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Check out the inspiring and successful career paths of people just like you. Find out how George Brown helped these former students achieve their career goals.

Advanced Diploma

Business Administration – Marketing Program (without Work Experience) / (with Work Experience)

Lauren Reyes-Grange

Graduate, 2011

"The moment I got to George Brown I felt like the teacher and I were partners in my academic career. They had so many people that were just rooting for me, I was really set up for success."

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Brad Kozak

Graduate, 2011

"It opened my eyes to a side of marketing and business that I had not seen before."

Brad Kozak's college experience is proof positive that homecoming can be the best thing for our career. After moving to the United States from Mississauga, Ontario to pursue a baseball scholarship, Kozak spent three years at two different colleges in New York and Pennsylvania to study sports business.

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Mark T. Phillips

Graduate, 2011

"The ability to learn and benefit from being in downtown Toronto."

Choosing a downtown-campus school to pursue studies in marketing proved an advantageous choice for Mark Phillips. In 2004, his first year at George Brown College's Business Administration - Marketing Program, the Dundas, Ontario-born student was granted a unique opportunity to see the inner project management workings of the Trump International Hotel & Tower before its construction.

In subsequent years, taking part in extracurriculars such as the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition saw him place as a medal finalist twice.

In 2014, Mark was named as one of the Top 30 under 30 in Marketing Magazine.

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Graduate Certificate

Strategic Relationship Marketing Program (Postgraduate)

Denys Shashura

Graduate, 2013

"Strategic Relationship Marketing grad lands position out of work placement."

Sometimes the proof that you've picked the right program is in your success in the field. For Strategic Relationship Marketing alumnus Denys Shashura, landing a full-time role with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation a year after his co-op placement was the first step. Moving into a senior role two years later confirmed it.

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Faraz Thambi

Graduate, 2012

"The internship helped find my passion in advertising."

A few years ago Faraz Thambi moved to Toronto from Chennai, India to study international business at a local college. While working in customer service shortly after graduating, he decided to upgrade his credentials by taking a postgraduate program in marketing.

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Sheldon D'Souza

Graduate, 2010

"After 9 years as a flight attendant, I was looking for a career change and George Brown made that easy. Strategic Relationship Marketing is a well-rounded program and I found it ideally suited for my goals of a career in loyalty marketing. In addition, the co-op experience at Porter Airlines further enhanced my knowledge gained in class and I was subsequently hired full time. Staff at GBC is ever so helpful to international students and it was this balance of all elements made my transition from student to professional really easy."

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Sport and Event Marketing Program (Postgraduate)

Sean Reczulski

Graduate, 2013

"It has a great reputation all over Canada."

As his last term at the University of Western Ontario came to an end, varsity football player Sean Reczulski came to the realization that his playing days would soon be over. Mr. Reczulski, who'd majored in criminology, also realized he wanted to stay close to his passion – sports. But getting job-ready wasn't easy, the 24-year-old found out, and he decided to go back to school.

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Jonathan Chang

Graduate, 2000

"Working in Basketball Development for NBA Canada is a dream job for me. In Basketball Development we run a number of national programs, such as 'NBA Hoop it Up 3-on-3' and 'NBA Jam Session.' Basketball has always been an important part of my life, and in my job, I am driven by my knowledge and love of the game.

I was hired as an intern by Dan McKenzie, also a George Brown College Sport and Event Marketing graduate, and this led to a full-time position. We, in turn, have hired 3 other George Brown students on intern (co-op) placements. There's no question: the Sport and Event Marketing program at George Brown College helped me carve a path into a profession that is like no other."

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