Should You Use a Template for Your Professional Bio?

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It might be the most important paragraph (or two) you ever write. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard. Even for the strongest writers, the professional bio presents a real challenge. In the digital age your bio is your calling card, your first chance to capture the attention of potential employers or clients. So it has… Read more

The Power of Your Internal Network

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In the mad rush to expand our external networks, we overlook an equally important network: our internal network, the network we build inside our current organization.

How to go from Employee to Entrepreneur

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In June, alumna Candy Motzek, BASc’85 presented a live webinar to UBC alumni on how to shift from the role of employee to entrepreneur. She received so many questions that she decided to answer some of them in our Career Blog. If you missed her webinar, you can view the archive here. Do you have… Read more

What is Career Agility and Why Do You Need it?

What is Career Agility and Why Do You Need it?

This past week alumni UBC launched the pilot of an online career development program called “Career Agility: Leverage Your Strengths & Design Your Work.” This innovative program is offered completely online and exclusively to UBC alumni. The program is still in the development stage. We invited 15 alumni to participate in the prototype, with a… Read more

3 Strategies Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive in the Digital Economy

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By Wilson Lee, BA’09 Entrepreneurs, small businesses and independent retailers face numerous challenges. High rent, high labour, high inventory and low margins are just some of the barriers to reaching your goals. The good news is, with a few small changes, you can learn to effectively leverage today’s digital economy and address your challenges effectively,… Read more

Career Development is for Everyone

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One of the common misconceptions about the Alumni Career Development program at alumni UBC is that it’s a program for new grads. Recent graduates certainly participate actively in our career initiatives, but the programs we create are for all of our graduates, a global network of more than 325,000 UBC graduates in 140 countries, at all stages of the career lifecycle.

5 Reasons Why Consistent Networking is Critical to Career Success

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What are you doing to build and nurture your professional network? In an era where career advancement is rooted in connection and community, it is no longer optional to make networking a part of your weekly schedule. Even if you are in a job you love, this still holds true. No matter your industry, or stage in your career lifecycle, professional relationship building (ie networking) is critical to your ongoing growth and success.

Tell Your Leadership Story (and Move Forward in Your Career)

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It takes agility to navigate today’s workplace. A time of rapid change demands the willingness to pivot repeatedly. It is no longer the status quo to stay in one role, or even one industry throughout your career. So if you’re feeling like your CV resembles a patchwork quilt, you’re not alone. But if you want… Read more

Marketing Your Best Self Online

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Today’s alumni UBC Live Career Webinar featured social media maven Nicola Fairweather, owner of Social Brand Inc., a digital marketing agency in Vancouver. No one knows more about social media and online branding than Nicola so the presentation was rich with valuable tips and strategies for setting up and maintaining a consistent online brand across… Read more

Q&A With Professional Presence Expert Katherine Lazaruk, BEd’95: A Follow Up to the Live Webinar

Q&A With Professional Presence Expert Katherine Lazaruk, BEd'95: A Follow Up to the Live Webinar

Want to learn how to create and leverage a strong personal brand to achieve more professional success? alumni UBC recently presented a live career webinar where alumna Katherine Lazaruk, BEd’95, one of Vancouver’s most sought-after professional presence experts, offered her top tips and tricks. Following the webinar, Katherine participated in a Q&A with Alumni Career Educator, Michele Murphy, MA’10.

The Power of Constructive Feedback, and How to Harness it

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Truly great leaders know how to effectively give constructive feedback. It’s a difficult skill to master, but fundamental to the professional growth of both individuals and organizations. As challenging as it is to provide feedback, it can be just as hard to receive it. The feeling that we are being criticized triggers defensiveness, which in turn… Read more