Providing undergraduate students and recent graduates an opportunity to network. The UBC Student Alumni Council occasionally hold these events.
Reena Bali, HR career
- build connections, peers and mentors
- take the opportunities available
- LinkedIn profile and keep it up to date
- got current position through network before the job was posted
- important to attend events like these to grow, improve your skills
- great job just showing up
- networking isn’t just getting a job, about exchanging information, gain insight, diverse perspectives
- strongest relationships happen over time
- identify interesting and relevant opportunities
- whenever you introduce yourself start with your pronouns
- create authentic relationships, keep it casual and have conversations
- always be ready to give your pitch, because you never know
- active listening, show that you’re listening by engaging further, be curious and ask questions
- have a system to track key points from conversations. In person: use the back of the business card. Virtual: take notes.
- Don’t forget the follow up. You can use the conversation, how you might used advice, 15 minutes coffee chat
- Have an online presence. LinkedIn is important, but make sure to have presence on whatever social media platform is important for your career. Include a note when sending an invite.
Breakout sessions were by topic and I was in the technology one with an alumus, Ricky Fok.
- having a background in English/linguistics/etc. is always going to put you in good stead because the hardest thing in any organization is communication
- when applying for jobs, especially in areas that may not viewed at directly tied to your degree, focus on transferrable skills
- don’t worry too much about your first job, you’re evolving and learning every day
- the pandemic has definitely changed and moved much more to remote, look forward
- there are lots of technology jobs considering that technology is so integrated into our work now
- on the flip side, there are some areas that every organization needs (such as finance, HR, legal) where someone could focus on working in tech companies if they wish