Spring is here and graduation is fast approaching. Soon all the hustle and bustle of student life will soon come to an end. As we all know it’s a very tough market out there, but luckily the foundation developed at PACE is exactly what will land you your dream job! I’d love to say that once you’ve completed your program you’ll get the job of your dreams as soon as you leave Pace, and all of your student debt will magically disappear, but that would be wishful thinking. No one said it would be easy, in fact, it will be tough, but don’t worry, I’ve got some great tips that will set you apart from the competition and hopefully lead to your future career.

1. Make sure your resume is up to date

Your cover letter should have a list of your most recent jobs, education, and certifications. Your cover letter is basically your personal sales pitch. You know yourself better than anyone, so selling yourself is the easiest part. Highlight the factors that make you qualified for the position and the reasons why you think you’d be suitable for the job. Be sure to list all of the skills that you’ve obtained that relate to the job that you are applying for.

2. If you don’t already have a Linkedin profile, I suggest creating an account!

This network is for professionals to connect with each other. Many employers will look at your profile after you’ve applied for a position. Keep your profile professional. Although it is a social network it is used as a business profile. Recruiters for companies can review your skills and qualifications on this platform. You can also set up job posting notifications and apply for jobs within the network. This is also a great way to connect with the employers you would consider working for.

3. Research the companies that you’re interested in

The more information you gather the better. Find out what the company’s mission, vision, and values are. Knowing information about the company you want to work for shows that you are interested in what they’re all about. Having previous knowledge of this information will definitely work in your favour during interviews. This shows potential employers that you’ve done your homework and expresses genuine interest in the company.

5. Volunteering will be worth your while

No, it’s not a paid gig, but the experience that you will gain will be the ultimate pay off. Put in the time. Companies are always looking for volunteers for events, fundraisers, galas, etc. Its good experience, looks even better on your resume, and of course, don’t forget about all of the networking opportunities you could come across.

6. Get your name out there

Networking can be done anywhere. If there is an employer that you want to work with, give them a call and ask to meet for coffee. It shows you’re interested and that you take initiative. There’s no better way to network then having face-to-face interactions. Who knows, that one phone call might lead you to pick the brain of your potential future boss!

7. Word of mouth can go a long way

During our learning here at Pace, we’ve come across many special guest speakers who possess the type of experience we hope to leave the program with. Ask for a business card or if you can add them on Linkedin. You never know if a volunteering opportunity could come up, or if a company might be looking for an intern. Use these connections to get answers to important questions and to learn something new. Showing interest helps your stand out and could lead to a great recommendation.

8. Create an account on popular job websites like Indeed or Workopolis

Turn on your notifications and alerts for the types of jobs you’re interested in, or for the specific companies you’d like to work for. These platforms allow you to upload your resume directly onto the website and give you instant access to job postings as soon as they are posted. You can tailor your application to reflect the job you’re applying for and apply with just the click of a button.

9. Attend job fairs and seminars

Job fairs are a great way to learn first-hand information about a specific company. When you know there is a job fair going on that usually means that the company that is showcasing their work are currently recruiting. Take advantage of that. Ask lots of questions and gather as much information as possible. Attending seminars is also a good way to gather information and help you acquire the experience you need to qualify for specific positions.

10. Explore your options

There are many jobs out in the working world. Be sure to stay in touch with your classmates as well. It might be beneficial to inform each other about different job postings you come across and the connections you make along the way. Take the time to learn about a particular industry, position, or organization you are interested in before beginning your job search. Companies may not always get back to you right away but it is easier to gain information from the exploration process then the interview stage.

 
As your program comes to an end, remember to stay motivated and don’t give up! This is only the beginning of your career search. Trust in Pace and trust in the job search process. You’ve got the skills to be successful in the working world. Don’t get discouraged if the job of your dreams doesn’t fall into your lap right way. Job searching is a process. Set goals for yourself. Do some research twice a week and apply for jobs at companies you like on the other three days. Continue working hard, volunteer, and keep searching. You want to love what you do so you never work a day in your life. Make sure the jobs that you’re applying for are the right fit for you. Best of luck with your job search and all the best to you in the working world Pacemates!

