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Must take photos during your time on campus (get exploring) 

Whether you live for the perfect Vancouver photo to highlight on your gorgeous Instagram feed or are a photographer looking for interesting spots in the area for amazing shoots, UBC (University of British Columbia) campus has something for everyone. There are countless hot spots to take perfect selfies, landscape shots and much more on its vast grounds. Without further ado, here are a few places one must abide by at UBC. 

1. Main Mall  

You will have to wait till the leaves change to red and yellow in the fall to produce a carpet along the bustling walks of Main Mall for a shot there. With a photograph of this important location, you can undoubtedly capture the soul of UBC. Even in the summer, the Main Mall is lovely, with luscious trees under the sun beaming brightly. Find a quiet spot to take it all in and get the whole experience of October in Vancouver. 

2. Wreck Beach  

From sunny picnic days to dramatic sunsets and bonfires, UBC students love this backyard beach. This location is especially magical for your Instagram account on days when the sun illuminates the heavens in every shade of pink and orange. Pose your models against the rocky shores or use the ocean as a backdrop as you explore deeper down the beach. Alternatively, take a quick landscape shot of the water and sky. 

3. Nitobe Gardens  

These lovely gardens are tranquil, calm, and picture-perfect. The lush greens of the mossy ground and the gently swaying trees make this a true hidden treasure on the UBC campus. Make sure to bring your camera along to capture the beauty of the Nitobe Gardens, whether you are going there to relax and breathe between sessions or take a walk through the verdant grounds.  

4. The Pharmacy Building  

This location is aesthetically attractive in an unexpected way. The design of the Pharmacy Building creates a fascinating backdrop, and the grey tone is ideal for adding bursts of color in the foreground. Use a broader angle to capture the entire structure in its astounding cubist proportions or take some basic yet eye-catching selfies. 

5. Irving K. Barber Library  

The façade of IKB is stunning, even though the chances of obtaining a fantastic image at a place we are wary of during the exam period are few. The stone edifice is similar to an antique church or something dark academia reminiscent. Sit on the stairs and take a picture with this incredible structure as your stunning backdrop or do some simple architectural photography. Either way, you cannot go wrong with a shot at this spot. 


6. The Rose Garden  

The Rose Garden is a beautiful place to visit. A famous location for lovely photographs, especially in the summer when the roses are in full bloom and come in a rainbow of colors. The Rose Garden is notably busy around graduate festivities and campus tours, but it is a small piece of heaven if you can find a peaceful moment throughout the week. Take a shot with the multicolored blossoms against a blue sky as your incredible backdrop. 

In honor of Nutrition Month, spice up your diet!

How we all eat is influenced by our cultures and food traditions. No matter what traditional practices we follow, whether eating from a bowl or right of a full plate or being curious about the cultural foods we consume, they all ultimately influence our nutritional needs. Hence, March being Nutrition Month is vital because it is a time to honour the countless foods and cultural dishes we eat and our hardworking dieticians. A healthier future requires various ingredients that dietitians explore during Nutrition Month. As well as components that can positively affect one’s health, there are significant changes like recommended eating schedules that can be implemented for the masses, not just now but also in the future. Dietitians also explore food sovereignty, food justice, food policy, and combating misinformation about our foods, eating habits, etc.
So with Nutrition Month in full force, we urge you to do something different with your diet. Embark on a new tasty journey and try some other culturally delicious dishes. Here is a list of some to enjoy:


1. Feijoada
BRAZIL
In addition to former Portuguese colonies such as Macau, Mozambique, and Angola, this dish originated in Portugal. The stew is made with beef, pork, garlic, onions, and bay leaves and is traditionally eaten on Saturdays. However, pace yourself as it is quite a heavy meal.


2. Borscht
UKRAINE
This soup is famous in Eastern and Central Europe and originated in Ukraine. The main ingredient in borscht is beetroot and stock and sauteed vegetables. It may be served hot or cold, so it’s perfect as low stress and quick meal.


3. Goi Cuon
VIETNAM
These delicious spring rolls include prawns, pork, rice noodles, and vegetables wrapped in rice paper. They are typically eaten by dipping them in a spicy chili sauce mixture.


