Meet Atika Ismail: Student Leader

I am currently a 3rd year marketing major at Ryerson University. When exploring my options for degrees, I wanted to choose a path that would explore a mix of creativity and analytical skills. When reading on programs of interest, I found marketing to be the one that fit best with these characteristics. Overtime I realized marketing has become a tool, which has taught me the importance of branding, even branding yourself. Marketing has also helped feed into my ideas for new concepts and strategies. All in all, no regrets.

My greatest achievement would have to be helping grow a small business through its marketing and communications. I was able to grow their following as well as learn so many new ways to target customers, create content, and learn more about a new industry, barbering. Taking general lessons learnt in class and online and then actually applying them, has been so beneficial and personally rewarding.

Who inspires me a lot is my parents. I am the first person in my family to attend university, and that in and of itself inspires me as well. This gives me the motivation to make the most out of my time at university, as well as make my parents and myself proud. I want to set an example for the future of my generation and know that I leveraged my ability to attend university. I also know it will make my parents feel proud about the education they never had the chance to receive.

I entered university as an accounting & finance major, it wasn’t long before I discovered that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t enjoy the lack of creativity and ability to illustrate my ideas. It was very standardized. When doing some research into the marketing program and the courses which were included, I grew a whole new fascination and have been excited to learn ever since.

Marketing is a broad industry. As a student with minimal job experience in any concept of marketing, it is hard to answer the question about what my dream job is. I believe that through further exploration into several different roles, I will be able to understand what I am good at and what works best for me. What I do know is, I want my job to be a platform for illustrating my creative potential and challenging my mind to new ideas and shifts in the consumer industry. The most crucial part although, is to work in a place with many creative individuals so I can further enhance my learning, even on the job.

Currently AI & UX has been a huge component of the marketing industry. Seeing how companies get more creative incorporating these two is definitely something that is worth following. With the adaptation of technology, it is incredible to watch companies get creative with their techniques for driving engagement with customers. 

I have taken the initiative to apply to various marketing role positions. Although I am still on the hunt, a common trend I have witnessed is the need for experience. With the lack of opportunity and growing competition, sometimes it is hard to really stand out. Although I haven’t had the chance to attain relevant paid work experience, getting involved in school has been a helping hand. It has allowed me to develop professionally and given me a small insight into the professional world. Being part of the marketing student group on my campus has equipped me relevant knowledge and a platform to create and showcase my ideas on a smaller scale. In my opinion, this has been my one step forward.

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