Career Related Articles: L.A. Picks

Hi to everyone reading this! We are Chelsea, Ayesha and Hiba and we are a part of the student staff team for the Career Centre, working as Library Assistants under the supervision of Jamie Kunkel, one of our career counsellors.  

This page has been put together by us and our colleagues, and is meant to serve as a resource for fellow students. It contains articles that touch on relevant issues students may be facing, such as navigating job search, building important skills in preparation for entering the workforce, and finding a balance between school, work, and social life. The page will be updated regularly, and we hope it serves as a useful resource for students in finding strategies to optimize success.


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Self Awareness

Why self-awareness is the secret to a successful job interview

This article highlights a key skill that is vital in ensuring you have a successful interview. It emphasizes the need to be authentic, and not just blurt out memorized answers. While acknowledging the importance of preparation, the article states that genuine and natural expression distinguishes candidates most effectively during interviews.

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How To Find a Mentor as a College Student or Recent Grad

A mentor can be extremely helpful in both your time at school and for your career, but it can be very daunting to reach out to them! This article provides helpful guidelines and tips on who to reach out to, as well as how to reach out to someone and create a mentorship relationship with them. If you’re having difficulties reaching out for support but would like to find guidance, this is the article for you. 

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8 Ways You Can Improve Your Communication Skills


Knowing how to communicate your ideas in a way that is coherent and comprehensible will help you both inside and outside the workplace. At work, communicating is not something that’s only done between people. It is also done by writing reports, interpreting data, and more. Building your communication skills is important for your future career endeavors, and it doesn’t hurt to add them to the skills section on your resume. This article lists 8 ways you can improve your communication skills.

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Burnout: 20 signs, causes, and how to prevent it


We are in the penultimate month of the semester and having burnout is natural. However, it is important to recognize if we are in a burnout, and how to tackle it so we achieve our by the end of the year. This article does an excellent job in uncovering burnout and its symptoms. Further, it provides several tips to overcome it.

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20 Study Strategies for Finals Week


Although Finals season is a month away, it is vital to be mentally prepared for December. This article explains in depth some strategies that aid in preparation for the Finals ranging from personal habits to connecting with professors.

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It's Not Easy Being Green


While starting a new job can be very exciting, there’s a lot of uncertainty and anxiety that can also come with entering a new workplace environment. This article tackles the feeling of being ‘green’ in the workplace and provides advice on ways to both accept and work through those new job jitters. 

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3 Research-Backed Ways to Turn Your To-Do List Into a Productivity Powerhouse


While you might set out to write a to-do list in hopes of getting yourself organized for the rush of work coming your way, it can sometimes instead become a very intimidating reminder of all the tasks you have yet to do. This article provides advice on how to create and use thoughtful lists to move forward with your goals. 

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Understanding Body Language: 7 Strategies For Job Interview Success


While a lot of interview advice focuses on what to say, this article provides strong tips on how to prepare for the non-verbal aspects of job interviews. For example, they suggest taking a video of yourself and watching it to build awareness and understanding about what your body language is telling your potential employer. 

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Tips On Burnout From Someone Who's Been There


Now that midterm season is getting underway, you may be finding yourself struggling with mustering up the same enthusiasm and focus that you had at the beginning of the semester. Thankfully, this article provides a variety of realistic tips to help you address the burnout that you might be feeling. All of these tips offer a few alternative options or small changes that can help you out in the long run.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, supports are available on campus: 

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3 Tips For Finding New Jobs Using Social Media


Social media platforms are constantly expanding in their use, and so it’s no surprise that they can be helpful in finding a job! While you should not rely solely on social media to discover a job, this article lays out a variety of tips on how to network, advertise, and take advantage of social media to help find a career. 

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5 Ways Gen Z And Millennials Can Set Healthy Boundaries At Work


Maintaining a work-life or school-life balance can be difficult, especially when you want to give a new career or a project your best. This article provides some important advice for how to set boundaries and maintain your health while at your job. While this article focuses on work, a lot of the advice is also applicable for any group projects that might be coming your way. 

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LA picks

The two extreme approaches to reading week and why it's important to find a middle ground

With reading week approaching, this is a great article to ensure you make the most of your time during the break. The article focuses on the two extremes during breaks, either utilizing it all for getting a boost on studies/work or spending it all by relaxing and de-stressing. It highlights the adversities of extremes and emphasizes on a need to balance the two.

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Why You Have A Better Chance Of Finding A Job In September

There are a few times during the year where your job search may become more successful.  September, also known as the “September Surge” is one of those times. For many companies, the summer is a slow time where they keep fewer employees. So, during the months after August, there are a lot of hiring efforts made to meet business demands. This article further elaborates on the reasons you should apply for jobs around September. 

