Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Shifting from Good to Great

Sheri Eastman, BA’89

This concept of mindset became popular through the research of Carol Dweck who identified that many of us have either a fixed or growth mindset. Her conclusion is that people with a growth mindset will generally prosper over those with a fixed mindset.

Make It Easy For Them To Help You

Jan Jettel, BA'05 MBA'12

Why having a specific call-to-action is important when reaching out to your network. As a UBC Alumni Ambassador in San Francisco, California, I regularly get emails and messages on LinkedIn from current students and recent graduates interested in a career in the Silicon Valley. Here’s an example of a message I will receive following an… Read more

Leadership Lessons: Key Insights from our Leadership Series Kick-Off Event

Leadership Lessons: Key Insights from our Leadership Series Kick-Off Event The alumni UBC Career Development program kicked off our year-long leadership series with an alumNIGHTS: Leadership Lessons event last week. Alumni, current UBC students, and members of the community came out to hear about leadership from our esteemed host Shelina Esmail, BA’93, moderator Robin Gill,… Read more

Defining Your Leadership Style

Brad Samis

Early in my career, I joined a consulting firm and accepted a role focused on project-based work. The role offered the opportunity to travel, work with multi-national organizations, and develop solutions for sensitive business risks. It was an exciting experience, and every few months I would start a project that introduced a new client, a… Read more

Leadership. The “New” Management

Magdalena Blasiak

In the early days of my career, I was fortunate to be taken under the wing of managers who were exceptional leaders. One became my mentor. Her leadership utilized the power of listening and questioning; giving space to figure out my own answers to problems to gain footing as a leader. Her title was “Manager”… Read more

Transitioning to Winter: How to Manage Your Energy

Webinar - Managing Your Energy at Work

Autumn is like the sunset of the seasons. At first the world is more colourful. Then, the days become shorter, darker and less inviting outside. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s easy to shrug this off as something we should simply tolerate. But rather than quietly suffer through it, what if fall is a disguised opportunity… Read more

The Courage to Network: Four Simple Steps

Being confident in a new environment doesn’t always come naturally. The ability to network and meet with new people becomes easier with time and experience, but what about when you’re just starting out? Or starting over? How can you quickly begin to ingratiate yourself and build up rapport? As someone working in Business Development, I… Read more

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

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