MMFBT 022 – Transitioning From School to the Working World

This week on the podcast we have one of my favourite guests yet.  Melissa Leong from the Financial Post drops by to talk about making the jump from college and/or university to the working world.

Many young adults I talk to are having an incredibly difficult time bridging the jobs gap that is quickly becoming a gaping chasm in some industries.

Unfortunately I hadn’t got a chance to talk to Melissa before the interview.  I thought I’d be getting a great guest who could articulate what had allowed her to transition so successfully from being a superb student, to making a living doing what she loves every day – something that is much harder than it sounds.  What I got instead was someone who was not only bright and articulate, but a brilliant mixture of charisma and true humility as well.  You don’t bump into people like Melissa every day, so please listen in.

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Join us as we chat about:

  • Why journalism and writing can be such a great career choice – even today!
  • Why being on multiple media platforms can be such a direct route to success.
  • Tips on succeeding in your first work environment.
  • Melissa’s thoughts on unpaid internships and having to travel to find employment.
  • Hard work and why it’s one ingredient no one can do without.
  • Specific thoughts on strategies for young women to reach their full potential in the working world.
  • Melissa’s unique blend of fiction and non-fiction writing and how she makes it work.

Look for Melissa’s columns in the Financial Post and check her out on CTV.  Finally, if you’re a young adult action fan, read What Kills Me and I Am Forever, written under the pen name Wynne Channing.

Melissa is a class act who is way too humble to admit that she has won awards such as the 2002 Toronto Star Award for the graduating Ryerson student deemed to be the best print journalist.  For those of you that don’t know, Ryerson is the premier journalism school in the country.

On top of all of these achievements however, is the fact that Melissa is young enough to remember what “starting out” feels like and is willing to let you know the specific steps she just finished taking.  That sort of perspective is invaluable.

As always, any feedback you’d like to provide via our comments section or in the form of iTunes ratings is much appreciated.  If you’d like to come on the podcast don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll get a session set up!

More Beers, More Cheers, That’s It That’s All!

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