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Alumni Network: Founding Team Keira Zlahtic

Alumni Network: Founding Team Keira Zlahtic

What was your experience like at WWIL?

I entered Western coming out of an extremely difficult time in my life. Western and especially WWIL surrounded me with incredibly well rounded, intelligent, and reliable friends that helped me get back on my feet. WWIL was a great learning experience for balancing academics with outside commitments. The level of accountability and responsibility to get this club up and running successfully significantly challenged our organizational and communication skills. Today, I am immensely proud of the strong executive teams that have grown and improved the club year by year.

What were your favourite parts of Western University? Any favourite classes?

My favourite part about Western University without a doubt is the school spirit and sense of community. My favourite course was Developmental Psychology: the study of how human beings change over the course of their life. The course made me realize that the human mind is incredibly fragile and helped build a strong foundation for the growth of my interpersonal skills.

How Did The School Prepare You For Your Career?

By being involved in clubs, intramural sports, volunteer opportunities, and socializing with my peers I learned the necessary work-life balance and time management skills that I find invaluable today. Western is not only challenging academically, but the lively social scene encourages the expression of personality and confidence when networking with new people. Good grades are only half the battle. What truly lands you the job/ volunteer position is the ability to connect with others.

What are you doing now?

It has always been my dream to become a lawyer and I’m happy to say that I am in law school working my way towards that goal. If anyone else is interested in law and you’re reading this post, feel free to contact me for any advice/ questions/ words of comfort at zlahtic@uwindsor.ca!

What is one piece of advice you could give yourself?

When we first started WWIL, the events were focused almost exclusively towards careers in business. As a Bachelor of Arts psychology student, I felt a little bit out of place. I am now hoping to pursue a career in corporate law and I promise you that I have not been held back by my lack of business degree. All degrees have transferable skills to multiple career paths. Attend every networking/ informative event that you can, even if you don’t think it’s “right for you”. Stick your foot into a little bit of everything. You will be surprised to see that doors open when you least expect it. Oh and please, please seek help from career services when writing a cover letter (my first 30 attempts were terrible).

Favourite quote?

“Someone else’s success is not your failure” – Anonymous

Focus on your path and don’t worry about what your friends/ peers are achieving. Everyone has their own set of strengths and weaknesses and you WILL get to where you want to go at your own pace. Celebrate the success of those around you, but do not compare yourself.

What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from Western?

I would look for self-awareness. A person that knows who they are and is capable of engaging in self-reflection will be empowered to make changes, build on areas of strength, and identify areas where they would like to make improvements. When employers hire graduates they’re not hiring an expert. They are hiring a person with a strong foundation that is ready to learn and capable of growth.

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