UBC alumna, Carmen Lee, BA’01 (Political Science & International Relations) discusses some of the lessons she’s learned in her career, including the value of mentorship and importance of networking.
Getting a taste of failure and rejection will let you know before you’re in the workforce whether entrepreneurship is for you or not. I think getting an education from more places than just the classroom is critical. I thought UBC was just about the classes, but it offers so much more. There are a wealth of opportunities for students outside of their study groups and midterms, and if I could go back I would have taken advantage of them from day one.
I have had many important connections over the years, many of which are sustained today. One, in particular, stands out because it led to me joining my current organization, Fraser Health. It was actually a partner in a law firm who based on my career interests, introduced me to the VP, HR of another regional health authority. That conversation was very inspiring and it opened my eyes to the many opportunities to make a difference in the public sector.
What was your first job after graduation? I interviewed for my first full-time job in the middle of my last final exams week of my university career. The position was a one-year maternity leave contract at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island, at base salary with no benefits. My title was Coordinator, Special Events. It was… Read more
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I am currently enrolled in UWO in the doctorate in education program, within the executive cohort focusing on organizational leadership. I am currently the Director for Indigenous Health at the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Postsecondary education has opened so many opportunities for me. In 5… Read more