If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know that I’ve decided upon my new May mantra: “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms”. I’ve come to internalize this thought, as it feels like it’s so easy to get caught up in others’ successes these days, whether they’re in the realm of career, fitness, academics, relationships, or elsewhere.
May 5th is that golden date for most Canadian students. Getting through those final exams was the easy part, but now you’re starting a new job summer job and you want to make the best impression possible (or at least I hope so). I’m a big fan of fresh starts, so I think it’s important to organize your time wisely and make sure you’ve properly recovered from your potentially-traumatizing school year. So instead of spending the next week waking up at noon and binge-watching Netflix, let me tell you how to feel like a whole new woman (or man) by your start date, and get ready to take on the future!
Yesterday I decided to take an extended study break and check out an awesome networking event hosted by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Although I’ve pretty much set myself up job-wise for the next year, I’m still so interested in seeing what else is out there, and generally, I find listening to other people’s career stories so inspiring and motivating (the perfect kind of study break during exam time, right?)
The event was hosted by the Hamilton Bulldogs, and featured a bunch of speakers from the Bulldogs, Niagara Icedogs, the Niagara Sports Commission, Global Spectrum, The Aspire Group, and more (but sadly, no one from MLSE). We were given the opportunity to listen to everyone’s career stories, with a chance to network and apply in-person to some of the organizations’ open positions at the end. Oh and the best part, our event ticket also gave us access to the Bulldogs’ game later in the evening.
Now I’m not fully focused on working in the sports industry, although I’m beyond excited for my summer internship with a national sports organization and I dream about working in the NBA – I’m trying to keep an open mind as I also love the fashion, beauty, lifestyle industries… the list goes on. And although I didn’t actively participate in the networking aspect of the event, I definitely gained some valuable insight in what working for a sports organization would entail. And since I know I’m not the only one interested in this industry, here are the top five pieces of advice that execs had to give to the audience: