Susan Hunter

Name: 
Susan Hunter
Grad Year: 
1988
Degree: 
BA
Program: 
Philosophy
Political Science
Title: 
Practice Leader
Industry: 
Business, Finance & Administration
Organization: 
Aon Hewitt

Q: Briefly describe your current position and responsibilities, including challenges/rewards. How did you go about your job search upon graduating -- what strategies were most successful and why do you think you were hired?

Currently, I am the National Practice Leader for Aon Hewitt's Rewards & Performance practice. In this role, I am responsible for the profitable development and growth of the practice in Canada.

My job search involved a great deal of research of the firm I was interested in. The most successful strategy was to be bold in seeking out opportunities. I was successful because I demonstrated knowledge of the organization and understood the nature of their business.

Q: List the key positions you have held since graduation, and any post-graduate degrees/diplomas you earned after graduation. If applicable, list any other ways you are involved in your profession or in your community (member of a professional association, involved as a leadership volunteer, etc).

The key positions I have held since graduation include: Reseacher, Analyst, Consultant, Manager. I was, and continue to be, actively involved in community service and this has helped me with networking and building professional/personal contacts.

Q: What personal characteristics/skills are most important for success in your job/field?

The key characteristics for success in consulting are: business acumen, intellectual depth and curiousity, client-focused, and superior communication skills.

Q: During your university career did any key experiences assist you in making your career choices? If yes, how so? (Internships? Extern Program? Volunteering? Student clubs? Summer job? Mentorship?)

During university, I was involved with many activities including various clubs and associations. These experiences helped me to develop my confidence in public speaking and communicating/ interacting with others.

Q: What have been the keys to your success? What advice would you give to students who wish to pursue a similar career path?

If you had the chance to plan your studies and your career path again, what would you do differently (if anything)? Play to your strengths. Be a learning individual. Seek feedback continuously. Find a mentor/coach.