1. As a student, what was your dream job? Did it change or do you feel like you have achieved it?
My dream job was actually to work for CSIS or to work as a translator for a video game company like Ubisoft. I ended up finding my way into marketing while I was finishing my master’s in Toronto, and I used a lot of the skills I had learned while working for the SFUO Foot Patrol and grew from there. Now I’m a full-time digital account manager for a marketing agency in the GTA!
2. What aspects of your uOttawa experience have been the most helpful in the job market?
The professors, the different technology and resources available at uOttawa, the student spaces, the SFUO, and just the myriad of groups and clubs on campus all helped shape my university experience, and I met so many amazing people that helped me get to where I am today. They always say it's about who you know, not what you know, and I met some incredible people at uOttawa that not only inspired me, but helped me find my way into the job market.
3. What advice do you have to share with students and new graduates?
Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of the dorm/apartment! Meet other students and meet new people, talk to your professors, be that dork that sits in the front two rows, put your phone away, and pay attention. Listen, take it all in and be open minded. Make real connections with people, because I'll be honest, you'll probably forget all the things you studied for your exams, but you remember the people and those people are the ones who might help you later on in life.
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