Communications

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Learning the Ropes at the BCTIA

Professional Development

There are some things I have known for a long time, such as what toppings I like on my pizza and which Backstreet Boy will always be my favourite. With that being said, I am still continuously learning new things through the different experiences I take on. 

By: Layla Clarkson 528 reads | 0 comments
Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Organization: 
Goh Ballet Academy
Organization Profile: 
Established in 1978, the Goh Ballet Academy is an internationally renowned institute, recognized for its high caliber ballet training and performances, providing students with advanced knowledge to prepare them for a flourishing career in the field of dance. The Goh Ballet was founded by Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh and is now under the direction of Chan Hon Goh, former Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada. The academy introduces new interpretations of classic full–length productions, nurtures and cultivates award–winning aspiring dancers and commissions new works by some of the world’s most renowned and sought–after choreographers. The Goh Ballet Academy has received international acclaim as one of Canada’s preeminent ballet schools, giving rise to young talent, with its graduates filling the ranks of world–renowned ballet companies. This recognition has enabled the Goh Ballet to offer invaluable opportunities for students to perform internationally, work with professional dancers, and represent Canada around the globe as an ambassador for Canadian dance and arts culture. An acclaimed and dedicated faculty well versed in the Vaganova and Royal Academy of Dance methods aims to foster each individual talent to reach their fullest potential. Mission The Goh Ballet Academy achieves the highest levels of professionalism in classical ballet training and performance productions while supporting our students' passion for dance and dedication to their art. We foster the development of creative innovation and artistic expression. Since its establishment in 1978, The Goh Ballet has been fully committed to offering the highest caliber of education to your dance experience. The Goh Ballet Academy has become an internationally renowned leader in training and performance productions.
City: 
Vancouver
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
• Coordination and execution of public events and presentations involving media and government officials • Update systems and procedure manuals in relations to seasonal activities, ensure they are being followed by staff • Write and participate in the formatting of Academy’s marketing materials, brochures, notices, program notes, announcements and other publicity related communications • Promoting and marketing of Academy’s various programs • Coordinate and assist with communications and administrative work related to Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Projects / Initiatives: 
- Managed "The Nutcracker Shop", which included ordering items for the shop and displaying them in an appealling way - Processed work permits in a timely manner for 7 of our dancers, allowing them to dance in the Vancouver Opera's production of Aida - Coordinated a raffle ticket selling event at Metrotown Mall in support of Goh Ballet's production of The Nutcracker
What did you learn: 
- How to use applications such as Microsoft Outlook and StudioMAN - How to work as a team in an office environment in order to promote unity and effectiveness - How to effectively balance performing communications and administrative duties with attending to the needs of our students and parents, who were regularly flowing in and out of the office
Tips / Advice: 
- Keep a list of priorities - Write down every task that you are assigned, no matter how menial, because the office can get very busy and you are sure to forget a few things
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Going Green: Employer Highlights: Vancity and BC Used Oil

BC Used Oil

During "SFU's Sustainability Week" the OLC features two outstanding 'green' companies. So what does this 'greening' look like in the workplace? Find out how workplace sustainable practices are changing the way Vancity and BC Used Oil do business.

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Tips for Writing Effective E-Mail

Communications

For many of us, "business writing" now means e-mail. It's the medium we use most often to communicate ideas and information to colleagues, managers, clients and the world at large. And if we want the e-mail we send to help us meet our goals, we need to stop thinking of it as something we can just "dash off." Read more here.

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Careers in Communication 2008 : A Lesson in Finding the Dream Job

Career Exploration

Are you a Communication Major who has had enough of trying to come up with the perfect answer to the question: What will you do with your degree? A recent SFU event at Canada Place delivered poignant ideas for a response. Bringing together SFU Communication Majors with their career idols, Careers in Communication 2008 left attendees with valuable insight into the Cmns job market.

By: Adam Brayford 1333 reads | 0 comments
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Starting a Career in Communications with IABC

Career Exploration

Co-op student Arthur Yee explores his career path in Communications by getting involved in professional events presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

By: Arthur Yee 2437 reads | 0 comments
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Summer of Wildfires: Memories of Boot Camp

Merritt

When I accepted the position of Fire Information Officer for the BC Forest Service, I knew that the job might entail long hours, a steep learning curve and a major lifestyle adjustment. What I did not know was that the whole experience would set off with a week at firefighter boot camp.

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Communication: So You Love Advertising, But Don’t Know How to Get in the Door

Advertising

With a love for marketing and advertising, Communication student Lilian Sue discovers how to break into the industry and finds great online resources to improve one's creativity skills during her search.

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Students Seeking Jobs Hopeful Despite the Economy

Work Search

There is hope for students thinking about jobs and careers – pre and post graduation. Despite a wavering economy, employers are hiring – but with a twist.

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Two Guys, a Girl, and a Football Club

BC Lions

I’ll admit it, when I found out that I was placed with the BC Lions for my first co-op work term, I was disappointed; my heart was set on jetting off to Ottawa.

By: Agnes Gulbinowicz 1692 reads | 0 comments
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