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How to Decline a Job Offer

How To Politely Decline A Job Offer (5 Tips And Email Examples)


You've been interviewing for months and finally got a job offer. In today's economic environment, that would make most people burst into song and do a happy dance in their living room. But what if, after thinking long and hard, you decide it’s not the right career move? Maybe they wouldn’t match your salary, or the company culture isn’t for you, or maybe you landed your other dream job. Regardless of the reason, you may need to decline a job offer. Of course, it can be tricky because you don't want to burn bridges with the company or hiring manager. The key is to communicate in a way that is honest, professional and concise. If you find yourself in a situation where you must turn down the offer, here are five tips and email examples to help you do it gracefully.

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New Grads

4 mistakes new grads make when job searching


Completing your education and starting your career is a major milestone. While you probably held jobs before, looking for your first professional role takes different kinds of job search skills. It’s important to know how to sell yourself so you can land that first “real” job. What helped you land a job you had as a student won’t always work when you’re starting on your career path, so it’s important to present yourself in the best possible light.

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How to Prepare for the Workplace

How To Prepare For The Workplace


For some university students, this may be the time in their life where they start their first professional job. The environment can be intimidating at first, but there are things you can do to make the transition smoother. This article lists 5 ways you can prepare for the workplace. 

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Job Interview Advice You May Not Have Heard Before

Job Interview Advice You May Not Have Heard Before


Job interviews are your final chance to prove to your potential employer that you are worthy of the job you are applying for. Your resume and cover letter might have set you apart from other applicants, but at the job interview stage you are up against the other highly impressive candidates. For this reason, it is important to prepare yourself and put your best foot forward during interviews. This article provides pieces of interview advice that you may not have heard.

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8 Tips For New Grads Looking To Become Self-Employed


Congratulations, you’ve graduated! But now what? For those of you who aren’t too excited about starting a regular 9-5, self-employment is the way to go. You can now put to use everything you have learned in the past 16 (or more) years of school. This article goes over 8 tips directed towards new grads who are interested in becoming self-employed, from how to get started to how to build on your plan and get others involved. 

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Mastering The Art Of Goal Setting

This article highlights effective ways to conquer goal setting. Goal setting is an essential aspect of reaching one’s goal. However, goal setting does not come easily to all individuals. Some think it’s not important to commit to changing actions, or because of the fear of failure. This article discusses asking the right question when trying to goal set, such as avoiding the question of “How?” until priorities such as “What do you want, need, and love?” are established.

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How To Avoid Leadership Advice That Can Sabotage Your Career and Mental Health – What to Do Instead

As students, we try to gain leadership advice from a variety of sources.  We do this so we can be successful in our future endeavors. However, it is important to understand that not all leadership advice is tailored for you or even helpful.  This article highlights disadvantages of following generic leadership advice and the dangers of following popular leadership advice without considering individual values. By doing so, the article emphasizes authenticity and self-awareness

15 Pieces of Career Advice for Young Professionals

As a young student, it can be hard to navigate your career. Some students might also believe that career development only begins after graduation, which is untrue. You can begin building your career experience right now. This article lists 15 pieces of advice for young professionals to further their careers.


How to boost your career prospects as a university student

As a university student, it is important to begin trying to pave your career path. Gaining career experience during undergrad is beneficial in many ways. It builds your resume, expands your skillset, and allows you to explore different jobs to see if they are what you would like to pursue in the future. If you don't know how to get started, this article outlines ways you can network, and explore your career options.


5 Programs to Teach Students Financial Literacy

In today's world, financial literacy is an essential skill that everyone should possess. Unfortunately, many students lack the necessary knowledge and understanding of basic financial concepts. In this article, we will explore five of the most effective programs designed to teach students financial literacy. These programs cover a range of topics, from budgeting and saving to investing and credit management, and are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives.


The Strategic Way to Be Yourself in a Job Search

In this article Jennifer Polk explores the challenge job seekers face in finding the right balance between authenticity and professionalism during job interviews. Polk offers practical advice on how to convey your true self while still presenting yourself as a competent and qualified candidate.


11 of the world's most sustainable companies are in Canada

If you prioritize sustainability in the workplace, it is important to work somewhere that shares those same values. Did you know that 11 of the world’s most sustainable companies are in Canada? This article ranks these top companies and provides statistics on their sustainability.


10 Ways College Students Can Live More Sustainably

As a university student, it can be hard to focus on sustainability when you’re always so busy. What some don’t realize is that becoming sustainable doesn’t have to be a life-changing commitment. It can start with little things that ultimately make a big difference. This article lists 10 ways in which university students can make their lifestyle more sustainable.


The Career Competencies Employers Are Looking For

This article focuses on highlighting different types of competencies employers usually look for: behavioural competencies, functional competencies and leadership competencies. It further emphasizes on most in-demand competencies for each category. The article also talks about different ways to develop each of these competencies. If you are in the market for a job or internship and want to strengthen your professional profile this article is a must-read for you.