4. Paneer Butter Masala
INDIA
Indian subcontinental cheese called paneer can be paired perfectly with butter masala, a tomato-based sauce rich in creaminess and spices. You can have either rice or flatbread as an aside with this dish.


5. Paella
SPAIN
It is a notable Spanish dish and is well known globally. It is cooked with chicken and seafood, but sometimes vegetarian renditions are available. Its title is inspired by the Latin word patella, roughly translating to the phrase “frying pan” in English.


6. Bacalhau
PORTUGAL
Bacalhau is Portuguese for cod. It consists of potatoes; however, garnishings such as parsley, hard-boiled eggs and olives are also included.


7. Bunny Chow
SOUTH AFRICA
Hollowed-out bread stuffed with curry forms the basis of this South African tasty dish. Migrant Indian workers discovered that bread was a convenient way to transport curries between sugar cane plantations and their homes. And thus, this meal was born.


8. Koshari
EGYPT
A tomato-vinegar sauce is mixed with rice, macaroni, and lentils and topped with fried onions and chickpeas. Vegetarians can enjoy this filling meal at roadside stalls and restaurants throughout Egypt. Garlic juice and hot sauce are sometimes added.

We would love to hear what you think about these dishes? If you have tried them or would like to try. We would love to feature you on our social media channels. Upload your favourite dish and tag us #ubcgssfoodies on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Job: Privacy Officer

Appointment Status: Part-time position
Start Date: May 1, 2022
Number of Positions: 1
Hours per Week: 6-10 hours/week, 180 hours in total.
Wage: $22.67 per hour
Employee Group: Non-Union
Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage qualified candidates to apply early.

Summary

Become an integral member of UBC GSS and contribute to the wellbeing of the graduate student community! As a Privacy Officer, the student will work closely with GSS Executives and Staff to revamp and further develop the Society’s Privacy Policy and Personal Information Protection Guidelines. The ideal applicant is a JD candidate from the Allard School of Law with a background and strong familiarity with provincial privacy regulations and legislature, particularly BC PIPA. Experience working with BC PIPA in the context of the organizational privacy policy is an asset.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume (PDF) that details experience and training specifically relevant to the requirements of the position.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interests in the position. However, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.

Privacy Officer – Summer 2022 Detailed Job Description:

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Fulfill all the Society’s privacy-related obligations, not limited to those outlined in these Guidelines and the Society’s Privacy Policy.

· Receive the appropriate training, including training in the following:

I. The operations of the UBC Graduate Student Society

II. The requirements of the BC Personal Information Protection Act

III. The content of these Guidelines, the Society’s Privacy Policy, the Society’s Privacy Charts, and any other applicable documents, iv. the terms of the GSS Access to Member Personal Information Memorandum of Understanding

IV. Requesting a webinar training session from the BC Government, and obtaining certification in all the following workshops:

§ Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

§ Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), and

§ Information Incidents, including Privacy Breaches

V. Completing the UBC Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals Training,

VI. Reviewing the following, and any other applicable guidelines, issued by the Office of the BC Privacy Commissioner (OIPC BC):

§ A Guide to B.C.’s Personal Information Protection Act

§ Developing a Privacy Policy Under PIPA

§ Guide to the Personal Information Protection Act (BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services)

VII. Reviewing UBC’s Encryption Guidelines

VIII. Accessing legal counsel where necessary, GSS Protection of Personal Information Guideline GSS Protection Of Personal Information Guideline Up to date as of April 28, 2021 23 OF 23

IX. Performing an annual Privacy Management Self-Assessment and other audits,

X. Conducing a Privacy Impact Assessment,

XI. Responding to a privacy breach and privacy-related complaints per the protocol, and

XII. Training other employees on the Society’s obligations under PIPA.

· Update all GSS privacy-related practices and documents annually where necessary, including this Guideline and the GSS Privacy Policy.

· Contact OPIC BC for more information on their obligations under PIPA.

