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Building Ties With Your Professors

Building relationships within university circles can be endlessly useful. These relationships could open doors for various opportunities inside and outside of campus, allow you to gain valuable work, volunteer or research experience and provide you with solid references for your post-graduation plans, whether that be straight to work, grad school, volunteering etc. Close ties with a professor is arguably the most coveted asset one could have; professors offer years of advice and experience to students as well as proving a gateway to significant new opportunities. Many students find internship or research opportunities through their professors, get a chance to work with them or just generally develop closer ties, and thus gain more knowledge from their supervisors. (more…)

Welcome back to school!

The beginning of the semester is a great time to figure out what courses you want to take and think about what opportunities you want to explore. I know the winter semester can be rough. It’s cold, the days are short, and the break probably wasn’t long enough. But Montreal is a great place to have winter. The city has plenty of activities like snow shoe-ing or just fun Montreal excursions like thrift shopping. It’s really nice to be somewhere that doesn’t completely shut down just because it snows.  (more…)

Best Campus Study Spots

The general mood of January seems to be busy and cramped: the airports, the gym, classes during Add/Drop that force you into a level of punctuality you didn’t think possible with the ubiquitous threat of sitting on the staircase floor in the lecture hall. My point is this: finding a calm, quiet atmosphere to destress, despite our January skepticism, is not impossible on campus. In fact, these are the best spots to study, read, relax or even (discreetly) eat on campus, not only in January, but year-round. (more…)

Things to Look for in a Job

Right now I’m working on my post-grad job hunt which can be really stressful and overwhelming. I’ve gotten a lot of good advice from people I’ve worked with and met along the way. Something I’m often told is to think about where I want to be or who I want to be like and then see if where I could possibly work fits that.  (more…)

Ways to Handle Interview Jitters

Interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking. While most situations where you’re under pressure are stressful, it is possible to not be overwhelmed by it. In my experience, it’s a good idea to prep as much as you can. That doesn’t mean you should memorize your answers or try to know everything they’re going to ask, but it’s a good idea to know what you want to communicate to them. What’s something important about you that a hiring manager should know? In what ways can you uniquely contribute to their team?  (more…)

Social Media and the Job Search

Hi everyone,

 I hope everyone is enjoying winter break. I wanted to take this time to write a little bit about social media use. While the various apps can be quite the time sink, they can also offer valuable insights into the work world, depending on the app. There are some dangers, though, which includes the risk of users posting or otherwise engaging with inappropriate content and wasting too much time on the apps.

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Christmas in Montreal

The close of the fall semester, followed by a few excruciating weeks of exams, is only the genesis of winter break and the holiday season; hence, these painful weeks are not only endured, but ironically anticipated by McGill students. For many, the completion of their last exam means returning home (wherever it may be) to family or even heading on a hot vacation. But for those staying in Montreal, the prospects aren’t bleak in comparison; on the contrary, Montreal comes alive in the winter, in spite of the cold. (more…)

Let’s Talk Graduation

Winter semester can be incredibly hectic for those of us expecting to graduate come April: moving out, meeting program requirements, deciding on firm post-grad plans, searching for and applying to jobs, internships or grad schools etc. Unfortunately, in the thrill of it all it can be easy to overlook the small steps needed to ensure graduation and convocation go more or less seamlessly. As exam season draws to a close, take a few moments of your much-needed time off to make sure you meet all these small, but ridiculously significant, steps toward graduation.

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Balancing the Job Hunt with Final Exams

For those of you on the search for a job, or even an internship, this post may be particularly applicable. It can be difficult to balance these professional aspirations with school work during the course of the academic year; let alone during the final exam period. If an opportunity appears, even if it is during finals, it is often to your benefit to take it. Assuming you can make the time and balance your academic responsibilities, then it is always a good idea to do so. After all, the interview or chat may not always be on offer.

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Path to Academic Advising

Academic advisors are an integral part of university life. They welcome students, usher us through our degrees, and help prepare us for post grad life. Kanella Voudouris, or Nellie, as she’s known to most students, has worked in Dawson Hall since working on her master’s degree. At Arts OASIS, Nellie runs the peer advising program where she selects, trains, and mentors students; manages the arts interdisciplinary program; organizes student outreach events: such as, Open House, Parents’ Tent, Discover McGill, and so on and so forth; as well as has her regular advising responsibilities. She is also always present at arts convocation. Her many roles allow her to see the student life cycle—first meeting students from admissions and working with them until they graduate. Her favorite time of the year is the first week June. She begins the week with the graduating class of that year and ends it with orientation for the incoming class. (more…)

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