Why does it seem that being successful at school means employers will be lining up at our doors to hire us when we graduate? It’s not true! If we have no job experience, we are at the bottom of the hiring pool behind candidates who have already been part of the work force for several years. Retrospectively, if I had worked hard at finding unpaid or even paid experience in my field, instead of just focusing on excelling in the classroom during my studies, I feel as if I would have been better equipped for the job search now. (more…)
I have spent the last two months attending counseling on resumes, cover letters and interviews; applying for jobs online, and meeting with employers. I have heard sayings such as “when you don’t have a job, it is your full-time job to search for one,” and “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I figured, it can’t be that difficult, you just put in the time and, like school, you apply where you want, they realize your merit and bam! you’ve got a dream job that you’re passionate about and pays really well… How naïve of me. I have agonised over cover letters and resumes, with each application requiring 5 hours of grueling preparation. I have been faced with rejection time after time, and all of it has had a mental toll on me. Coming out of McGill, I have hardly had to prove my merits because they were there clearly posted on my transcript. I had rarely been rejected for research or VP positions that I had wanted. Now, I am stewing in self-doubt, doubting my credentials and my ability to work, and I am unsure of what kind of work I want to do. In order to snap out of it, I have found that the greatest way to get my spirits up is to relate to others. Here are 3 groups of people that are helping me piece out this time in my life.
McGill Connect (the Ten Thousand Coffees networking platform) is taking off and people are seeing great results. It makes it easy to break the ice and ask professionals out for a meet…because in being on the platform, they’ve agreed to be open to meeting. It’s engaging, interactive, easy to use and incredibly resourceful. There’s even a tinder-esque feature that can randomly show you profiles based on your interests.
I love it. It’s tech-savvy and progressive and so easy to use. Although, it can be nerve racking. Especially for those of us just starting out. I know a lot of people that think talking on the phone is weird, let alone contacting a stranger to sit down for life chats about their ambitions.
So I attended an interview for a medical scribe position and was turned down a few weeks back. I would like to share some information on this exciting job, why I was turned down, and how I used what I learned to succeed in something else. (more…)
As an English major with a deep set yen for all things literary, I consider my passion pretty strong and worth following. He disagreed, saying that graduates today are too often told to follow their passion and pursue outlandish dream jobs with no real perspective for the careers that actually need to be filled.
What I thought was interesting, though, was how often I began hearing this “Don’t follow your passion” speech.
It seemed to be popping up everywhere as convocation ceremonies began. What exactly does this mean?
Take ten minutes. I’ve probably read this book or watched this speech a hundred times. It always helps should I feel like I’m going out of my mind with essays and work and the idea of my life purpose. All of those wonderful, maddening things can make one feel lost and uncertain, but this speech has never let me down.
The inspiration, humour, and good advice never fail to get me back on track and in the midst of studying I find it only fitting to share my personal pick-me-up. It’s been useful in getting jobs, keeping jobs, discovering success and generally feeling more okay about my life than I did before.
So I was looking for an internship last week on MyFuture and one job post really grabbed my attention. It was a San Francisco-based tech company hiring for a Programmer Extraordinaire. I know I’m still some ways away from the Extraordinaire, but I plan to get there some day. Even though it’s a programming job post, it brings up some good points I’d like to share with everybody.
We always hear about networking as students and how important it is, but I know that nobody has ever told me exactly how to do so. This post intends to explain what exactly networking is and why it is valuable to your degree, show you the different networking opportunities available on campus, and how to prepare for them. (more…)
I’m ashamed to say that even after gruelling over the perfect cover letter, prepping for the interview and waiting for the call back that may never come- even after going through all of this and somehow succeeding- I have anxiety on the first day.