When was the last time you update your resume? Most people update it quickly before they start their job hunt, I know I did.
We had an opportunity to update our resume with Doug from the Career Management Centre at SFU. He gave us a bunch of great tips on how to make our resume to stand out more and it was a great timing for me too since I have not updated my resume for awhile. I sat there after the workshop to really clean up my resume and make the necessary adjustments. I have not sat down with Doug again to go through my ‘new and improved’ resume, but I am quite pleased with the content in there now.
Check out my new resume here. Please let me know what you think of it!
I feel like I’m losing the design touch on this particular version because I had to use Word, but I have seen some people use Word really well. So if you have some ideas of how I can improve it, please write to me.
Doug, thank you for the nudge. I needed it!
Another Saturday, another case competition! While I didn’t win this time around, it was still a great experience to learn about the case for Rumie Initiative and see the presentations from other groups.
Thank you Acumen Vancouver for organizing this case competition, judges for grilling us with great questions and being here with us on a rainy Saturday.
Here are some feedback and suggestions given by the judges:
– Address challenges, don’t leave them hanging
– Consider your audience
– Take a look at the judges background and try addressing them when answering
– Always have KPI and metrics
– Share how you would implement your suggestions (tactical)
– Make sure graphics are high quality (not pixelated) and no misspellings
– Captivate judges with storytelling
– Show numbers even if you have to draw assumptions, or take in the numbers from similar businesses
– What are the inputs, the output, the overall impact of your suggestion
– How would you fund your suggestion
– Risk analysis
– Start the presentation with the solution, spend less time on the background story, and show how you come up with the solution
Guy A: * as entering the skytrain * I’m fine dude, I dont need to sit, they’ve fixed my heart.
Guy B: I lost your number intentionally. My phone can only hold 250 numbers.
A: I always get to the skytrain at 8:30. You were late today. You came at 8:35.
B: Yeah I wanted to cuddle a bit longer.
A: Is your wife back to work now?
B: Yes, since Aug. She leaves earlier than me and comes home later though.
A: because she’s not sucking the taxpayers money like you
B: no, I just work more efficiently than her.
A: you think so? I think she is more efficient than you.
B: what makes you think that?
A: she’s Chinese. She’s a female.
* both exit *
And there I was, closing my eyes and cringing through their whole conversation.
There are so many things I want to do on a rainy Saturday. Stay in bed, binge watch, drink hot chocolate, do puzzles, make some arts and crafts, basically anything but go to school.
I did anyways, because it’s our first case competition ever. I was excited but terrified at the same time. It’s been 5 weeks since classes have started and I’ve got to know what my classmates are like. They’re a bunch of smart, thoughtful, analytical bunch. I’m the exact opposite.
But there I was today at school, right at 8:50am, with a case in my hand. It was on Netflix and the year was set to 2007. We put our biases and knowledge of where Netflix is today (2016) and read the case thoroughly. Then we discussed the points and the alternatives given. Once the counter hits 1 hour 20 minutes, I started the presentation design. It was a challenge to not be able to use internet, even to grab images. But everybody was given the same condition and it turned out to be a great exercise for me to be creative with just text and offline resources (and very limited time) given.
I was so nervous when we were practicing our parts. I did not know what to exactly say. I started writing a script but I tossed it away. I let the words flow and the next few hours went so quickly.
Our team thought out presentation went alright. We were proud of our team but felt we could’ve done better.
Turns out, the judges didn’t feel the same way. They nominated us to go to the finals. Us! Out of 15 groups that presented, we got chosen along with other 2 groups to do another presentation, and this time in front of the whole 9 judges and the 52 people in our cohort.
Yes, we won! I could hardly believe it. It wasn’t just the judges who congratulated us, but the whole class. They said the combination of our stage presence and analysis of the case was great. It’s one thing to win a competition, but another to be congratulated by your peers (and competitors of this particular case).
I have a slight regret for deciding to skip the local MBA games because I didn’t have my confidence in check. But I know, the people that are going, are the best of the best from our cohort and they’ll bring home the awards on our behalf.
Sometimes you don’t have to go far to enjoy the beauty of life, the company of friends, the best of food.
We wanted to go to Kelowna for Thanksgiving but alas, due to my school schedule, we couldn’t. So after looking around for places to stay near Vancouver, we ended up in Richmond but somehow it felt like we were somewhere else, perhaps Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Richmond is just a stone throw away from where we all live but we haven’t explored much of it yet, especially as a group.
