Career Peer Advisors

Career Peer Advisors are a team of senior BCom students from different options who can offer a unique viewpoint on campus involvement and work experiences. They are trained by BCom Career Managers on many aspects of the job search and application process.  As fellow students who have been in your shoes, Career Peer Advisors can point you in the right direction. If you’re feeling stuck, they’re here to help!

Want to hear more about why you should meet with a Career Peer Advisor? Check out this short video!

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Talk to a Career Peer Advisor about:

  • Making the most of your time on campus
  • Option Choice
  • Application Review
  • Interview Prep
  • How to move forward if you are feeling stuck or unsure!

Book an appointment now on COOL   Come to Virtual Drop-In

Note: Virtual Drop-in takes place very Monday and Thursday at 12:30pm-1:30pm on Collaborate Ultra.

Meet the Career Peer Advisors

JOHNSON WIDJAJA – FINANCE & BTM - Yr. 4+

Specialties: Campus involvement, Finance, Overseas work experience, Equity Research, Financial Modelling

Johnson recently completed his Co-op at Canalyst Financial Modelling company as an Equity Research Intern. He has held a previous Co-op as a Corporate Banking Intern at Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation in Singapore where he assisted the Engineering and Infrastructure team. At UBC, he has been actively involved with the Singapore Student Association.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

• Monday: 2:30 – 3:00pm
• Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:00pm, 2:30 – 3:00pm
• Friday: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Drop-In Availability:

Monday: 12:30 – 1:30pm

BIANCA RAIVA – MARKETING - Yr. 4

Specialties: Campus involvement, Marketing, International Experience, Brand Management, Networking

Bianca recently completed a marketing internship for a growing Vancouver startup known as Riipen Networks Inc. Prior to Riipen, she completed an international internship in Nairobi, Kenya at a Trade and Development Bank as a Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations intern. At UBC, she has been an executive in the UBC Marketing Association, UBC Black Student Union, and is currently a COMM 395 Teaching Assistant. Bianca has also successfully completed the BMMP program and is passionate about mentorship and career growth!

Coaching Appointment Availability:

• Monday: 12:00 - 12:30pm
• Wednesday: 8:00 – 9:00am, 12:00 - 12:30pm
• Thursday: 12:00 - 12:30pm
• Friday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Drop-In Availability:

• Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30pm

VIVIAN KU - OBHR & BTM - Yr. 4+

Specialties: Campus involvement, HR, Recruitment, CPA recruit (Big 4), Internships, Networking

Vivian has completed internships at PwC Canada as a Campus Talent Acquisition Intern and at Trail Appliances as a Recruitment Specialist. Currently, she is completing her third internship as a Digital Recruitment Specialist at Teck Resources (RACE21™) and is also working towards her CPHR designation. On campus, Vivian has been involved as the Chair of the Me Inc. Conference, Co-Director of CUS Sustainability, CUS HR Generalist, Co-President of the Human Resources Management Club, Marketing Director of The Spark, CLC Student Assistant, and is currently a COMM 203 TA.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

  • Tuesday: 11:00 - 12:00pm, 1:30 - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 – 11:00pm, 12:00 - 12:30pm

VITTORIO CHIU - FINANCE - Yr. 4+

Specialties: Club Experience, Capital Markets, Economics, Co-ops, Internships, Out-of-Province Work, Securities Lending, Asset Securitization, Real Estate

Vittorio is a current Co-op student who has completed several internships throughout his degree in Sales & Trading and Investment Research. In his progression, he has held positions at companies such as RBC Capital Markets, QuadReal Property Group, Scotiabank Global Banking & Markets and TD Securities. He has been involved in several CUS and non-CUS clubs including Enactus UBC, Chinese Students' Association, UBC Business Communications Club, and various others in both leadership and project roles. Outside of clubs and work experience, he has been part of Sauder's Finance & Capital Markets Training Program and several case competitions including the Deloitte Risk Advisory Challenge and Cornell International Real Estate Competition.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 – 11:00am, 12:00 - 2:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 – 11:00am

Drop-In Availability:

TAMARA LIM - REAL ESTATE & MARKETING - Yr. 4+

Specialties: Campus involvement, Case Competitions, Internships, Networking, Real Estate Mentorship Program

