Podcast

Careers in the Arts – Teaching: Interview with Andreia Florea

We interviewed Andreia Florea, a grade 1/2 teacher on finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate. We thought it would be helpful for students to hear about potential careers available to Bachelor of Arts graduates.

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Andreia is a grade 1/2 teacher, with 15 years of experience, 8 of which as a Special Education Teacher and school librarian. After working in the corporate world for 5 years, as a programmer, and then, consultant, she transitioned into teaching.

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What do you think was the biggest difference you found between working in the corporate world and becoming a teacher?

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In the corporate world there’s a lot more flexibility working from home, although funnily enough, we’re all working from home now because of the pandemic. With teaching, you have to have people skills because obviously, you need to have a passion and to connect with the kids. I think empathy is also a huge part. You’re modelling behaviour and I have to be super careful with what comes out of my mouth and because I’m influencing them.

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What kind of transferable skills do you think students gain from a B.A.?

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So many people kind of knock the arts degrees, which I actually don’t agree with at all, because I think they teach critical thinking skills. I always say my degree taught me to think because you’re reading so many different perspectives. That helped me in my life when I was doing my consulting job and then it helped me in teaching.

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What kinds of qualities make for a good teacher?

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The number one thing is you have to want to be a teacher. I find any kind of personality can be a teacher. I think you need a lot of patience just to deal with different learning styles and individual characters and such. You also need to be able to be flexible. In the classroom, you might plan a lesson and realize these kids aren’t even understanding what you’re saying. So you have to figure out a better way for them to learn it.

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Do you have any advice for current students who want to pursue teaching?

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I think a good way to actually dip your toe in would be to volunteer in a school. You’re networking, you’re making connections. So then, once you finish school, the principal or other teachers will remember you. You have to stay connected to the world even before you’re in it. Start to learn about it before you get there. Beyond the volunteering, read the newspaper, see what’s going on. There’s a lot of teachers on Twitter. Don’t be afraid to reach out, even to me for instance.

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Thank you, Andreia, for sharing the excellent advice with us and our readers! 

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Book Mentioned in the Episode

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I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brené Brown

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Careers in the Arts – Teaching: Podcast Episode Live!

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We discuss finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate with Andreia Florea, a grade 1/2 teacher, with 15 years of teaching experience.

HIGHLIGHTS

Differences between a corporate and teaching career

Transferable skills students gain from a B.A.

Rewards and challenges of being a teacher

Advice for students interested in teaching

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Health and Academic Performance: Interview with Dr. Kevin Preston

We interviewed Dr. Kevin Preston on the connection between health and academic performance. We thought this topic would be helpful as a lot of people are struggling with being stuck inside due to COVID-19, a situation that can be taxing on mental, as well as physical health.

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Dr. Kevin Preston is a Chinese Medicine Doctor who lives for creating health and vitality in others. He has been in practice for over a decade at his wellness clinic in Vernon, BC in which wellness is created through a multifaceted approach that balances the mind, body, and spirit. 

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Can you tell us about how meditation benefits one’s health, especially during COVID-19?

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Meditation often gets overlooked. Guided meditations can be really helpful. They give you a direction for the mind to follow. It’s a great place to begin until you get a little bit more practice and you add another minute, and then another and pretty soon you have a deeper focus. I do breath coaching in my practice. You can see when somebody walks in that they haven’t really breathed deeply that day or in months or maybe even years. Their whole system is so tense. You can imagine as a student if you’re not breathing deeply, because of the stress, you’re actually decreasing the amount of oxygen through your body.

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What are some lessons that students can borrow from Chinese medicine to create a more healing space?

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I spent quite a few years in school and there are times where you’re working and going to school and feels like you’re barely treading water. It’s taken all the energy you have to keep up. Those are the moments ironically, that you really need good health practices. Something that’s always been really healing for me is spending a lot of time in the outdoors. Mastering the energy in your body by practising meditation and proper breathing is something students can do cheaply or for free.

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What are your thoughts on how the current school environment interferes with students reaching optimal health?

