Management Career Services (MCS) conducts an interview with 2nd year Commerce student, Kelly Owen who chats about her experience participating in the MCS Career Success Workshop Series.
How did you learn about the MCS workshop series?
“I heard about the MCS Career Success Workshop Series via email. When I mentioned the workshop series to my friends, some of them had already been and spoke highly of them.”
What inspired you to attend an MCS workshop?
“When I first discovered the MCS workshops I was in the process of looking for a summer job. I was having difficulty writing a resume and cover letter and decided to attend the Cover Letter Workshops for guidance. After the workshop I realized how helpful it was and signed up for several others.”
Which workshops did you attend?
- Cover Letters
- Informational Interviews
- Job Search
- Career Path Assessment
What was the most effective/ informative take-away you learned from the MCS workshop?
“The most effective take away was from the Informational Interview Workshop. I had been nervous to ask people for their time and unsure what questions to ask. After the workshop I realized the MANY benefits of an informational interview.”
“From the tips and tricks I received, I gathered my courage, requested and conducted an informational interview with the forensic accountants at a big four accounting firm. The accountants then introduced me to the head of recruiting at Ottawa’s Ernst and Young …. and guess what? I landed a position for my first (and second) co-op work term.”
Did you apply any of the tips/ tricks learned throughout your job search and/or on the job?
“Shortly after the MCS Career Success Workshops, I attended the Corporate Tour. On the tour I referred to the lessons I learned during the Networking Workshop. The tour was a great opportunity to practice and apply my networking skills in a real-life business atmosphere.”
What would you tell your fellow students about MCS workshops?
“There’s no doubt that the advice and support provided in the MCS Career Success Workshops Series played a large part in my success finding (and securing) employment. Anyone can take advantage of the advice and help offered by simply attending a workshop. You never know where it may lead.”