Hope you’re feeling energized for a great week ahead! I know I sure am.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the career panel last week. From what I can tell, the event was a success! The speakers all told me they were impressed by your curiosity and they were very happy to stay well beyond the time the event was scheduled to finish at.
I just thought I would touch on a couple of points brought up by the panellists. First, we learned that while there is a trend to eliminate the cover letter, most pamellists agree that it is what sets you apart that will get you the job. So, make sure to highlight what makes you special in a well written and engaging cover letter and don’t neglect that small section titled “interests and hobbies”. For additional job hunting resources, Mr. Boulton highly recommends checking out Eco Canada (www.eco.ca) and Mr. Philopoulous suggested you pick up the book “What Color is your Parachute“. The panellists also all seem to agree that while a graduate degree isn’t a prerequisite for most junior positions, many professionals do seek additional education at some point. A Masters of Public Policy was recommended if you’re interested in government and an MBA, a Masters of Applied Science or a PhD would serve you well in consulting.
Another point brought up by the panellists is that sometimes you need to physically get in front of the people who are hiring. Firing off your resumes into cyberspace can only get you so far. The career panel was an excellent opportunity for you to do just that! Becoming part of professionals associations, such as the A&WMA, is another. Did you know that all of the panellists that came out last Thursday did so because they were asked by a member of or are themselves a member of the A&WMA board of directors? The panellists are just a small example of the wonderful people you could meet by participating in A&WMA events. I encourage you to learn more about the A&WMA and attend other of their excellent events and meet people in your field (or future field). I also encourage you to check out other professional organisations such as the OGG, CSCE, ASHRAE, WEAO, YEP… you get the picture. Just get out there and good luck!
All the best,