3 Ways Leaders Can Use Communication to Improve Mental Wellbeing 

Whether it be leading student groups in university or leading colleagues at work, we often have to put up the leadership hat. However, leadership comes with great responsibilities, one of which is prioritizing your team members' mental well-being. This article talks about how you as a leader can use communication to help your teammates on the journey of mental well-being. 


Top 40 Effective Study Strategies

One crucial thing a student needs to succeed in school is good study habits. It can be hard to figure out which study methods work for you in the beginning, but once you do it can make studying a much less daunting task. However, what some students fail to realize is that studying really begins in the lecture hall. This article outlines the different aspects of studying, such as attending classes, note-taking, time management, and more, while giving detailed strategies on how to optimize each of them.


10 Best Time Management Tips For Students

With all the responsibilities students have to balance, we can easily become overwhelmed and unmotivated. Whether it’s cramming before an exam or rushing to hand in an assignment minutes before the deadline, we have all had to face the consequences of procrastination. Time management is learned skill that is extremely beneficial for university students with busy schedules. This article lists various tips on how university students can better manage their time.


How To Make Friends at University

Starting off at a new school can feel very isolating. This school year is especially unique because it is most students’ first time being in-person at university after the pandemic. This article lists 17 different tips for making friends in university. From tips on how to make friends living in residence, to making friends in your lectures, this article provides a variety of new things you can try out whenever you are on campus.


10 Ways to Get Involved on Campus

Now that students have had the first semester to settle into the school year, some may think it is time to expand past academics. Each university provides a large variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in, which can make one’s academic journey much more fruitful. This article lists different opportunities that allow students to get involved at their school.


How to Relieve Stress Before a Test: 25 Research-Backed Tips

With mid-term season upon us, it can get increasingly difficult to manage our stress levels. We may put off other important things like eating well, getting fresh air, and socializing in order to study for our tests. This is counterproductive and leads our stress levels to increase. This article outlines 25 tips, all supported by research, that can help students decrease their stress levels during exam or mid-term season.


3 Reasons Why Saying No Was My Biggest Career Lesson Of 2022

Traditionally, saying yes to new opportunities has been a terrific way of pushing one’s boundaries and exploring various career paths. However, it is vital to be selective, or else you might have too much responsibility on your shoulders. This article lays out why saying no can often be helpful and keep you more productive and motivated.


6 Ways to Align Career Path with Financial Goals

An inevitable fact when starting out your career is to face the challenge of balancing your finances. Although money is certainly not the end goal of life, it is crucial to recognize its importance in supporting a comfortable lifestyle. The article outlines six useful methods to ensure you meet your financial goals and enjoy your work life. 


How To Choose A Career That Aligns With Your Introverted Or Extroverted Tendencies

Whether you find a job to be a "dream job" or a daily grind depends greatly on the alignment between your personality type and your job requirements. This article offers valuable advice about factors to consider for finding work that best suits your introverted or extroverted traits. If like most other students you too are trying to find that ideal career pathway that aligns with your personality this article would be the perfect read for you.


Young Professionals, Please Don’t Do These Five Things

University provides us with a chance to connect with numerous senior professionals. While networking is beneficial, it is vital to maintain a professional etiquette. The article talks about common mistakes young professionals make, and how to overcome them.


The Biggest Mistakes People Make In Virtual Meetings And How To Avoid Them

Despite it being months since we returned to in-person activities, meetings held virtually are still around and are not going anytime soon. Hence, it is important to keep yourself efficient with ever-evolving technology. This article lists out a few key points on how to make the best positive presence every time you load up Zoom or MS teams.


21 Helpful Internship Tips for Success

Finding internships and standing out in a pool of hundreds of candidates can be intimidating. Whether you are just starting your internship hunt or have already applied and waiting for the decision, this article has some valuable advice to help you on your journey.


4 Career Moves You Need to Make Right Now

It is a common misconception that career exploration only begins after graduation. However, there are many things that students can do right now that will aid in their job search later on. Whether you are currently looking for a job, or will look after you graduate, this article has useful tips on career moves that you can start making.


How To Deal with Anxiety About Returning to Campus

Are you feeling anxious about your return to campus this fall? This article gives a brief description of anxiety and lists some of its symptoms. It then goes on to provide some ideas on how to ease anxiety about returning to campus after the break.


How to Build a Good Relationship with Your Professor

This article lists and explains 6 ways to connect with your professor. This is especially useful for students who would want a reference or a research position from their professors in the future.


Top 10 Tips for Balancing Work and School

This article suggests 10 different things that working students can do to balance their job and their schoolwork. The tips range from being about time management to managing stress levels. The article covers many different areas that students should address when balancing a job with their schooling.


What Early-Career Professionals Need to Know When Navigating the Post-Covid Job Market

Moving into the post-pandemic era, this article summarizes the key changes in the new job market. With the economy recovering from the setback caused by COVID, the article details various crucial tips, which will aid in boosting your chances of securing a job.