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

· The student will receive an orientation introducing them to the GSS from the President covering areas including the general structure and function of the Society as well as housekeeping rules such as security, health, and safety guidelines (including those implemented for COVID-19)

· The President and VP External will provide an overview of the GSS Data Privacy Policy Development Project including tasks, deadlines, and deliverables.

SUPPORT AND EVALUATION

· Works under the direction of the President and works closely on administrative matters with the General Manager

· The student will have weekly check-in meetings with the President, GSS Privacy Officer and VP External.

· At the end of the period and after the completion of the individual tasks/projects, there will be an exit interview and debrief on deliverables. This is an opportunity discussion, suggestions for improvements and recognition of success

WORKPLACE SKILLS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

For students interested in working in public policy, advocacy, technology, government, NGOs and grassroots organizations, or interested in pursuing a career in law, legislation or public office, this experience will be invaluable. This work provides real-world opportunity and practical experience, touching on all aspects of legislation and public policy – from research to policy development to meeting with various stakeholders within an organization.

By the end of the work term, the Policy Assistant will have gained:

· Expertise with the provincial privacy legislation and its requirements

· Experience in research and development of privacy policies

· Practical knowledge in legislative drafting

· Deeper understanding of policy development and the challenges surrounding it

· Experience in communication of policy ideas to staff, executives, and counsellors

· Experience working with legal professionals on document revision

· Skills in risk and liability assessment and mitigation

· Experience developing Privacy Impact Assessments

· Skills to communicate succinctly and effectively

· Confidence in leadership skills by taking the initiative on developing policy ideas

· Effective time management and prioritization skills by managing research, deliverables, and meetings

· The opportunity to develop items for their academic portfolio (e.g., privacy policy)

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

· A passion for policy development, especially in privacy law

· Strong willingness to learn about laws, policies, and practices surrounding personal information protection

· Experience in legal writing, especially legislative drafting

· Familiarity with BC’s Personal Information Protection Act

· Excellent team player and self-motivated learner

· Strong time management and project coordination skills

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent attention to detail

· Experience working with Microsoft Office

· Preference will be given to JD Candidate

ABOUT THE GSS

The GSS (Graduate Student Society) serves the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver, helping them have the best experience possible during their studies. We connect graduate students with campus resources, opportunities, and social events. We provide everything from individual support for students, to advocacy at provincial and federal levels on the most important issues graduate students face. The GSS is located at Thea Koerner House, which has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

Ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace is a key value of the GSS. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives, and are proud to promote a supportive work environment.

Job: External Policy Assistant

Appointment Status: Part-time position
Start Date: May 1, 2022
Number of Positions: 1
Hours per Week: 10-20 hours/week, 300 hours in total.
Wage: $27.22 per hour
Employee Group: Non-Union
Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage qualified candidates to apply early.

SUMMARY

The student will work closely with the Vice-President External and the GSS Executives to develop policy reports and recommendations to be presented to local, provincial, and federal government officials as well as external organizations as they relate to GSS advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate would have a passion for data-driven advocacy to benefit graduate students, excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn about laws and policies governing research and innovation as well as graduate student life and funding.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume (PDF) that details experience and training specifically relevant to the requirements of the position.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interest in the position. However, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.

External Policy Assistant – Summer 2022 Detailed Job Description:

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Research and develop policy reports and recommendations related to ongoing GSS campaigns and advocacy efforts at the university and government level

· Meet with various stakeholders including student societies, NGOs, university administration and governmental organizations

· Conduct research across the higher education sector to identify policy issues and best practices to recommend application to the GSS

· Assist the VP External with managing advocacy campaigns, engaging stakeholders, and setting up meetings

· Provide research support to the GSS executives, including assistance with the preparation of communications materials, speaking notes, and policy papers

· Help manage relationships with internal and external stakeholder contacts, including keeping track of collaborative projects with various organizations engaged with the GSS

· Other duties as required

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

· The student will receive an orientation introducing them to the GSS from the General Manager covering areas including the general structure and function of the Society as well as housekeeping rules such as security, health, and safety guidelines (including those implemented for COVID-19)

· The Communications and Marketing Director will introduce the communication channels of the Society with various stakeholders.

