Nick Pauls

Position held:Community Advisor, Area Coordinator
Today: Youth Substance Abuse Outreach Counselor

What was your favorite part of working for Residence Life?

The best part about working in Residence is the amazing communities you get to be a part of. Not only do you get to be a leader in your Residence community, but Residence Life also welcomes you into an amazing community of staff members. I have learned so much from the professional staff and student staff I have gotten to work with over the years, and have made many long-term friends along the way. Working where you live and living where you work presents unique challenges at times; however, the relationships you develop and the new experiences you have make all those challenges worthwhile.

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What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

I currently work as a full-time Youth Outreach Addictions Counselor in Hope, B.C. Although this job is very different from my work in Residence, my roles as a CA and AC provided me with the foundation and confidence I needed to take the next step in my career. Working in Residence provides you with many opportunities to stretch and expand your skill-set in a safe and supportive environment. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity as I now draw from these foundational skills in my current practice. Some of these skills include critical thinking under pressure, basic counselling techniques (or as Reslife calls them “helping skills conversations”), assertiveness and boundary setting, and relationship-building. These skills are not only beneficial for whatever career path you end up choosing, but also for you as a human being! Life throws a whole bunch of crazy stuff at us along the way, and although Reslife won’t prepare you for all of it, it gives you a pretty good start.

Cst. Robert Ennis

Position held: Towers Area Coordinator and Community Advisor
Today: RCMP serving in Canada's North 

What was your favorite part of working for Residence Life?

My favorite part of working in residence was the many long term friendships it created. I have memories that will last a lifetime with my residents and CA teams, and am still close with many of those people to this day!

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

Many of the skills I gained working in residence have helped me immensely in my role as a Police Officer: working in residence fostered a sense of leadership in my community, something which I still carry with me. Moreover the communication and de-escalation techniques that I learned in residence are something I use in my current role on a daily basis to help people.

"Working in residence fostered a sense of leadership in my community, something which I still carry with me."

"Today, I’m responsible for the administrative and operational running of HIV educational programs and events for health care providers which requires attention to detail, organization and time management. These are skills I learned while working at SFU Conference & Guest Accommodations."

Karah Koleszar

Position held: Student Conference Coordinator, Conference & Guest Accommodations

Today: Clinical Program Coordinator/Assistant, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS 

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

My favourite part was the people I met and interacted with, especially when SFU hosted over 300 seniors who participated in a Tai Chi event during Nationals Seniors’ Week. It was great to see seniors from all over Canada promote their healthy and active lifestyle.

My most memorable part was working with the other two student conference coordinators. They were team players that I could count on, which fostered a fun and social atmosphere within the workplace.

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What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

I learned transferrable skills such as effective communication, problem solving and working with discretion. My current job requires these skills as I frequently liaise between representatives from regional Health Authorities, UBC faculty, BC correctional system and other organizations engaged in HIV-related work. 

Anna Dueck,

At SFU: Student Conference Coordinator, Conference & Guest Accommodations 
TODAY: Arts Administrator/Producer and Dance Teacher - Baza Studios

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

Being tasked specific conference and student groups staying at SFU residence gave me the responsibility to make sure all tasks were completed, guests were greeted with a friendly face and during their stay all requested needs were met. My customer service skills improved, I was able to work alongside my colleagues in a professional manner and balance a changing work schedule, and my school responsibilities.

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

The largest learning experience, was balancing school, personal and work life simultaneously. Working on an assignment, while being on call for hotel check-ins, or combining socializing time into my lunch hours taught me important time management skills. Alongside this was professionalism, speaking with group organizers and costumers with a mature and clear tone. I was able to interact with a variety of visiting guests and gain confidence as an employee of SFU.

"Working for the Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator helped me to build my event organizing skills and helped me gain confidence."

"Working in Guest Accommodations helped me discover my niche and I haven't looked back!"

Dana Beaton

Position held: Student Conference Coordinator, Conference & Guest Accommodations
Today: Associate Director, Residence Ancillary Services, SFU Residence & Housing

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

My favorite part about being a Student Conference Coordinator was the variety of responsibilities that were given to me and my coworkers.   We knew that each and every day would bring something different that we could do to contribute to the success of the operation and the comfort of our guests.  I discovered talents and abilities I didn't know I had.  One day I would be trouble shooting issues with information in our database and another day I'd be reassuring a guest about the positive outcome of some crisis or another.  I discovered my niche and haven't looked back!

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

I gained skills in customer service, organization, prioritization, sales and how to conduct myself in a professional environment.

Cst. Lea Lewis

Position held: Residence Orientation Leader and Community Advisor
Today: RCMP Officer

What was your favorite part of working for Residence Life?

Reslife changed my life for the better.  Before volunteering then working for Reslife, I was very quiet and uncomfortable when meeting new people.  As a ROL and CA you need to be open and approachable.   I am so grateful that Reslife gave me an opportunity to be part of their team.  It made my University experience very special.  I have definitely made friends for life.

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What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

As a police officer, it is very important to be able to listen to victims, complainants, partners, and fellow officers.  Reslife taught me amazing active listening skills which are very important to be able to communicate well with everyone.

As a CA you create programs based on what your community needs. As a police office, you need to be aware of people’s needs, wants, and expectations especially in a small community and even in larger communities.  Creating programs is one of many ways to show your community that you are listening to them and are actively trying with them as partners to make their community safe.

