Her TalentEgg.ca hatches out new careers
Between 4,000 and 5,000 students will graduate from Queen’s this spring. For many of these new alumni, the thought of transitioning from the familiar university environment to an entry-level career job can be daunting and confusing – feelings that Lauren Friese, Artsci’05, is very familiar with.
“When I was finishing up my economics degree, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I was going to be in six months – an experience I found very alarming,” she says. “As a lifelong student up until this point, I’d assumed that the school-to-work transition was a well-beaten path with all of the services and conveniences you’d expect.” Not so.
Following a year in the UK spent studying for her Master’s in Economic History, Lauren discovered that the school-to-work transition in the UK was much smoother than in Canada. When she returned to Canada in 2007, it was with a simple mission: to improve the school-to-work transition for this country’s post-secondary students and recent graduates.
She established TalentEgg.ca, an online career resource that’s now Canada’s most popular career resource website for Generation Y students. In addition to supporting new grads in their search for employment or career training opportunities, TalentEgg.ca also has a weekly Metro newspaper column called Student Voice in which students and recent graduates share their stories and best tips about finding meaningful summer, internship and entry-level employment in Canada.
In January, Lauren returned to campus for the Queen’s Student Alumni Association’s “99 Days to Graduation” program. She talked to final-year students and answered their questions about job searches.
In the current job market, what’s the biggest piece of advice Lauren has for students and new grads? “Take control,” she says. “Be organized and diligent, and work through the process of finding a job with purpose. The most important thing current third-year students need to know is that campus recruitment for top employers will happen this September for jobs starting in 2013. Fourth-year students who missed the structured graduate program recruitment last year need to take control, get a firm understanding of where they stand today, and find out what opportunities are available.”