Creativity beyond the 9-5

Photo courtesy of Studio Bud.

Marijana Miric and Jamie Kwan
Marijana Miric (GCM ’13, MDM ’15) works in Ad Operations for GroupM Canada and Jamie Kwan (Architecture ’13, MDM ’15) is an Experience Designer with FORREC Ltd. They are the co-founders of Studio Bud.

When we’re young, we’re taught to be curious, creative, and confident. Before we “choose” a path, we’re all budding scientists, artists, and innovators. This doesn’t need to end just because you’ve started your career.

In our first year post-graduation, we’ve both been fortunate to have started careers in successful companies that fall within our respective industries. We studied hard, worked hard, and now we’re left dealing with “life” once 5 p.m. hits. That’s why we’ve become advocates for what we call the “creativity happy hour” – the time spent pursuing passion projects in the other 40 hours outside of work. Continue reading “Creativity beyond the 9-5”

So you want to sell online? 6 must-dos

Jackson Cunningham
Jackson Cunningham (RTA ‘05) is the E-commerce Director at Wiivv and co-founder of several successful e-commerce stores.

Over the past decade, I’ve learned a lot about building e-commerce businesses. When I graduated from Ryerson, looking for ways to cover the rent, I wanted to establish an automated, passive source of income. My original goal was to make $1,000/month, but after only a few months of work, I started to realize the potential was much greater.
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Life after Ryerson: 3 career tips

Jeff Aylen
Jeff Aylen (Retail Management ’12) is the Marketing Coordinator for International Ski Federation (FIS) in Switzerland which organizes the World Cup and World Championships for skiing and snowboarding.

During those final months before graduation, the career world can feel both infinite and elusive, making it difficult for any new grad to know exactly what they want to do and be. It may be tempting to seek advice from the most accomplished professionals in their field, but is it the wisest decision? Is the job market different than it was 20 years ago? Definitely. The economic and technological landscape has changed drastically, so shouldn’t the advice you seek also have evolved?
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Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn irony into opportunity

John Bell
John Bell (Business ’68) is the retired CEO of coffee/confectioner Jacobs Suchard. He is a former strategy consultant and the author of Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World.

Not too long ago, a business professor friend invited me to address a luncheon of university students enrolled in his class on entrepreneurship. I was honoured to have been asked, but not sure I was the right person for the task. Continue reading “Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn irony into opportunity”

Don’t worry, new grads! Your career can be a journey of reinvention

Jaclyn Broughton, MCA (née Bristow; Criminal Justice '09)
Jaclyn Broughton, MCA (née Bristow; Criminal Justice ’09) is a certified counsellor and a social services case manager. Her writing has been featured in Psychologica, The Justice Report, and Running Room magazine. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, arts and culture, and volunteering.

As the first person in my family to attend university or college, I once believed that further education was a means to an end. A chance to develop one specialized skill set and get a stable career with a company where I could dedicate all of my working years. For some people, this is still the dream. But for me – and many others – a love of change and life-long learning drives us to take on new and different roles throughout our careers. Continue reading “Don’t worry, new grads! Your career can be a journey of reinvention”

All intelligence is not equal

Andrew Milivojevich
Andrew Milivojevich (Mechanical Engineering ’89) is the President of the Knowledge Management Group Inc. In his free time he writes, coaches, and speaks at various events.

In the 1980’s, academics began to study success attributes in the workplace. They discovered that people with the same intellect had different levels of success. A defining feature that explained this anomaly became known as emotional intelligence (EI). Soon thereafter further studies showed a link between emotional intelligence and personal achievement. Interestingly, these studies also established a link to professional success and happiness. Continue reading “All intelligence is not equal”

Design your career

Joseph Donia
Joseph Donia (Psychology ’10) is the founder of Huddle Innovation, a consultancy that works with service-based organizations to create new sources of value for service users and providers.

I’ve always known that I wanted my career to help people in an innovative way, but when I began university I wasn’t entirely sure what that would look like. So, I started my journey at Ryerson in the Psychology department. It seemed like a natural fit for my curiosity about people and what makes them tick. After graduating, I decided to go out on my own rather than find an entry level job or internship, founding a social media and content marketing company. But there were still so many topics that interested me, which I felt could be better integrated with my career – behavioural economics, decision making, and innovation were just a few. All of these are increasingly important to our ever-connected society, and I knew I wanted to be part of that. But how? Continue reading “Design your career”

Rekindling that youthful enthusiasm

Jessica Holmes
Jessica Holmes (RTA ’98) is a comedian, author, and mental health advocate.

When I chose comedy as a career, I made the liberating assumption that I’d always live on a sofa in a friend’s basement. For years after graduating from Ryerson’s RTA program, I worked temp jobs by day and performed at open mic venues at night. It was the most creatively prolific time of my career. But that creativity stagnated once I got comfy on prime time and realized I finally had something to lose; an audience, a reputation, and enough money to stop buying no name brand wieners from No Frills. Continue reading “Rekindling that youthful enthusiasm”

For alumni, by alumni

Welcome to the Ryerson Alumni blog, giving voice — through their own words — to a few of our many incredible graduates. From criminal justice and mechanical engineering to psychology, our blog writers have a diverse set of backgrounds, career paths and graduation years. Whether providing advice to current students and new graduates as they enter the working world or sharing insights on professional development for those more advanced in their careers, our writers also share their personal stories in the posts. And of course, no matter where they end up, they all began right here, at Ryerson. 

Check back often for new posts about and by your fellow grads and please email us if you would like to contribute! Happy reading.