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    Pursuing passions during the pandemic

    For as long as she can remember, Ryerson University student Natalie Watt has enjoyed dressing up and accessorizing her outfits. With that, she dreamt of starting her own jewelry line and now has finally put her dream into fruition. The COVID-19 lockdowns forced many small businesses to shift their stores online, where some struggled to gain the same traffic that their in-person stores had. Other small businesses were born out of the pandemic and have thrived exclusively online, such as Watt’s jewelry shop NTLE.CO.  In June 2020, Watt officially launched her online jewelry store, aiming to provide customers with “quality jewelry that won’t tarnish at affordable prices.” NTLE.CO specializes in…

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    Choosing my path

    In high school, I have been able to discover myself and find out who I am as a person. Each year has been special and unique in its own way. My journey through school has been tough, especially because I decided to not only focus on academic work but also invest quality time in extracurricular activities—while also adapting to school during the pandemic. Going back to school this coming fall has elicited a jumble of emotions for teachers, students and parents, who all want to see students back in the classroom. But, everyone is also scared of the risks that come with in-person learning. I am pretty nervous about going…

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    How to transform your home desk into a remote workspace

    Since the pandemic hit, there has been a sharp increase in virtual work. According to an article by PwC, 59 per cent of Canadian employees were working remotely as of July 2020. In addition, Ontario students went from enjoying extracurricular activities and exciting social lives to sitting for the majority of the day and staring at a bright screen. These students and virtual workers have had to learn how to work from their beds and crowded desks, all while sharing a space with roommates, talkative parents and barking dogs.  Regardless of the obstacles, many employees have gotten comfortable working from home with 64 per cent of remote workers saying they…

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    Disrupted dreams

    Pre-pandemic, Christiane Tarantino was busy. She was juggling grad school, working as a teaching assistant and holding down a part-time job as an administrative assistant at a community centre. Tarantino was commuting over an hour downtown six days a week and sometimes pulling 14-hour-long days. She was exhausted.  That’s why, last March when her university announced the transition to online classes and her supervisor informed her that she was being laid off, Tarantino was a little relieved. She thought of it as an unplanned break, one that would allow her to focus on finishing her master’s thesis and offering more support to her students. But then the pandemic continued. Tarantino’s…

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    Conversations with Canada’s young politicians

    In recent years, Canada has seen more young politicians emerging into councils, but it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. As we saw in the 2019 federal election, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh made up the youngest three major party leaders running for prime minister in Canada’s history. Sam Oosterhoff Sam Oosterhoff, the Progressive Conservative member of provincial parliament (MPP) for the Niagara West riding, was first elected at the age of 19, making him the youngest Ontario MPP to ever be elected. In an interview with Oosterhoff, he explained the difficulties he faced entering parliament at a young age and dealing with criticism. How did you…

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    Resume writing tips and tricks to land more interviews

    As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the business landscape, networking opportunities for young professionals may be limited. For many, the only way to make an impression with a potential employer is with their resumes. This is no easy task. According to Glassdoor, for every job opening, an average of 250 resumes are submitted, and only four to six candidates are called for an interview. With the odds stacked against them, it’s essential for prospective hires to create a professional resume that stands out from the rest. These tips will cover ground beyond the basics, as there are countless templates online to format a resume. Instead, the focus will be on fine-tuning a…

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    Watching history: Looking for a sports media job during the pandemic

    For sports journalists, it’s almost a job requirement to care about history. Luka Doncic scored the most points in a playoff debut. History. Kyle Lowry is chasing all the Toronto Raptors’ franchise records. History. The Houston Rockets broke the NBA record for missed three-pointers again. History. People who work in sports media generally tend to love records, history and unprecedented events. It makes for a great story, an easy way to illustrate how important and rare a current event may be. As we all know, 2020 has been the year of the “unprecedented.” We’ve all heard and read that word more times than we can count, more times than we’d ever want to.…

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    Putting the ‘social back in social media’ with Hop Over

    (Affiliate disclosure: Bilal Qadar, founder of Hop Over, is affiliated with one of our contributors, Rameesha Qazi.) Bilal Qadar was searching for a solution when he began creating the app Hop Over. Qadar was looking for a social media platform that “puts its users at the center.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, Qadar brought together a team to design a social media app that is “private, intuitive and intelligent.” As a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, Qadar has a degree in computer science and math. He currently works for an organization creating coding curriculums for underprivilged people. While working from home during the pandemic, Qadar was getting bored of sitting…

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    Behind the lens: Joey Marasigan says ‘knowing your worth’ is crucial for young people in business

    Joey Marasigan has been interested in photography since she was eight years old. She used to follow around her older sister, a film photographer. Marasigan started off using her sister’s cameras, making YouTube videos, and dancing. She got her first professional-style camera in 2018 and started filming dance videos, which turned out to be big projects. After these videos, she experimented with her camera a little more and realized it could do portraits, too — and quite well. Marasigan started photographing her friends around campus at the University of Waterloo, where she is currently pursuing the arts and business program. In 2019, Marasigan took the leap and started her own photography…

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    So, you’ve become Tik Tok famous. Now what?

    Billy Han wasn’t supposed to be Tik Tok famous.  In fact, for the majority of his life, the Tik Tok user with 400k+ followers was thinking of pursuing a career in business. “I decided to do business because I wasn’t sure what to do,” Han said, referring to the path he chose coming out of high school. “[Even] throughout university, that’s the program and life that I committed to, and throughout my co-op terms. It was all reinforcing me that this was the path I was going to take.” Though he’s always been a creative person, Han initially pictured his life like so: He would graduate from the accounting and financial…

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    From A to Z: Why Onyeka Illoh believes cybersecurity is a constantly-learning job

    Meet Onyeka Illoh. Illoh has worked in cyber security for nearly 10 years, most recently as a senior security governance specialist at Sun Life. Illoh helps with keeping cybersecurity up to date, as well as ensuring data is encrypted, everything is monitored and logged in order to keep a close eye and secure a company’s data. “We’re solving problems everyday, we provide guidance,” she said. “This is how other people are doing it, we’re not doing it, how do we get to that point so we’re not breached?” Illoh says that the field of cybersecurity requires people with diverse skills and requires different strengths. “I work with people with varied…

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    Young artists find a ‘new normal’ in expressing themselves during COVID-19

    Artists use a lot of their time pulling inspiration from their surroundings, in order to create an accurate representation of modern-day life. But what happens when the surroundings of the world they’re so used to, suddenly shut down? How do artists cope with such a change? Youth Mind spoke to young artists based in Ontario and British Columbia to see what they had to say on the matter. “I like to pull my energy from the people around me, so not being able to go out has somewhat taken away from that,” said Katelyn Curtis, an independent artist. Curtis, who draws sketches and writes, says finding inspiration can be difficult when…