– What was your experience like at WWIL?
Walking around the clubs fair in my first weeks at Western I did not see a club that truly got me excited. I had a few friends at Queen’s who were posting about a Women in Leadership Club they were joining and thought that sounded fun. I quickly realized that Western did not have a Women in Leadership Club. That is when the group of us decided to pitch the club to the USC and make it happen! Us four passionate female leaders set out to create a club that encouraged and empowered students like ourselves to seek out and secure leadership roles with confidence. Being a first year student working toward a successful university experience and eventual career can be intimidating and we worked to create a network that made this less daunting. Creating and defining this club came with its disagreements and challenges. I don’t think we knew what we were getting ourselves into when we aimed to mirror the success of the well established Queen’s club but we learned a ton about being a good leader, working as a team, and had some fun along the way. I am proud to say that this club has grown from 4 crazy and ambitious first year students to one of the most successful clubs on campus with a highly regarded sold out yearly conference! Incredible experience!!
– What were your favourite parts of Western University? Any favourite classes?
There are so many incredible aspects of university but the people you meet and relationships you foster definitely make it! From studying at Weldon, getting a patio drink at Barney’s, climbing up the UC Hill, eating a spoke bagel, and singing your heart on a Jack’s Dollar Beer Monday it is your friends that make it special. I would highly recommend getting involved at Western! That is the best way to make friends. Of course I am biased toward WWIL but any club that gets you excited and gives you a sense of belonging in this big school will add great value to your university experience.
– How Did School Prepare You For Your Career?
Your experience at Western is a big growth phase in your life. One of the biggest shifts from High School to University is the introduction of critical thought. At Western you are encouraged to ask questions, challenge authority, and introduce different perspectives. That is something that will carry you throughout your career. Your Directors won’t have it all figured out— news flash no one does. Even someone new into their career will have new ideas to bring to the table and that is exactly why you were hired! It may feel weird to challenge things but companies cannot grow and stay competitive by doing things the same way. Use your critical thought as an edge. I just listened to a podcast with Bob Iger and he said that if he pitches an idea to his team and everyone is in agreement he puts a pin in it and says that they will not act on anything until someone challenges the idea because they cannot have confidence in a decision before considering the negatives or alternatives. Do not become a cog in the wheel and use your voice in your career.
– What are you doing now?
I am currently a Technology Account Manager at Michael Page. I work with Canada’s Top Tech companies and help them build out their teams with the best and brightest! Working in technology is fast paced and exciting. I love consulting with my clients, listening to their needs, and getting them what they want. Currently I am a team lead for two people which is fun. Definitely putting my leadership skills gained from WWIL to the test!
– What is one piece of advice you could give yourself?
Remember to celebrate your success! It can be easy to put your head down and work hard toward your goals and forget to celebrate the milestones along the way. Sometimes we get so caught up in “if I do this I will be happy” or not celebrating a promotion because you are already gearing up for the next. If we act this way it will never be enough and at what point do you just sit back and enjoy a little? It is good to be ambitious but remember that those things you do along the way to get where you want to be in life are important. Broaden your definition of success and make sure you recognize your hard work.
– Favourite quote?
I just read the memoir ‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle and she talks a lot about your inner knowing, trusting your gut, and being full of nothing but you. Here is one of my new favourites quotes from her book:
HOW TO KNOW: Moment of uncertainty arises Breathe, turn inward, sink. Feel around for the Knowing. Do the next thing it nudges you toward. Let is stand. (Don’t explain.) Repeat forever. (For the rest of your life: Continue to shorten the gap between the Knowing and the doing.) – Glennon Doyle, Untamed
– What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from Western?
The main thing I would look for is “will.” A lot of people are skilled but it is those who have the “will” and the hustle that will be the most successful. Will trumps skill every time. If you are coachable, ask questions, are transparent, and have a drive to work harder than anyone else in a room you will be hired and you will succeed. Skill can often be learned but work ethic is hard to teach. Even if you are not the most talented person in the room you can be the best if you put in the work!