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Sonya Jenkins

Sonya Jenkins

Pilon School of Business
Year of Graduation: 2010
Program: International Business

Setting Yourself Apart

I grew up around cross-border trade. My parents have owned Champion Express Limited, a transportation company in Milton, Ontario since 1991, and one of my first jobs included working in the dispatch office handling customs paperwork and organizing shipments. It was there that I first began to appreciate the intricacies of international trade.

This interest grew throughout high school and led me to obtain a degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa. However, my desired field of international trade was already competitive and my interest in export development narrowed my job opportunities even further. I needed to gain some global business skills to set myself apart.

Sheridan’s International Business post grad certificate program allowed me to further develop my skills, network and connect with professionals. The FITT-accredited (Forum for International Trade Training) program also ensured that my education was formally recognized. The projects I worked on involved real companies and gave me an excellent idea of how business works on a global level. My Sheridan co-op position as a Trade Assistant with the State of North Carolina’s Canadian office was exactly the area I had been hoping to work in and the position opened a lot of doors for me.

Since 2011, I have been working for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Ottawa as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist. I feel that my work is interesting and important. I am involved with products that Canadian consumers eat or drink every day. I also have the chance to work with a wide variety of organizations. Currently, I am organizing a reception with the U.S. Consulate to take place during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer.

My advice to new grads: don’t underestimate yourselves. Your program at Sheridan has given you more skills and hands on experience than you may realize. If you see a posting for your dream job, go for it. You certainly won't get it if you don't apply.

Sonya’s brother and sister are also Sheridan alumni: Peter Jenkins (Electromechanical Engineering Technology Coop, 2006) is Manager at Champion Express Ltd., and Andrea Jenkins (Business Administration-Marketing Coop, 2010) is Project Leader – Sales Support at Shred-It

Learn more about Sheridan’s International Business Management program.