I thought scholarships and getting into that program was all good marks were good for, but then a couple of things changed. First, I decided I want to go to grad school. Having an “honours” degree doesn’t hurt either. Then I started getting emails about volunteer job opportunities that will look great on my resumé!
I did all the right things during the strike: I kept up with school work, checked email regularly for word from teachers, didn’t take sides in a muddied battle. And yet, I, and many students like me, still suffered. No, my marks did not suffer, but the strike hit me where it hurts the most: financially.
As the band’s manager for four years, I learned how to be a leader, work with a large group of people, design, balance finances, web design, promotion and, more recently, copyrights, grants and legalities surrounding making music in Canada. All of these are skills I can take to another job.
While word processing should already be second nature to students and new grads, knowing how to use the specific software and technology of the industries and companies you want to work with is unexpected and will give you a leg up on the competition. It means you can start working immediately.
Three graduating biology students from York University talk about their plans for the coming year. Even if you’re not following the same career paths as Jen, Brent and Jay, volunteering, job shadowing or going back to school are all techniques that can be applied to improve your status in many fields.