things from around the internet vol. 1

The Internet is honestly such a weird and fascinating place and sometimes I find things that (I think) are pretty cool and also I think everyone else should look at the things as well. Hopefully, you find them just as interesting/useful as I do or you know someone else who would!

The Skimm

For when you’re a busy on-the-go millennial who also wants to stay on top of news in case it comes up at the water cooler or, y’know, you just want to be aware of what goes on in the world. The Skimm sends daily emails to your inbox that tells you the news and also relevant context so you have a better understanding of what’s going on. The link above is indeed my referral link – I don’t even think I get anything more than some swag (but I love swag so it’s fine) but I will feel a little less shame when I see the number of referrals in my inbox every morning.

Binging with Babish

I love food and I love film + television, but not nearly as much as this guy. He makes videos about the foods in pop culture and it’s all very high-quality content with a healthy splash of alcohol and sarcasm. It does kind of require you to have knowledge of the show/movie being featured for maximum enjoyment, but if you’re not familiar with the context of the food you can still watch and appreciate the recipe (and sass) component. He’s really blown up over the last few months so he’s posting content pretty frequently (bless). I love him and would pay a lot of money to be his roommate who gets to eat all this food.

My favourite one is the turkey sandwich from Friends, 1) because I have watched this episode probably 20 times in my life, and 2) because he makes a whole goddamn turkey for this sandwich.

Ask a Manager

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Do you love hearing about people’s weird bosses/coworkers/other work stories? Or probably a more likely scenario – do you want decent career advice while hearing about weird bosses and coworkers? I recommend you clear a couple hours and start clicking away on this blog. Alison Green answers all your work-related questions on AAM and it’s so easy to lose most of your day because you got sucked into her blog.

I’ve read a lot of crazy stuff on this site but this one is probably the most hilariously ridiculous by far. I’m just giving you this one post to start with – it’s entitled “a coworker stole my spicy food, got sick, and is blaming me”. Right?

Neuvoo.ca

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I stumbled upon this site this term while I was job hunting (and as of this moment of writing, I’m still job hunting) and it’s actually pretty solid in terms of not-just-pyramid-scheme-postings. (Other career pages that I like include Indeed, Techvibes Job Board, StartupNorth, and LinkedIn of course. TalentEgg is okay but I personally never see anything that I am interested in on there.)

Space Corgi

Flappy Bird but with puppers. That’s all.

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on fear

I love fear. And by that what I mean is that I love the feeling of getting over my fears. I don’t actually like the feeling of being terrified. If I wore any kind of heart rate monitor during my classes, you would be able to see visually when I’m hyping myself up to prepare to contribute to the class, and then the actual contribution – because that’s when you see my heart rate go off the charts. I hate it, but I’m also fairly sure that I’m less anxious about it now than I was 3 years ago when I first started university. And I don’t know what kind of a sadistic person came up with this concept, but there’s a particular brand of terror that comes with knowing that 15% of your mark hinges on the fact that you have to muster up the courage to talk in almost every class, all the while knowing that everyone else is fighting for the chance to speak as well. But I digress.

I think it’s healthy to be afraid of things, even if they’re things that you really want to do. Actually – especially if they’re things you really want to do. If you’re not scared then maybe you’re not pushing yourself far enough.

Continue reading “on fear”

(very super late) august update

I’ve been AWOL lately and I’m so sorry! I blame exams, then moving, then starting my new job. Thought I’d give you guys just a quick update of the things that have been going on in my life in the last very hectic month or so.

  • Finished all my exams (all 3 of them phew)! I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but I also had to do them all within 4 days which was brutal on my mind and also on my hand. Sometimes I miss MC exams and then I remember how awful they were too.
  • Finishing my exams also meant finishing my second year, which was exciting because I feel like reaching the midpoint of university gets me over the hump. Also because the transition from second to third year feels more impressive than the transition from first to second.
  • In between studying and crying over the longest exam ever, I turned 20. I actually turned 20 on the day of the worst exam ever but I’m over it. Beat teenage pregnancy, yada yada yada.
  • Spent my week off packing up my room and then moving back to Oakville. I’m super exciting please stay tuned for my adventures in Oakville.
  • To kick that off I finished painting my bedroom white, which to me is exciting. Mainly because when we moved into this new house my parents (for god knows what reason) let me paint my room a dark blue/grey colour. Actually I don’t even think I was the person who painted it. I’m pretty sure I Tom Sawyered it off on my parents. Anyways, I didn’t feel like it fit my aesthetic anymore, also my room was really dark and it made me sad so a change in wall colour was necessary.
  • My dad took me belated birthday clothes shopping because I wanted more business casual stuff (as if I needed more) and it turns out my office is pretty casual. Damn it. It’s fine I’ll just be the super dressed up co-op in the corner over here.
  • I started my new job two days ago, and I’m very very hyped for it. Daunting, but the office is great and the people seem really amazing so this is shaping up to be an exciting 8 months.
  • I went all the way to Burlington and got IKEA hotdogs, which I feel is super important in my life and you all need to know about it.

