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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…)

Why I ❤️ McGill

Below you’ll find the two simple reasons that seriously make my experience here 1000 times more enjoyable. These two student matching programs have not only made making friends 1000 times easier since I began my studies here last year, but they have taught me that no matter how different from each other we may seem to be (ethnically/politically/personality wise), we are all students in the exact same situation.

This program matches you with an incoming international student, and it is then your responsibility to help them with their transition to their new life in Montreal. In just one year of volunteering with the program, I’ve met, and even become close friends with kids from Peru, the Philippines, Australia (Adelaide and Melbourne), China, France, South Korea, and Pakistan. Oh, and did I forget to say Kentucky? The program also hosts events throughout the school year, all of which are just as fun as your individual buddy meetups.

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Meaningful Networking Across All Forms of Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram… regardless of your line of work, you can likely use one or all of the popular social media sites for networking purposes. Whether you share a career update and get some unexpected helpful feedback or you are able to connect others in your network, the possibilities seem somewhat endless.

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Social Media for the Better

It is no surprise to anyone that social media plays a tremendous role in our lives. Sometimes even too much of a role. As exaggerated as it seems, social media platforms consume us, controlling many aspects of our lives – and we let them. It’s the first thing we want to check on when we wake up and the last before we fall asleep, and we can’t help checking again every spare moment we get. We present ourselves different from who we are and crave the likes and comments and shares this generates. At a time where so many of us are trying to pave our education and career path, we should be turning to social media to help us, not hinder us.

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Networking 101

credit to: https://eocc.co/professional-networking-dos-and-donts/

Whether you are a new graduate or still in college sifting through your career options, networking is a significant part of the job search. Becoming comfortable with networking is extremely important because the right contacts open the door to new opportunities. I have been working on my networking skills for some time now, and while I still have a long way to go, I did manage to learn a few things over the past couple of months. So whether you are reaching out to an alum or cold-calling professionals working in industries you are interested in, here are some tips on how to connect with people who can help you grow.

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My first scientific conference

credit to: PHD Comics (www.phdcomics.com)

As I told you from my last post, I was preparing an oral presentation for a national conference that took place at the end of May. Now I am going to share my experience during that exciting week, and I have learned so much from it. (more…)

Key Takeaways from my First Case Competition

The 5th annual Graduate Management Consulting Association of McGill’s Case Competition

During the first two weeks of May, I had the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Management Consulting Association’s (GMCA) annual case competition. I actually tried my first case competition, the Desautels Preparatory Case Competition, hosted at McGill, just over two years ago. (more…)

Conference? What’s that?

Conferences? What are those? I’m not referring to the conferences that are added to your VSB when you try to configure the best possible schedule at the start of the semester. I’m talking about CDE, or the annual Conference on Diversity in Engineering.

Every year, the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) hosts several events. CDE provides invaluable knowledge on a multitude of issues, including indigenous perspectives in STEM, women engineers of colour, and rape culture. In fact, McGill hosted the 2016 CDE a year ago…

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What I Wish I’d Done During Recruitment Season

From pre-recruitment events and firm tours to end-of-recruitment cocktails, the accounting recruitment season passes by fast. But through the stress, excitement, and all of the waiting, you might be lucky enough to get a call from your favourite firm. Looking back, here’s what I would have done differently.  (more…)

Involved, Not Involved, and “Too Involved”

The start of a new semester is always filled with excitement, nerves, add-drop season, and the dramatic shift from perpetual procrastination to keeping up with classes. For returning students, it’s an opportunity to see friends we haven’t connected with for a while. For new students, it’s the beginning of new friendships and connections at the university. For new and old alike, it’s a period of time where we join new clubs and organizations, both on-campus and within the Montréal community!

When I started my first year at McGill, I was hesitant to join student societies and other groups because hanging out with strangers was terrifying. I wanted to concentrate on my studies, meet people living in my residence, and save enough time to Netflix daily.  (more…)

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