March 16, 2016
Hey everyone! I can’t believe it is that time of year where midterms are done, the Year End Gala is just a couple days away, and a full new Lazaridis Students’ Society Executive Team has been hired! But how could I forget about 5 Days for The Homeless?! As this wonderful campaign continues this week, I encourage every student to make it out to at least one event and make a small donation. Also go say “Hi” to the participants in front of the FNCC to show your support.
For a Case & Conference update, did you know we have a team participating in Spain at UNICC? After the first day, they are in FIRST place within their division. Keep your fingers crossed for them this week. Check out their standings:
With all that being said, I hope everyone has a fun and exciting week before we all start tackling final exams!
Vice President of Finance
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Surprise Flash Merchandise Sale!
SURPRISE! Missed out on buying the one-of-a-kind Lazaridis Students’ Society business casual tees and LazSocks this term OR want to buy MORE!?
Join us at our Laurier Day booth TODAY to pick up the merch! We only have a LIMITED STOCK on hand at our booth and will accept CASH ONLY.
Meet Laura Peace, Graduate Student Career Consultant
Laura Peace is the Career Consultant for graduate students at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, a Masters In Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a CHRP ( Chartered Human Resource Professional) Designation. Her professional career began on Bay Street, working as the National Recruitment Co-ordinator for CIBC. Laura later worked at BlackBerry as the Campus Recruitment Specialist where she had the opportunity to travel all across the country to recruit co-op, internship, summer students, and new graduates. Laura has been at Laurier for the past eight years where she has the pleasure of delivering comprehensive and innovative programs and services which meet the career development needs of all graduate students in the School of Business and Economics.
Students are looking for summer job opportunities, what are the best resources?
Summer job postings are available through Navigator and are updated on an on-going basis throughout the year. We receive a diverse range of opportunities in various geographic locations. Summer opportunities are available both on and off campus. In addition to applying to formal job openings, I always encourage students to tap into the hidden job market. Approximately 75% of all job openings are filled prior to being advertised and students can identify these roles through researching, networking, and prospecting. Learn how to easily identify job opportunities through our Job Search & Networking Strategies Workshop or book an individual appointment to meet with a Career Centre staff member, who can work with you to identify individual strategies to meet your career development goals.
What are tips and tools to perform well during interviews?
I have been involved in hundreds of interviews and the best advice I can give to students is be prepared. Applicants who have taken the time to review the core competencies of the role and are ready to demonstrate how they have used those skills in their previous experience are much more likely to be successful in landing the job. If you don’t have paid relevant professional experience, that’s okay! Employers look for talented students who are able to communicate their transferable skills through paid work, unpaid work, learning (including class projects or case competitions) and leisure (maybe you are a varsity athlete?). Take time to research the organization you are applying to and know what products and services they offer, as well as what their values are. Lastly, always dress professionally – first impressions are so important! Would you like to learn more about performing well during interviews? Attend an Interview Success Workshop at the Career Centre to assist you in preparing for interviews or book a mock interview with a Career Consultant who can help you practice and prepare for success in your upcoming interviews.
What is one piece of advice that you can lend to new graduates entering the business world?
As a business graduate myself, I remember what it was like entering the business world for the first time, exciting and terrifying! My advice is to be true to yourself and follow your passions, when you focus on doing work that is aligned with your strengths others will notice you and want to be part of what you are doing. Early in your career, I encourage you to get involved with work, teams, projects, and committees that excite you. Even if your first job is not exactly where you want to go, focus on doing the best you can and discover what parts of the job you love. Once you know what you are great at, you can focus on that skill set in your future career path. Lastly, continue to invest in developing your network and the relationships around you, networking is just as important throughout your professional career as it is for new graduates looking for work. Never underestimate the value of a great network.
If students want additional career help, who can they reach out to?
The Career Centre is here to help all students with their career questions. Don’t feel that you need to have all the answers, that’s what we are here for! For individual career help, students can book an appointment with a Career Centre staff member electronically through Navigator. You can also book an appointment by calling the Career Centre (Waterloo/Kitchener – 519.884.0710 x4495).
The Career Centre provides individual appointments on the following topics:
- Career Advising or Planning
- Preparing for Further Education
- What to Do When You Graduate
- Looking for Employment
Drop-in hours – Waterloo campus: you can come to the Career Centre for a 10-15 minute appointment during drop-in hours. Students/alumni are seen for drop-in hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in hours are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (no drop-in hours on Fridays) from 1-3 PM year round. Drop-in appointments are for assistance with resumés, cover letters, job search, interview coaching, or further education options and applications. In addition to individual appointments, workshops are offered frequently throughout the academic year. For a full schedule of workshops and events please view the event calendar and register for sessions on Laurier Navigator.
Looking for employment? The Career Centre has Job Postings for full-time, summer, part-time and on-campus employment opportunities.
Visit the career centre website to learn more about our services for students https://navigator.wlu.ca/career/home.htm
Who are business leaders that inspire you?
Business leaders who make a difference in the lives of others really inspire me. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is a leader I have been following with great interest. He is a doctor and entrepreneur who is revolutionizing the healthcare experience through his company that aims to connect all of a patient’s health data and leverage it with genetic information. NantWorks empowers doctors to treat patients with proven precision at the first point of care and has ultimately improved the lives of individuals everywhere. Soon-Shiong was estimated by Forbes as having a net worth of US$ 12.5 billion.
In my role, I am also inspired every day by our talented alumni. There are so many alumni doing great work across industries and their willingness to give back to Laurier and those around them is just amazing!
Each week, look forward to a Weekly Feature with exclusive Q+A’s and interviews with business leaders, alumni, and faculty. You won’t find this information anywhere else! Have a question you want to ask? Submit yours today!
WILL to Succeed Conference
Join WILL on Friday, March 18 for the annual WILL to Succeed Conference! This flagship event attracted over 100 students last year and includes networking opportunities, a complimentary lunch, and prizes! At the conference, you will have the opportunity to attend lively workshops in the functional areas of your choosing, and network with professionals to help you land your future summer internship/work term!
Tickets are FREE for WILL Premium members and $10 for all other students.
To sign-up for the annual conference, visit their Eventbrite page or register at WILL’s booth in Peters building.
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