Interview: Leslie Behnke-Hall

Leslie Behnke-Hall (Sigma 1974) recently took the time to meet with The Working Panda to tell us about her career and experiences in the corporate world. When did you join AOII and what were your collegiate years like at UC Berkeley? University of California, Berkeley was a very large and diverse campus of over 32,000…

Mid-20’s: Forming Social Networks

  There are times when common storylines, discussions, and themes in my life come together at the perfect moment and ignite a post! Having recently joined the group of “young professionals”, I’ve noticed the issue of forming and maintaining adult friendships commonly being brought up. And funny how this week the Toronto Star published an…

Interview: Jin Hu

Jin Hu is a busy woman balancing her career as a Tax Senior Manager, her family, and life as an active AOII alumna. Jin recently took time to speak with The Working Panda to share some valuable insights gained since hitting the full-time work force 7 years ago. Many of us know Jin as the…

Life Hacks

Life Hacks: How Technology Can Enhance Your Life We see countless benefits from technology in our day-to-day life. The options seem almost limitless and overwhelming. Recently I was introduced to 4 websites and apps that could be useful for everyone regardless of what you’re looking to improve on or where you are in your life….

Guest Post: Stephanie Cervone

I remember feeling panicked in grade 12 whenever I was asked what I wanted to do with my life- mainly because I had no idea what that was, but also because I was never an academics-driven student. At the time I wanted to become a movie director but was discouraged from pursuing an “artsy” career….

Keeping Up

When we apply to jobs, we typically jam all of this information about the business, culture, team members, past projects, and recent involvement in the industry a week or two before the deadline or interview. It’s not entirely our fault. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to keep up and other times we don’t…

I’m Stuck, Help!

These days it feels impossible to land a full-time job in your industry and be taken seriously in your field and by senior co-workers. You may feel ready to take on the realities of the “working world”, but opportunities just aren’t knocking at the door. No matter how hard you try, it just seems like…

Professional Exams and Certifications

Many industries have regulatory bodies or associations that you can (and sometimes should) join. Once you apply to become a member, you typically have to complete an exam(s) along with a certain number of years of experience. After passing the exams and logging your experience, you present it to the association to obtain your designation….

Guest Post: McKenna Wild

Making Connections Graduating from school and transitioning into the workforce, like any stage in life, is a new experience and with any big change, it can bring about uncertainty with what is ahead. However, it doesn’t have to be a big unknown if you have the resources in place to help make it a smoother…

Interview: Katherine Gray

Katherine Gray joined the Kappa Phi Chapter at McGill University in 1995. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and is currently working at RBC as a Project Manager. Looking back at your final undergraduate year, can you describe how you were feeling about graduation and life after undergrad?  At the time, I was…

Interview: Tatiana Khoury

Tatiana Khoury joined AOII in 2004 and was initiated to the Iota Chi Chapter at Western University. She completed her undergrad in business with a specialization in finance and accounting. Did the program you chose in your first year of undergraduate change by the final years? If it did not change, why not? If it did…

Interview: Lisa Simone Richards

Lisa Simone Richards joined AOII in 2006. An alumna of the Iota Chi Chapter at Western University, she completed a degree in Social Science with a minor in Political Science as well as a Level II Writing Certificate. Did the program you chose in your first year of undergraduate change by the final years? If…