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

Social Brand Inc. - Amplify Online Impact

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

When it Comes to Your Career, a Little Entitlement Might Not Be Such a Bad Thing

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Recently I was coaching a mid-career alumna to make a career transition. She had found a new job posting that represented an exciting shift in direction. Though it was different than previous roles she’d held before, she had all the right qualifications. Our task together was to draw clear connections between her skills, strengths and past experience and the new role. All the necessary pieces were right there on her resume, they simply needed to be reframed

Are You Living Someone Else’s Work Life?

Are You Living Someone Else's Work Life?

Why work? It seems like a simple question but it’s generally a tough one for people to answer. Working is something that most of us take for granted in our lives, something that we just do, something we know we have to do, or ought to do, or want to do. But we rarely take… Read more