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In that age bracket, I see this outside of the student population too, everybody’s so taxed and under a lot of strain. People take like less time off now than they used. I think that’s where a lot of anxiety comes from, and especially things like panic or foggy brain. So especially in academics, we’re asked to have our minds and our brains perform really well. I think it’s because we’re just straining our systems a lot and not necessarily supporting them enough.

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What are the first steps that someone could take on their wellness journey?

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Nutrition and hydration are the most important things. The right amount of water varies for each person. I juice and eat lots of green vegetables. Investing in nutrition upfront can prevent costs that come with future illness. Other than meditation and breathwork, Epsom or Himalayan salt foot soaks can be used for relaxation. Cold showers can help relax the nervous system too. Start with the last 30 seconds of your shower and gradually increase the time.

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Thank you, Kevin, for sharing the excellent advice with us and our readers!

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Book Mentioned in the Episode

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The Power of Habit by Charles Dunhigg

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Missed the episode? Listen here:

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Health and Academic Performance: Podcast Episode Live!
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We discuss the connection between health and academic performance with Dr. Kevin Preston, a Chinese medicine doctor and holistic wellness expert.

HIGHLIGHTS

Benefits of meditation during COVID-19

Practical health advice for students

Lessons from Chinese medicine

How the school environment affects health

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Both the written, visual, audio, and audiovisual content of this post has been created by and is the intellectual property of Lisa Pfau and PFAU Academic Writing. Please do not replicate any of the above content without our consent. However, please do feel free to share this post and its authorship widely.

Finding a Job During COVID-19: Interview with Alif Huq

We interviewed Alif on the challenges and opportunities facing young adults during COVID-19. We thought this topic would be relevant for students looking for summer jobs, as well as recent graduates attempting to enter the already competitive job market.

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Alif Huq is a digital marketing specialist and job hunting expert. Since the start of the pandemic, Alif has been offering specialized job hunting webinars and tips on social media. He has also helped numerous young adults to learn the art of marketing themselves online.

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What kinds of challenges are you hearing about from young adults engaged in the job search process?

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What I’ve noticed is that there’s a lot of hiring freezes. I have friends who work in the HR space where they probably had five interviews lined up. And unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and hiring freezes, those interviews were basically on pause or cancelled because companies are thinking more about how to sustain their budget and a new hire can be costly.

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What pet peeves when it comes to people using social media ineffectively to get a job?

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So my biggest pet peeve is when people ask “Can you refer me to a job?” or “Alif, do you know any job opportunities?” and I don’t even know them. Being on the receiving end of a lot of these messages does get very annoying, and it feels like I’m being used. Instead of saying, “I noticed there’s a company opening, here’s my resume”, the best way to establish trust and is to ideally get them on a phone call with you.

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How can young adults, who do not have a lot of work experience, present themselves as capable professionals?

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The first thing I would say is, you’ve got to develop a tangible skill set. The way I got hired into my first marketing assistant role, without any marketing experience, or even any connections or education was because I made a YouTube video where I was showcasing my copywriting skills. They saw that video of me and decided to onboard me for the role itself. For example, if you want to go into graphic design, instead of taking just a course on graphic design, you might want to actually create your own graphics and a portfolio. For digital marketing, instead of taking a Google Analytics course, you might want to start your own blog and experiment with SEO and paid advertisements.

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Alif’s Book Recommendations

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4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

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Thank you, Alif, for sharing the excellent advice with us and our readers! 

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Missed the episode? Listen here:

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For more advice about the job search process, check out our weekly podcast or subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


Both the written, visual, audio and audiovisual content of this post has been created by and is the intellectual property of Lisa Pfau and PFAU Academic Writing. Please do not replicate any of the above content without our consent. However, please do feel free to share this post and its authorship widely.

Finding a Job During COVID-19: Podcast Episode Live!
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We discuss the challenges of finding a job during a pandemic with job search expert and content marketing specialist, Alif Huq.

HIGHLIGHTS

Job market changes during COIVD-19

How to stay motivated when job searching

Social media strategies and what not to do

The art of marketing yourself online

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To get more help with your assignments, book a 20 minute consultation with us and start your journey to reaching your full potential on the page, and in life.


