Frequently seen in the student lounge interacting with new students and playing pool, Walton Lim is October’s Sauderite of the Month. Walton not only excels in extracurricular activities and academics, but he is also a caring and dedicated individual.
Here is Walton!
How has your experience in Sauder changed you as an individual?
When I first came to Sauder, I was sceptical of the people who attended there. My cousins have attended Sauder and have told me about their experiences, some of them not being so good. However, after attending summer school with many Sauder students, I grew more open and appreciative of the faculty. Today, most of my best friends are Sauderites. We work hard together and as a result, we have grown much closer. I also have been continually humbled by the people that I have met over my time here. There is a good balance of people who are book smart and entrepreneurial, which keeps me motivated to pursue my dreams. There is always someone smarter and more hard working than me, so the people I’m surrounded with keep pushing me to do my best.
What advice would you like to share with the new first year students?
Don’t overwork yourself. First year is really not the most important year in terms of career and even specialization. I would recommend that you should go explore campus, get outside of the Henry Angus building and find yourself in terms of balancing your work and life. Also, start thinking about the different career options. I’ve met young students who tell me they want to be investment bankers but ultimately do not know what investment banking even is. Look at all the opportunities out there and then find your niche. When you find your niche, be the best in that one area. Too many first years try to be the “jack of all trades” by joining five or more clubs. If they are not relevant at all, your employers will not care.
If you were in first year again, is there anything you would do differently?
I would have definitely spent more time meeting people. I studied too hard and tired myself out very quickly. I also failed a class. Again, don’t overwork yourself. I can’t stress this enough to a first year. I also would have reached out to older students as this could have saved me from all the pitfalls.
You must see numerous resumes and cover letters when hiring new executives to join Nitesco Investments. What are some common mistakes that drive you insane?
There are many things, so I’ll list them out. Two page resumes. Spelling mistakes (I may stop reading the resume if there are too many mistakes). Too many irrelevant experiences (nobody cares). Generic (non-customized) resumes. Cover letters and resumes submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pages. A lack of consideration for typography. In general, we’re very nice people as directors and executives. However, we are harsh due to the number of applicants and because two applicants may be similar. As a result, the only thing that might separate the two is a bad resume or cover letter. As for interviewing, that’s a whole other story. I can go on and on.
Fried. Anything fried is good.
What do you define “success” as?
Success is when you have health, wealth, love and purpose. Without health, you have nothing. Without wealth, you worry about the bills. I don’t believe you need billions, but financial security is the minimum foundation that everyone should aspire to achieve. With health and wealth, you’re lonely without loyal friends and a partner in life. You can’t go alone in any business venture and life in general is no different. Finally, purpose is what keeps you motivated to go until the very end. I don’t think I’ll ever retire.
Thank you for the interview Walton! We wish you luck in your future of Nitesco, Accounting and fried foods!
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