Bachelor of Business Administration – emphasis in Accounting
Justin Nand wasn’t sure he was suited for a traditional post-secondary education.
He thought a career in the trades might be a good fit, but after his first year as a sheet metal apprentice at NAIT, Justin decided to choose a different path. With a strong family connection to NAIT – his sister Ashna (Bachelor of Applied Finance ‘07) and father are alumni – he looked into the JR Shaw School of Business based on his sister’s advice.
“She had a great experience and encouraged me to take business because it had the most pathways.”
Justin also liked that his different career path didn’t mean he’d have to change his post-secondary institute.
Unsure what area of business most appealed to him, Justin (Finance ’13) felt he’d strongly benefit from the School of Business’ common first year, which exposes all students to its 6 areas of emphasis: accounting, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, management, human resources and marketing. “Six for 1 seemed like a really good deal,” he says.
Favourite place on campus
“The 8th floor of the business tower. I have a lot of memories of studying with my friends there, many late nights and early mornings.”
Advice to students
“Don't simply go to NAIT. Be part of it. Get involved. There are so many wonderful opportunities on campus where you can learn, grow and meet people. You'd be amazed what you can accomplish when you have no reason to think you can't.”
That was the start of his path to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with an emphasis in accounting, which he’s pursuing while also serving as president of the NAIT Students’ Association (NAITSA). During his time at NAIT he has worked hard to mentor and assist peers, including setting up a financial literacy seminar that was initially offered to apprentice students.
He attributes part of his success to instructors. “When people see the potential in you and encourage you this is what happens. I spend my time here now encouraging others.”
He’s already applying the skills he’s learning in his studies, which include project management, public speaking and Case business competitions. They serve him in in his NAITSA role (including his finance seminar and work with the NAITSA Food Centre), volunteer work with the United Way and as the owner of Ashna Décor, a wedding decorating business. His career and volunteer efforts have also earned community recognition; Justin was named a 2015 Sizzling Twenty Under Thirty by Edmontonians magazine.
After he gets his BBA, Justin plans to pursue a PhD as well as his CPA designation and get several years of business experience before hopefully becoming an instructor with the JR Shaw School of Business.
“I’m very proud of the seminar,” says Justin. “We are expanding and we’re going to run more of these seminars on all 3 campuses because this is information that can benefit everyone. I was put in a position to make a difference as president and I want to make a difference.”