THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURE, AND THE EMPLOYMENT LANDSCAPE YOU’RE HEADING FOR, IS DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE
- TIM ELMORE, BIGGEST PREDICTOR OF SUCCESS
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? 1.) Volunteer 2.) Join Clubs and Sports 3.) Gain Work Experience
There is no other factor that will both increase problem-solving, confidence, flexibility, communication (adult, professional-very different from in-school or in texting), and resiliency more quickly than volunteering, work experience and diversifying your experiences and exposure to different people and perspectives.
You need to be able to handle new challenges outside of a textbook, stretch beyond your comfort zones, fail, bounce back and GROW YOURSELF.
Volunteering and Work Experience are a major part of Scholarships and Post-Secondary Applications. You need more than your success in your classes.
Steps to Volunteer:
Step 1: Choose a volunteer or work experience that you will enjoy!
Step 2:Do some research: Explore areas of interest online, join clubs and sports, look for Matheson announcements, come to the Career Centre to partner up, enroll in a Co-op
Step 3: Follow instructions carefully-submit application and documents before due date and in manner requested (often online)
Step 4: Attend information session or orientation. Make a good first impression: Show your positive attitude and don’t be afraid to ask questions
Step 5: Get a reference letter! Document dates and hours of volunteering, and get the manager’s or supervisor’s name and contact information for reference. Add these to your scholarship binder
Step 6: Celebrate what you have achieved!
Step 7: Plan your next venture into volunteering or work experience.