 

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My Top 5 Canadian Destinations

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Hello PACE friends! I’m excited to be writing today about a passion of mine: travelling. I’m sure by now international students have become well acquainted with Winnipeg. We have fantastic restaurants, a scenic river to skate on, and festivals galore. However, Canada has so many beautiful places to visit beyond the prairies, so I decided to share with you all my top 5 Canadian destinations to visit.

 

  • Banff, Alberta

 

Banff is absolutely stunning no matter what time of year that you visit; I went on several family road trips to Banff with my family growing up.  In the summer, you can hike amongst the Rockies, take a gondola up to a stunning view point, or enjoy the shops and restaurants in the charming town site. Banff is also a winter a sports lover’s dream with skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. If you are not the active type, you can relax in the beautiful natural hot springs.

 

  • Ottawa, Ontario

 

Canada’s capital is absolutely worth a visit! Visiting the parliament buildings is the biggest tourist draw, but there is so much more to discover. Art lovers should check out the National Gallery of Canada, and history buffs flock to the Canadian War Museum. Shoppers and foodies will enjoy ByWard Market and Sparks Street, and anyone would enjoy skating down the Rideau Canal.

 

  • Montréal

 

Montréal is a unique mix of historical charm and big city excitement. Take a walk down cobblestone streets, hike up Mount Royal, or enjoy the nightlife. My favourite spot to visit is the Biodôme, an interesting fusion of a zoo/science centre; you are never too old for penguins! Don’t worry if you do not speak français – Montréal has a large number of English speakers.

 

  • Vancouver

 

If it weren’t so darn expensive, I would absolutely love to live in Vancouver. It’s a perfect mix of the outdoors and city life.  On the one hand, you have all the concerts, shopping, and restaurants you could ever want in the city. On the other hand, in less than an hour’s drive you can find yourself hiking up a mountain. If you’re not super outdoorsy (like me), take the gondola up Grouse Mountain to enjoy stunning views and snack on a BeaverTail (not furry whatsoever – it’s a sugary dessert).

 

  • Quebec City

 

In my opinion, Quebec City is the most underrated destination in Canada. Founded in the early 17th century, you have all the beauty and charm of Europe without crossing the Atlantic. History nerds like me will love walking the Plains of Abraham, and foodies can indulge themselves in real Québécois poutine. My personal recommendation: take a haunted walking tour. It’s beyond creepy (they take you in an old church with the lights off), and I still talk about it four years later.

 

So those are my top 5 Canadian destinations! I loved my time in all of these places, and if you have the chance to go, I know you will too. Happy travels!

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Written by Erika Campbell -Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018.

 

The Art of Making More YOU Time

 

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As students, we know that all too familiar feeling of anxiety from there being too much to do and not enough hours in a day. In an almost never-ending state of unrest, life as a student is a whole different level of stressful, and what we often neglect is our health. Believe it or not, there are some ways to make extra time for what we love, by merely changing the way we do everyday activities.

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Stop looking at social media first thing in the morning (10-30 minutes saved)

Let’s face it⎯ we are all addicted to our phones, so much so that we often check our social media the second we wake up. Before we know it, it’s been 30 minutes of scrolling before you can convince yourself to put it down.

The trick is not to pick up your phone after you turn off your alarm. Sounds almost too easy… right? Instead of scrolling through Instagram we could use these few precious minutes to relieve some stress. First thing in the morning is a great time to do a quick workout, yoga or meditation before getting on with your day. Trust me⎯ your mind and body will thank you.

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Use waiting time to your advantage (10-60 minutes saved)

Riding the bus, driving or waiting for an appointment are activities that seemly rule over our lives outside of school. Learning to use this time to your advantage could be what makes the biggest difference in creating more time for yourself.

Think for a moment about all the time you spend waiting. Instead of scrolling through your phone (see a theme here?), you could read your textbook or make notes for an upcoming project. If you are driving, you can even dictate notes to your phone to save you time while you make the boring drive. We all have a significant amount of waiting time in our days; we might as well make the most of it. Plus, it makes time go by faster.