Starting your career? Here are 3 things you should know

If you are looking for articles which factor in your virtual experiences over the past 2 years, this article is a perfect fit. Acknowledging the pandemic and the virtual nature it caused, this piece advises the Gen Z population on how to get your career started early on.


9 Rules To Stay Calm, Cool And Collected When Work Stress Squeezes You

Taking on several jobs or extracurriculars can be intimidating due to finding the right balance. If you are a person juggling various responsibilities daily, this article will help you in de-stressing as well as being productive through nine crucial tips.


Feeling Unappreciated At Work? Take Action with 3 Steps

Be it during group projects or even at work, feeling undervalued or not getting the respect you deserve is a common issue faced by many. This article focuses on tackling this sensitive issue via three primary steps.


Why You Have A Better Chance Of Finding A Job In September

Tired of not receiving callbacks from job applications? Perhaps you are applying at the wrong time. This article highlights why getting a job in September is more likely than during the late summer months. Further, the piece goes into depth as to why some time periods are dry for recruiting while others are flourishing with opportunities.


The Top 10 Time Management Tips To Work Smarter, Not Harder

As we are heading into one of the busiest times of the year, it is crucial to effectively manage your time efficiently. This article aids in developing your time management skills and provides several techniques to make the most out of your day.


Top 10 Interview Questions for the Most In-Demand Jobs

Feeling anxious before an important interview is an almost inevitable feeling, and much of it stems from being unsure about what questions you’ll be asked and how to best answer them. This article goes through important questions recruiters ask about for jobs like software engineer, salesperson, registered nurse, project manager, and customer care specialists.  

~ Although this article is geared more towards the people conducting interviews, it’s a useful read for anyone who’s trying to get into the heads of those recruiting them. It’s a peek behind the curtain and will give students an idea of what skills employers in different career areas deem to be most important and what kinds of things they’re looking to be impressed with. ~ 



How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question 

Most interviews begin with the prompt “Tell me about yourself,” which can often leave candidates stumped. This article goes through tips and advice on how to best tackle this question to impress your interviewers. There’s even a worksheet you can download at the end of the article to help you build your answer!  

~ The interview process is nerve-wracking for so many of us, and it can often be difficult to prepare unique yet impressive answers to typical questions. I thought this article did a good job of providing easy-to-understand and tangible advice on what to remember when answering the “tell me about yourself” question. ~  



It’s not just you. Science explains how your focus is more scattered now and how to get it back 

Living in unprecedented times and having to adjust the way we work has taken a toll on all of us. Do you feel like your attention is nowhere close to what it used to be? You’re not alone. This article goes over the reasons why this is the case for us and suggests ways to try to get back on track. 

~ Over the past two years I’ve become concerned over how limited my attention span has become and the kind of impact that has made on my productivity. I know a lot of other students feel the same way, so I thought this was a nice article to read that, at the very least, gives us the assurance that we’re not the only ones to feel this way. ~ 



How to Set Goals for Your Career

If the question “What are your career goals?” fills you with dread, you’re certainly not alone. Even though we know it’s important to set goals, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. This article provides an easy-to-understand 6-step framework to setting goals for your career. 

~ It can be tough to think about the future and what your career goals are. Whether it’s because you’re unsure of what you want to do, or because you don’t know which path to choose. Having tangible goals to actively work towards is key to getting out of this slump. Although this article focuses on career goals, the advice can easily be applied to academics as well. ~ 



Returning to Work After the Pandemic

Having to go back to work the way we used to after adjusting to the “new normal” is understandably bringing about anxiety and uncertainty. Check out some of these articles to help you prepare for what’s to come!  

Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure 

Here's what the future of work looks like after COVID-19 

Dread going back to the office? Therapists share tips on how to readjust 

Want to make your return to the office less stressful? Try these 5 tips from a therapist 

Going back to the office? Clean up your sleep schedule now for a smooth transition 

How to prepare for the return to work 

10 Common Return-to-Work Concerns—and How to Mentally Prepare for Them 



4 Ways to get unstuck if you're in a rut

Trying to be productive during the midterm season can be particularly frustrating if you find yourself in a rut where your personal wellness is getting in the way of getting things done. The author of this article Juan Vazquez-Zapier is familiar with this feeling and provides helpful advice on how to get yourself out of such a rut, by using strategies like moving around and talking to a friend.  

~ Having to be consistently productive for long periods of time is no easy task and can get really frustrating really fast. I know we could all use some help in balancing our wellness with our responsibilities, and I think this article does a good job at providing simple but effective techniques in helping strike that balance. ~



Future proof: Solving the ‘adaptability paradox’ for the long term

During tumultuous times, like the one we’re currently living in, a key factor in successfully navigating periods of transformation and systemic change is adaptability. Yet during such times, we often fall back to familiar patterns, stopping us from becoming faster and better at learning. To avoid this trap, this article goes over five important ways we can turn adaptability into an evergreen skill.  

