The purpose of this online initiative is to share inspiring stories/experiences of working McGill students through candid portraits and accompanying mini-narratives about on-campus work, part-time or casual jobs, internships and/or full-time positions. These stories are meant to highlight the successes, challenges, discoveries and insights of those working while studying at McGill (concept based on Brandon Stanton’s Humans of NY photo-blog).
COVID-19 has derailed work plans for many McGill students. Some are struggling to find an internship for the summer, while others are adjusting to the new realities of remote work. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and honour the educational, professional, economical and social challenges that students may be facing with the hope that their stories will inform, inspire and empower the McGill community during these uncertain times.
Will you share your story with us? (you can do so without revealing your name!)
@ Working Humans of McGill
Have you been working remotely? Did you recently complete a job or internship? Has your research been put on hold? Are you a recent graduate who is navigating an uncertain job market? The world of work is changing, and so are we. Whether you are working, reorienting, adapting to student life, career planning, or looking for work, we want to hear from you!
To share your story: please submit a meaningful caption/story (100-150 words max.)
Feel free to be inspired by the following reflection questions!
What has been your experience searching for jobs/internships during this time?
Have you recently completed a job or internship? What was your experience like?
What have you learned to do this year that you never thought you’d do?
If you were to go back in time, what would you do differently, and how would these changes help enhance your future?
What kind of activities and involvements (academic, volunteer, extracurriculars, internships, hobbies, etc.) are you planning this year?
What are you looking forward to the most this semester?
What are you grateful for, even amidst the stress and chaos?
How will you keep yourself motivated this semester?
If you have experience working remotely, what has been your biggest accomplishment/challenge and what have you learned about yourself through the process?
What advice would you give to a student who is working or studying remotely for the first time?
If you would like to also share your name and photo, we ask that all submitted photos are filter-free and completely unretouched.
SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!
If you have any questions about your participation in this initiative, please email Linda Cicuta at linda.cicuta [at] mcgill.ca.
Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm! Follow us on Instagram @WorkingHumansOfMcGill
Become a Digital Ambassador
Working Humans of McGill (WHOM) is an online initiative formed to recognize and empower students who are balancing the demands of school and work, as well as inspire those who are looking to work during their studies. The Digital Ambassador Program is a volunteer opportunity through which students will have the chance to increase the visibility of, and participation in the WHOM initiative. Throughout your time in the program, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills in the area of digital communication & marketing, including social media management, recruitment, interviewing, and writing! This program also allows students to build on their creativity, communication, and interpersonal skills.
If you’re interested, check out the application by clicking the link below. If you have any questions, please email Linda Cicuta at linda.cicuta [at] mcgill.ca.
Meet our Digital Ambassadors (Fall 2020)
Hello! My name is Gloria Van and I’m in U2, studying Life Sciences. I joined WHOM to build on my social marketing and storytelling skills. I am also a part of the ACCE Team (Ambassadors for Campus Life and Engagement), if you are looking for an opportunity to facilitate workshops and work in a team setting, I encourage you to check it out. In my spare time, I enjoy whipping things up in the kitchen, and I’m always on the look-out for new recipes. I am very excited to get started and collaborate with fellow DAs!
Hi! I'm Ying and I'm a first-year undergrad student majoring in Computer Science. I've been following WHOM on social media and have been inspired by the great stories for a while now, so I'm super excited to join this wonderful initiative! In my spare time, I love traveling and watching shows. I can't wait to create digital contents and to see different working stories from more McGill students ☺️
Hi everyone! My name is Yuxin Zhou and I am a third year undergraduate student at McGill who is Majoring in Economics and Minoring in Psychology. In my spare time, I love watching movies, playing squash, swimming and travelling. During this unusual time, my cooking skills have greatly improved and this is what keeps me motivated. I realized that cooking by myself did save a lot of money! I became a WHOM Digital Ambassador because I am about to graduate next semester and wish to find a full-time job in Montreal. I want to learn about other McGill students’ working experiences and hopefully the stories we share can help more students to learn as well.
Nana Ama Agyemang
Hello! My name is Nana Ama Agyemang. I am a U3 student in the Bachelor of Science liberal program, studying Biochemistry and Sociology. I am really interested in exploring the social determinants of health and improving people's health outcomes. I am graduating this spring and I am on a job hunt. I am encouraged when I hear other people's stories of their job/internship search adventures and so I am glad to assist with that storytelling as a WHOM DA. I also like to spend my free time baking.