"Reslife changed my life for the better.  Before volunteering then working for Reslife, I was very quiet and uncomfortable when meeting new people."

Erin Robinson

Position Held: Student Conference Coordinator / On Call Staff, Guest Accommodations
Today: Physiotherapist

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

Meeting and working with a wide range of guests, from local groups to international students and athletes. I also got the opportunity to work with a great group of staff and making lifelong friends!

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

The skills I learned included: people skills, time management, organizational skills, computer skills, increased confidence, and decision making abilities

 

Chad Johnstone

Position Held: Area Coordinator and Community Advisor
Today: Student Affairs Officer - Capilano University

What was your favorite part of working for Residence Life?

From my first year as a Community Advisor to my fourth year as an Area Coordinator, I met some of the most inspiring, kind, and interesting people, leaving me with friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I even met my wife while working in Residence!  

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

A lot of people don’t realize that working in Residence Life can actually become a career. I took my four years of experience in Residence at SFU and used it to move around the country as a Residence Life Coordinator working in great places like Halifax and Ottawa. I have had the privilege of spending my entire adult life working with amazing students and student leaders and it’s all because I decided to take a leap of faith in my first year at SFU and become a Community Advisor!

 

Sam Biagioni, M.A. 

Position Held: Student Conference Coordinator, Guest Accomodations
Today: Sales & Editorial Representative at Pearson Education Canada

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

I enjoyed the breadth of experience I gained while working in a fun and engaging workplace

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

I learned valuable customer service and problem solving skills.

Aoife McManus

Position Held: Student Conference Coordinator, Guest Accomodations
Today: Student in Law School - University of Calgary

What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations?

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help.

What skills and experiences did you gain working here that helped you in the professional world?

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

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Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations.

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer.

Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!

Tony Botelho

Position Held: Resident Assistant (RA) - 1987-88, Treasurer, MacTaggart-Cowan Residence Union (McRU) - Fall 1986, Summer Accommodation for the summers of 1988 and 1989
Today: Director, Career and Volunteer Services at SFU 

Besides the bigger room in MacTaggart, I really enjoyed connecting with the other RAs. It gave me an opportunity to develop friendships I might not have otherwise connected with. I also appreciated supporting new first year students in their transition to university life.

I also became quite expert at unlocking doors, a skill that I've used almost daily in my professional life. In addition, the communication and leadership skills that were so central to the RA experience have been used in a wide range of professional and personal capacities since then. I don't think I appreciated how much I learned in that role until I found myself using those skills years later.

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Gabriella Martine

Position Held: Former Community Advisor and Area Coordinator 
Today: Current Medical Student at University of British Columbia

My favorite part of working with Reslife was the people I met.  Some of my greatest mentors and best friends were cultivated throughout my experience with Reslife.  The Reslife program is action-packed and sometimes can get a little crazy, but this creates inseparable bonds between you and your team-members.  I met and formed long-lasting relationships with people whom I might not have otherwise crossed paths with; Reslife brings together people of all different faculties/programs and social groups.  I really loved having that support network throughout my undergraduate experience.

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

Name: Aoife McManus
  1. 1.     What was your favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator?

 

My favorite part of working for Conference & Guest Accommodations as a Student Conference Coordinator was meeting all of the guests and working with such a great team! Even though I was independently responsible for preparing for the arrival of group bookings of 50+ people, I always felt supported and knew that if I needed an extra hand I could turn to anyone of the Conference & Guest Accommodations staff for help. Working in such a supportive environment made it so that I could truly enjoy the wonderful craziness that comes when you are preparing to welcome 200+ plus seniors from Quebec or 150 football players that are showing up for camp!  

 

  1. 2.      What are some skills or experiences that you gained working here that help you with your current job/career path/academic place/art thing etc?

 

Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was really my first ‘big girl job’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better starting place. I learned how to be confident in managing my own workload, how to communicate effectively and follow up with clients, and I learned to know when to ask for the support of my team to help me meet deadlines and goals. Working as a Student Conference Coordinator was an instrumental stepping stone to my subsequent jobs and current career path. The following summer I worked as an education programming assistance at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where I benefited enormously from the people management and creative problem solving skills that I had been able to gain while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations. 

 

Importantly, I was able to transfer the time management and organizational skills I learned while working at Conference & Guest Accommodations into my schoolwork to finished the last two years of my SFU communications degree on the Dean’s and President’s Honour roll. This focus and attention to detail still serves me well. Currently, I am completing my 2nd year of law school at the University of Calgary and will be working and a top national law firm this summer. 

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My goal is to become a Family Doctor.  My experience with Residence Life has given me so many skills and so much knowledge that will be incredibly valuable in my future practice.  To name a few, the ability to convey empathy when people are struggling, the ability to respond calmly in difficult situations, the ability to mentor and support others without dictating, and how to work with, respect, and value people who have a different perspective or lived experience than I do.  Most importantly, Reslife taught me about the value of self-reflection.  This is something I did not expect to get out of the job when I first entered the Reslife program, but looking back, it is the single most important practice I've now adopted.  The ability I have gained to look inwardly and evaluate my own perspectives, strengths and limitations will drive me to be a life-long learner and therefore a more effective physician.  I am absolutely indebted to the Reslife program and its staff and just hope that I can pay it forward by using what they gave me to better someone's life.

"My goal is to become a Family Doctor.  My experience with Residence Life has given me so many skills and so much knowledge that will be incredibly valuable in my future practice."