~ This article is a bit on the longer side, but I found its detail to be very informative and thought-provoking. It can be hard to step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves in a way that really matters, but this article provides tangible, long-lasting strategies to change that. This is a useful read for any students trying to set themselves up for success in a post-COVID world. ~ 



Strategies for a Successful Interview 

Interviewing, whether in-person or over video, is an incredibly nerve-wracking process. It can often feel overwhelming to have to put ourselves in the best light possible while never being sure about whether or not it will pay off in our favour. As such, this article outlines a few important tips to keep in mind for interviewees, from paying attention to the interviewers to avoiding self-deprecation to having questions prepared.  

~ A quick read with helpful strategies for anyone who’s looking to up their interview game. Even though a couple of these tips may seem obvious, it’s useful to be reminded of them and have them at the forefront of our minds whilst in the interview process. ~   



ADHD & me: Lessons in the transition from school to work  

In this article, recent graduate Courtney-Lynn Riviere explains her experience of realizing her need for and subsequently asking for accommodations in her workplace. Too often employers and employees are worried about having the conversation about disability and accommodation in fear they may be insulting or may look incompetent. However, it is vital that we be equipped with the tools we need to set realistic expectations and be easier on ourselves. 

~ I liked this article because, through a description of her first-hand experience, Courtney effectively conveys the importance of accessibility being more accessible. Students who experience burnout and other difficulties at school or work often try brushing off their problems and pushing through them. However, this article highlights the importance of the “need to be cognizant of the invisible challenges that we each face.” ~  



3 ways thinking like an athlete will improve your communication skills 

We are all experts at speaking to some degree. We spend a lot of time every day communicating with colleagues, family, and friends. But when the pressure is on, we can overthink this very natural, practiced skill and end up with what feels like an out-of-body experience. In this article, communication coach Vanessa Wasche likens communicating to athletic training and provides tips on how to “stick the landing” when communicating to get the results you want. 

~ Presentation anxiety is a common stressor among students and non-students alike. Being able to communicate yourself clearly and efficiently is a vital skill in every field and discipline. I thought this article was both engaging and informative, providing useful advice on how to rehearse behaviour, thoughts, and breathing in order to give yourself the best chance of avoiding the “speaking twisties.” ~ 



The Hidden Toll of Remote Work

In this article, Arthur C. Brooks writes about the feelings of isolation that result from remote work. Detailing the various ways in which the Zoom life takes a toll on us mentally, he comes to the conclusion that while remote technologies might be a necessary substitute for in-person work during the pandemic, they are inadequate to meet our human need for contact.

~ I chose this article because I think it articulates really well how a lot of us are feeling at this point. After more than a year of living almost exclusively online, we’ve all had to come to terms with how this has affected us mentally, physically, and emotionally. Knowing that you’re definitely not alone in how you feel makes it all a little easier, so I think this is an article that students may find valuable to read. ~



The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Career Development in a Brave New World

Three experts on career development come together in this article to outline just how impactful technological advancements are about to be on an industrial level. They go through where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we need to go and provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the worldwide industry.

~ I think this an interesting article to read for anyone who may be thinking about what the future of work looks like around the world. By focusing on what COVID-19 has highlighted about our workplaces, this article feels very grounded and is both easy to understand and something to ponder on. ~



Buckle up! It’s time to future-proof your skillset for the decade ahead

If there was ever a time to discard your comfort zone and embrace adaptability, it’s now. Whatever your position and industry, chances are the “critical skills” required for your role have shifted in the past few years and will continue to do so. This blog post outlines 5 key skills that employees should work on in order to improve their adaptability in the workplace.

~ I think this an important blog post to read because it very simply lays out broad areas of improvement all employees and future employees can work on. Adopting these skills and techniques will not only be helpful to students in their careers but also outside of it in their personal growth. ~



6 expert negotiation tips for women and racialized groups

It’s probably fair to say that most people who aren’t in the business of negotiation have a hard time with it. But for women and racialized groups, the process can be even more difficult. But if you’re looking to move up in the ranks of your career, whatever that may be, there are ways to overcome these obstacles. In this article, award-winning writer Margaret Craig-Bourdin describes 6 pieces of key advice to help those who may be struggling to showcase their worth in a negotiation.

~ Although this article is published on the CPA website, the advice in it can easily be applied to many different workforce spheres. Knowing your worth and owning it, especially as a member of a marginalized group, is critical for all students and employees. Following the advice in this article will help you showcase to others that you know you belong. ~



The robot revolution is here: How it’s changing jobs and businesses in Canada

Whether we like it or not, the robot era is already upon us. The question is: Is the Canadian economy poised to flourish or flounder in a world where robots take over the tasks we don’t want to do ourselves? This article goes through the current and future state of AI technology in Canada and what it means for human workers.

