Summer Job Search Tips 101

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As mentioned previously, in my first year I had a lot of trouble finding a job and compromised for volunteer positions. I guess during the process, I made some amateur mistakes. Thus, though this post I would like to provide some advice on how one can be more successful.

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1.  Start Early:

A very important tip, as many companies start looking to hire summer interns/workers as early as October-January. So, start looking for your ideal job now.

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2. Network:

I got into this one a little late. However, it is essential,  as creating meaningful relationships can help you land a job more easily. This can be done by attending networking event (Young Professionals Networking by The Hip Haus) through Eventbrite or by connecting with people via LinkedIn.

I would also recommend to continually build one even if you have a secure network ( examples: family, friends, colleagues,  and professors), you never know what opportunities you could land into because of it.

3. Research:

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4. Proofread:

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Have someone proofread your resume, cover letter, portfolio and social media accounts to see if you can make thing look professional and add any improvements.

5. Build a portfolio:

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Build a portfolio with work that you have done in the past and can relate to the jobs your applying. As well, you can research online what things are counted into your industry or the job that your applying to. If you are in the early stages of your career, don`t hesitate and put in some of the  volunteer and school work you have done.

Finally, I hope you are able to use these tips and find a fun summer job that will help you broaden your horizons !!! Best wishes for your job hunt and don`t hesitate to reach out to me for any help, I would love to get involved.

 

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Why One Shouldn’t Ignore Volunteer or Unpaid Work Opportunites …

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During the second semester of my first year at college and the summer after (May-Aug 2017), I decided to apply for paid internships and summer jobs to gain experience in the social media/Digital Marketing/PR/Comms industry. Despite getting many interviews and having many individuals saying that I was such a great/strong candidate, I didn’t have a job due to a lack of the work experience, small network and juniority.  In late June, after determining that by then it would be hard to get a summer job or paid internship, I decided to compromise to apply for a volunteering position and an unpaid virtual internship.

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Luckily, I was successful in attaining both positions, that allowed me to become a better person, provide more types of skills applicable to any job and have provided me with so many opportunities. More specifically the virtual internship allowed me to gain an awesome mentor (Harish Chauhan) who has helped me become a leader, something I never thought about. As well the Internship made me not only experience leadership, but teamwork, and learn about project management. On the other hand, the volunteer position as a Website Designer was terrific as it helped me gain my very first web design client and increased my networking skills.

I believe that many people ignore unpaid work because they feel because they are pointless and there is no point in working “for free in a materialistic world.” Money is not everything because if I had maybe worked as a paid employee at an organization, I might not have had the chance to confidently taking on leadership roles and venture into project management. Additionally, continuing to volunteer at other has given me the opportunity to help as many people as I can, while providing a feeling of personal satisfaction and happiness.  Thus, I would recommend everyone to alternatively consider and engage with unpaid/volunteer work, because who knows where it might lead you.

An Evaluation on the Fantastic Social Media Course !!!

 

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The social media course was very exciting. It was an engaging course taught by, Centennial College`s faculty member, Dr.Jessica Langer. At first, I thought it would be an easy course, due to being a major social media user. However, during the course, I have come to realise that social media is a vast discipline. It’s a discipline that doesn’t just analyze ordinary users like me, but also business users. During the course, I also learned about a sophisticated analytical tool called, Meltwater. As well, via the course, I got to meet cool industry people like, Daniel Reyes and Catherine Sugrue. However, despite being a pretty good and fascinating course, I also found it to be somewhat challenging.

To begin with, I loved, and thoroughly enjoyed the class. Additionally, I would like to mention positively, that my professor has always created a fun and captivating learning environment, where I have always learned something new. Some of these new things included the new knowledge of how the social media landscape is precious in creating a dialogue marketing and how algorithms work hand in hand to personalize everyone`s experience on social media. Secondly, I also enjoyed having industry guests from the DoTheDaniel Inc., come in to interestingly talk about how social media management and brand engagement are important in the social media world. Finally, I also enjoyed learning about Meltwater. Meltwater is an analytics tool, which is highly used in the PR industry to analyze the trends in social media and traditional media, to attain more success in the business world. Luckily, the BPRM program can access this tool, and in one of our lectures, we were able to have an amazing demo session with, Daniel Viron.

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Feedback on the Course !!!

Despite, it being a fantastic class, I still feel that there could be some improvement. Honestly, the only thing that could be improved upon would be the in-class activities. Mainly, I discovered that writing was heavily used for a lot of the in-class activities. This can become somewhat overwhelming,  tedious and monotonous. Thus, to improve this, I would recommend that certain activities implement games and could be orally conducted.

