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At the crossroads

cross roadsI’ve entered into writing mode of late.  Consequently, I’ve been also trying to figure out what the next step in my career to take. Do I want to apply for a job in industry or stay in academic research longer? Should I take a post-doc position or work for a government agency of sorts? George Thorogood’s “Get a Haircut” is haunting me. After all it is time to, “get a haircut and get a ‘real job’”. Perhaps we can derive some career “advice” from the blues. (more…)

To Cram or Not to Cram?

Exhausted Student Falling Asleep While CrammingWith final exams rolling around the corner, this is about the time when students begin panicking. Without the slightest bit of hesitation, they initiate their ritual late-night cram-sessions and caffeine binges in order to catch up on their schoolwork. This is the time when students tend to revisit or even relearn concepts they should have mastered by now. I am all too familiar with this process; after all, I am a teacher…and yes, we can tell.

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7 Tips And Tricks For A (Customer Service) Job

In no particular order of significance:

1. Buy a comfortable pair of shoes. (more…)

Exploring Montreal

montreal-winter-cityscape-pierre-leclerc During Thanksgiving, one of my friends from Ottawa decided to pay me a visit. I hadn’t seen her in about a year and it just so happened that she planned on coming to Montreal to visit her sister, and I wasn’t going home for Thanksgiving. She actually came to Montreal the weekend before Thanksgiving and we had planned on meeting up then, but…that didn’t exactly work out.

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Why Every Student Should Complete a SWOT Analysis

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A What? A SWOT, more typically known as:

S: Strengths

W: Weaknesses

O: Opportunities

T: Threats

Yes, although it might resemble the typical primary school Mother’s day card framework (M is for Mother, O is for … etc.) it is very different! A SWOT analysis might be the answer you’ve been looking for during your ups and downs during the ever-changing and often stressful school year. As students and employees, we all require tools in order to do our jobs efficiently. A SWOT Analysis is a great tool…and the best part is, all you need is a little of your time to invest. Not only is it a great tool, but it is also an extremely useful technique and method for students and workers to understand our strengths and weaknesses on a more profound level, to properly target the opportunities that may open up to us and to combat the threats that may be obstructing our path to success.

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Sweets Found in Unexpected Places

candy As a kid, my favourite part of Halloween was the candy. Getting to eat the candy was fun and all, but counting the candy was arguably even more enjoyable. I remember the hours upon hours my brother and I spent on pouring out our bags of candy and sorting and resorting our candy, proudly showcasing our sweet stashes on the floor.

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Once Upon A Job Experience

Happy Halloween! I used to absolutely love Halloween when I was younger (aka until last year). I was one of those people who dressed up, went trick-or-treating, and then the day after would ask my mom what I should be next year. I still love Halloween because it’s a fun day to go out as whatever you want and get candy for it, but I found myself today being too tired to celebrate it.  (more…)

Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done… or Else

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 9.14.01 PM Procrastination tends to strike in the worst moment, the week of a midterm or an important project due…  and honestly how many time does this happened to you:

You get home and plan on working on that important project that you are NOT looking forward to for whatever reason. So you decide to work on something else for a while. While doing that, you check you’re mails, and find a lot of interesting links to read online. Before you now it, it’s very late and you want to sleep. So you plan to work on it tomorrow.

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Eeny, meeny miny, moe

choices_webWhat do you want to be when you grow-up? How would you like to invest your two biggest personal resources time and energy in order to support yourself? Just take a quick gander at the educational system, which is designed to groom us for that “dream job”. You were probably asked the “BIG career question” at a young age in primary school, and shuttled down a chute with hopes that it would turn you into a productive person. How can you arrive at the end of the journey prepared for that life altering dream career? My answer is simple: I don’t know. Yikes! (more…)

Just Do It!

confidenceMidterms. It has been the bane of existence for many students this past month, myself included. Between grocery shopping and doing laundry, studying for midterms has become another regular chore on the to do list. Thankfully midterm season is almost over. The waves of stress will hopefully subside for a while before finals roll along. As of this moment, many of my own classes have not released their midterm results. That uncertainty (more…)

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