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 summer 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 right now 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? Keep reading!
@ Working Humans of McGill
Did you recently complete a summer job or internship? Have you been working remotely since the spring? 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, or looking for work, we want to hear from you!
Stories are powerful: we want to hear how McGill students like you are adapting to student life, employment opportunities and career planning in these strange and uncertain times.
If you would like to share yours, please submit a portrait style photo, along with a meaningful caption/story (100-150 words max.) We ask that all submitted photos are filter-free and completely unretouched. If you prefer to not be identifiable, you can exclude your face from the photo. Feel free to be inspired by the following reflection questions!
Have you recently completed a summer job or internship? What was your experience like?
What have you learned to do this summer 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?
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.
Apply to be a WHOM Digital Ambassador by going to myFuture, and finding job posting #142187.
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.
Hello! My name is Aniket Sen. I am U1 student, studying History and South Asian Studies. I am a musician and love writing songs and poetry. I love to tell stories about imaginary selves and people as collective entities. My work sometimes is an assertion of collectivity within a society of individual identities. I have a lot of interest in Post-Modernism, which is very relevant in a multi-national but modern-libertarian society like Canada. Therefore, I like to focus on people with a severed past, leaving behind familial and cultural comfort in their native countries, and commencing their trials and races in a land of competition and corporation. This battle, I feel starts right from one’s first year at University, and this is where one learns a few tricks to bypass this, and engage in self-preservation. Feel free to reach me out should you need to be heard in this new, mad place and wish to tell a story about your experience.