Round #1: Say hello
From: Lisa Khoo
Date: Feb. 11, 2002 5:32 PM
Hello Brent, Tara, Wes, Robyn and Oliver,
Thanks for agreeing to be part of this panel discussion! I think it's going to be quite interesting. I'll start by asking you to introduce yourself to each other
From: Robyn Osmond
Date: Feb. 18, 2002 11:03 AM
My name is Robyn Osmond and I am currently attending Red River College. I have a Human Resource Management Certificate with Honours, a Management Development Certificate, and I will be graduating with my Diploma in Business Administration in June.
I am 21, and have lived in Winnipeg most of my life. I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do in the job field. Right now I think that I want to be like other college and university grads, and just grab a backpack and see the world for awhile, but my ideas on where I will be headed change every day!
I am currently the president of the Red River College Students' Association. It takes up a lot of my time, but I find it rewarding and fun, and such a positive experience.
When I finally do settle for a job I think that I would like to work in the area of Human Resource Management. I would really like to be involved in the selection processes, as well as training and development. My mix of business education could lead me in interesting ways as well, maybe even owning my own business one day. Who knows?
From: Tara Learn
Feb. 25, 2002 12:51 AM
Hi guys! My name is Tara Learn and I'm a science student majoring in biopsychology at the University of British Columbia. I'm currently in year four of a five-year degree.
Let's see.... I was born in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, B.C., 21 years ago and I've been here ever since. It's a beautiful city filled with lots of interesting stuff to do and most importantly, where all of my friends and family are.
UBC is a great community to be a part of. My first venture into student involvement was with Imagine UBC, our first day orientation program for all 5000 incoming first year students. I started off as a leader, became a Director and, just this past summer, an event co-ordinator. I'm currently the vice-president external-elect with our Alma Mater Society, our UBC student society as well as a UBC Student Ambassador and an AMS Speakeasy Peer Counsellor.
As for what career plans I have, well, that's a bit of a tougher question. I always thought that I would graduate with a science degree and head right in Medical School. However, my experience here at UBC has revealed so many more career options that I previously never knew were available. I've made a decision not to go into medicine and instead pursue a career in business. What area of business I'll decide to focus on is still up in the air at this point.
I find that with every experience I pursue I come a little closer to deciding what field I plan on focusing on.
From: Oliver Bladek
Date: Feb. 18, 2002 10:36 AM
Hey team -
While many of you might think I'm procrastinating, today is actually a statutory holiday in Alberta, so all of you owe me time and a half. :)
Hi! I'm Oliver, and I'm a 4th year joint degree student doing a B.Sc. / B.Comm. major in Biology and General Management at the University of Calgary. My mom keeps telling me I'm 20, but all my friends think I'm 12. I've lived all my life in Calgary, and while my friends from across the country feel bad for me, I assure them it's much better than living in Edmonton.
I initially started off wanting to pursue microbiology, but the faculty and courses became far too competitive (everyone in that program wants to get into medicine, so every last grade-point is imperative), so I decided to add a degree in Management. I'm still taking the biology courses since I completed all the tough organic chemistry and biochemistry courses and I didn't want those to go to waste. As such, I've got two more years left in my program (it's a five-year program, but I'm only taking one course each semester this year due to my involvement with the Students' Union).
So, this raises the question of why I wanted to do such a combination?
Coming out of university with just a biology degree, I felt that I had
1. Go into medicine
2. Do a masters' and follow an academic path in life
3. Choose between Wendy's or Swiss Chalet for full-time work.
As such, I've noticed that the current employment environment requires recent graduates to be dynamic, multi-talented, and versatile. I think that my degree combination sets me up to do just that. While I still haven't ruled out applying for med school, I now realize that medicine isn't the 'be all, end all' of the rest of my life, and my management degree now serves as more of a 'backup plan.'
The biggest fear that I have in my career is getting stuck at the entrance to an industry in a catch-22 paradigm: needing more experience to gain meaningful employment, but needing said employment for more experience.
From: Brent Meyer
Date: Feb. 19, 2002 8:07 PM
Hello Wes, Tara, Oliver, Robyn and Lisa
My name is Brent Meyer. I am a 22-year-old student in my third year of studying criminal justice at Grant MacEwan College/Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta. I am a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. I grew up in Parkland County outside of Edmonton and attended John Maland High School with 330 other students in Devon, Alberta, population 5,000.
At Grant MacEwan I have served as a Student Society president, a Student General Assembly member, vice-president (academic) and I am currently the president of the student association, GMCSA.
I am looking at working in the justice system, either as a police member or lawyer and eventually working with the Solicitor General's Office. I write the RCMP exam (RPAT) on March 11.
I am currently taking acoustic guitar lessons, I love reading and any recreational sports. Have you ever heard of UniHockey? I play it and I'll explain.
Well, that is enough about me. I have Family Day off on Monday I hope your weekends are/were great.
From Wes McLean
Date: Feb. 14, 2002 9:22 AM
Greetings fellow panelists!
I am a 21-year-old arts student majoring in political science and economics at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I am currently in my second year of study and I hail from Perth-Andover, a village roughly 100 kilometres east of the Quebec/N.B. border. After serving as 1st Year Liasion on the Students' Representative Council, I was elected to the position of vice-president external.
Upon completion of my BA, I hope to enter law school, although I have not decided upon where. (I suppose I should go to whatever place will let me in. Beggars aren't choosers!) I currently have no idea what type of law interests me the most. It is safe to say that I am equally intrigued by all aspects. Some say there are too many lawyers in society which may or may not be true. However, there can be no doubt that there will always be a need for advocacy.
In addition to student union involvement, I spend my spare time playing trombone and singing with the Thomists, an 18-member big band based in Fredericton.
Round #1: Say hello
Round #2: The challenges
Round #3: Choosing a career
Round #4: Are you ready?
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