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  • 1. Welcome to the Evisors Webinar Visit us online at www.evisors.com What I wish I knew: how to successfully transition from student to professional featuring Karen Couldrey Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 2. What I wish I knew: how to successfully transition from student to professional About Karen Education • Queen‟s University, B.Sc. Mathematics & Engineering Experience • Associate Director, Scotia Capital • Director, Bila Golf • VP Corporate Communications, Laurion Mineral Exploration • Sales Trader, Analyst & Investment Banker, UBS Securities Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 3. What I wish I knew: how to successfully transition from student to professional About Karen What it means to be ‘professional’ Planning your career path & building your personal brand Managing expectations Work life balance What can I do to prepare while still at school? Helpful job search hints! Q&A Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 4. What it means to be professional • As a young professional, you are always looking to project an older, more mature and more competent you – aka Fake it til you make it • Under commit, over deliver – people need to know if you commit to something, it will happen • Ask for help if you need it, but think through the solution first • The little things – Show up on time, always – Dress appropriately for your job. If you look young, make an effort to dress older – Be respectful to everyone around you – Don‟t take sides in office drama Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 5. Planning your career path & building your personal brand • No one cares more about your career than you • Assess where you are, where you want to be and what‟s required to get there … every 6 months – Sometimes just to remind you that you‟re happy where you are! • Develop an expertise in your first few years out of undergrad or MBA – what do you want to be known for? – Become more valuable to your current employer – Have clear marketable skills • Don‟t always wait for someone to ask, suggest ways you can grow your role in the direction you want • Look for a mentor – someone who you naturally „click‟ with – They don‟t have to be perfect molds of who you want to be but they should share some common traits, experience or goals Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 6. Managing expectations • Probably the most important skill I‟ve learned • Make sure you understand what has been asked of you – Ask clarifying questions… but make sure you‟ve spent sometime thinking about the problem and potential solutions first! – Understand the priority relative to what else you‟re working on! • Plan out your approach before starting – better to align on that before spending your weekend or evening on a piece of analysis • If you‟re going to miss a deadline, communicate it early! • Make sure your manager is aware of tradeoffs – “I estimate this will take 2 days, if I do this extra piece of analysis we should get a better answer but it will take another day or so” • When you present your manager with a problem, have a few solutions thought out Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/19
  • 7. Worklife Balance • Different than school! – Get yourself ready for the time shift by getting up early leading up to a new job – Limit your social calendar until you know the expected time commitment at your new work place – Always make time for what is really important to you • Networking is important – Attend after hours events (but not at the expense of being productive at work the next day) – Ask to take colleagues you respect out for lunch Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/19
  • 8. What can I do to prepare at school?  Read! For example in Finance: – The Economist (Global) – The Wall Street Journal (US) – The Financial Times (UK) – The Globe and Mail (Canada)  Take electives to round out your knowledge. Helpful for Finance: – Technical writing – Accounting – Economics Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/19
  • 9. Still looking? Helpful job hints • Network – LinkedIn, friends, family, school alumni… • Stay on top of your sector – reading, educating yourself • Find something valuable to fill your time that adds to your experience and attractiveness to an employer – Volunteering – Entrepreneurship – Certifications Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/19
  • 10. Thanks for Joining! Book your session with Karen at www.evisors.com/expert/211 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/19