Tbh, I can’t believe that the semester is almost finally over in a less than a week from now. I mean it just feels like as if yesterday, was the first day of the second semester. Overall, I had a very positive and joyful learning experience in Dr.Jessica Langer`s social media course. Finally, I would rate the experience, a 4 out of 5 stars, as we had a lot of discussions and some wonderful guests in the class.

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4 Star Rating !!!

Image Credits and Attributions: (c) Can Stock Photo / z_amir, 4 Star Image & Feedback Image

Student Award Night

 

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After applying for many scholarships since November, I was emailed in late January by the college, to inform me that one of my application was accepted into receiving an entrance scholarship by the alumni association. By getting this email, I was ecstatic and proud to be receiving this prestigious award. Finally, in the email, it was interestingly mentioned that I would be invited to award nights at Centennial College`s Progress Campus, to celebrate this fantastic achievement.

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My Sister and Me.

Thus, on March 28th, 2017, at around 6:15, the beautiful night began with a great ambience and emceed by CBC News Network Anchor/Host of CBC News Now, Suhana Meharchand.Now, to celebrate this event with someone special, I attended this delightful event with my sister, Maizah Rana.  Luckily, I didn’t have to wait a long time to go on stage, because I was included in the first few awards.

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The Salad.

After the first few awards had been announced, we were served our delicious and unique salad. It was made up of unusual ingredients like arugula, baby spinach, dried cranberry, pumpkin seeds, radicchio and honey lime dressing.

Next, we were creatively served wild mushroom risotto stuffed in pepper along with a vegetable bundle for the main course.

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For the final dish, we were served a beautiful dessert that had a raspberry coulis decorating the dark chocolate and raspberry mousse, and was garnished with a mini vanilla macaroon.

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The Beautiful Dessert !!!

As well, we had an excellent music performance by the quintet who played some great music. Finally, at the end of the night, my sister and I took some great photographs, which are also posted on my Instagram account at @mariamranasblog and we got a lovely ride back to our house !!!

Image Credits and Attributions: Mariam Rana

My Cooking Adventure

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My Mom`s Creation !!!

I am a die-hard foodie by birth. This is because, I was brought up in a South Asian family, where a delicious home-cooked meal is an essential part of our culture. Even in today`s Canada, my mom home cooks a lot of tasty meals for our family, and in fact, roti is freshly made every day at our house.

After seeing my mom cook mouthwatering things for many years,  I decided to attempt the complicated but, intricate dish of biryani. Thus, before going on my cooking adventure, I researched online and found an excellent biryani recipe link to use. (http://www.food.com/recipe/sindhi-biryani-175950 ) Surprisingly, it was not hard to make and turned out to be very appetizing.

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Prepping for the Biryani !!!

Despite having some hardships, I found things like preparing the rice by half boiling it in a mixture of hot water, oil and bay leaves, to be much easier. Also, the slicing and browning of the onions were not extremely difficult except, for the onion tears, which were brutal. However, the hardest part came, when I had to make the well-spiced tomato paste mixture and a tender chicken masala mix.  This part could have gone wrong, especially , if I was not paying careful attention to the hard steps. That is because, the key ingredients (the meat mixture and tomato paste) would probably burn and ruin the dish. Finally, once the difficult part was over, I layered all the ingredients (the rice, meat, tomato paste and some garnishing)  in a big pot to cook the half boiled rice and to interconnect all the flavours.

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The Final Product !!!

I was overly happy with the biryani attempt, as it turned out to be a good learning experience for me. This is because, I learned how to make a very key South Asian dish. As well, my family enjoyed a very delicious meal, and for a change, my mom finally got a break from cooking.

Image Credits and Attribution : Mariam Rana

A Tuesday in My Life

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This semester ,I am very lucky to have  4 day weekends. However, it comes with a catch, as I have a lot of early morning classes. As well, it was hard to choose a day, but I have decided to focus this post on Tuesday, as it is my busiest day.

An Overview on Mariam Rana`s Tuesdays

7:15 am – I wake up to get ready and dressed for college.

7:50 am – 8:20 am

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My 30-min commute starts with me taking the 68 Warden bus which drops me off at the Warden subway station. From there, I take the subway to Pape Stn and then take the 81/25 bus to get to Pape Avenue at Mortimer Avenue. Finally, I quickly walk two-minute West on Mortimer Avenue, to quickly get to my statistics class.

8:30 am – 11:30 am

During this time, I learn a lot of interesting statistical and mathematical calculations with a very fantastic professor in the statistics course. Honestly, it’s not a very fun thing to do in the mornings, as it is mentally draining.

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

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Library Pillows !!!
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Treadmills in the Fitness Room.

Thankfully, we have a very long break to relax from the mentally draining math lecture I usually hang out in the library pillows to relax and catch up on a school assignment. During the break, I will go into the fitness room and enjoy a workout on the treadmills or bike for a 30 min.

2:30 – 5:30 pm.