~ I thought this was an interesting article to read through because it provides some interesting thinking points about how AI is going to affect the regular worker. It presents this information with concrete facts and statistics, rather than just discussing it in an abstract way like it usually is. I especially liked that it provided a hopeful outlook overall. ~



Why You Can’t Yoga Your Way Out of Burnout

In this article, burnout prevention and stress resilience expert Paula Davis describes how productivity-related burnout can’t be solved by a “simple fix” like yoga. She explains what burnout really is and how we can help both ourselves and each other work through this prevalent issue, with techniques like outwardly showing appreciation and providing constructive feedback.

~ Although this article focuses on workplaces, the advice given could easily be applied to students and their peers. Additionally, although the advice focuses on how bosses can make their employees’ lives easier, the same strategies can be adjusted and applied to professors, peers, and even ourselves. ~



How to identify and apply for unposted job opportunities

If you’re looking for a job, your first step may be to peruse job boards. While it’s a tried-and-true method, a growing number of jobs are “hidden,” as more companies move to employee referrals and professional networks for sourcing qualified candidates more quickly. In this article, author Stephanie Vozza describes tips and techniques on how to get into the mailbox of hiring managers directly and make yourself stand out.

~ I chose this article because it provides unique advice on job searching and how to set yourself up for success by taking initiative when it comes to your own career. I believe this article will be helpful for anyone who’s looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and forge their own path. ~



Uncovering the secrets of the cover letter

Writing cover letters can be daunting and tedious, with their free structure providing anxiety for many students. In this article, career services director Joseph Barber explains how to customize cover letters for the specific position you’re looking to get, with advice on how to make them engaging by fitting them into a narrative format.

~ I liked this article because it’s advice from someone who clearly knows what they’re talking about. I know personally, I struggle with cover letters because it seems intimidating to have to sell myself without boring whoever’s reading. By providing more of a structure for cover letters to follow, this article gives advice that’s bound to help anyone who may be struggling in a similar way. ~



Covid economic fallout leads to rise in postgraduate applications

With the impact of the pandemic on job prospects and the labour market, many students are looking towards post-graduate education to grow themselves, according to this article. “Students are recognizing the value of furthering their education against a challenging economic and employment backdrop,” making it vital for students to understand what exactly the competition is, in order to help themselves stand out.



What it’s like for international students graduating during COVID-19

The challenges brought upon by the pandemic have affected everyone to varying degrees. Thinking about students in particular, there have been unique obstacles for us to face and overcome. This article sheds a light on why international students are especially vulnerable during these times, as their ability to stay in the country hangs in the balance.

~ I chose to include this article because I feel like it’s important for everyone to read, student or not, international or domestic. It’s important for us to be able to empathize with others and place our own struggles in context. Personally, this was something I hadn’t given much thought to so I thought other students may find it eye-opening as well. ~



Put Time on Your Side

When many of us think back on our experiences, we see them as points on a timeline -- childhood to high school to college to a job to grad school to the future. This makes sense since we live our lives as a series of moments, moving through time in only one direction. But when talking about yourself to others, do you always have to talk in terms of past, present and future? This article goes over how to best represent the chronology of time to sell yourself, whether it be on a resume, CV, cover letter, research statement, or even in an interview.

~ I chose this article because it talks about something that I haven’t really ever given that much thought to before. It’s almost as if the author is giving you cheats on how to use time to capture the attention of potential employers. ~



A neurosurgeon shares his effective strategy for overcoming fears

When you’re in a situation where you feel like you don’t have control, it can be easy to become paralyzed by fear and unable to move forward. This often leads to bad decision-making. But as Dr. Mark McLaughlin explains, understanding how your brain works can provide you with a path for getting back on track and sticking to your goals.

~ I liked this article because with impending assignments and deadlines, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and fearful of being able to manage your time. This article provides a really interesting neurological perspective into how we can conquer that fear through self-knowledge and self-awareness. ~



This Being Human

This podcast hosted by Abdul-Rehman Malik features guests like Wajahat Ali, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Sultan Al-Qassemi, all individuals who are at the center of Muslim art, culture, and life. Their topics of discussion involve prayer and pilgrimage, politics and pop culture, love and education, feminism and film, representation and responsibility, and so much more. Launching its first episode on January 26, 2021, this biweekly podcast delves into what Malik describes as the “kaleidoscope of the Muslim experience.” This is an interesting and informative listen for anyone looking to gain a deeper insight into Muslim culture and all the varying ways in which it exists and contributes to society.



5 ways 2020 Changed Job Searching Forever

With the new year ahead of us, we’re all hoping to put the events of 2020 behind us. However, it is clear that there are some ways in which the world will never be the same. Particularly relevant to recent and future grads is what changes have occurred for job searchers. This article outlines 5 changes that might be here to stay, including having tougher competition, getting comfortable with zoom interviews, and the importance of networking.  



