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As a dean, this is the most fulfilling time of year for me.
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This is pretty big: graduating high school! It's a major accomplishment. Now, for the first time, you get to decide what your next steps will be. College? University? Both are exciting options, but there is one important question you need to answer.
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It's that time of year again when our hardworking students get ready to graduate. While graduation lasts only a day the memories last forever, so give them a celebration they'll never forget with these eats and tips for a perfect Grad party.
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If you've grown up with parents who overprotected you, did too much for you, and made you feel like everything was coming to you, you're going to be at an even greater disadvantage than the average graduate in today's marketplace. These helicopter parents love their kids but they're doing them a terrible disservice, as their kids are coming out of college and university lacking the basic skills and mindset that will set them up for success.
Spring. The days are getting longer and the spring flowers are already peeking through. But if you recently graduated from college or university, you might be oblivious to the beautiful weather as that nagging question "What am I going to do now?" starts ringing through your head.
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I've been surprised to discover how the world of work and learning has so much in common. Organizational structure, measuring success, deadlines and the difference between hearing and learning have all come in to play. As my first cohort of students graduate here is snapshot of what I have learned so far:
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Not only can a career in sales provide exposure to different industries and emerging markets, it can serve as a launchpad for an intriguing and fulfilling career path and can be a good fit for any personality type. In fact, a strong background in sales could lead straight to the C-suite.
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I may have never taught you, but I want you to hear this: I feel I know you. I taught you, kid. Or versions of you. Taught you in kindergarten, in Grade 3, again in Grade 5 and in Grade 7. You moved quickly through the years. And now you are finally here, at the pinnacle of your secondary schooling career. You've reached the top, kid. This is it.
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Time to ditch those princess dresses for something a little unconventional.
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Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?
For the millions of students who have walked across a stage during the last month, the transition into "real world" is afoot, complete with the inevitable first day jitters that come with starting a brand new job.
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It's graduation season, and whether you're transitioning from high school to college or from university to the working world, it's time to end one chapter and start a whole new one. Like most changes...
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June can be the month when students are immersed in the world of carefree parties, peers and possibilities. The festivities surrounding grade 12 graduation events tend to be an exercise in pushing boundaries, creating memories and grasping the moment. This is all very exciting for the youth involved, and somewhat terrifying for the parents of these youth.
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Graduation is a time for celebration, but it can also be as scary as hell. It's the official transition into adulthood, a transition into the real world, where people go to work and pay the bills. That can be a lot of pressure. Give the grad in your life one of these books to take the edge off and leave them feeling inspired about what's next.
It's a simple truth that some teenagers will likely drink alcohol on prom night. This isn't a wise decision, and one I hope your teenager will never make. That's why I've created an entire video series to help parents navigate the challenges of preventing underage drinking
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Social media is an incredibly powerful tool that today is available to everyone. And like any tool, there is a right and wrong way of using it. While recruiters are not necessarily interested in millennials' selfies or meals, hiring managers are certainly looking to their profiles, timelines and boards to vet candidates and learn more about them.
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You're supposed to know how to make your parents proud and make a whack of cash, kicking ass and taking numbers along the way. Right? The truth is, you're not supposed to know what the future looks like. Nobody does. Why didn't anybody tell you this? Because it's scary as hell, that's why.
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As a former managing partner of a small law firm, some of my students ask me for advice about job interviews. This is the first part of an article offering such tips. There is no particular order to the tips. These tips, though catered to law school graduates, may be helpful to all job seekers.
You did it! You've graduated from school and you’ve got a pretty little piece of paper to show for your years of all-nighters, 4 a.m. coffee runs and countless stress-induced breakdowns. You’ve been w...
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With spring comes an end to high school, and the beginning of a long journey through adulthood. Grads will encounter many challenges along the way. They might have trouble finding a job; they may have...
Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It's great news - and now we have an opportunity to build on this success.
Twenty-somethings often find themselves paralyzed with indecision as they anxiously deliberate the creation of career, family, and future when on the doorstep of graduation. So what's a twenty-something entering the workforce to do? Consider these three steps.
I've heard it said that a person's true personality comes out in a crisis. If that's true, then thousands of people may well have fallen (further) in love with Calgary's own Mayor Nenshi these past few days. When Nenshi ran for mayor three years ago, he wasn't a serious contender according to the pollsters. Still, my husband and I put a sign on our lawn, believing that this Harvard-educated, articulate, and worldly young Calgarian was the future we wanted for our city.
Those graduating from post-secondary programs this spring faced the harsh reality that student loan debt in the country has exceeded $15 billion. When our financial leaders speak of Canada's current personal debt, they speak about monetary considerations like tightening mortgage rules and anticipated interest rate increases. But we don't hear many comments about current debt loads that go beyond the economics of the issue. What about the social changes that may be required to dealt with, or simply result from, all this debt?
If you had to give some advice to young graduates, what would it be? I threw out this question on LinkedIn as I had been asked to be a commencement speaker at the Sheridan College convocation. The responses were fascinating, varied, and often said much about the person offering the advice. So now I pass on some of this collected wisdom to you.
It's graduation season. As someone who's less a recent graduate and living more in "dude, why are you still attending events for recent graduates?" territory, I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring and address some of the concerns you probably didn't know you had.
Delivered in a bilingual version on June 8, 2013 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Today we are one. A class for 2013 -- and don't we look stunning, if I may say. Today is about our cla...
Looking back at this old life of mine, I realize how many of these fears, both big and small, were unfounded. But life as it is now, is seen through a cancer survivor's lens. Although I will be first to admit that there is the odd time when I have to stare fear in the eye, and fight to back it down, I fear much less today. Cancer has taught me a few things, and I don't scare easy.
Last week I was convocation speaker at the University of Toronto graduation ceremony where business students from the Mississauga campus received their BBA and BComm degrees. These are the remarks I made to the Class of 2012, on the topics of happiness, generosity and the value of kindness.
Class of 2012, I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits o...