Ole Landmark Bjornstad, BASc’10

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People see the world through their own lens that is affected by their past experiences. You have no idea what other people are thinking and how they experience events. Ask them, and you will learn a lot.

Amanda Truscott, BA’07

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I spent a lot of time paralyzed with doubt. I’d love to tell my younger self that doubt is no excuse to not write, and that the more I wrote, the more confident I’d feel.

Riaz Bandali, BSc ’91

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When I started my first year at UBC, I was planning on studying to become a dentist. Career plans, like people, evolve over time.

Rayka Kumru, BA’12

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I went to UBC to study political science. I wanted to be a lawyer or to work in human rights activism. Although not totally irrelevant, never would I have imagined in a million years that I would end up becoming a sexologist.

Tim Vipond, MBA’13

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There’s no way to predict where your career will take you. Just focus on learning in the moment, make as many connections as possible, and capitalize on good opportunities when they present themselves.

Tsavo Neal, BA’15

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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.

Karen Dickenson-Smith, MPH’16

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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.

Eric Kristiansen, BPE’90

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Begin with the end in mind. Follow your heart and make career choices that reflect this. Where there is true passion and purpose, there is excellence and my contribution to the world will be exponentially larger than simply being focused on ‘getting a job.’

Humaira Hamid, BSc’10

Humaira Hamid, BSc'10

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

Jenny Morgan, BSW’03

Jenny Morgan, BSW'03

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

Wordsobe Byeong-Ju Mun, MSc’13

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Professional problem-solving field: data analytics or mathematical analysis If you weren’t in your current job field, what would you be doing? I would like to be a mathematician who researches the mathematical theory of fluid dynamics, or a statistician who researches the operations analysis for business or… Read more

Jeremy Bekar, BSc(Biology)’01

What was your first job after graduation? Following Graduation, I was living in New York and needed a job which could also supply a work Visa. Luckily, my UBC BSc allowed me to work in the pharmaceutical industry; however, I ended up on the marketing/education side of the business in a field called CME. Using… Read more