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Grants, Crying, and Finding the Confidence to Get What You Want: A Guide to Getting or Making a Summer Job
Disclaimer: I am not that good at getting employed, but I know a little.
I’ve inherited my fear of unemployment from my immigrant parents, which means by February – when literally no jobs applications are open – I’m already worried about what my summer will look like. After years of stressful retail employment, I ventured into “more applicable” jobs that offered new skills or were at least somewhat in the field I care about (which changes daily). This meant going through the Ontario Public Service Portal, individual companies, and every employment website ever. I even started two folders: “resumes and cover letters from jobs I have been rejected from” and “resumes and cover letters that I at least got an interview for or landed the job”. The latter was a very, very, very small folder. But as a small angry woman, I have figured out how to find jobs or, better yet, make the job I want. I am by no means an expert – with a hiring rate of about 18% – but I can offer some advice for finding a summer job.
Presidential Update - July 2019
The summer months have been exciting for OUSA as we welcome a new year of Steering Committee. It didn’t take long for us to get our feet wet, however! Our Steering Committee has been hard at work at both Welcome Conference and Strategic Conference setting the strategic direction and preparing for another year of student driven advocacy. We established our four advocacy priorities for the year, to be released in the coming months. We are excited to work with our partners - old and new - and welcome the new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano to the sector.
Steering Committee Introductions: Nivi Sethumadhavan
I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost excitement for being able to advocate on behalf of students in Ontario this year with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. My name is Niveditha Sethumadhavan (everyone calls me Nivi), and I am honored to serve as the Vice-President, External Affairs of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), along with serving as a Steering Committee member for OUSA this year.
Steering Committee Introductions: Will Greene
My name is Will Greene and I am the Vice President of University Affairs for the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to represent my peers from Queen’s as a member of this year’s OUSA Steering Committee.
Steering Committee Introductions: Matthew Gerrits
Partners, Priorities and Progress: Matthew’s Entry blog
The warm weather has returned and so have I! Looking at my old entry blog I talked about the ability to serve, empower and represent students. One year on, I see so many opportunities and partners that can help make Ontario a better place for undergraduate students.
Steering Committee Introductions: Katlyn Kotila
My name is Katlyn Kotila and I am the Vice President Education of the Laurentian University Students’ General Association (SGA/AGÉ) in Sudbury, Ontario. Currently I am entering my third year of my undergraduate degree where I am double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies.
Steering Committee Introductions: Shawn Cruz
My name is Shawn Cruz, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the Vice President: University Affairs for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts at Laurier, primarily taking courses in Economics and Political Science, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve on OUSA’s Steering Committee this year.
Steering Committee Introductions: Rayna Porter
Advocacy: it’s a huge part of my role as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA). Connecting with students about what matters to them and then bringing that information through the appropriate channels to university administration to enact positive change is really rewarding.
Steering Committee Introductions: David Bath
Hi there! My name is David Bath, and I am one of the newest members of the OUSA steering committee for 2019-2020. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to advocate for over 150,000 undergraduate students across the province, and work alongside so many dedicated student leaders from a diverse array of institutions. Now for the self-glorifying portion of this blog, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself, and how I ended up working in this position.
Steering Committee Introductions: Cat Dunne
My name is Catherine Dunne, and I’m the Vice President of Western University’s Students’ Council this year, as well as the incoming President of OUSA. I also recently graduated with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, with a concentration in International Human Rights. This program helped me to see the value of an undergraduate degree to develop key skills in critical thinking, an in-depth understanding of our political system, and develop research skills.