 

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Prioritize and schedule tasks

Experts suggest that prioritizing and writing down goals for each day relieves stress. In a planner, write down 3-4 goals or tasks you would like to accomplish each day. A planner will save your life, so use it often. Life happens, so by making a short list and realistic goals, you will feel less stressed. By setting a specific schedule for each day, you will know what you need to finish and be more productive as a result.

“Make time for yourself. You are so important” – Unknown

Now that you have saved time by being strategic about how you use it; you can focus on what you have been most likely neglecting: YOU.

So curl up with your favourite book, have a nap, or hang out with friends because you deserve it!

 

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Written by Chanel Lovlin, Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications Student, Class of 2018.

Can’t wait for the PACE 7th Annual Cultural Night

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is a comfort, where we overlap.” – Ani DiFranco

The cultural cradle of Canada, Winnipeg is home to several famous cultural exhibits. At The University of Winnipeg (UoW), Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) hosts over 100 international students every year. However, this diversity doesn’t make us different; it instead unites us and makes us realise, people of all colour and ethnic diversity feel the same way.

Every year for the past six years, PACE Student Life Team organises an annual event to celebrate our cultural distinctiveness. The goal is to bring students, friends and families under one roof and to engage into each other’s traditional background. The Cultural Night committee plans this event with intricate detail also offering several sponsorship opportunities and a platform to express. Last year, the event was themed, “Unite Under The Light” and was supported by a local start-up SkiptheDishes, government agency Parks Canada, and beauty school  Aveda Institute & Academy Salon and a few more.

This 2018 PACE Seventh Annual Cultural Night will enhance last year’s theme and once again Unite us under the light, to mark our presence and pay homage to the land of opportunities and hope. The night will be held in one of Canada’s leading art museums, Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) on 19th January 2018. Each year, the evening commences as over 300 people pour-in to attend the gala. Following the tradition, it will kick-off with some exciting and fantastic solo and group performances, followed by the Special Guest Performance of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and a Global Fashion Show showcasing the real art of diversity.

Prepare yourself for the most awaited event of the year at UWinnipeg PACE. Save the date, and grace us with your presence and feel free to bring along your friends and family for this celebratory. Limited tickets are available at this point. If you are still interested, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pace-7th-annual-cultural-night-tickets-41835163099

We believe, the beauty of culture and diversity is experiencing it from within. #uwpaceculture

Written by Dinaz Mahuduwala

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications, Class of 2018

The Great Escape From The Circle Of Being Late

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I prepared my bag and breakfast in the evening, woke up early in the morning, and was late for my classes again. Nooooo! At least I managed to meet the deadline for submitting this blog post so you have an opportunity to read it now 😀

Why are some people always late? I decided to analyze my and my late friends’ cases to find the root of the problem.

If you are constantly late, you probably identify with the following traits:

  • You are an optimist.

You always think the best scenario will happen; the bus arrives on time and there are no traffic jams on the road.

  • You have a slow-running internal clock.

Sometimes when you are getting ready it feels like only 10 minutes has passed when, in reality, half an hour flew by.

There is some interesting research, conducted by psychology professor Jeff Conte from the San Diego State University. He divided participants into two groups according to their psychological type: Type A (ambitious, competitive, status-climbers) and Type B (creative, reflective, explorative). The two groups were asked to report when one minute passed without checking the clock. The result was surprising: Type A had a feeling that one minute had passed when only 58 seconds had gone by. Type B participants reported a minute had passed at 77 seconds. For more information about this research, please visit http://jeffconte.sdsu.edu/

  • You are a multitasker.

You always do several things at the same time, this is why your sense of time is lost when you are busy.

  • You are an airy-fairy person.

Sometimes your mind is wandering around and when it comes back, you are already too late.

  • You are not motivated.

If you are not interested in going somewhere or doing something you keep postponing it. It is like that joke, when the manager asked an employee, “Why were you late?” The employee replied, “I just did not want to come.”

  • You do not get a proper rest or sleep.

If you don’t sleep, you become very slow and inattentive which leads to tardiness.

  • You do not know how to say no.

How many times did you get a call from your friend when you were busy getting ready for a meeting and were just too polite to stop the conversation? Be strong to finish a chat when it is needed.

How finally can you get out of this circle of lateness?

