Ted Maddess, BSc’80

I think maintaining a positive attitude is very important. I’ve had setbacks but generally speaking, after a little reflection, you can see what you learned from the thing that didn’t work out and use it to your advantage later.

Lily Liang, BSc’11

During my years at UBC, I participated in the co-op program, and had the opportunity to try out many different professional jobs, such as accounting and business analysis. Although I could do those jobs well, and even received offers to stay on permanently, I never gave up searching for that “dream job.”

Lesley Taylor, MEd’97

My ‘aha’ moment was when I realized that I had become a leader. When I was younger I did not think of myself as leadership material but other people saw the potential in me and I was regularly singled out for leadership opportunities.

Carmen Lee, BA’01

Carmen Lee, BA'01

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.

Hinda Avery, PhD ’93

My happiest times at UBC were during my visual art classes, where I was able to learn from and work with wonderful instructors. The skills I gained during my time at UBC have helped my current art.

Ole Landmark Bjornstad, BASc’10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.