· The VP External will provide an overview of stakeholder organizations and the related current policy and advocacy campaigns being worked on by the Society

· The VP Academic & University Affairs will provide an overview of the advocacy campaigns and policy issues within the university

NETWORKING AND MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

· Meeting with federal and provincial legislators, MPs, and MLAs to advocate for graduate students.

· Working closely with GSS and AMS executives as well as student representatives from other post-secondary institutions across British Columbia and Canada to lobby for student interests.

· Attending general meetings with student alliance organizations such as Alliance of BC Students, ThinkGrad and Canadian Association for Graduate Studies to coordinate advocacy efforts.

· Opportunities to join the VP External in lobbying trips at the provincial and federal levels.

SUPPORT AND EVALUATION

· Ongoing supervision is provided by the VP External.

· The student will have bi-weekly check-in meetings with Communications and Marketing Director who will provide guidance and advice for professional development of the student.

· The student will work collaboratively and closely with the VP External in a team effort to advocate for graduate student interests.

· At the end of the period and after the completion of the individual projects, there will be a general debrief about the role. This is an opportunity for discussion, suggestions for improvements and recognition of success.

WORKPLACE SKILLS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

For students interested in working in public policy, advocacy, government, NGOs and grassroots organizations, or interested in pursuing a career in law, legislation or public office, this experience will be invaluable. This work provides real-world opportunity and practical experience, touching on all aspects of legislation and public policy from research and policy development to lobbying and meeting with various stakeholders and public officials.

By the end of the work term, the External Policy Assistant will have gained:

· Experience in research and development of policy reports and recommendations

· Practical knowledge in data-driven advocacy

· Experience in communication of policy ideas to university administration and public officials

· Experience running an advocacy campaign

· A good understanding of government relations, especially pertaining to the advanced education sector

· Deeper understanding of higher education policy and challenges surrounding it

· Skills to communicate succinctly and effectively

· Confidence in leadership skills by taking the initiative on developing policy ideas

· Effective time management and prioritization skills by managing submission deadlines, meetings, and policy research work

· The opportunity to develop items for their academic portfolio (e.g., policy reports)

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

· A passion for research and data-driven advocacy

· Strong willingness to learn about laws and policies surrounding graduate student research and academic development

· Experience in analytical report writing and policy research

· Knowledge of, or interest in, higher education policy / public policy

· Excellent team player and self-motivated learner

· Strong time management and project coordination skills

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent attention to detail

· Experience working with Microsoft Office

· Preference will be given to UBC Graduate students

ABOUT THE GSS

The GSS (Graduate Student Society) serves the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver, helping them have the best experience possible during their studies. We connect graduate students with campus resources, opportunities, and social events. We provide everything from individual support for students, to advocacy at provincial and federal levels on the most important issues graduate students face. The GSS is located at Thea Koerner House, which has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

Ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace is a key value of the GSS. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives, and are proud to promote a supportive work environment.

Job- Systems Development Assistant

Appointment Status: Part-time position
Start Date: May 1, 2022
Number of Positions: 1
Hours per Week: 10-20 hours/week, 300 hours in total.
Wage: $22.67 per hour
Employee Group: Non-Union
Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage qualified candidates to apply early.

Summary

Become an integral member of the Graduate Student Society in the development and management of the GSS’ online systems. Working with the Marketing and Communications Director you will be furthering the GSS brand and delivering the Society’s goal of engaging the UBC graduate student community with our work.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume (PDF) that details experience and training specifically relevant to the requirements of the position.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interest in the position. However, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.

Systems Development Assistant – Summer 2022 Detailed Job Description

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Systems Development for Internal Communications:

· Planning, design, implementation, configuration, maintenance and optimization of current and new online systems

· Makes use of digital or online services and tools to improve day-to-day operational processes (e.g. Microsoft Teams for remote internal communications, Microsoft’s Power Automate to streamline reimbursement or payment processing and timesheet submission systems)

· Participates in IT projects, including acting as technical lead / subject matter expert for assigned projects

· Researches and identifies potential trends and applications to enhance GSS internal processes

· Troubleshoots technical issues in internal communications systems as they arise

· Other duties as required

Website Development:

· Helps develop new tools and functionality for the GSS web presence, e.g. e-commerce or online bookings systems

· Performs website updates through the WordPress platform

· Researches and identifies potential applications, plugins, and other technologies to enhance GSS web experience

· Other duties as required

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION

· The student will receive an Orientation to the work of the GSS from the General Manager covering areas like the structure of the team, function of the society as well as practical areas like health and safety.