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Creating your Virtual Study Space: Interview with Rob Cairns

We interviewed Rob Cairns on how to create an efficient virtual study space. We thought this would be helpful since most people are now studying and working from home. 

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Robert Cairns is the CEO of StunningDigitalMarketing, a Toronto-based Digital Marketing firm that serves clients from a variety of sectors about creating an organized and efficient virtual study space. With over 25 years of experience in the technology field, Rob is an expert at using technology to optimize organizational operations and productivity. 

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What are some of the challenges studying from home might pose?

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The biggest problem I see students have is that they get distracted. They don’t cope well with interruptions and they don’t teach the people around them, their family members or friends, that studying from home doesn’t mean they’re available.

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Could you share some lessons you’ve learned while running your business from home that could apply to students staying organized and focused?

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The first one is the night before your day. Set yourself up and get your desk ready. Then when you get up in the morning, stick to the same routine. The other key is to make sure you still take proper breaks. So I typically take a get out of my chair every two hours, whether I need it or not. I manage my day with my calendar and colour code my day, depending on what I have going on. I actually put the time in my calendar, not just for calls with clients, but for actual items and things I have to do.

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How can technology help a student studying at home to create a daily routine and efficient workflow?

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A couple of things. One, Google calendar to manage it. I put my daily tasks in a programme called Google Keep, which is Google’s note-taking pattern. I just tend not to use an elaborate to-do list. I manage all my project stuff in Trello, which is a project management visual package that a lot of people use. So I use a variety of things and believe it or not, when I’m working on hard tasks, I use an old fashioned egg timer just to count down tasks. I’ll set a timer for 15 minutes and then if I’m doing well, I’ll reset that timer for another 15 minutes. 

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of storing documents locally versus on the cloud?

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Okay, so for storing stuff on the cloud, you have to choose the service that you trust most. I would tell most people that if you stick with the big services, they do a pretty good job. The problem is storing stuff on a local hard drive. If something happens to the hard drive or the machine dies, then you lose everything. So either way, you should keep a backup of those important essays and those important papers, because things do happen.

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If you had to choose three applications that you could not live without, what would they be? 

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Okay, the first one for me is Google Calendar. The second one for me is Zoom. I’m kind of lost without that because it lets me stay in touch with people. Then, the third one is probably Trello. 

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Thank you, Rob, for sharing the excellent advice with us and our readers! 

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Book Mentioned in the Episode

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You are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

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For more advice about the application process, check out our weekly podcast or subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


Both the written, visual, audio, and audiovisual content of this post has been created by and is the intellectual property of Lisa Pfau and PFAU Academic Writing. Please do not replicate any of the above content without our consent. However, please do feel free to share this post and its authorship widely.

Creating your Virtual Study Space: Podcast Episode Live!

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We discuss the difficulties students face studying from home and some possible solutions, with tech expert Robert Cairns of StunningDigitalMarketing.

Highlights

How to work around distractions

Tips for staying organized and productive

Useful apps and programs

Data storage and cybersafety

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To get more help with your assignments, book a 20 minute consultation with us and start your journey to reaching your full potential on the page, and in life.


Both the written, visual, audio, and audiovisual content of this post has been created by and is the intellectual property of Lisa Pfau and PFAU Academic Writing. Please do not replicate any of the above content without our consent. However, please do feel free to share this post and its authorship widely.

How to Apply for Grad School during COVID-19: 1st Podcast Episode Live!
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We discuss the trials and tribulations of applying for graduate school during a pandemic with PFAU Academic Writing applications coach, Yiwei Jin.

HIGHLIGHTS

Impact of COVID-19 on GPA

What makes a strong personal statement

What to look for in a good reference

Putting together an applications checklist

The art of selling yourself to the right schools

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To get more help with your grad school applications, book a 20 minute consultation with us and start your journey to reaching your full potential on the page, and in life.


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Please let us know what’s on your mind in terms of your education during Covid-19.

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Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out a number of podcasts to attempt to reduce student stress levels and increase positive thought process. We will be also offering a number of Q&A sessions with our academic coaches to try to answer some of your questions about changes in secondary and post-secondary education academic standards and processes during this unusual period. In particular, what does Covid-19 mean for your academic and professional future?


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