Turned out, it was the perfect place to be for us. We ate and ate, played games, shared life frustrations, experimented with 360 camera, stayed up all night. Sometimes it really does not matter where you go, it’s the people that make the difference.
Places we went to:
- Claypot Hotpot: fancy three tier hot pot, steam, BBQ. It comes up to $30ish for each. All you can eat. Average quality of items.
- Excellent Tofu: we went for desserts at 9:30pm and got seats right away. Spent about $5 each.
- Jade Restaurant: we called an hour before coming in and they were able to reserve a table for us. Try the radish cake, it’s extra delicious here.
- Hou Lok: late night congee and other greasy snacks. Order $30 worth of stuff, get 1 free large congee.
Accounting quiz is coming and I’m getting so nervous. I had no idea how to do depreciation, t journal, and all that jazz yet. I need the support of my crew but I am not too sure who could help yet.
– EP and I went to ETSY Craft Fair in North Van and picked up this beautiful illustration of Miya and magazine by Mint to Inspire!
– I don’t know how this guy does it but he did it, and with a smile at the end of the day. He stayed and sat for 4.5 hours while I studied Accounting in another room with a few other people.
– Since the professor allows us to bring 2 double-sided cheat sheet to the quiz, I decided to cram as much as I can to those two pages. Most people got theirs typed up but I find it beneficial to just write it out.
-Accounting quiz came and gone, it was fine. Just fine. I’m glad it’s over so now I can catch up on the reading and prepare for the next one.
– Nyak and Kap arrived to Vancouver
– 5k Inflatable Run with Danielle, Ken & Annie, and Eric. It was lots of fun, I just wish there was less running, more inflatable 😉 The girl running with t-rex costume on was the highlight of the whole run though.
– After a fun morning, I had to rush back to school and spend the rest of my Saturday (5 hours to be exact) working on economics assignment. It was a rather tense meeting but we got the assignment done nonetheless.
– On a side note, I’m really loving my Surface Pro 4. It’s been so useful, especially taking notes directly on slides and e-books.– Finally got to take photos on this bright and pink wall! I love how bright paint can change up the mood of an alley.
– Apparently PM Trudeau was in Vancouver that weekend
It’s so easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of assignments but since the beginning, I made a commitment to still live my life to the fullest while doing this MBA program. This week is a good example of that as I try to balance out the two:
– Hanging out with the ILC crew on a rainy Saturday
– Dri, Matt, Emily, and I went to watch Snowden afterwards
-Totally lost in Econ class, so many graphs and formula that I can’t really wrap my head around it
– I was falling behind for Accounting reading but Quinn seemed excited to learn all about it. The book assigned to us was definitely an informative one but when you were given a million of other readings to do, how do you have time for it all?
-Treating ourselves to bubbletea because I realized Coco is directly across the street from school! However, I was pretty disappointed with the taste. I expected more for the world’s largest bubbletea chain!
– Those who study together, learn together! We worked together as a group to go through videos we needed to get done and discuss the quizzes after we’ve done them, to make sure we truly understand the concept. I find this much more beneficial than studying alone.
– Each instructor seems to have their own way of teaching, some purely depend on slides, some depend on whiteboard, some just verbal. Slides work the best for me right now just so I can quickly write out ideas directly on the slides.
– Ending the week with the nephews…
I’m freaking out. There are lots of readings assigned for this week and just looking at the calendar, it seems like we have so many things due soon. I like to plan things out but now I feel like I’m already drowning before the race even began.
But here are some highlights nonetheless:
– Read assigned articles to EP on the way up to Squamish and pretend it was a podcast
– Took advantage of the sunny day and listed down all upcoming assignments into my new agenda (spent over an hour looking for the perfect agenda at Indigo downtown)
– Participated in a video shoot for SFU because why not 😉
– EP packed hainanese chicken with quinoa for lunch!
– Team discussion on what are the most important things for us, what we are looking for, and what we are willing to give up. Our team decided on three main things:
1) To create and foster a positive team culture
2) To complete all our assignments on time with a quality we are proud of
3) To stay humble and open to feedback
I wrote that I’m willing to give up unexpressed expectations. I do that a lot, not just at school but in personal life, and I know by practicing giving it up, I will be much happier. Like Shakespeare said, expectation is the root of all heartaches. With EP too now, I try to let him know in advance just so he has a clear understanding and be on the same page as me.
Today is the end of the 2nd week yet it feels like I have been in school for much longer. I haven’t talked to most people in class, but I think I’m starting to get a handle of all their names now.