The following is a guest blog from one of my interns, Audrey Chan, who is currently serving as a Business Development Manager for Raeallan. I asked her and my other interns to start blogging a series of posts that were relevant to them and their peers. This is Audrey’s first post. Hope you enjoy! — Bobby
DO Discover Your Passion Upon Graduation
2:30pm. June 20th 2012. Graduate, Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science.
During my convocation ceremony a week ago, I caught up with classmates and listened to their future career plans. Some will be attending graduate studies in the fall, others have secured job positions, and others like me are still “bumming around” trying to look for a full-time job. It seems to me that everyone is stressed out about finding a job as soon as possible after graduation, even though they don’t know exactly what they want to do yet. On the other hand, I want to discover where my passion lies before rushing into any specific industry. This is the reason I took an internship with Raeallan, wanting to try something different although I majored in Biomedical Engineering. This experience has also been completely different from my previous 15 month internship at a Sanofi Pasteur (pharmaceutical).
“If you’re taking a job for the next five to 10 years of your life, you want to make sure it’s the right one. Be persistent and really search for what you want to do,” says Maeghan Smulders. Maeghan went on a 112-day ‘speed interning spree’ http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1201971–super-intern-maeghan-smulders-lands-47-job-offers-and-one-job-after-112-day-speed-interning-spree even though she was offered 47 job positions, in order to land her ‘perfect’ job.
I’m not stressed about being unemployed and Maeghan’s journey definitely confirmed with me that first finding my passion and interest is the right way to go. I should be experimenting with different internships/opportunities, learning more about what type of job I want (or do not want) to have down the road. It’s been a bit over a month since I started my internship at Raeallan. Having met Bobby, I have already learned a lot and discovered more about myself. Bobby is a caring “father” figure, who invests his time to develop his interns even though we will be leaving him after the summertime. He focuses on not only what he wants out of me but what I want to achieve out of the internship. Recently, Bobby gave me the opportunity to attend a GameOn Leadership workshop with Ryan Coelho, where I established career goals to reach for next year. I’m enjoying my time here while being inspired to slowly break away from my shyness to be able to voice my experiences and thoughts with others. Even though it’s not a permanent full-time job, as long as I’m happy right?
This thought made me dig up a conversation I had with a friend. We were casually chatting and he jokingly asked me for tips on how to live life! I didn’t think much about the following four points when I typed it out to him. With everything including my outlook on my current unemployment as a recent graduate, I subconsciously keep these points in mind. I believe it greatly reduces stress and life becomes much more cheerful… and this positivity can spread to others around you!
1. Be happy
2. Slow down
3. Do something good for someone
4. Keep it simple
I don’t know where I will end up in the Fall or in a year… or in 5 years… but that’s okay because I know that I’ll be learning and be inspired as I pick different paths in life. For the past month at Raeallan, I’ve been introduced to business development and more importantly, I’ve become more familiar with social media. In the article that Maeghan wrote, she also believes personal branding and thorough job evaluations are essential for those starting out.
Personal Branding. Recently, I’ve been trying to be more present in different social media avenues. Honestly, I still haven’t yet grasped the idea of Twitter. As an introvert, it’s still hard for me to share my thoughts and ideas publicly (as with this blog post) because I didn’t think that anyone would be interested. However, I realized that social media is a perfect place for leaders to connect and reach out to others… and I want to be one of these leaders.
I still have some work to do in order to build my personal brand online… and a whole life to figure out, but I’ll take it one step at a time.
Audrey‘s Bio: Audrey is a recent graduate from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. She majored in Biomedical Engineering and is looking to pursue a career in the industry. She has a strong leadership background, with experience as the President – Youth Group of Mon Sheong Foundation (non-profit) and executive involvements for diverse university associations ranging from a cultural to technical focus. She enjoys volunteering for seniors and youth, learning magic tricks, solving puzzles, as well as staying active being a part-time dragonboater and playing sports.