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One Major Criticism of the Workforce for Youths

As a hardworking university student, if there was one major criticism of the workforce it would be this:


This is the beginning of a new year

Fall is here with its cold rain, bitter wind, and gray clouds. I can’t wait to walk through the crunchy leaves in the park. For me, fall is the deadline for squeezing in one last picnic, tea and hot chocolate, and delicious apples. Today, it also means cozying up with that someone special and getting some writing done. Additionally with all of this, the start of a new academic year is on my mind and probably also on yours. What does the new year bring for you? This month, I’ll share some of my tips/hints/strategies in surviving the wave of chaos in an ocean of daunting challenges. (more…)

Fish Out of Water

So much has happened since I got here in Montreal that I don’t even know where to begin.

It’s crazy how afish-out-of-water1fter today, exactly three weeks will have passed by since I first moved in to residence. I don’t know exactly how to describe the time itself, actually. It doesn’t seem like it’s been truly that long because classes have just started but at the same time it seems like I’ve been here forever, if that makes any sense. Between adapting to life in residence to adjusting to university, I’ve learned a lot about how much I don’t know.


The Life Lessons of Travel


Summer Vacation, a time to unwind and disconnect from our busy lives and soak in the sun for a well deserved rest. Temporarily shaking off the worries that come along with the stress of everyday working life was just the remedy I needed after a long year of teaching. Sandy beaches, tropical drinks, lathering on sunscreen and tanning oil while jumping into the ocean… Don’t get me wrong; although I adore my profession, I was more than ready to trade in my student logs, corrections and attendance sheets for this picturesque scenery.


Keep calm and be organized

ecard-organizationNever have time for your social life? Do you tend to always loose your belongings? Forget some important events? Always feel a bit lost? All these due to the fact that you’re too busy? Not really… the reality is that you’re simply not very organized!

As we all start a new year, we all set new goals that we want to realize by the end of the semester: improving our GPA, getting involved, healthy eating, etc. Those goals are all great but organization plays a major role to achieve them.


New blogs coming in September!!

september-2014-calendarStayed tuned as our new bloggers are getting ready to write their first submissions. September will be the beginning of their stories and you can follow them throughout the year. Bios of all our new bloggers are now posted in the About the Bloggers section.

Check back soon!!!


Pre-career jobs: They all count!

shipLike any professional, well into their career of more than 15 years, I’ve had my share of good and not-so-good jobs. But looking back on them now, each one had a significant role in developing my career path .

My first  job was in grade 9 and lasted 2 weeks. It was a contract position with a dental furniture manufacturer to fold advertising pamphlets and place them in portfolios which would be used by their sales reps. Not too challenging but provided me with my first real income. Shortly after, I landed another job that would take me through to grade 10. I would say this one was more challenging as I worked in a factory, packaging socks and hosiery, and was paid minimum wage plus piece work. Therefore I always pushed to produce as many packages as possible, each shift I worked.


Thank you!!

Thank-you-in-many-languagesFirst, a huge thank you to all our 2013-2014 bloggers: Nicki, Samantha, Annie, Octavio and Fanny. Your stories, experiences, advice and anecdotes were inspiring, humorous and extremely insightful. Our readers demonstrated through multiple comments how much they appreciated your suggestions and openness. Fantastic!!

Second, another huge thank you to our readers. You’re why we keep this blog running, year to year, with new students sharing their stories with you. Keep the positive comments coming as our bloggers find this encouraging and thoughtful.

As we wait for our new bloggers to start in September, check us out from time to time this summer for blogs from the CaPS office. We’ll do our best to keep you entertained and inspired with our own stories and messages!


Some takes-aways from a second year at university

imagesSo the year is coming to an end for most of us (still have two months to go to finish mine) but I feel like this year has been incredibly rich and useful and brought me a lot. Thus I’ll just share a few take-aways from this year’s experiences and quickly touch upon the topics of the precedent posts. (more…)

LinkedIn: How to get endorsements?

Octavio-Cardenas-LinkedINYour Linkedin profile is almost ready to go! However, once you entered soft and hard skills in your profile, there is an important step that needs to be taken: asking for endorsements.

That’s the one most important item that can lead you to obtaining and keeping a very solid reputation on Linkedin. To tell the truth, how many profiles have you visited lately and reading profiles, you have had that feeling that behind those fancy words something is missing?

We build our public image based on trust. That is right! You profile is ready to go but…who will trust you if nobody can back up your skills? The most popular personalities or commercial pages are based on the amount of “likes” on Facebook, correct?  Well, Linkedin’s version of “likes” are endorsements. This feature enables members to endorse each other’s skills and expertise. It works pretty much like the recommendations. It helps members recommend each other and by doing that not only will you get more social proof, but also global branding, exposure and trust. In addition, it will generate more visits to your profile and if your profile shines, then people will want to connect with you.


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