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The Importance of an Internship

The scariest part about going through higher education is the prospect of not getting a job after you graduate. During convocation, McGill students are generally split into three categories: “I don’t know what to do now”, “I’m off to Grad school!”, or “I just landed my dream job”. This last tier of students are the lucky few, and I am determined to be a part of this group in May 2017. By ‘lucky’, I mean the ‘smart and resourceful’ ones who took advantage of their university career, made use of the lucrative opportunities and network of people, and eventually paved a way to getting a job right out of university. In most of these cases, the most important and valuable initiative they took, was getting an internship.

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My Internship Haunt

insights-keyholeSo 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.

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Start Summer Planning Now

summer-hd-wallpaper-660x330One of the hardest things to do when you’re in undergrad is balance the present with planning the future. But I find that one of the best ways to come up with strategies is to be efficient about your summer planning. The competition for summer jobs and internships starts now and though it may feel like you have a ton of time to figure it out, the reality is that the deadlines are right around the corner.

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How to Start Networking at McGill

Business Communication Duplicate modelWe 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…)

My International Internship Experience

 

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So here’s my first post! I’m incredibly excited to get started on this blog but here’s a little secret – I’ve been struggling to decide what I wanted to write about as my first post. There are so many things that I could choose from but doing an “all about my summer” post (like the ones we used to do in elementary school) seemed the most prudent. I hope to also give some pertinent information that might help and encourage you to participate in an internship, whether it be here in Montreal or halfway across the world. This past summer was, without a doubt, the most influential and important of my life thus far and I owe it all to my internship experience.

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How to get that internship?

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.50.28 PMAs the new semester starts more and more internships positions becomes available… But after spending from 1 hour to a couple of hours applying, the wait begins! And if you’re lucky enough you will get called for THE interview.

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One Major Criticism of the Workforce for Youths

images-2As a hardworking university student, if there was one major criticism of the workforce it would be this:

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Some takes-aways from a second year at university

imagesSo the year is coming to an end for most of us (still have two months to go to finish mine) but I feel like this year has been incredibly rich and useful and brought me a lot. Thus I’ll just share a few take-aways from this year’s experiences and quickly touch upon the topics of the precedent posts. (more…)

LinkedIn: How to get endorsements?

Octavio-Cardenas-LinkedINYour Linkedin profile is almost ready to go! However, once you entered soft and hard skills in your profile, there is an important step that needs to be taken: asking for endorsements.

That’s the one most important item that can lead you to obtaining and keeping a very solid reputation on Linkedin. To tell the truth, how many profiles have you visited lately and reading profiles, you have had that feeling that behind those fancy words something is missing?

We build our public image based on trust. That is right! You profile is ready to go but…who will trust you if nobody can back up your skills? The most popular personalities or commercial pages are based on the amount of “likes” on Facebook, correct?  Well, Linkedin’s version of “likes” are endorsements. This feature enables members to endorse each other’s skills and expertise. It works pretty much like the recommendations. It helps members recommend each other and by doing that not only will you get more social proof, but also global branding, exposure and trust. In addition, it will generate more visits to your profile and if your profile shines, then people will want to connect with you.

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Summers: you only have a few of them before life begins

After some overtly excited planning for a EuroTrip with my friend this summer, my family put the cap on me. I told my aunt about our awesome plans of traveling all around Europe  and all the places we wanted to see. But my aunt just told me “you only have 4 summers before applying to grad school. Summer is the only time where you don’t have school work and you can dedicate all of your time to building on your hands-on skills”.

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