What is a mock interview you ask?

Hi everyone!

As you may (or may not know), mock interviews are off and running!

Just a reminder that mock interviews run:

  • Tuesdays 2 & 3pm by appointment
  • Thursdays 4 & 5pm by appointment

Please come by the Student Life Centre if you would like more information or to make an appointment!

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What is a mock interview you might ask??

Well, a mock interview is simply a practice interview. A mock interview will give you a chance to practice for an actual interview you may have coming up and receive feedback about your interview performance.

A mock interview can help you develop strategies to answer interview questions, improve your communication skills and most importantly help reduce stress/nerves you may be experiencing regarding your upcoming interview.

What type of mock interview will I receive??

Your mock interview will be a panel interview consisting of 2 friendly career peers. The format of the interview will be: 30 mins of questions, 10 minutes of self reflection and 10 minutes of feedback from the interviewers.

You will provide us with your resume and a specific job posting/description of a job you wish/are applying for. This helps us tailor the interview to meet your specific needs!

How to prepare for your mock interview??

Try and take your mock interview as seriously as you would an actual interview! We suggest you prepare for your interview the same you would for an actual interview (practice answering questions, research the company of interest etc.)

To get the most out of your experience we suggest you follow basic interview rules such as arriving 10 mins early, dress professional, bring a copy of your interview/any possible references, shake hands with the interviewer etc. This allows you to get into the habit of strong interview tactics!

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I hope these tips can help you feel better about you mock interview process with the Student Life Centre.

I hope you all take advantage of this amazing learning tool! I look forward to meeting you and we will see you on the other side of the table!

Best of luck as you build your career skills,

Kaitlin

What to do with a nutrition degree other than RD – Part 4

Hey There!

If you are in Food and Nutrition and are not sure what to do after graduation, this is a post for you! For those of you who haven’t read part 1, 2 & 3; I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

This weeks post will be in regards to Food Safety. With the great lab courses offered at Brescia, we have practical knowledge in terms of food safety. It is very important and can be a great sector to pursue a career in!

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For those of you looking for a summer job, here is a job posting I found that would be excellent experience in applying for a permanent position in the future!

For a more permanent type position here is an example of employment that may be just for you!

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Remember not to get discouraged, job searching takes time and effort. But don’t forget to attend networking events, you never know who you will meet, maybe your next employer??

Look up other resources and upcoming events on the SLC website.

-One Brescia girl to another*

New Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours + Next Step!

Hello Brescia girls!

Just a reminder that the Career Peers at the Student Life Centre are still offering Resume and Cover Letter feedback every week.

We have a new schedule this semester, so please pay attention for the updated time periods below.

Bring a hard copy of either document and we will be happy to help! :)resume pic

Monday: 2:30-4:30pm(Also available in Mandarin)

Tuesday: 12-2pm (Also available in Cantonese)

Wednesday: 2-4pm (Also available in French)

Thursday: 12-2pm

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After getting your feedback from the Career Peer and now having an excellent resume and cover letter, do you know your next step?

Yes! Mock Interviews!

The Student Life Centre Mock interview program is new this term  and is used for helping students get more familiar with the interview process.

Interviews can be tailored to specific job/volunteer opportunities that students are hoping to apply for. The more information provided, the more relative questions will be asked. So it also provides students opportunity to practice interview skills in a professional and realistic setting.

To schedule a mock interview, drop by the Student Life Centre or email us (bucstudent.life@uwo.ca) with your availability:

Appointments are available in Winter 2015 on Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm and Thursdays 4:00pm-5:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm. Mock interviews are 1 hour in length.

Please note:

  • You must sign up no later than 48 hours prior to your intended interview time and interview times fill up on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 24 hours before your interview, you must complete the online form that will be provided to you upon confirming your appointment (and this form will ask you to upload your resume a job description if you are applying for a specific role)

Sounds exciting right?  Why not join us now!

The Career Peer Team is here to support you to become more confident with your interview skills. Sign up now!

For more information, please go to

http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/delightful-downloads/2015/01/General-Mock-Interview-Student-Info-Sheet.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I learned over the Christmas Break..

