Our 2019 TalentEgg Top Student Judges!

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Each year, TalentEgg recognizes innovation and passion of Canada’s top recruiters, educational institutions, career centers and career coaches by hosting the annual National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference. As a part of the conference, TalentEgg celebrates the eggs-ceptional efforts of employers, nonprofits, university and college career centres and career educators across all categories of student and new graduate recruitment. Together, we all work towards one goal: helping and supporting the community of young people to grow and hatch their careers!

Our panel of Student Judges from across Canada evaluates and chooses our awards winners every year. After all, who is better qualified to give feedback on youth employment initiatives than the students themselves? Our Judges brought individuality, commitment, and dedication to the table when evaluating and providing feedback on the campus recruitment initiatives of employers and academic institutions.

Now, we’d like you to finally meet our amazing 2019 Top Student Judges!

Aakanksha Sharma
Aakanksha Sharma
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
University of Waterloo, Arts and Business, Political Science and Economics, Class of 2019

Tell us about yourself.

“I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. I attend the University of Waterloo but am currently in the UK. Not sure what my career goals are at this point, I am in the midst of that almost-graduated-what’s-next crisis. I’m trying to understand where my head is and what I really enjoy in the meanwhile.”

How did you feel about being able to provide insight into actual businesses about their campus recruitment efforts?

“I thought it was quite a unique experience and empowering as well. I was able to be candid in my judgement without the pressure of being robotically positive as is sometimes the case in certain organizations where negativity is frowned upon to the point of conformity. I think, if employers genuinely care about workers and want their honesty and candidness, they should seek these avenues.“

Abhinav Singhvi
Abhinav Singhvi
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
York University, Schulich School of Business, Class of 2020.

Tell us about yourself.etc.

“I realized at a young age that I would pursue a career different from that which has excited my family members. Guided by my parents, I opted to become a finance professional. I always wanted to leverage my knowledge and addiction towards technology and thus helped technology startups based out of Berlin and India to scale their business and expand geographies by managing their finances and operations.

I decided to pursue my MBA at the Schulich School of Business – York University, Toronto. I intend to stay in similar roles after my MBA, help companies, whether big or small, scale their business and strike a balance between profit and purpose. I foresee technology to change the world, and I would help the companies to make this world a better place!”

Why did you decide to apply?

“I am new to Canada, and for me, the chance to assess employer applications means I can learn so much more about employers across Canada and their innovative ways of connecting with the candidates. This opportunity has given me insights about various employers across Canada, and for me this as a head start.”

Corbin McBride
Corbin McBride
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
McMaster University, Arts and Science, Class of 2022.

Tell us about yourself.

“I am from Hamilton, where I have lived my whole life, and I am currently attending McMaster University as an undergrad. I am lucky to feel such a strong lifelong connection to my school and city, and I hope to expand my horizons and add exciting new chapters to my life in new and unfamiliar places. Unfortunately, I could not tell you any of my specific career goals, since I have not currently settled into any particular stream, but I am incredibly eager to see what the future has in store for me! This summer, I intend to relax and enjoy some of my passions such as drawing, volleyball and eating my weight in ice cream!”

How did you feel about being able to provide insight into actual businesses about their campus recruitment efforts?

“It feels satisfying to know that my insights will be read and processed, hopefully being valuable towards any future progress that companies make for their future students. It was great to be prompted to use constructive criticism or advice on a particular matter and channel them towards an open, active, listening audience, as opposed to silently moving past opportunities to improve something in the world around us.”

Kaley Pepin
Kaley Pepin
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
Laurentian University, Psychology, Class of 2020

Tell us about yourself.

“I am from Alliston ON, a small town just north of Toronto and south of Barrie. I currently attend Laurentian University with a specialization in psychology and minor in health and disability. This has inspired me to hopefully pursue a Master’s in disability studies to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analysis (BCBA) and work with children on the autism spectrum.”

What was the most memorable part of the experience?

“The most memorable part of the experience was the number of companies that have employment programs for students to get in the door. It is great to see companies so involved with the future of students.”

Karen Corda
Karen Corda
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
Centennial College, Global Business Management, Class of 2019

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a city dweller, born and raised in Dubai. I’ve earned an HONS in Business Management Marketing and have recently graduated from the Global Business Management postgraduate program at Centennial College. I am an aspiring consumer marketer with a passion for strategy and campaign management.”

Why would you recommend the TalentEgg Awards student judging experience to other students?

“I would recommend the TalentEgg Awards student judging experience to other students because it empowers students to share their insights and provide constructive feedback. Additionally, it allows students to be more aware of how organizations implement different approaches towards campus recruitments.”

