How Ghosting Can Be a Professional Problem, Too

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Face to face interactions can be limited in the job search process given that most of the resources you need are disposable at your fingertips. Some employers, especially large corporations or franchises, may absolutely require you to fill out surveys and questionnaires strictly online before you could easily get in touch with anyone at the company. That being said, the power of meaningful interactions is not to be underestimated. For one, if you’re able to meet in person with a contact at a workplace you’re interested in, that’s invaluable. On the other hand, even if you’re solely sending resumes online, beware that it may reflect poorly on you if you mindlessly shoot off your resume and loose track of those you’ve been in contact with. ‘Ghosting’ can be a professional problem, too.

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Interview Tips to Give You an Edge

You have revised your resume again and again, incorporated edits from advisers and perfected your cover letter. While you may know to dress for success, that early equals being on time and how important a good handshake is, there are a few personal touches that can make you stand out to your potential future employers and give you an edge on the competition, many of whom may be just as qualified as you. Keep these helpful hints in mind as you search for your ideal job.
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Passion and Choice

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Some of you recent graduates may already know what your passion is. Maybe it’s medicine, law, or art. There still may be obstacles standing between you and your future career, but at least you have an end goal to work towards. Some of us are one step behind. What if you don’t have a clue what your passion is? Where do you begin?

In an article for the New York Times, psychologist Angela Duckworth offers her advice for recent graduates, urging not to, “‘follow your passion’ but rather, to ‘foster your passion.'” This simple change in wording may help shift your frame of reference, as it did mine!

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To go on exchange or not to go on exchange

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Montreal is an amazing city so it could seem a bit extra to go spend a semester or a year elsewhere… but the benefits of going on exchange are pretty endless. If you have the opportunity to live, study, and make friends in another country, you should definitely do it. Now is the time.

McGill has relationships with so many schools across the world. Often, you can make arrangements to study abroad to most any school of your choice. However, specifically with exchange, you avoid paying those international tuition fees and you continue to pay your same tuition to McGill.

Explore any opportunities for scholarships, and plan to work the summer leading up to exchange to save up. Depending on your budget, that may eliminate some locations due to cost of living, like London, but the flights can be so so cheap once you get over there (bless Ryanair).

If you’re at all on the fence about going on exchange, here are my responses to some common objections.

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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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You graduated! Now what?

As a new graduate, you can expect to experience a flurry of emotions. These may include, but are not limited to, a sense of relief stemming from the fact that you have finally completed your degree. Depending on the particulars of your McGill experience, this accomplishment may have been more or less of an uphill battle. A sense of confusion may be in the mix… a disoriented feeling given that what you’ve worked so hard for over the past few years is now coming to a close. Ideally, your emotional cocktail is topped off with a sprinkle of excitement for what lies ahead. Perhaps the excitement is overshadowed by a sense of impending doom and panic. That’s okay, too! Whatever it may be for you, ultimately, along with this change, you are one step closer to being fully immersed in *real* life. You will be reminded of this fast approaching responsibility time and time again by peers, parents and other family members. “Congrats, you graduated!” They’ll say. Followed promptly by a, “What’s next?
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