Featured Alumni Network: Singapore

Singapore Alumni Gathering

With over 325,000 alumni across the world, there’s a good chance you’ll find a UBC grad where you are, no matter where that is. And Singapore is definitely one of those places. Singapore has a growing network of UBC alumni and there’s lots of ways to connect. Join the Facebook group to make new friends… Read more

5 Reasons Why Consistent Networking is Critical to Career Success

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)

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

Six UBC Alumni Make 2017 BC Business Top 30 Under 30

Six UBC alumni made the BC Business Top 30 Under 30 for 2017. Congratulations to all of them! Harrison Brown, MSc’13 (Kinesiology) – Co-founder & CEO, HeadCheck Health Inc. Vanessa Chase Lockshin, BA’10 (English) – President, The Storytelling Non-Profit Parker McLean, BA’10 (Geography) – Founder & Creative Director, In the Rye Creative Annee Ngo, BA’11… 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.

My Big Night Out in Antarctica

Camping in the Antarctic Circle

You may never have considered camping in the snow without a tent in Antarctica, but now is the time to add it to your bucket list. Worldwide Quest’s Laurielle Penny recalls her experience of camping without a tent on the Antarctic Peninsula: After an amazing day exploring at Orne Harbour and Neko Harbour along the Antarctic… Read more

The Power of Constructive Feedback, and How to Harness it

Two women shaking hands in an office, giving feedback

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

A Few of My Favourite Things in Taiwan


Taiwan may not be on your radar yet – but it should be! There’s fabulous food, a trendy contemporary art scene, gorgeous scenery, clean and efficient infrastructure and, before it gets on the mainstream radar, great value. Asian art specialist and UBC alumna Susan Lahey may lead you and fellow UBC alumni on a future… Read more

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

Millennial teamwork brainstorming planning meeting concept. Can entitlement be leveraged in a positive way?

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