Author Archives: Nicole Wray

Unpaid Internships: Hate the Game, Not the Player


For many recent grads looking to land their dream job, internships (often unpaid) are a necessary step to take towards career success. According to Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, the U.S. and Canada are experiencing an “intern boom.” Synonymously, interns across the […]

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Former Harlequin PR Intern Talks About How to Turn Your Internship Into a Permanent Position


For students of journalism and publishing, it is a well-known and unfortunate fact that internships are unlikely to turn into full-time, permanent positions.  Regardless, every internship is a potential opportunity to make the transition into full time work. I spoke with Lisa Wray who was able to make the transition from PR Intern at Harlequin […]

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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Any Interview Requests


Before I finished my recent temp job, I asked another temp employee how her job search was going. Her response, “No one is hiring right now. What can you do?” She had a degree in economics from a highly ranked Canadian university. It always boggles my mind when I talk to a twentysomething who still […]

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‘Social Media Isn’t a Distinct Specialty’ According to Recent Report on the Creative Industry


Do job titles like Chief Brand & Culture Officer, Experimental Manager, Chief Problem Solver or my favourite, Chief Happiness Officer, sound appealing to you? If you work in the creative industry, they might not be out of reach. If you want to work in the creative industry, read on to find out what skills employers […]

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The ABC’s of Career Testing for Recent Grads


For recent grads confused or unhappy with their first career moves, career testing may seem like a quick fix. Spend and hour or so checking off a few boxes and the universe will reveal just what career field will make you happy and successful, right? Probably not. Although valid career and personality tests can have […]

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Nonprofit Internships Return Big Value

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Interning in the nonprofit field is a great way to contribute to a positive cause and get valuable experience to boost your career. Having interned several times in the publishing world, I turned to Kristy Williams and Gillian Labonte, both currently interning in the nonprofit sector, to find out what it is like to intern […]

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She Applies, She Succeeds! Make the Most of Post-Grad Life With the Help of a Life Coach

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Post-grad life should be exciting, rewarding, challenging and interesting. Unfortunately, for many people, post-grad life is quite the opposite: scary, confusing, difficult and a killer for your self-esteem. I spoke with Lori Dalton, a certified Life Coach in the Toronto area, about how life coaching can be a great tool for beating the blues often […]

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Former Sorority President Talks About Post-Grad Greek Life

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Before I went to university, my idea of Greek life was not unlike Anna Faris’ character in The House Bunny. I am so grateful to have met two charming sisters during my university experience who proved my ideas about Greek life to be very wrong. When one of my roommates decided to spend the year […]

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Branding To The Extreme: What’s In A Name?

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Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. If he were alive today, he might say that a job-seeker by any other name is not as employable. I just listened to the most recent podcast by my two favourite quasi-moms, Cristen and Molly of Stuff Mom Never Told You, entitled, […]

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‘Til Career Do Us Part: Gen Y & Marriage

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….Sitting in a tree; K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. I disagree. In my last blog, I posted a video of a 5-year-old feminist in training speaking about her future, which must involve a career before it involves a husband. My first thought, “You go girl!” It […]

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