· The Communications and Marketing Director will provide an orientation to the web and digital communications activities of the Society, and design guidelines.

· Ongoing training and supervision is provided by the Communications and Marketing Director

NETWORKING AND MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

· Experience working in a communications environment, meeting other communications / IT / web professionals on campus and gathering knowledge from professional staff.

· Working with graduate student executives. An opportunity to understand more about their work and how student run societies operate

· The opportunity to attend in house training and events organized for graduate students.

· General career mentorship from the Communication and Marketing Director in areas such as: interacting successfully with staff and faculty, developing a portfolio, and advice about future job applications.

SUPPORT AND EVALUATION

· The student will work in the same office as the Communications and Marketing Director and communication, questions, ideas and suggestions are encouraged. They are an essential part of a good communications team.

· Weekly opportunities to meet one on one with supervisor to discuss performance.

· At the end of the period and possibly after the completion of individual projects there will be a general debrief about the role. This is an opportunity for discussion, suggestions for improvements and recognition of successes.

WORKPLACE SKILLS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

For students interested in working in systems design or IT communications fields, working as part of a team delivering integrated business systems is invaluable. This work provides hands on experience that relates directly to real world jobs in the communications or system design fields.

By the end of the work term, the Systems Development Assistant will have gained:

General Skills:

· Experience of working in a professional office environment, serving the needs of graduate students

· Enhanced communication skills. By being a member of a team, the System Administration Assistant will enhance their listening skills and ability to communicate ideas clearly.

· Increased confidence in leadership skills by taking the initiative on developing online and IT projects independently

· Effective time management skills by managing deadlines and learning how to prioritize urgent items.

· Students will learn to problem solve proactively to research meet deadlines and support campaigns.

Specific skills in this role:

· Hands-on experience of working on internal communications or business systems for an organization

· Experience in design and development of technical internal communications and functionality, data management, as well as user interface and user experience design

· Deeper knowledge and understanding of researching and utilizing systems and tools to digitalize and enhance operational processes for businesses

· Experience of web design and the development of web functionality

· The opportunity to develop items for a portfolio, that can support coursework or future job applications, for example a specific module or design element on an intranet or a website

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

General:

· A UBC graduate student preferred

· Excellent team player and self-motivated learner

· Superb computer and systems development skills

· Strong time management and project coordination skills

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent Attention to detail

· Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Systems Development:

· Interest in or aptitude for computing or IT support, problem-solving through computational thinking, or data management

· A minimum of basic knowledge or skills in computer systems preferred

· Experience working with Microsoft services: Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Power Automate, SharePoint Administration would be a bonus

Website Management:

· Must have experience working with content management systems such as WordPress and plugins

· A minimum of basic skills in writing PHP, HTML and CSS

ABOUT THE GSS

The GSS (Graduate Student Society) serves the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver, helping them have the best experience possible during their studies. We connect graduate students with campus resources, opportunities, and social events. We provide everything from individual support for students, to advocacy at provincial and federal levels on the most important issues graduate students face. The GSS is located at Thea Koerner House, which has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

Ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace is a key value of the GSS. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives, and are proud to promote a supportive work environment.

GSS has started an unofficial Spotify playlist for our vibrant community

Some students have expressed that listening to their favorite tunes while working helps with their focus and general ability to complete tasks. Songs (especially specific melodies, playlists, or genres) can be used as cues to trigger habits. According to James Clear, a habit loop includes:  

Cue, Craving, Response, Reward.  