  • Do only one task at a time.
  • Motivate yourself to do things even if they are boring.
  • Track the time all of the time.
  • Prepare everything in advance, so you will have to do less later.
  • Stop pleasing people and say no when you are busy.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Set reminders on your phone.
  • Put less on your to-do list.

I hope my advice will be useful to you, otherwise just practice running more like Forrest Gump from the self-titled Hollywood movie. I am joking, I believe in you 🙂

Written by Olga Liutenko

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018

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5 New Year Resolutions to Begin 2018 Differently

It’s that time of the year again: renew hope, make new plans, and set goals. A new year has thisHappyNewYear kind of power, it gives us the sensation of a new beginning. Full of new opportunities, and the belief that everything can be different, even better!

  1. Make a list

Writing down your objectives will help you to focus on what really matters in order to achieve them (it’s easy to get distracted nowadays). Some tips: be realistic; start small (think in resolutions you can keep); beyond what, write down how you will do it to achieve your objectives; don’t give up easily (missteps are acceptable, you have a new entire year to complete your list).

  1. Practice self-coaching and have a mentor

Books, internet, instructors, and friends, there is an inexhaustible source that might help you to keep on track. Working on your weakness, or on what you want to improve, is not a simple task. Take advantage of this sources to grow and to not give up.

  1. Stop complaining

That sensation of a new beginning is in your hand! Ups and downs, good and bad days are a reality. There is nothing you can do to stop the bad days! So, overcome the obstacles with positivity, use them as lessons, and stop complaining. There is nothing worse than someone who is not able to see the positive side of life.

  1. Take care of your health

This shouldn’t be a new year resolution, it should be your priority! It is impossible to have energy to study, work, and have fun if you don’t take care of yourself. To work on your list, you have to be well, emotionally and physically. Part of this is eating well, have enough hours of sleep, finding time to enjoy your family, friends, and yourself. But maybe you don’t do all these so, it’s “ok” to include on your list how you will take care of your health: drinking more water; starting to meditate, or go back to the gym.

  1. Do something completely new

New beginnings inspire changes. Doing something you never imagined yourself doing is a way to reinvent yourself, to give you the opportunity to learn more about you. You will discover how powerful this can be; the feeling of self-awareness and self-esteem.

Besides all that, don’t forget to be grateful for this past year. Here is the last takeaway: gratitude! It is an essential feeling to move forward. Be grateful for your achievements, and lessons you’ve learned from difficulties.

Written by Renata Castro

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018

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The Spirit of Giving at the Global Holiday Party

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Seasons Greetings everyone! This year, PACE students started celebrating the holidays with the spirit of giving. The 2017 Global Holiday Party kicked off with our own performance of the 12 Days of Christmas (turned into the 12 Days of Giving). Students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the food bank. We collected an amazing amount of food and started the holiday season off right!

The Global Holiday Party started right after classes on a brisk Friday afternoon. Everyone got together for dancing, games, food, and some delicious hot chocolate.

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With everyone involved, the music selection was not only from all around the world but also out of this world. Music was chosen from every part of the globe, and it was fantastic! Popular music from dozens of countries was mixed in with some classic (and not-so-classic) Christmas carols, making it a holiday party to remember.

After a day’s worth of rigorous scholastic activities, everyone was hungry. The Global Holiday Party was the place to be on an empty stomach. I would highly recommend visiting the restaurants that sponsored our food choices. We had delectable hotdogs and sliders from Big Deal Catering, an amazingly delicious assortment of rice rolls and spring rolls from Bahn Mi King, and incredible sandwiches from Stella’s.

We tested everyone’s Canadian knowledge by having a Trivial Pursuit-based game. Canada has two national animals; do you know what they are? I’ll be honest, it took less than a second for someone to yell out, “beaver!” it took a few minutes (and a few hints) for someone else to yell out, “horse!!!!” If you knew the second national animal of Canada was the Canadian horse, then you, my friend, are a trivia master.

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With everyone full of food, chocolate, and good times, to make the night a complete success, we handed out some presents. I was lucky enough to get some mouth-watering tea that I can’t wait to share with my class.

I hope your holidays have started off as exciting as ours. If not, there’s still time to share with your loved ones and keep the spirit of giving alive this holiday season.

Written by Stephanie Fung

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018