Thursday, March 26, 2009

Win awesome prizes!!

For those of you who are interested in the contest i talked about today in class, you can ask questions here, send an email to or see the facebook page:


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Communication related jobs….not badly affected after all

So in light of the current recession, I thought it would be a good idea to scope out the job market and see what my prospects are, especially seeing as I will be graduating this year. Being bomarded with news about hiring freezes and job losses are certainly not a comforting thought. For anyone planning to pursue post graduate studies, you are well aware that it is not cheap. I plan on doing my MBA, and the associated costs are extremely steep, especially when planning to attend a reputable university.

So, I took it upon myself to conduct some research of my own, and I hope that this provides a ray of hope for those in a similar position. Over the course of the last few months I have taken the time to make appointments with HR managers from a wide spectrum of communication related fields.To name a few, I met with the recruiters from Maclaren and McCann (ad agency), National( pr agency),Argyle Communications (pr agency) as well as a close friend who works at cosette (ad agency) and to my surprise things aren’t as bad as they appear.

In fact, the recruiter for National mentioned that the area of PR and communications as a whole is probably not as badly affected as other areas, due the need for such services in a troubled economy, so that customers and the public can be informed.

Meeting with people who had the inside information about the job situation definitely put a positive spin on things, and I would highly recommend making appointments to meet with ppl in your area of interest. I didn’t think anyone would want to meet at first, but it seemed as though these guys were just waiting to talk….. besides it’s a well known fact that people love to talk about themselves …..

Well, that’s about it for now…I am just glad to know that things aren’t as bad as they may appear to be….


Thursday, March 5, 2009

And so continues the MBA studying

A few pieces of good news...

The MBA studying is going relatively well. I'm getting better at the questions so I'm not as worried anymore. I'm thinking of sitting down in the next week for a full four-hour practice test to see what my approximate score is now and then study based on my strengths & weaknesses. It'll give me a point of reference when moving forward.

I attended this event called the QS MBA Tour or something at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre last weekend and it was pretty informative. It pretty much solidified where I wanted to apply, and rather than discourage me from the process of applying, I now feel more confident in my "qualifications" and my chances of getting in. That's always a positive/reassuring feeling.

That's about it really. I just wish I studied more during the strike. It's hard to fit in study time with school, internships, work, babysitting, etc. Oh well. I'll manage. I'm going to take the test at the end of June so I've got a full month to study all day, every day once school is over at the end of May.

I only have to apply to schools from December onwards anyway. So even if I do poorly for whatever reason, I have time to re-do it around October or November.

I hope the first 4-hour test isn't overly excrutiating...


Friday, November 7, 2008


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Strike -rant

i am not at all pleased with this strike. I have a summer job lined up which may not work in my favor now, i was meant to be in India for my sister-in -law's delivery , thats not going to happen if this prolongs. The only good thing to come of this is that similar to kristen, i had planned to study for my GMAT next year but i suppose i can start now. This could not have come at a worst time, its extremely upsetting and negotiating with the residency is not a smooth ride either.Moreover, hearing reports from 680 stating that this strike may exceed the last one is definately not comforting. I just hope that this does not carry on for too long...


Kickin it old school

This has nothing to do with post graduate woes but it does have something to do with curry……I made my first chicken curry last weekend!!! And in response to previous comments it does alleviate stress haha ! I’m living on res this year and so I figured I’d try making an authentic Indian meal. I called a few friends over and kinda just kept my fingers crossed that it would work and it did, its actually not that hard to make.


Monday, October 13, 2008

An interesting Saturday night...

So this doesn't really have anything to do with post-grad options, but I thought it was an interesting scenario to look at my (South Asian) parents versus other parents.

I went to my best friend's 21st birthday last week and she ended up drinking too much and I had to spend about 8 hours with her in a hospital that night. I decided to call her parents and she was freaking out that she'd get in trouble.

Her parents (who are both Italian) ended up being totally cool about it and saying that "people make mistakes and learn from them" and THAT WAS IT. I was just thinking if that was me, I wouldn't be in existence to write this post.

I just thought her parents' reaction was weird, but that may just be my personal bias because of how I was brought up...?