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Keeping Cool in the Heat… And During the Job Search

Moving on to the next step in your career can be exciting but also painfully long, requiring continuous work, patience, and persistence. In spite of this knowledge, accompanied by a previous job search that took months, I’ve still found myself looking for ways to keep my cool during a job search during the summer vacation season. (more…)

Feeling Like an Imposter? Don’t Let it Ruin Your Job Search

Imposter’s syndrome – that feeling that sooner or later, everyone around us will realize we are a fraud…that we’re not as good at this as everyone thinks…that we are not qualified and don’t belong here…

Many of us have experienced these thoughts and feelings at some point, with research identifying imposter’s syndrome in students, faculty, corporate employees, and management alike. Whether we are just embarking on our career path or stepping-up along the way, experiencing imposter’s syndrome can influence our decision-making process if we’re not careful. (more…)

To Procrastinate or Not To Procrastinate…

I recently attended the doctoral dissertation defense of a friend and fellow colleague whose research focuses on procrastination. I learned a lot, and found that understanding more about the research on procrastination has helped me conquer some of my own. Here is what I learned… (more…)

Coffee – The Perfect Excuse to Grow Your Network

— “Would you like to have a coffee and talk with me about…?”

I call it coffee.

Many call it an informational interview. The formal jargon sounded daunting to me when I first began exploring careers… imagine… “Would you like to have an informational interview with me?”

Really, an informational interview is just coffee with conversation (or a smoothie, or a walk for ice cream, whatever works). Yes, the conversation takes prep work on our part and a little luck in finding the right connections, but it’s one of our best tools in developing our professional identities and broadening our network. (more…)

Summer time…

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Summer is just around the corner and so are our new bloggers! Check back soon for their posts – thanks!

Work, School and Self-Care

I am no stranger to stress and anxiety. In fact, neither are my classmates.  I have seen my colleagues crack under the pressure of having to balance the many different responsibilities in life while trying to maintain good academic standing.

A friend of mine once ran out of class mid-sentence during a presentation. We found her crying and hyperventilating in another room down the hall. She explained that she had been at work all weekend, she lost sleep because she used the remaining time she had to prepare for her presentation, and she simply became overwhelmed with pressure by the time she was up at the front of the class. Luckily, our professor was understanding of the situation and gave her a second chance.

Situations like this are completely unnecessary to experience, and completely avoidable. It simply takes personal commitment to achieve the work-school balance that we all so desperately need to master.

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A Love Letter to Montreal

When I arrived in Montreal in fall of 2014, full of hope with a splash of  naïveté, I experienced the effortless beauty of the city around me with a general sense of awe and admiration. Interestingly enough, though it had the potential to be foreboding, this new city wasn’t all that threatening. Instead, Montreal became the personal playground of the incoming class of 2014. I think most of my friends would agree we paraded around Montreal as if was an extension of McGill – often to the dismay of the city’s inhabitants.

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What Can I Do with My Geography Degree?

Oxbow lake meandering river geography comic hipster funny career blog physical Some things don’t have a linear path. A career can be one of those things.

Finding your personal path takes work and reflection. This is especially true for disciplines that cover a wide scope of topics and perspectives, like geography. Luckily, a recent project by the Canadian Association of Geographers aims to do just that — help geography students and recent graduates shape their own path. (more…)

Mental Health Support for Students on Tight Schedules

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Source: Thinkladder.com

Has this happened to you? You know you already have too much on your plate, and you are eager to make the most of every opportunity. In one way or another, you end up setting goals and standards that are beyond your current means. Okay, maybe you can accomplish everything if you take out the time required for sleeping and eating. And being at a competitive university doesn’t help the struggle.

I am like you.

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Why is it so hard to just “do what you want?”

quote thought bubble saying what do you want to be when you grow up mcgill career blogWhat do you want to do? That’s a loaded question.

I remember asking this question during a speed dating study. First, he says “well, I don’t know.” Then he shares a bit about what he’s studying. Eventually, if he feels safe enough, he might share a dream of his. He thinks it’s not practical. I listen as he convinces himself to be interested in something more mainstream and secure. Maybe you’ve had a similar conversation with someone, or with yourself — knowing what you want, but not sure if it’s the ‘right’ thing to pursue

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