I will bring back my Music Mondays and hopefully some other kinds of blog posts because my house is finally getting WiFi put in :’) Which I guess is the only real update.

Love,

Vicky

july update

It’s been a month and this blog is still alive, which means that it has surpassed the lifespan of:

  • Phil the fish (~ 6 hours)
  • my succulent (~ 3 weeks?)
    • This one is particularly sad because I was told that I basically can’t kill succulents and they don’t even need to be watered that often, but it still died. I am in the process of propagating some of the leaves but….we’ll see.

But yes, life updates in the last month, here we go!

  • I got a co-op placement for the next two terms, which I was very happy about because I’ll be doing marketing at a company in Mississauga (living rent-free at home and convincing my dad to let me drive to work) and it meant that I was done with the whole Jobmine grind! Too much on my plate to deal with continuous round and because it’s an 8 month position, I don’t have to reapply, excellent! Unfortunately it also means that I’ll be throw off-stream from my friends for a year – bye forever friends! Just kidding please continue to love me even though I’m ditching you.
  • I bought the cutest leafy print dress from H&M, which you will see in a haul post coming up soonish. What do you mean this doesn’t count as a life update? It has colour which is a very exciting change in my monochrome wardrobe!
  • My fam and I attempted to teach Mike how to play mahjong which was very amusing to us but probably very confusing to him.
  • I did well on a paper!
  • Guys I’m running out of things to tell you, I don’t do very much…

Love, Vicky!

five interview tips

So it’s that time of the term again, when all the co-op students are applying for their next placement and everyone on campus is nicely dressed. I’d like to think that I can impart a little bit of wisdom on you regarding interview preparation, or at least let you know how I handle these things.

  1. Really do your research. There’s nothing worse than showing up to an interview without researching the company, or the position even. My job was at a ministry that funds research and my boss told me about one applicant who walked in and started talking about doing research for the government. Whoops. This feels like a no brainer, if you’re interested in the job why wouldn’t you be looking into the company?
  2. Dress for the part. If anything, err on the side of over-dressed. One of my favourite parts about this whole interview season is that I get to people watch and see what others are wearing to their interviews. What this really means is that I scope out people wearing completely inappropriate outfits for interviews. Tech interviews are one thing, where casual wear is what you’d be wearing to the office anyways and they really just want to see your skills. Every other occasion? Dress to impress. Basically what I’m saying is if your shoes have glitter or are more than 3 inches tall, maybe we wear that to Phil’s and not to an interview. Boys! White socks don’t go with black shoes.
  3. Prepare anecdotes. My last supervisor was amazing and did an interview help session/critique with me before I left. He told me that I should be wrapping my experiences and skills into a handful of anecdotes to tell at the interview. It makes it easy for the interviewer to follow your resume and easy for you to talk about it. I tested this method out on this round of interviews and I have to say that it’s a much more organic way to describe yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Have actual questions. There is always space left in the interviews for you to ask the interviewer questions that you have about the company or the job. The interviewer wants to know that you have a genuine interest in the company and this really shows them that you want the job. I always want to know how the team dynamic is at the office and whether or not I’d be working on my own or with others. Don’t be afraid to ask about the pay rate. In fact, you’re encouraged to ask because otherwise you’ll potentially be accepting the job blind.
  5. Don’t overthink things. Even if you want the job desperately, overthinking only leads to nerves which can really affect how you do at interviews. I’ll do my preparation and I’ll look over any notes I make for myself, but what I find to be the most effective way to do well at interviews is to pretend it’s not the job I want the most. It takes the pressure to perform off and I can be more myself.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got for y’all! It gets easier with time and experience, but I hope this helps you land your next job!