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…)

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way to talk to people in different careers. As a student, it’s good to take the time to explore different sectors just by reaching out and meeting people who work in them. You won’t get a yes from everyone, and that’s ok. Informational interviews are usually a relaxed chat where you can ask someone questions about what they do and what their work is like. It’s easy-going and you’re not being interviewed. You’re just asking about the job and industry, trying to figure out if it’s something you would like to do.  (more…)

How to prep for a job interview

 Job hunting can be a really long and difficult process, and then when you finally get an interview, the process can feel daunting. I’ve had many, many interviews during my undergrad. Some of them went great, and I got the job. Others not so much. That’s ok–it’s all part of the process. You can’t go from success to success, and there are great learning opportunities in job interview missteps.  (more…)

Resume Tips

 Throughout my undergrad, I’ve spent quite a bit of time workshopping resumes. I always focused on having pretty ones that would stand out to recruiters. While this has been great if I’m giving a resume to an actual person, it’s not so great for AI to read. For a resume to be readable by a computer, it can’t have columns and complicated format–the simpler the better in this case. Going for an interesting resume, I find Canva to be great. They have many personalizable templates that you can use to make what you need.  (more…)

Journalism, Law, and Teaching: Max Bell School of Public Policy Professor Mark Lloyd’s Insight

 Mark Lloyd, a professor of professional practice in the Max Bell School of Public Policy, is addressing how students think about issues. In his Coms 362 Communication Rights and Wrongs course, he wants us to understand the policies at play that directly impact our lives. Working in journalism, he witnessed firsthand how communication policy changes altered the news. What people wanted to see wasn’t suddenly different, the structures providing them were. Besides a long career in journalism, Professor Lloyd worked as a lawyer, at a private firm as well as the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC. He was part of the Clinton transition team at the White House, involved with thinktanks, and a visiting professor at MIT, USC – Annenburg, and Georgetown University. His career is marked by pursuing his interests and searching for why things are how they are.

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Tips and Tricks

 The semester is starting to get serious–October is almost here. Midterms are lurking around the corner. The inevitable summer or post-grad job hunt is looming. It’s important to remember ways to decompress, tackle your studies, and work on that job hunt.

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