And it all boils down to a concept called classical conditioning. Ivan Pavlov, in his study, realized that the dogs serving as his subjects drooled when they were served meat during his study of digestion. In the case of Pavlov’s dogs, the mere sound of a bell was enough to make them drool in anticipation of food (in a similar way, we can train ourselves with music as a cue). Just like waking up to a dinging sound from your phone or lying down in bed makes you sleepy, listening to a song or playlist can encourage you to perform better and boost your productivity.  

According to an Accountemps survey, 71% of professionals report feeling more productive at work when music is playing, and Spotify’s survey showed that music is the leading productivity booster for their workforce. So, if some songs work for you, you should probably go on playing them. However, finding or curating the perfect music playlist isn’t always easy. With endless music streaming services and songs out there, it gets a bit difficult to narrow down the right one.  

So, GSS has started an unofficial Spotify playlist for our vibrant community to add all our favorite tunes to. Please share your favorite songs that get you pumped up and ready for productivity by contributing to our playlist; we’d love to hear them.  

Disclaimer: The GSS do not endorse any of the songs or artists on this track.

The right questions to ask at virtual grad student job fairs

Campus career fairs are some of the best places for graduate students to broaden their careers. You could be there for whatever reason; curiosity about various companies, looking for jobs, looking for valuable networking opportunities, and so on. No matter your aim, they cater to most needs and degrees because employers are always on the lookout for passionate and highly educated individuals such as graduate students.  

These days, more and more career fairs are being held online as a basic precaution during the pandemic. However, this does not have to hinder your experience and the benefits you derive from going. Graduate students can attend from their homes, offices or even while grabbing lunch at a favorite restaurant. Strong connections with recruiters from companies that you are interested in can still be made online, especially without some notable inconveniences traditional career fairs present (e.g. waiting lines). Not only that, but scheduling chats with recruiters is much easier online and the process is much quicker.  

However, while all that is settled, the most daunting thing about career fairs is not knowing what to ask. What are the right questions graduate students can ask to secure a network and possibly, a dream job? 

Without further ado, here are some great questions to ask employers and really make a long-lasting impression. 

A Specific Open Position 

Don’t ask for an open role outright. Employers will easily tell that you didn’t do your homework. Plus you have no excuse because during virtual fairs, you have the luxury of being able to search online any available roles even as the fair is going on. Instead, do research beforehand or at the very least, discreetly check if there are any existing ones before asking the recruiter a more suitable question at the fair like:

“What specific traits they require from an ideal candidate of (a specific role)”. 

The Hiring Process 

It’s a simple question but most often don’t utilize it. Not only does this allow you to get valuable input directly from someone reliable so you can utilize it while job hunting, but it shows the recruiter that you are serious about being thoroughly prepared; you clearly are passionate about catering your application to their needs and not just using online search to find vague requirements. And ultimately, you never know—they could be so impressed they reach out to you a few months down the line to offer an open job to you first. Try questions like:

“What does the hiring process for (open role) look like?”

“Can you tell me more about each stage in the hiring process for (open role)?” 

The Recruiter’s Experience at the Company 

In order to join a company, you have to ensure if it is a good fit for you. After all, you don’t want to waste your time as well as a recruiter or company’s time. Hence, it will be beneficial to learn about its work culture and its proudest achievements through a reliable source such as a recruiter. Besides, the more personal you get, the more unforgettable you seem to them. Say something like:

“What do you personally think is the best quality about working at (company)?”

“What are some of the challenges you’ve faced at (company)?”

Growth and Evolution 

Something as simple as these example questions goes a long way in showing the recruiter you will be a dedicated and long lasting employee; you’re already thinking about your future working with them.

“What does development look like in (open role)”

“I believe that the workforce is always evolving. How does (company) upskill its employees to evolve with it?”

You can also take advantage of virtual fair formats by suggesting that the recruiter could share some links to where you can discover more personal testimonials from workers. Furthermore, this can send the message that you know your worth and you also care about how fellow professionals are being treated.

Services and Recent News 

While doing research on open positions to ask about, also take the time to read about their recent accomplishments and familiarize yourself with their services. For instance, they may have released a new product so it is a great opportunity to ask:

“I recently heard (news) and I am thrilled about it. How has it impacted employees and the company?” 

