Career Development

My First Student Affairs Conference: Reflections on #ACPA16

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Thanks for the scholarship, Commission for Wellness!

From March 5-9, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the ACPA NextGen Conference and ACPA-College Student Educators International annual convention in Montréal. ACPA is an international professional student affairs association, and the NextGen Conference was two-days for future student affairs professionals, or new professionals to learn about the field, career and professional development and make connections. I was lucky to be given a scholarship from the ACPA Commission for Wellness for the NextGen conference, which also allowed me to participate in the main convention with over 3000 professionals from around the globe.

In one word, it was amazing. However, it was such a big experience I need a few more words. So, my very first professional student affairs conference was… (more…)

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How To Succeed In Adulthood Without Really Trying

Adapted from a blogpost I orginally wrote for the Student Leader Collective, a project that I was a part of from Swiftkick HQ

Adult. Real Person. Them. Grown up.

All words that I have heard fellow student leaders use to refer to what life is like after graduation. As if that shiny diploma suddenly bestows adult powers upon us in which we become responsible, functional members of society. As if we aren’t already are.

Now I admit, I, too, have referred to myself as not-a-real-person, and as a child. Heck, I probably did that today. But the bills I paid today tell me otherwise. But it can still feel like I’m just pretending at time. (NB: Read Francette‘s blogpost on Imposter Syndrome. It speaks so much truth.) (more…)

A Drama Major’s Guide To Politics

Two of the most popular programs at Glendon are Political Science and International Studies. And it’s no wonder! These are great programs, and great ways to prepare yourself for a career in fostering positive social change. Glendon’s graduates from these programs have gone on into careers in academia, politics, diplomacy, NGO work and advocacy. So chances are, when you come to Glendon, a large number of your friends will be in these programs. (Just look at our eAmbassador team!) This also means that conversations often turn to politics.

Like actual politics. Not just pandering. I’m looking at you, Clinton.

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The Best Job Interview Tips That I’ve Been Told

The last semester for university students proves to be quite stressful at times. Between trying to keep up grades to ensure that you actually graduate, thinking about, applying and waiting on graduate schools and trying to find jobs, there’s a lot of moving pieces and a lot to think about. It can be hard to sift through all of the responsibilities we have in order to succeed. As well, today is the annual career fair held at Glendon, and I’m sure a ton of people are going to get a bunch of scared shocked nervous snl scream

I’ve started the job application process, which means it’s time for me to start heading into interviews. I’ve already had one, and am hoping to have a couple more in the near future. Now I’ve always been pretty confident during interviews, but when it comes to finding my first full-time position, I feel out of my element for some reason. It’s probably because of the pressure I am putting on myself, but in these times I find myself relying on some great feedback I have received in the past.

  1. Arrive early.

    I don’t think this excuse would work…

I normally arrive early for things anyway. Tardiness makes me nervous and anxious, even if it’s just coffee with a friend. For interviews, my sister always said to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Especially if you’re relying on public transit, you’ll want to make sure to give yourself enough time, in case there are any delays. I like to find a Tim’s or Starbucks close to where I am interviewing and plan to arrive there and grab a coffee or tea before my interview. (Remember the gum for afterwards!)

2. Research the organization you’re interviewing for.internet modern family research social media stalking

You should probably already know about the field and industry that you’re applying for, but it pays off to know a little bit about the specific organization you’re interviewing. Being able to bring up specific facts about the organization can give you a competitive edge. Look into some of the challenges that the organization face to – looking on social media, finding reviews and newspaper articles. That can help you prepare answers that help address some needs that the organization might be looking to meet.

3. Look Good, Feel Goodwill smith handsome men in black cocky look good

Everybody knows that you should dress professionally for an interview. But make sure you feel comfortable. You don’t want to be pulling at your tie because it’s too tight, or be tripping over a new pair of shoes just because they look nice. If you look good, you’re going to feel good – any little bit that makes you more comfortable and confident helps!

4. Speak slowly.just american everyone sarah wants

My mom likes to remind every time I have an interview or presentation to speak slowly. I have a tendency to speak fast and start mumbling, especially when I’m nervous or really excited about what I’m saying – both of which happen during interviews. So by making sure I take my time while speaking ensures that I can get my point across.

5. Remember each interview is a learning experience.

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Not every interview is going to result in a job, unfortunately. But you can’t let that get you discouraged. Learning what types of questions are asked, especially for a specific field or type of positions and practicing some common answers will give you the confidence you need to be the best candidate. You can even ask for feedback from the interviewers so you know what to work on going forward!

Go forth and interview!

Thank You, Fulbright Canada

I spent 13 weeks in Ottawa this summer working for Fulbright Canada as a part of the York Global Internship program, and it was an incredible experience. This post is a thank you to everyone who made the experience great. I’ve been back for a couple months now, but the reason I’m writing this now is because I wanted to wait until after I got to go back to Ottawa earlier this month to work the Fall Orientation and 25th Anniversary Gala which I spent all summer planning. So thank you Fulbright Canada…

Completely candid, not posed photo of me at my desk.

Completely candid, not posed photo of me at my desk.

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