After a long break, I have a social media class with an amazing professor. In this class, we learn all about how intriguing social media is and how we use it in the business world.

At around 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, I leave the school, and begin my journey to go home. I take the 62 Mortimer bus, which conveniently has a stop in front of the college door. This bus then drops me off at the Main subway station. Finally, I use the subway to get off at Warden station and then take the 68 Warden bus that drops me near my house.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Afghan Rice made by Mom !!!

Finally, I eat my yummy dinner made by mom, check my emails and go on the school website to check or work on any projects.

At around 9:30 – Finally, after a very early and tiresome day, I doze off to sleep.

Image Credits and Attributions: Mariam Rana, One day of My Life Image & Warden Stn Image 

A Mini Bollywood Analysis

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Bollywood has been a part of my life since day one. From childhood, I have grown up listening and dancing to Bollywood songs and watching the beautiful films.  Even today, it still is a significant part of my life. Therefore, this is a mini-analysis on my favorite things in Bollywood. So please enjoy!!!

Honestly, whenever anyone asks me what songs I like, I always say older Bollywood songs. From sad to happy song and even while working on the treadmill, I listen to older Bollywood song. The reason why I love older Bollywood is that of the finesse singing and the especial focus given to extraordinary lyrics penned by maestros. However, there is the occasional modern song, that is good and comparable to the older songs of Bollywood. As well the songs in Bollywood are the unique point of Bollywood, this is because, not only is their playback singing going on but, usually our actors are also dancing in these songs. Finally, you are probably wondering what my favorite songs. Now, the list is very long but some of my personal favs include, Nagada Sang Dhol, all the songs from Bajirao Mastani, Dola Re, O Duniya Ke Rakhwale, Tu Ganga Ki Mauj, Mere Bhole Balam (Meri Pyaari Bindu) and finally, Satrangi Re. Tbh, this a very lengthy list, but there is even an extensive list of more beautiful songs that I listen to. Unfortunately, I am unable to fit them all here. However, I would encourage you guys to hear the songs I mentioned above, and encourage you to listen to Satrangi Re, which I will be talking about next.

Despite having a detailed list of favorites, my all-time favorite is, Satrangi Re from the Movie Dil Se (Released in 1999). It is sung by fantastic signers, like, Sonu Nigam and Kavita Krishnamurthy.

A YouTube Link of Satrangi Re: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvGrChLEn0

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Satrangi Re Collage !!!

Firstly, the reason why this is my most favorite is because, I love how it synchronously combines the intricate Bollywood dancing with contemporary techniques and has beautiful background scenes. As well, I also adore how, its lyrics and dance moves gracefully portray the seven stages of love from, attraction to death.  Thirdly, this my favorite because the costumes notably present the seven distinct colors of the rainbow. Finally, the dance performed by the King of Bollywood, Sharku Khan and the gorgeous actress of the 90s, Manisha Koirala is beautifully choreographed and performed is what truly captivate me. Overall, this is an excellent piece with the details beautifully excited, and so I always include it as my all-time favorite.

Secondly, if there is a thing that Bollywood is famous after it dance numbers and songs, then it the great movies. Tbh, my favorite era in Bollywood is from the golden era of the 60s. It’s my favorite because, I love how the 60s captures of how important love it, the important Indian social issues at the time and the marvelous music pieces. Finally, some famous movies also emerged from the era, that I would encourage to watch. And that list includes films like, Junglee, Mughal e Azam, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Dosti, Aradhana and many more.

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The Handsome Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) !!!
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Shammi Kapoor in Junglee (1961)

Nevertheless, my most cherished movie is, Junglee (Released in 1961), which includes my most beloved actor, Shammi Kapoor. He was not only handsome, but was also a formidable actor, who acted very naturally and was a great dancer. In fact, he was even called the, “Elvis Presley of Bollywood”. However, despite having a great cast, it was a film, that was revolutionary for the time. This is because, it broke social barriers by depicting love and the marriage between the wealthy and poor. It also included some impressive songs, like the famous Yahoo, sung by the great Mohammad Rafi which portrays Shammi Kapoor as a wild lover dancing along with the coy, but beautiful Saira Bano.

For final words, I would like to say that while this is a very small attempt to analyze my favorite things in the very vast world of Bollywood and to introduce the older eras of Bollywood to the Western audience.  However, I would like to say that the Bollywood industry has beam creative and has produced brilliant artists and maestros. Thus, I would like to encourage all to watch Bollywood films, to enjoy the colorful and fantastic dance numbers. Finally, please let me know if you are interested in Bollywood or would like some suggestion on some good Bollywood music/movies, because I am a mini-human database on Bollywood.

Image Credits and Attribuion: Satrangi Re CollageShammi Kapoor ImageKashmir Ki Kali & Junglee