How do you measure how useful a degree could potentially be for your future? A good place to start is to check the progress of the university’s past students. How one institution’s alumni are doing, where they are career-wise as well as their personal successes, provide an invaluable snapshot into how your future could look as a graduate from this university.
And if you’re looking at Trinity Western University’s (TWU) recent alumni and other exciting developments occurring at this Canadian university, you would foresee a bright future ahead.
Located in Langley, British Columbia, the Christ-centered, accredited institution offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and adult degree-completion programmes. It’s known for developing well-rounded individuals who excel in the 21st century. The proof for this can be seen in the quality of its alumni making a name for themselves in their respective industries.
Andrew Hansen from TWU’s School of Business is one such former student. The graduate of the class of 2013 has been named amongst British Columbia Business’ Top 30 Under 30, an annual recognition of the region’s most enterprising young business leaders.
Armed with his TWU business administration degree, Hansen has since forged an illustrious career in business – and he’s only 27! It all started with a role as an operations manager for construction giant Ledcor Group, followed by vice presidentship of business development at Surrey-based marketing firm Agency Media. Noticing a gap in the market, he then launched Site Marketing Partners, a hybrid marketing agency, management consultancy and investment firm specialising in the industrial sector, last spring. Combining the power of storytelling with his experience in business development, Hansen gives SITE a big advantage over other firms.
“We can step into any construction client and we’ll know their business,” he says. “We can walk in there and we can shoot a video the next day.”
Yee is a star at TWU and nationally for her prowess in track and field. In March 2018 she became the most individually decorated track and field athlete in the university’s history when she won gold in the 1500m at the USPORTS championships, a victory that took her to five national medals. Her future isn’t just making waves in the education sector – currently, she’s one practicum away from finishing her degree and becoming a high school teacher – Yee is also setting her sights on the 2020 Olympics.
“It’s a huge honour,” says Yee of the nomination. “When I looked at who else was nominated and saw their accomplishments, I was surprised to be in their company.”
Home to a student population that represents some 40 nations, the atmosphere at TWU is cosmopolitan and diverse. With the current marketplace increasingly globalised, being in an environment that fosters cross-cultural competencies like TWU’s will certainly improve a graduate’s standing among future employers. In fact, major technology firms such as Dell, Google and Microsoft have stressed the need to recruit employees with such skills.
The benefits of international education are well-known. It makes students better critical thinkers and problem-solvers, increase entrepreneurial spirits and boosting communication skills, among other things. But going abroad can be beyond the reach of many.
TWU Global, the university’s latest addition, aims to fix that. It’s tasked to boost student access and increase affordability of international education, with the end goal of making TWU the world’s leading Christian university. Work has already started to build the academic and administrative structure to further engage adult, international and online learners around the world. In 2019, TWU GLOBAL will double the size of its TWU Richmond campus, and expand into three teaching centers in Chennai, Delhi, and Mbarara.
This international outlook not only expands TWU’s physical presence, but its student’s worldviews too. Students like Amy Kobelt are often encouraged to go abroad as part of their education. For Kobelt, she had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and Thailand during her undergraduate study. Both ended up as life-changing experiences that helped her find her calling to serve others.
After graduating from TWU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services Certificate, Amy spent six months in Bangkok volunteering as a support worker for women who have experienced trauma through issues such as sex trafficking. It was a life-changing experience. She decided to dedicate her career to this cause. But first, she had to advance her education.
After some research, TWU became the obvious choice for its amazing and flexible faculty. Today, the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology student is on her way to finding her calling, completing her thesis on human trafficking locally, combining her key learnings from Bangkok with a new understanding that sex trafficking can happen anywhere. It’s a challenging topic, but one made easier through the support of her faculty.
“You don’t have to jump on your faculty advisor’s research. At TWU, they want to help support you to pursue your passions and I really feel that is the case at TWU.