Mallory Thompson
Mallory Thompson
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
George Brown, Digital Media Marketing, Class of 2019

Tell us about yourself.

“I’m currently living in Burlington, Ontario but I commute to school in Toronto, Ontario. I’m currently a postgraduate student at George Brown College studying Digital Media Marketing. I got my undergraduate degree from Western University studying a BA in MIT (Media, Information & Technoculture). I’m also a freelance photographer specializing in portraits and concert photography and I own an arts collective called 519 Creatives.”

What did you like about the TalentEgg Awards student judging process?

I liked reading through the applications and seeing how each company operates and how they hire. I also really liked how student-focused the companies were, some more than others. I genuinely felt that each company put a lot of work into hiring students and made sure they were doing good work that could be shown and reflected on.”

Sarah Pointer
Sarah Pointer
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
Mount Royal University, Bachelor of Arts, Class of 2020

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a fourth-year history major attending Mount Royal University in Calgary. I completed a business minor in my first two years of studies, and a second minor in Indigenous studies. Following my Bachelors Degree, I intend on returning to school to work on a combined Masters of Business Administration/Masters of Library and Information Studies or alternatively a Masters in Archival Studies.”

What advice would you give to a student who is applying to be a judge?

“My best advice would be to just do it. If you put forth a sincere effort you will be rewarded. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with employers. You gain invaluable knowledge for your career search. When you apply, be confident in your abilities and skill sets. You as a student bring forth a unique insight to employers. Value that.”

Shaalika Jagadishwaran
Shaalika Jagadishwaran
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
Thompson Rivers University, Marketing, Class of 2019

Tell us about yourself.

“I grew up in the UAE, in a city called Sharjah, but I am originally from Hyderabad, India. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from India, but I am currently finishing up my post-baccalaureate in Marketing at Thompson Rivers University. I had worked at Amazon for a year as a risk investigator, and it was comfortable. But I decided that I wanted to make a difference with the skills I had. I truly believe that for every little thing, every person has to offer, there is someone who sees value in it and is willing to pay to have one of it for themselves. That is what drew me to marketing. One of my biggest goals is to change how marketing currently works and to find a client’s target audience through research and data science.”

Please explain the process you went through to judge employer applications.

“For me, the best applications were detailed, passionate and understood their target demographic. A lot of the times talent goes unnoticed by companies because students do not necessarily have the means of doing a co-op term or did not study specific courses etc., so I was looking for applicants who went above and beyond to recognize talent despite those restrictions and made the effort to groom recruits to fit in with the organization while still recognizing their individuality.”

Sonia Sharma
Sonia Sharma
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
University of Manitoba, Human Resources

Tell us about yourself.

“After accepting the fact that I will not make it as a professional hockey player (I was never close to it), I decided to major in Human Resources. I went to the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and just recently completed all courses required to be considered a CPHR candidate. Since I have participated multiple times at various student recruitment events as a student, I wanted to give back by helping organizations know what a student sees of value when they are going through recruitment. In a nutshell, who better to judge an organization’s outreach than someone who has been there as a student.”

What was the most memorable part of the experience?

“I was able to learn about various campus recruiting initiatives that organizations undertake to achieve their outreach goals.”

Sonia Sharma
Yash
2019 TalentEgg Student Judge
York University, Computer Engineering, Class of 2020

Tell us about yourself.

“I’ve spent most of my life here in Canada, mainly in the Toronto/GTA area, with a bit of time spent in Ottawa. I also go to York University, where I study Computer Engineering. The next academic year is anticipated to be my last. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that my career goals are either in flux or getting fine-tuned as the industry evolves and I grasp a better understanding of the field I aim to specialize in. My current career goal is to solidify my back-end and systems design knowledge so I can get to work in places where I’m doing the stuff that isn’t necessarily seen by the end-user, but if they say “Sheesh, this thing goes pretty fast!”, I know who was responsible.”

What advice would you give to a student who is applying to be a judge?

“This goes without saying, but being unbiased goes a long way. I’ve had the opportunity to judge companies I’ve never heard of, but I was left quite impressed with the strategies they’ve implemented to recruit students.”

We’re so thankful to have an incredible panel of student judges working with us this year for our 8th annual Awards and Conference! With their honest answers and thoughtful opinions, these passionate individuals catalyzed the growth of prosperous relationships between recruiters, new grads, and students. Once again, we want to extend a warm thank you and congratulations to these future leaders.

Being a student judge is a rewarding experience – your valuable ideas and opinions can help drive the future of recruitment. If you’re interested in becoming a TalentEgg National Awards and Conference Student Judge next year, don’t forget to check out our social media to stay in the loop!

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