Monthly Archives: January 2008

I Got My B.A. . . Now What?


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If you’re getting a B.A., be sure to attend the Bachelor of Arts Career Information Session on Tuesday, January 29. It’s from 4:30-5:30 in Room 2501 and will feature a couple guest speakers telling about their experiences finding a job with a B.A., plus employment tips and opportunities prepared by Meghan from Employment Services at the college. Also, there will be free snacks!

Finding a job once you’ve graduated is not always a straightforward process, so it’s good to do a little research beforehand and see what you’re going to be dealing with. This session will be very useful, so if you’re getting a B.A., even if graduation is a few years off, come and see what’s out there for you!

Any questions – email alison.morgan@rdc.ab.ca or give me a call at 357-3674.

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Politically Incorrect – Uncool Title for Career Session


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Recently I posted about the Bachelor of Arts Career Information Session. The title of the post, and the title of the info session, was “I’m Not Flipping Burgers: The Bachelor of Arts Career Info Session.”

Well, what I meant by that was that when I was going to school to get my B.A., and nowadays when some people find out I have a B.A., they make a little joke. “Oh, so you plan to flip burgers for the rest of your life, huh?” The implication is that with a B.A. degree, you can’t get a high-paying job and that you’re wasting your time pursuing the degree.

I thought that entitling the career session “I’m Not Flipping Burgers” would show that there are many job opportunities related to a Bachelor of Arts degree that are available to grads. I made posters and had them printed up, sent submissions to the Bricklayer at R.D.C., and the Humanities and Social Sciences and U of C Collaborative Degree websites, and was about to embark on my campaign to promote the event all over the college.

Well, I was about to hang the posters up when I ran into a sociology instructor here. I don’t know if looking at her made me think this way, but I suddenly felt like the title was a bit offensive.

What if somebody IS flipping burgers, and takes offense at the implication that it’s a no-good job and B.A. graduates are too good for it? What if somebody has to flip burgers out of economic necessity? What if somebody enjoys flipping burgers, which is entirely acceptable?

Wow. Insensitivity. I asked the soci instructor, who volunteered to take the posters to her Sociology of Work class at the college for student feedback. Sure enough, the students fed-back. (Thank you!) They felt it was eye-catching but that it could very well be construed as insensitive and offensive. For example, Kevin Federline’s French-fry commerical was seen to be offensive by many in the food services industry.

Well, I don’t want to pull a “K-Fed”, so I’ve retitled to reflect that – “I Got My B.A. . . . Now What?”: The Bachelor of Arts Career Info Session.

It’s still on January 29 from 4:30-5:30 in room 2501. It’ll still feature guest speakers with the degree, employment tips, and a question/answer session. It’ll still be great.

But it’ll also be politically correct, because career or no career, the one thing we all should get from a Bachelor of Arts education is the ability to be open-minded.

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8 Reasons You Should Become A Volunteer


Volunteering is a good idea. It benefits you, the place you volunteer, and the people you volunteer with. If you need some convincing, here are some reasons that becoming a volunteer is a good thing:
1. It can help you get a JOB!
When you volunteer doing something that interests you, you make yourself known to the company/agency you’re with. If you do a good job as a volunteer and a position opens up . . . guess who they are going to want to hire? (This really works; I’ve gotten a few jobs this way!)

2.  It is great EXPERIENCE
Even if you don’t end up getting a job at the place where you volunteer, putting the experience down on a resume looks great for other job applications. Volunteering gives you real experience without having to find and commit to a paying job, or gives you experience doing something that you can’t get paid for yet because you don’t have the training. You can also get experience in an area you plan to work in. Say you want to work for the SPCA . . . you can volunteer as a dog walker, and write down “Experience working with animals”. Even better than “Worked at A&W” (not that there’s anything wrong with that, just that the specific experience will help your cause!)

3. You Look Like a Great Person
Employers are also going to think, “Gee, this person really cares about their community. They took the time to volunteer”.

4. You Can Get Scholarships
Sometimes scholarships are based on things like “outstanding community involvement” or “evidence of leadership”. Having volunteering as an extra-curricular activity can get you in the running for scholarships even if you’re not pulling that 4.0

5. You Can See What You Like and Don’t Like
If you think you want to become, say, a librarian, but you aren’t sure, a little light volunteering in a library can open your eyes to the reality of the job. You’ll find out if actually working in a library setting is what you thought it would be. If not, well, you can move on and volunteer elsewhere, and maybe save yourself a lot of time going down a path that is not for you.

