Things I wish I did in university

Recently, I started reminiscing about my university life and lifestyle, and realized, that I regret missing out on a lot of things, that, given a chance, I’d do differently; so I made this short (-ish) post on what I would have improved on.

All 4 are very important: I hope they will help you to make solid and smart decisions.

1. Paying more attention in classes and getting better grades.

Lame or obvious as it may sound, a lot of people may admit to being guilty of being dispersed during the classes. Having been employed in the field I focused my education in, most things that I have learned became either a) obsolete, or b) forgotten. I can’t recall what my classes were really about. There are things I wish I remembered (especially, in managerial accounting).

2. Being more social outside my comfort zone.

A significant advantage of going to a good college or a university is to make potentially useful connections. Many of my friends and acquaintances have gotten hired via referrals, and I have helped more that one of my friends to find a job where I work or used to. The more people you know, the bigger chance you have of getting a referral or two, that’s just the Law of Averages.

3. Volunteering and getting relevant work experience.

During my 2-something years in University (for those who didn’t know, I graduated from Capilano University with the Diploma in Business Administration), I have volunteered in S.O.S. Treasure Cottage in North Vancouver and took internship at Overtime Building Maintenance. The Treasure Cottage was a non-profit thrift store, which sold various donated items, and the profit went to Foster Families BC. I accepted donations and stayed at the register as a greeter and a cashier. At Overtime Building Maintenance I was a Marketing Intern for about 3 months, during which me and the Marketing Manager took on a case study about the impact of “Green” (e.g. environmentally-friendly) cleaning supplies on the overall health and wellness of students, while trying to promote the company services and find good leads.

Unless you have bounty-hunters from HR haunting you everywhere you go, having an extra thing or two on your resume (given, that they are relevant to the position you are applying) is at the very least helpful.

4. Not visiting employment fairs, workshops and seminars.

About a year ago I started going to various summits, such as Social Media Week during the last week of September 2012, and Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Education workshop in June 2013 (I was reluctant to read the book at first, but loved it from the first page).

Start applying to jobs, get better at resume-writing, talk to employers and get a grasp of what they expect. Tip: take a co-op program (combining classroom education with actual work experience) – even if you don’t end up with a job, at least with a co-op you end up with credits towards a degree.

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Comments

  1. Maria Elaeva - October 8, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

    Those are very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing! I’m looking for an Intern position in marketing at the moment, but pretty much all of them are unpaid. So it’s very hard to combine studies, actual (but not relevant) work and Internship. Often because companies, that offering intern position, look for a full-time commitment. I don’t know what to do at this point..probably just keep looking?

    • Simple Vancouver - October 8, 2013 @ 8:27 PM

      Thanks! I know, it’s a loop, you need experience to get hired, and need to get hired to get experience. It’s worth it to get an unpaid internship in for 3 or so months, it’s a lot easier to get hired that way. I found my internship through monster.ca, other good places to look are jobscore.com/site/jobseeker and simplyhired.ca. I came across vancouverinternships.ca but I can’t tell if it’s good or not (I think you should look at IEC program). Also, my university still sends me invitations to career fairs, there is one coming up this Thursday at Capilano University, if you want to come, register here:
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDB0WTF4MlU1Q1RZWWFmY2YwdGFjMVE6MA#gid=0

    • Simple Vancouver - October 8, 2013 @ 8:50 PM

      Thanks 🙂 I know, it’s a loop, you need experience to get hired, and need to get hired to get experience.

      I found my internship at monster.ca (it was for marketing, just like you); other good sites to look are simplyhired.ca and jobseeker.ca. I just came across it, so I can’t tell if it’s any good, but try http://vancouverinternships.ca/iec.html.

      I spent 1 hour day each week for 3 months, and it wasn’t too bad. It’s a lot easier to get employed by them after you complete the internship – I was they hired part-time at 16 hours a week at minimum wage, which was a good start.
      Definitely keep looking, you will find a place.

      My university sometimes sends me invites to career fairs, they’re having one just this Thursday, if you want to come register here:

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDB0WTF4MlU1Q1RZWWFmY2YwdGFjMVE6MA#gid=0

      • Maria Elaeva - October 9, 2013 @ 1:50 PM

        Thank you, Kirill! I will keep looking for paid internship, wish me luck :)) and I really like your blog! Do you use wordpress? because I just started mine too. It’s a bit complicated, just started to learn how to use the software..

        • Simple Vancouver - October 9, 2013 @ 2:07 PM

          Yep, wordpress! What’s the link?
          This is wordpress.org tough, a first level domain, the dashboard is a bit different from wordpress.com (I think?). I’ve had this blog powered by weebly before, which was a major buzzkill. I love all these themes and plugins, so much freedom!

          • Maria Elaeva - October 9, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

            Oh, cool! I bet it’s better and has more widgets.. so the link is http://malyna314.wordpress.com/ First I called it Malyna (what was I thinking?!) ..then I changed the name, and I don’t know how to change the URL address to a new one..;(

          • Simple Vancouver - October 10, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

            Raspberry pie, I get it 😀 You can actually change it (it seems), here you go:

            http://en.support.wordpress.com/changing-blog-address/

          • Maria Elaeva - October 10, 2013 @ 2:33 PM

            OMG! I’ve got my first ever comment! yay! :)) and
            It’s so great that I can change the address!! Thank you!!

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