Some of the best in the business at CBC were open books on Tuesday (Jan. 22) as they gave up their time to have one-on-one conversations with those looking to learn from their career experiences. Staff members had the opportunity to meet with CBC journalists and executives as part of CBC's Staff Human Library.
The various "books" available to staff members included senior news correspondent Amanda Lang, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Centres Jennifer McGuire, The Current host Anna Maria Tremonti, The World at Six host Alison Smith, national sports correspondent Peter Armstrong and The Sunday Edition host Michael Enright, among others.
"The most exciting this about today is connecting people who work within CBC News with people who are their icons; the people that they want to be," said Jennifer McGuire. "To have the 'living books' give their time and invest in conversations with people about their own experiences, give them some face time to network and and a little bit of a mentoring chat is phenomenal."
So what kinds of questions were the "books" being asked? For Amanda Lang, it was all about breaking into the business. "The most common question is, 'What do I need to do make it?' These are kids, they're interning and they need jobs," she said. "My answer is the same which is people want to help you when you're young, they do. People want to help. But they need to see that you're super committed and you're super energized by it and if you do that and seek out help, I think people will help you."
After the one-on-ones, some of the personalities sat down for a career panel, hosted by CBC News' Suhana Meharchand.
The event leads up to Saturday's (Jan. 26) National Human Library Day where volunteers in 15 cities across the country will partake in a public human library. Check out the Human Library on CBC.ca for full information on various regional events.
You can also join in on the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CBCHumanLibrary.