Your first 90 days, hit the ground running

Nicole Yeasting and colleagues

Before my last career change, I was introduced to an incredibly helpful book, The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael D. Watkins. This book became an essential guide as I started my new role. Watkins argues that your first 90 days in a new role is… Read more

How to build hope and momentum in a zone of unknown

Leah Marks as Daisy the Clown

I have enjoyed many careers. I was Daisy the Clown, a college instructor, primary caregiver, a University Academic Advisor and most recently, a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice. This is my 10th career transition. Through each career I derived a sense of identity, purpose, and worth. In each career transition, I felt self-critical, fearful,… Read more

Contest: Win free UBC cinnamon buns for a year

UBC Cinnamon Bun

The UBC cinnamon bun. A classic treat, enjoyed by countless students at UBC over the last 65 years. And now, we at alumni UBC, along with our partners at Manulife Financial, TD Insurance and BMO alumni UBC MasterCard would like to bring the cinnamon bun experience off campus and into the home (or workplace) of one lucky UBC graduate, staff or faculty member.

3 ways to use your strengths to craft resume statements

Isabeau Iqbal

In comparison to the time you invest in crafting your resume, employers spend only a fraction of that time reviewing it. For your resume to make it to the list of “to consider” candidates, you need to provide clear evidence that you possess the right strengths and experience for the advertised position. In this post,… Read more

Time is Of the Essence: The Eight Hour Dilemma

Forest Kong, BA'18

“When one chapter closes, another opens”. Gone were the long bus rides to campus, the weekly VSEUS meetings, and days of frantically cramming for exams the night before. The idea of having to face new challenges in life seemed so expectable, yet that reality did not set in for me until my last moments on… Read more

Ten Podcasts to Boost your Career


I love a good podcast. Although, truthfully, I really only started enjoying them quite recently. I am more of a visual learner; and it was difficult to adapt at first.  However, I decided to try it again and I found so much joy tapping into this super popular medium covering so many topics – including… Read more

Four Tips when Handling a Difficult Conversation

Difficult Conversations

There are very few people who feel comfortable having difficult conversations with someone on their team, their supervisor or even in their personal lives. But they are so important as you move forward in your career.  To reframe the idea,  I like to think of them as courageous conversations. Tough and direct conversations can be… Read more

What’s on your mind? The power of journaling


For a lot of people, the thought of journaling sounds like writing in a diary, but it can be much more than that. Journaling is a powerful outlet to jot down thoughts, questions or insights, and it can help settle the brain and create greater self-awareness; a key component in career self-management.

Trek’s top stories of 2018

UBC cinnamon bun - Trek's top stories of 2018

In 2018, Trek brought you stories about psychedelics, ornithology, smart cities, and lunar expeditions. It also featured Q&As with Dr. David Suzuki, national news anchor Robin Gill, and internationally-renowned tenor Fraser Walters. In the end, however, Trek‘s most read story of the year was about a sweet, sticky treat at the heart of many alumni… Read more

Top podcasts of 2018

Top podcasts of 2018

For many years, since before the podcast became the popular medium it is today, we have recorded and released much of our in-person programming in audio form for your listening enjoyment. As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back at the year of alumni UBC programming we have had the… Read more