You can mention you did some readings of your own but you want to take advantage of virtual fair formats by asking the recruiter to share any links to news they’re most excited about.

Saying Goodbyes and Staying in Touch 

Wrap up your productive chat by collecting contacts (e.g. LinkedIn, email, etc.) so you can reach out afterward and ensure a long-lasting relationship. Say something like:

“What would be a great next step to take after meeting you here?”  

Also, after the fair, you could send a simple email thanking the recruiter for their time. It’s a good way to leave a positive impact as well as discreetly remind them that you’d like to stay connected and have further discussions because you find them interesting.  

Good luck and stay positive!  

Wellness Week

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Join us to learn to make beautiful candles. Create you own masterpieces on canvas with our Paint Night or get into Bullet Journals and help organise your work.

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GSS Haiku Competition Spring 2021: Results

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Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our Spring Haiku Competition. We were blown away by the quality and creativity of the responses. 

Our Theme was: Grad Students in Spring, and we had 5 awesome entries who will all be winning a prize for their creativity.

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Name Program Poem Title
Alyssa MEd – Education for Sustainability Step Count
Davi PhD – Atmospheric Sciences Knock Knock
Emily PhD – Biomedical Engineering Immersed
Jonathan MSc – Computer Science Zoom
Hailee MEng – Mechanical Engineering Pokemon

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Graduate students call on federal government to utilize university residence isolation plans as an equitable alternative to mandatory hotel stay for arriving international students

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Eight graduate student societies and associations, representing 91,000 graduate students across Canada, are calling on the federal government to approve university-administered quarantine plans at university residences as an equitable alternative to 3-day mandatory hotel stay for arriving international students.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”15″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1615766077586{background-color: #008186 !important;}”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ult_content_box bg_color=”#008186″ box_shadow=”horizontal:px|vertical:px|blur:px|spread:px|style:none|” hover_box_shadow=”horizontal:px|vertical:px|blur:px|spread:px|style:none|”][vc_column_text]

Read Graduate Students’ Joint Letter to the Federal Government 

[/vc_column_text][/ult_content_box][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”15″][vc_column_text]On February 21st, 2021, Canada introduced new restrictions on international travel requiring all travellers arriving in Canada to isolate in a federally-approved hotel for three days at their own expense. While restrictions on international travel to Canada are required to ensure safety and wellbeing of travellers and residents, we believe the unequitable barriers to entry to Canada must be mitigated for those that must enter the country for essential travel.

Graduate students are a group that must enter Canada to be able to partake in their studies, which is primarily research which takes place in research facilities on and around campuses.

As organizations advocating on behalf of graduate students, our priority is the health and safety of our respective student bodies and broader community. We believe university residences’ isolation programs are a safe, equitable and affordable alternative to mandatory 3-day hotel stay for international graduate students who must enter the country for their research and studies.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”15″][vc_column_text]“We believe there is an opportunity here to utilize university residence isolation programs as a safe and affordable alternative to mandatory hotel stay that will reduce costs for students and allow for greater utilization of hotel space for other arriving groups. Our university residences’ quarantine plans have proven to be safe and effective programs so far and we think approving them would be beneficial especially as we see universities start to re-open and more students arrive in Canada”.
– Alireza Kamyabi, Vice-President External Relations, Graduate Student Society of University of British Columbia Vancouver

“International graduate students are key contributors to the academic mission of Canadian universities, and we need to reduce travel-related barriers so they can begin or continue their studies here. Our universities’ federally-approved isolation packages are the ideal compromise between affordability, safety, and accessibility for these students.”
– Marc Waddingham, President, University of Alberta’s Graduate Student Association,

“It’s already difficult for international students to adjust to a foreign country. In addition to that, incoming international students face high financial stress due to increased payments that are required to start a life in a new home country. Forcing students to also pay a minimum of $2,000 for a hotel room stay is creating more financial barriers for students, especially when universities are prepared to receive international students during the pandemic and have government approved quarantine plans in place.”
– Humaira Inam, President, University of Saskatchewan’s Graduate Students’ Association[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Read the letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Minister of Health

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