The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage

As the world faces more than one billion jobs transformed by technology, it remains imperative that individuals maintain a focus on skill-building. This article, supported by research, explores the core mindsets and skills of effective learners, which the authors believe to be the most fundamental skill for professionals to cultivate in the coming decades.

I chose this article because it provides a unique take on what the most essential skills in the workforce will be in the coming years. Although we may be used to hearing what types of careers and hard skills will be most valuable, this article provides a more generalizable view that we should constantly cultivate, maintain, and improve on our learning capabilities. ~



The Strategic Way to be Yourself in a Job Search

Looking for a job can raise messy identity questions that make it hard to figure out who the 'you' is that you're supposed to be. In this article, career development director Derek Attig offers three suggestions on how to strike a balance between being real and being professional — and figuring out what that even means — when talking to potential employers.

~ Job searching can be stressful for a number of reasons, but it can be especially stressful when you’re trying to figure out the best way to sell yourself to potential employers. I liked this article because it speaks directly to students and provides helpful tips on exactly how to achieve a successful level of “strategic authenticity.” ~



How to stay engaged with your work, even when you feel like checking out

With the current state of things, it’s easy to feel stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. It’s often difficult to find the motivation to stay on task and on top of responsibilities This article gives advice on how to overcome those internal challenges, focusing on how you think, how you spend your time, and who you’re with.

~ This time of the semester is often quite hectic and can cause burnout for a lot of students. That’s why it’s important to take a step back, gain some perspective, and find a way to stay motivated. I liked this article because it covers those grounds and provides advice on how to take a breath and keep going. ~

Quarantine and isolation have provided an excellent excuse to do some reflecting and introspection. For some, that might mean deciding to change career paths. In such tumultuous times, however, it is important to keep the big picture in mind. This article outlines things to keep in mind if you’re planning on making changes or adjustments to your career plan in order to maximize your chances of a successful transition.

~ With all the uncertainty we’re facing right now, I know many students have thought about making changes to their academic and/or career paths. Making such drastic adjustments can cause anxiety and fear about being able to successfully navigate a new pathway, and so I chose this article because I like the simple yet practical advice it gave in regards to keeping a strong head on your shoulders. ~



As work goes remote, the whole world may soon compete for your job

As we all adjust to the new normal and look ahead to what a post-COVID world will look like, it is important to consider how the changing workforce will affect us on an individual level. In this article, author Linda Nazareth offers some perspective on how reliance on remote work will expand the pool of potential new hires, and what this means for competition between jobseekers.

~ I chose this article because I know many students who are looking to enter the workforce in such a tumultuous time for the economy are wondering what exactly they can expect in terms of opportunities. This article provides a good overview of what challenges such students might face and what types of workers will have an edge over others, which may allow students to plan accordingly. ~



How to Use the ‘Weakness Question’ to Show Growth and Make Connections

Job interviews can be intimidating and daunting because we’re often unsure about how to provide the 'right' answers to potential employers. A particular question that can often be tricky to answer is the weakness question. This article goes over the ways in which jobseekers can make faults when answering this question, and how to best answer it in a way that will impress your interviewer.

~ I liked this article because it’s simple and gets straight to the point, while also providing valuable advice about something that many students and first-time jobseekers are unsure about. ~



Three powerful strategies for balancing your time, energy, and focus

Our daily schedules can often feel overwhelming as we try to juggle all of our responsibilities. It is often easy to become consumed with worry over everything we need to get done as we wonder why there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. This article provides advice on how to balance your time in an efficient way that allows optimization of productivity while maintaining energy and focus.  

~ I chose this article because it provides good perspective on how we can become overworked, and how we can put in the work to overcome this. Although the article seems to be meant for those struggling with their jobs, the advice can easily be applied to students who are struggling with their academic work as well. ~



How to start a job search

Looking for jobs can often seem like a tedious and exhausting process. This article by career coach and job search strategist Kerri Twigg provides some unique advice on how to efficiently go on the job hunt in a way that won’t leave you uninspired. The author mentions how job ads can be limiting and how to tailor your job search in a way that will best help you find your dream job.

~ I liked this article because it’s an easy read and it provides an out-of-the-box way of hunting for your dream job. ~



How COVID-19 is affecting young workers’ careers

It is evident by now that the pandemic will have both short-term and long-term effects on the economy, and subsequently how individuals will be able to sustain their careers. This article talks specifically about the impact on the careers of young people, and mentions exactly what their struggles may look like, as well as advice on what resources they can use to best overcome these struggles.

~ I chose this article because I know a lot of students are worried about what a post-COVID economy and workforce is going to look like for them, and this article details what they may expect, and how they can brace for impact. ~



Supporting the Careers of Individuals Who Are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour

As we all become increasingly aware of the disparities between white individuals and BIPOC in the Western world, it is important to consider how these disparities carry into the workforce. In this article, career and wellness practitioner Jodi Tingling provides an overview of the myriad of ways in which BIPOC face obstacles in their career paths that their white colleagues will never experience. In doing so, she also suggests ways in which we can all come together to ensure equality and equity for all individuals.