Tamara has completed several internships in the Commercial Real Estate industry, most recently at Quadreal Property Group on the Development & Investments Team. Previously, Tamara worked at Altus Group on the Valuations Team, and boutique development firm Rize Alliance Properties. On campus, Tamara has been an executive of Young Women in Business, UBC Real Estate Club, UBC Accounting Club, and represented UBC at the Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition and Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

  • Monday: 10:00 - 11:00am, 1:30 - 2:00pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00am - 1:30pm

Drop-In Availability:

REBECCA YAN – ACCOUNTING - Yr. 4

Specialties: CPA Recruit (Big 4), Networking, Campus Involvement, Case Competitions

Rebecca recently completed a summer internship at KPMG Canada as an Audit Intern. At UBC, Rebecca has been a director for the National Strategy Consulting Competition and Conference, participated in several case competitions, and attended Big 4 summer leadership programs. She is also a COMR 457 and COMM 353 TA for the upcoming school year

Coaching Appointment Availability:

• Monday: 10:00 – 11:00am
• Wednesday: 8:00 – 9:00am
• Thursday: 12:00 - 12:30pm, 1:30 - 2:00pm

Drop-In Availability:

Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30pm

KHALID MERALI – ACCOUNTING - Yr. 4

Specialties: Job Applications, Networking, CPA Recruit, Case Competitions, Campus Involvement

This past summer, Khalid completed an internship with KPMG Canada in Vancouver. Over the past 2 years, he has also completed internships in Calgary in finance with Olympia Trust Financial Group and in accounting with Volker Stevin Canada. At UBC, Khalid has had many roles in extra-curricular activities such as a Junior Consultant with 180 Degrees Consulting, a Financial Analyst with the CUS, a Coding Mentor with The C.O.D.E. Initiative, a Tax Staff Volunteer with UBC TACS, and many more. Khalid has also participated in several case competitions and will be a TA this upcoming school year.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

• Monday: 12:00 - 12:30pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
• Tuesday: 9:00 – 11:00am
• Thursday: 9:00 - 9:30am

Drop-In Availability:

• Monday: 12:30 – 1:00pm

CRISTIAN MIHAILESCU - BUCS - Yr. 3

Specialties: Campus Involvement, Internships, Job Applications, BTM/BUCS, Minoring in Other Faculties, Networking

Cris is a third-year BUCS student pursuing a Minor in Economics with lots of experience in roles that intersect business and technology. He has recently completed internships at the Department of National Defence as a Technology and Cybersecurity Analyst, and at SAP as a Product Manager, while also teaching debate and public speaking to high-school students part-time for the past four years. Cris has also been heavily involved in extra-curriculars on campus as President of UBC BizTech, Co-Chair of the CUS Elections Committee, and Marketing Lead of the Formula UBC Engineering Student Team, among others. In his free time, Cris likes reading self-help/philosophy books, trying to make challenging dishes, talking about hockey or Formula 1, and listening to podcasts.

Coaching Appointment Availability:

  • Monday: 8:00 - 9:00am
  • Tuesday: 7:00 - 8:00am
  • Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00 - 9:00am

TIFFANY GRIESBACH - FINANCE - Yr. 4

Specialties: Finance, Capital Markets, Internships, Networking, Case Competitions, Campus Involvement

Tiffany recently completed a summer internship in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to this, she completed a wealth management internship at RBC Dominion Securities. Having transferred into Sauder in her second year, she is pursuing a Major in Finance and a Minor in Psychology. Tiffany currently serves as a Team Lead at WestPeak Research Association, and enjoys participating in stock pitches and case competitions. She has also successfully completed the FMP and CMTP programs, and is passionate about mentorship and personal growth. On campus, she has served as Jump Start Orientation Leader and executive of the UBC Dance Club. She is currently preparing to write her CFA Level 1 Examination in February, and is excited to help fellow students as a Career Peer Advisor.  

Coaching Appointment Availability:

  • Monday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Why meet with a Career Peer Advisor?

"I like meeting with the Career Peer Advisors because they’re senior students who’ve been in my shoes and can offer a student perspective by sharing their experiences. They helped me choose my option, decide if I should pursue Co-op, and they suggested how I could make the most out of my undergrad experience. They also provided resume, cover letter, and interview tips to help me become a more competitive applicant." - Jennifer T., Marketing Student


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