Orientation and First Weeks
The first few weeks of this program were hectic. There was a lot to get done in a few days. We had to get our resumes and cover letters done. We had to apply for different jobs and then prepare for the interviews. We also had to manage our time as per the interviews.
Day to Day
There were not any day-to-day assignments. The beginning of the program was hectic but later on, we were given enough time to complete the other assignments for the program.
Learning and Adaptation
The different assignments throughout the program were a great way to learn and adapt to the new work environment. They were assignments about how to write professional emails and other professional material. There were also assignments about the importance of work-life balance and mental health check-ups. In addition to the material available through the Career Boost program Canvas course, the program coordinator Hanna and Dinesh were always there for all of us to help with anything. It all made the learning experience more fun and memorable.
Accomplishments and Challenges
Before getting into the Career Boost program, I was very anxious about not having professional work experience and not knowing what I want to do after I graduate. In this program, I got to meet so many other students who were going through the same challenges. It helped me to realize that I am not the only one in this situation. This sense of having a community around me helped me to ease my anxiety. Now I have some professional work experience plus a supportive community around me.
Cultural and Environmental Observations
During my work experience, I got the opportunity to learn how different each of us is from one another. We all are from different cultures in one way or the other, and we all have different ways of working. I consider myself very lucky to had the opportunity to work with the SFU Work Integrated Learning's Justice, Equity, and Inclusion team. The work culture of this team was something I was looking for. All the team members were respectful of the differences each of us had, and everyone was there to support each other in every way needed. This is exactly what I think should be the values all workplace cultures should have and I am grateful to have had that experience.
Overall I think if any international students are considering being part of the Career Boost program then they should definitely do it. Even though work experience is not guaranteed, it is still going to be a journey full of growth and new experiences. The program coordinator is always going to be there to help you with anything. The Career Boost program is no doubt a great opportunity to learn and grow within SFU.