Hi Everyone!

Even though we are almost through our 2nd week of classes for second term I wanted to say welcome back! This is my first blog post since before Christmas so I wanted to ease back into it.

Over the Christmas break I had the opportunity to do some travelling. I visited Orlando, Florida and Cayo Coco, Cuba. If you remember from our first week of blogs I mentioned my heart belongs to Disney World so of course that is where I spent my time in Orlando. Things I learned from my trips…

1. Disney World really is the most magical place on earth! It can make you forgot all about life’s problems in simply a week. I spent the week not worrying about anything except the present day. It made it realize some important things in my life such as love, friendship and memories.

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2. Cuba is a beautiful island. It can make you feel relaxed and recharged for your second semester of the school year.

3. Returning back to Canada at 1am on the Monday classes resumed can be very Stressful!!

With point 3…I learned that I do not handle stress the best in my life. Having spent almost all of my Christmas break travelling and not looking at a calendar once, I felt extremely overwhelmed when I returned back to school. I realized I needed to develop some stress coping mechanisms in my life for when things get rocky. I thought I would share with all of you what I found on my search:

1. First, figure out where the stress is coming from: For me this was easy, I realized my schedule and multiple commitments were the source of the problem. By targeting the actual cause of the stress in your life, you are one step closer to understanding the problem and building solutions to help manage the stress.

2. Manage your time well: As with my case, stress can happen because of multiple conflicts in your daily schedule. Try to manage your time the best you can (yes I know being a student can be hard work and managing your time does not always work well) but just try. Try keeping a schedule/planner to help keeps your days on track. Also understand that you cannot accomplish it all!! Target what it important to complete and move other things around that can be completed at a later time.

3. Do what you love: try to select activities that make you happy. Take time for yourself. Take time to breathe deeply. I find that yoga works well for me. What are some things that you love doing that can help relieve stress in your life?

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Here is hoping for a stress free semester (or at least better strategies to cope with stress)!

Be well,

Kaitlin

Source: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/07/11/10-practical-ways-to-handle-stress/

What to do with a nutrition degree – Other than RD – Part 3

Hey Brescia Girls!!

I hope your Winter semester is going well! For those of you who haven’t read part 1 and 2, I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

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This week’s post will be about health promotion. What better person to promote a healthy lifestyle than a Food & Nutrition student?? Here at Brescia we are taught to be leaders in our field and to be bold in everything we do. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect fit for a health promoter?

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Here is an example of a Health Promoter position in Brampton, Ontario, that would be a great fit for someone with a Food & Nutrition degree.

Keep an open mind while job searching, and apply to what you are interested in! Even if you are missing one of the criteria you still may be the most qualified applicant, believe in yourself and your abilities! :)

For more tips on job searching visit the Student Life Center website.

-One Brescia girl to another*

WANT TO BE INSPIRED?

As a third year student, I am constantly thinking of how to make my university life more meaningful, and I start to make a long list of all the things I can do to achieve self-improvement, however, reality always challenges me so that I cannot act on most of them which makes me disappointed.

Do you also have lots of things written down on your to-do list?  Why you don’t start to do them?

Are you waiting for inspiration? Then here you go!

Here are 6 inspiring quotes from Mario Cuomo that helped me a lot and I hope that will also help you:

(1) ” You will not be able to tell that they are capable of greatness until you provide them with a packed house, a 3-and-2 count and the game is on the line.”

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(2) ” Most of us have achieved levels of affluence and comfort unthought of two generations ago. We’ve never had it so good, most of us. Nor have we ever complained so bitterly about our problems.”
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(3) ” There are only two rules for being successful; one, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.”
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(4)  ” Decide exactly what you want to achieve. Do you want to help people, or do you want to be powerful?”
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(5) ” Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right.”
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(6) ” In this life, you should read everything you can read. Taste everything you can taste. Meet everyone you can meet. Travel everywhere you can travel. Learn everything you can learn. Experience everything you can experience.”
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For more detail information, go and check this link to inspire yourself !

A New Year, A New Me

Welcome back All,

For many of you it may be a dread to be back or maybe some of you are excited that you’re going to be done school in less than 4 more months! Or maybe you have a list of new year resolutions you may want to do to enhance your university experience.

No matter what year you are in your undergrad, you should be able to enjoy your time as a student on campus and meet new people.

Here are some little quick tips for you to enhance your university experience this semester!

Attend Western Varsity Games

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http://www.westernmustangs.ca/calendar.aspx?tab=varsitysports

One of my favourite things to do around campus is going to varsity games to celebrate our athletes and our school spirit. The season is filled with hockey, volleyball, basketball, track and field and fencing. The best part of these varsity games is that if you are a Western student it’s free! Gather some friends and support our Varsity Athletes!

Get Involved with London Community Events

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http://www.londonsfarmersmarket.ca/

There are always tons of students events on campus but the London community offers different fun activities for students to enjoy. Don’t just be stuck in the student community instead get engaged in the community you are living in.

The Western Fair, always has great events hosted and it’s a great way for you to see what the city has to offer you.

One of my favourite weekend things that doesn’t cost you much is going to farmer markets. The biggest farmer market is at Western Fair and happens every Saturday! Its a great place to get fresh produce, see unique food cuisine and there’s always food samples!

Or visit the Western Fair website to see some fun events like the London’s Bridal Expo.

http://www.londontourism.ca/Events/Winter-Events/Page/1

Take Advantage of Brescia Student Council and Brescia Community Events:

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1553872658179667/

Our big school event for Brescia Ball is coming up but don’t be disappointed if you didn’t get any tickets for Brescia Ball. Because you can always attend the Wine and Cheese Event on January 23rd 2015 at 7pm in the Mercato.

Feel free to just get a group of friends and dress up to attend.

If you’re not free that weekend, University Student Council Charity team is hosting Charity Ball on January 31st. Or go to the Spoke on Main Campus where there are weekly different activities like listening to Rick McGhie with some delicious nachos!

Visit their websites to see upcoming school events.

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There are endless amount of opportunities and events to enhance your university experience. But the only tip I can give you to help you is to chase after it. If you want something, you have to find it and just do it.

Grab a friend, pick something to do and enjoy your university time.

Enjoy and embrace this semester. Enjoy the stress, enjoy the company you have along side and enjoy the opportunity to learn something new everyday!

Cheers,

Carmen

 

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone, hope you enjoyed the holiday and welcome back!

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There are some updates and exciting events coming up.

(1) New time for Term 2 Drop in Hours:

  • Mondays      2:30 pm-4:30 pm (Mandarin)
  • Tuesdays     12:00-2:00 pm (Cantonese)
  • Wednesdays  2:00-4:00 pm (French)
  • Thursdays 12:00-2:00 pm

(2) We will have a Promo Booth in Library Hall foyer on Thursday Jan.7th 12:30-2:30 PM.  Career Peers will be there and answer all your questions toward new events coming up this semester. Such as Career symposium which will be on Thursday February 5th 6:00-9:30 PM and Mock Interview.

(3) if you took some of the workshops last semester or you still want to get Career Development Certificate, don’t forget to check the Brescia website for workshop dates!

For detail information, go and check http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/student-life/career-professional-development/types-of-support/

What to do with a Nutrition Degree-other than a RD? Part 2

Heyyyyy :)

Are you currently in a Food and Nutrition degree and are not sure what you can do other than the famous dietetic internship? You are not alone!

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If you missed last week’s post in this regard, I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

This week’s job posting is targeted more towards the restaurant business. With a Nutrition degree imagine how good of a match this could be! Nutrition in the restaurant business is becoming increasingly important! Check out this excellent article in Best Health Magazine to find out more.

Here is an example of a job posting at Tim Hortons, which are literally everywhere, that you could do with a nutrition degree.

With the motivation to find a job that fits your values, anything is possible!

Remember to stop by the Student Life Centre if you have any questions or need tips on how to better prepare for job searching!

-One Brescia girl to another*