6. You Get To See What’s Out There
If you volunteer at a homeless shelter, you get to see what being homeless really means. It opens your eyes to something far beyond your own worldview and may change your perspective and your actions. It’ll definitely give you the right to voice your experienced opinions when other people are just spouting off!

7. Meet People
If you volunteer with kids, you get to meet some hilarious kids. If you volunteer with other volunteers, you get to meet people who have similar interests to yours. If you volunteer with a great volunteer supervisor, you get to know somebody who can be a reference for you, help you connect with other agencies that are hiring, and so on. You meet some great people when you volunteer who you would never run into otherwise.

8. It’s the Right Thing To Do
Maybe you’ve been pretty lucky in life and you just want to give back somehow. Volunteering is a good way to do that. You’ll feel good and you’ll know that you’re doing something good, even if it’s just something small.

Well, I’ve convinced myself. Time to go out and find a new volunteer opportunity . . .

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Don’t Miss It: Apply Now to the University of Calgary Collaborative Degree Program


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If you’re in your second year of a B.A., and plan to major in English, Psychology, or Sociology . . . then don’t miss your chance to apply to the RDC/U of C collaborative degree program.

 With this program, you become a U of C student but you don’t have to actually GO to the U of C. So if you live in Red Deer, like it here, and are a fan of attending Red Deer College, then this program might just be a great fit for you.

But don’t miss it! The application deadline for Fall 2008 is coming up. By January 31, you’ll need to apply to the U of C for admission. Again, the majors offered are English, Psychology, and Sociology. You need a GPA of 2.0 to be considered for admission to English and Sociology, and a GPA of about 2.7 for Psych.

Apply online at www.ucalgary.ca (Apply Now link). If you have any questions, be sure to call me (Alison – 357-3674) or Jennifer (342-3313).

Also, if you do apply, let Jen or me know because we will get your unofficial transcripts down the the University as quickly as we can so they can begin the admissions process. (You’ll need to send an official highschool and postsecondary transcript when your courses are complete in April).

This is a great program . . . if you want to stay in the friendly Red Deer College environment, taking advantage of the small class sizes and excellent instruction, the opportunities for research and learning, and hey, let’s face it, cheaper living conditions, then think about this program!

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You Won’t Be Flipping Burgers – Careers for a Bachelor of Arts Grad


Get a Job  OR   Eat a Burger  ?

Have you ever freaked out about what you’re going to do for a living when you graduate with your beloved B.A.?

Well, freak out no more. Instead, attend the Bachelor of Arts Career Info Session. It’s going to be on Tuesday, January 29, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Featuring guest speakers who have a B.A. and a job, plus tips on current employers, job finding techniques, and a question and answer period so you can pick some brains, this will be a very helpful night.

AND don’t forget the free snacks. 🙂 If you don’t get a job, you can always just keep attending stuff with free snacks so you don’t have to buy groceries.

Just kidding. The B.A. degree will get you a job! If you have more questions about the info session, just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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New Year’s Resolutions


Has everybody made New Year’s resolutions?  There are a lot I could have made. Exercise. Eat healthy. Quit my addiction to Canadian Idol (yep, you heard me. I like it way better than American!) But I never keep these types of resolutions anyway, and it just depresses me to look back and realize that I just didn’t get it together, for yet another year.

I did make one New Year’s resolution. That was to live in the present, not the future or the past. I don’t know how many of you out there are like this: you spend your time thinking about what you’re going to do with your future and focusing a lot on what you’ve done in the past. Sometimes I feel like my life won’t really “start” until I’ve done certain things. I guess it’s like that saying “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans for the future” (or however that goes). So I’m going to try and just live in the present. Not that I’ll become an ambitionless drifter with no mind for the consequences of my actions because they’re in the “past”. Just that my main focus will be on the here and now.

We’ll see next year how that goes!!!

One New Year’s resolution I always made as a student was to stay organized and on top of things in my classes. Do the readings a few days ahead of time instead of the night before (or, I’m not going to lie, not at all . . .) Take neat and organized notes. Make a calendar pointing out dates and deadlines so I could study in advance for exams and hit the library early to start researching for papers. Ha! By Reading Week at the latest, I was back to my old slapdash style. It worked for me, though!

Happy New Year! Good luck with classes starting. I’ll try to post a couple times a week from now on.

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