Amanda McGregor, Payroll Compliance Practioner


Amanda McGregor Payroll Practitioner

What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?

I was working full-time as a Dispatch Supervisor.

Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

I wanted to change my career so I signed up at Sprott Shaw.

How was the admissions process?

Easy as pie. I went in and discussed just doing Bookkeeping and then it was suggested to take the Business program with payroll.

What program did you choose and why?

I chose the Business Administration Bookkeeping Program with Practicum because many more doors would be open to me.

What was the environment like during your time at Sprott Shaw College?

I loved the beginning of my time as we were in school and had teachers when needed…

Then Covid-19 hit and we had to go online, which took me a long time to adjust to, but then when I did adjust there was no holding back!

Where was your practicum or co-op and how was it?

I did my practicum for payroll at Mainland Machinery and it was the best experience. They allowed me on the second payroll for the company to tackle it all myself. There was so much support and knowledge sharing. I loved it!

How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?

Mainland Machinery offered me a job on the last day of my practicum. I am still there and I love it!

Can you explain your duties?

I am responsible for the full payroll cycle and am now taking over benefits, source deductions, tracking sick days and vacation days. I am also responsible for garnishments that are to be deducted.

If you could give advice to someone coming to Sprott Shaw, what would you say?

Be clear on what you want to do. Know what you want and work backwards so you know what you need to do to get there. Talk and discuss with the counsellors.

It was super hard to work full time and do school. You have to be very focused because there is not a lot of time to do everything, especially while working as well.

It is still so worth it and everyone at Sprott Shaw was so amazing and helpful!


Amanda McGregor,
Business Administration Bookkeeping Program with Practicum
     Abbotsford Campus

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