~ I chose this article because I know much of the UTM population consists of BIPOC, and thus it seemed relevant. It’s up to all of us, no matter what our race or ethnicity, to be better colleagues and peers. This can only happen if we’re educated and aware of the issues that surround us, and this article does a good job at pointing those things out. ~



Writing Prompts for When Resume Writing Is Hard

Writing resumes can often seem like a chore, especially if you’re unsure about how to sell yourself. This article provides a fun, unique approach to getting over this type of 'writer’s block.'

~ I liked this article because it provided a fresh, fun take on the classic “tips for writing a resume” advice that students may be familiar with. ~



Canada won’t return to pre-pandemic employment for another four years, conference board warns

We all remain uncertain about what the effects of the pandemic will be on the workforce in the long term. This article projects which Canadian industries will endure the most severe consequences, and where we can expect the economy to go.

~ I chose to include this article because although it may seem like a snooze fest at first glance, it provides valuable information about what the economy will be facing going forward. This may be helpful to students who are planning their future careers, as it may serve as an indication that they need to have alternative pathways in mind. ~



How to identify decent work employers during the hiring process

Understanding and evaluating the culture of an organization can be difficult for job applicants. But finding a workplace with a decent work culture is worth the extra effort. Why? Because every worker deserves an employer who can provide job security, equitable income opportunities, and a culture that can help them achieve their full potential. This article outlines tips for job seekers to ensure they are able to find decent work.

~ I found this article to be a good resource as it’s purely in the interest of job seekers. It provides helpful tips to keep in mind for those on the job hunt, to ensure they’re being treated with the fairness and equity they deserve. ~



Nail Your Virtual Interviews – 21 Things You Need To Know, Do and Master

With virtual interviews becoming the norm these days, there are adjustments that need to be made in the interview strategies and etiquette we utilize. This article lays out all the things you need to be mindful of when you’re in such a situation and the strategies that will help you succeed.

~ I liked this article because it does a good job of simplifying how interviewees should conduct themselves in virtual interviews. It’s easy to understand and provides simple, practical tips that are easy to apply to yourself. ~


Bored or Overloaded? This is the Amount of Stress You Need To Get Things Done

Working remotely from home requires some serious self-discipline. It may be difficult to prevent yourself from procrastinating, while also making sure you don’t overwork yourself. This article provides strategies you can implement in your life that will help you find that healthy balance between work and life in order to optimize your performance.

~ This article touches on a relevant issue that people seem to be having these days in terms of managing stress. It provides tangible strategies that are rooted in science, that will guide students in finding the right amount of pressure they need to put on themselves. ~



How To (Actually) Save Time When You're Working Remotely

With most people having no choice but to shift the completion of their work and school responsibilities to remote, online means, there has been added anxiety when it comes to balancing our days. At first, getting to stay home might have seemed like the ideal situation, but now, there seems to be a widespread struggle in terms of time management. This article provides strategies on how you can better structure your days to optimize both productivity and leisure.

~ Time management has been one of the most obvious things that students have been struggling with, and I found this article to be incredibly helpful in providing legitimate strategies that can help set clearer boundaries and prevent feeling overworked and overwhelmed. ~



Immigrant Employment in Sectors Most Affected by COVID-19

The Labour Market Information Council analyzed data regarding employment loss and recovery during the months of February and July 2020, comparing immigrants and Canadian-born workers. Their major findings include the fact that although immigrants, in general, saw the largest drops in employment, female immigrant workers, in particular, suffered the worst job losses, and have also had the slowest recovery rate.

~ I found this article to be relevant because many UTM students are either immigrants themselves or come from immigrant families, and it provides a good snapshot of how that specific population has been impacted by COVID. It’s quite clear and concise and the stats are easy to understand. ~



How candidates are using background props to stand out in interviews

The interview process is just one of many key aspects of the workforce that has shifted to virtual means to accommodate for physical distancing guidelines. As a result, there may be an added layer of pressure when it comes to presenting one’s physical background through video. This article provides tips and tricks on how to tailor your background for the job you want.

~ I found this article to be very interesting because it provides a thought-provoking presentation of the pros and cons of video interviews and gives really good advice on how students can use their circumstances to their benefit. ~   



How To Amp Up Your Professional Development, Even From Home

Although it may feel as if our physical and social exploration has been stunted as a result of having to stay home, that doesn’t mean our professional exploration needs to suffer the same fate. This article suggests a few digital resources that may be available to individuals who are looking to continue their professional development despite the current restrictions on attending in-person events.

~ This seems like a particularly relevant article for students who may feel stuck, and as if there’s nothing they can do to work their way towards their desired career. The article is a good way to get students thinking of how they can take initiative over their professional lives despite the current circumstances. ~