Staff Spotlight: Chi-Chi Egbo
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Position: Campus Engagement Specialist
Department: Ryerson Career Centre
What’s the first thing you do when you come into the office?
Open emails, check my calendar, head to our lovely kitchenette to fill my water bottle, and say hello to my wonderful colleagues on the way back.
In your view what makes Ryerson unique?
Ryerson has an infectious energy that fosters growth (personal and professional) and new ideas.
What is something that you wish more people knew about about your position?
That the rumours about the campus engagement team are 100% true. Yes, we’re a badass bunch. But in all seriousness, the campus engagement specialist role is multidimensional. I’m an event manager, relationship manager, marketer, workshop facilitator, advisor, strategist, data analyst, and friend. I love that I get to wear many hats because I’m never bored and always learning.
What made you to decide to work in Student Affairs? If you hadn’t chosen SA, what would you be doing right now?
My previous role was in recruitment and HR. I knew it was time for a change when I stopped learning and was only doing. The transition to Student Affairs was a natural progression because I’m able to use my professional experience in hiring candidates and education in Public Relations to engage and support students. If it wasn’t SA, I would be working in Talent Acquisition at a tech company, developing employer branding and employee engagement strategies.
Where is your favourite place to be outside of work?
When it’s summer, I prefer to be on a patio with my shades on and laughing with friends. When it’s winter, you can find me hibernating in my condo. This winter I will be wrapped up in my newly purchased knit mermaid tail blanket (hibernation 2.0). Props to J-P for the awesome find!
What’s your favourite book?
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson because I tend to over analyze situations. When I feel I’m being too over analytical and getting in my head, I read a few chapters to get me centered.
What’s your top App?
Spotify when I’m at the gym. Spotify when I’m walking to work. Spotify when I’m at desk. Spotify when I’m cooking dinner.
Name the individual(s) who have made the greatest impact in your career?
My sister Rina. She doesn’t know this, but I admire her a lot. She’s strong, hard-working, supportive, incredibly smart and puts others first. She’s the first person I call when I need advice.
What’s something about you that people are always surprised to learn?
I don’t drink coffee. I tried it once in university and it wasn’t for me. I think this surprises people because I have a lot of energy, especially in the morning. Of course, I’ve contemplated becoming a coffee drinker, but why start now.
What’s your favourite spot on campus?
The Quad on a beautiful summer day and Lake Devo during the winter. Last winter I watched a young girl learn how to skate on Lake Devo and it was adorable. I think a lot of memories are made at Lake Devo.
In what ways have you found Student Affairs to differ from your previous work experiences?
I’ve never worked with such talented people in my life. I’m in awe of the projects and programs that come out of Student Affairs. There’s so much belief in the work we do, and I think that makes all the difference.
What is something you are doing to increase the impact of Student Affairs at Ryerson?
I currently lead student and employer engagement on Magnet. Though it’s been Ryerson’s student job board for a couple of years, not a lot of people know it exists or how it works. I work with the development team at Magnet to implement changes on the platform, on-board employers, and promote it to students. Magnet excites me because I love tech, agile environments, and fixing things.
When I started working in Student Affairs I wish I had known:
Time goes by really fast. How is it November already?
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