Meet The TalentEgg Awards Judges: Top Students From Across Canada, Part 1

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Each year, TalentEgg hosts the National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference to recognize the innovations and exceptional efforts of Canada’s top recruiters and career centres. Our conference is an opportunity for youth employment experts to learn new ways of connecting students and new graduates to meaningful job placements. As a part of the Conference, the TalentEgg Awards celebrate employers and advisors who are helping young people start their careers, a mission that has been TalentEgg’s purpose since the beginning.

The #TEAwards recognize all categories of student and new graduate recruitment, such as Best Recruitment Website, Best Internship/Co-op Program, and this year, Social Responsibility in Recruitment and the Best Campus Ambassador Program. The awards are evaluated and chosen completely by our panel of Student Judges from across Canada— after all, who better to give feedback on youth employment initiatives than students themselves? Our Judges brought commitment, dedication, and creativity to the table when evaluating and providing feedback on the campus recruitment initiatives of employers and academic institutions.

We had a chance to catch up with these students to find out more about them, their career goals, and how they like their eggs!

Millicent Geonzon

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Millicent Geonzon
Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services), Accounting
George Brown College, 2019
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I am a 2nd year Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) student majoring in Accounting at George Brown College. I was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines and about 10 years ago moved to Canada. I learned a lot about myself through TalentEgg’s rich career development resources, such as the Incubator and Career Guide, which became one of my main sources of guidance and support. In my spare time, I love learning about our environment and running long distances. I have had the opportunity to be involved in several social organizations, such as Enactus George Brown College as well as Toronto Youth Cabinet while balancing full–time studies and working two part–time jobs. As a part of Enactus George Brown College, I’ve developed lesson plans, as well as facilitated classes with topics such as budgeting for mentoring young girls to help them start their own business, and visited eight schools to do public outreach for the Girls Going Forward project. Furthermore, I won 2nd Runner Up in the Regionals for Capital One’s Financial Education Challenge in regards to my work with a project called Change Matters. These projects and volunteering roles have honed my skills in educating, as well as mentoring Toronto’s youth community about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and social empowerment.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
As a TalentEgg Student Judge, I had the honour to learn what attributes recruiters look for in an ideal candidate. I also had a new appreciation for the amount of hard work and effort recruiters devote to their recruitment marketing. From colourful brochures and websites to interactive Twitter chats and utilizing Snapchat, these engagement efforts are impressive feats!
How do you like your eggs?
Sunny–side up with extra black pepper and a bit of soy sauce!
Do you have anything else that you would like to add?
Don’t ever compare yourself to others. Each one of us is on our own journey. If that means taking small steps toward your goals, that’s okay: it still counts. At the end of the day, picture the ultimate best version of yourself and chase only that.

Avery Konda

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Avery Konda
Bachelor of Environmental Technology
Georgian College, 2017
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I am a 3rd year Environmental Technology student with an avid passion for social innovations and serial entrepreneurship. I am currently involved with two startups, and work to implement environmental activism in my work. I am originally from Illinois, Joliet but have lived the majority of my life in the small farming town of Severn Bridge, Ontario. I am also President on the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) for my second term, and enjoying every second of being a direct advocate for our student population! With my work on the GCSA as President, I am able to use leadership development strategies to ensure the beneficial interpersonal, professional, and social development of the various student leaders at the Georgian College Barrie campus.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
I have learned that there is so much opportunity available in various industries, and that makes me excited to see how the world will change positively with our up-and-coming student leaders. Innovative minds will be the key to our success!
How do you like your eggs?
I like my eggs in 3, and with a pinch of hot sauce to spruce up my day. Eggs are the perfect food for breakfast and help me maintain my drive for healthy living!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
It has been an absolute pleasure to be a TalentEgg Student Judge. It’s an amazing opportunity for avid students looking to discover new perspectives and develop leadership skills.

Sarah Johnston

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Sarah Johnston
Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Human Resources
Thompson Rivers University, 2017
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I grew up in Kamloops and always enjoyed education. I began my studies in Visual Arts at the University of Victoria before returning to Kamloops and transitioning into Human Resources. I am currently on a co-op work-term as a Learning Strategist for Mentorship at Thompson Rivers University. I have worked in various capacities at Thompson Rivers University and hope to continue working in the post-secondary sector upon graduation. I spent one year of my degree studying at the University of Salford in Salford, England. After I returned, I became involved with the TRU Study Abroad Program as a Study Abroad Ambassador, and later Mentor, to promote international mobility. I am an advocate for experiential learning and co-op opportunities; I am currently completing my 5th Co-op work-term as a Learning Strategist for Mentorship at TRU.
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
Above all, I have learned how many opportunities there are for students in such a wide range of companies. Many of the applications I reviewed had robust student incentive programs. It was neat to learn about the opportunities at these companies as I near the end of my studies as well as general knowledge of what is available for students.
How do you like your eggs?
The best is over hard with sprinkled cheddar cheese and a dash of seasoning salt!

Priyanth Vickneshwaran

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Priyanth Vickneshwaran
Bachelor of Business and Technology Management
Ryerson University – Ted Rogers School of Management, 2017
Give us your elevator pitch! Tell us about yourself and what makes you a top student?
I’m proud to say that I will be part of Ryerson University’s Class of 2017, where I will be receiving a hybrid degree in Business Management and Information Technology Management. I was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario and pursuing my degree in a school close to the Financial District has made me dream big. In my four years here, I have been able to achieve many accomplishments including being part of the TalentEgg Student Judging panel. I have also successfully landed and signed a new graduate contract with a company and will start working for them a few months after graduation. During my undergrad, I have been a start-up consultant, a Campus Tour Guide, held multiple executive positions in student groups, and have taken five courses a semester along with holding a seasonal weekend job. I also make time for my hobbies of martial arts and working out. I believe in making every minute in a day count! My daily mantra is “Be humble, be hungry.”
What have you learned from being a TalentEgg student judge?
I have learned that there are many initiatives that companies are taking to help students in their career development. There are many organizations that look to help students to grow their experiences.
How do you like your eggs?
Omelettes are the better version of scrambled eggs!

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