other successful business alumni, Melanie finds that keeping up with change is the most challenging aspect of her work. “Whether it be organizational – establishing new relationships, or technology-based – social media and government legislation, needs are constantly changing and we have to adjust tactics to reflect each individual partner,” explains Melanie, who helps support 30+ employer, professional and alumni groups.

Regardless of the shifting business environment since Melanie graduated, some fundamental rules for success still apply, she says. “At Sheridan, I learned the importance of time management, of how to balance a full academic schedule and a part time job, while still being able to enjoy the college experience. That skill remains valuable no matter what position you hold.”

To find out more about the benefits TD Insurance Meloche Monnex offers Sheridan alumni, click here.