What was your situation prior to entering the coaching program?
I was in my third year at the University of Toronto studying Computer Engineering. My goal was to become a software engineer but my marks in the past hadn’t been high enough to get interviews at my targeted companies.
Before reaching out to Diana, I had only received two interviews and no internship offers. Coming into third year, I had the chance to complete a 12month internship that would set me up for future success. I met Diana during a university career event. It was one of the best ones I’ve been to—she was able to provide students with valuable information while encouraging us to connect with each other. When the time came for me to think about applying for internships, Diana was the first person I thought of. She also had a reputation as a Google recruiter, which fit perfectly with my goals.
What steps did you take to differentiate your job application?
Diana helped me so much with the job search process. Her first lesson was how to research companies and target my application to them. This helped me make connections and be remembered during information sessions. After we did this, we moved on to learning how to answer behavioural and motivational interview questions, how to follow up after an interview or info session, and how to talk to different employers. I didn’t realize that a great way to be remembered is to change your communication style to reflect your employer’s. The more casual they are, the more casual you should be and vice versa.
One of the most important things Diana helped me with was drawing out my career path and goals so that I would be better able to evaluate my offers. This assisted me to put career advancement first and make sure that the new opportunities I took matched up with my goals.
My goal when working with Diana was to learn how to have a successful job search on my own so that I would be better off in the future. She did just that. She taught me the basics of job searching and everything I would need to know to repeat my success in the future.
What was your success coming out of your coaching sessions?
I achieved 14 interviews that resulted in 5 offers! I selected a 12month position as a Software Engineering Intern and will be working in Silicon Valley during my internship.
Do you have any advice for other professionals in similar positions?
Get Diana’s help for your career! Having a Career Coach is the best investment you’ll make. You may have to pay a lump sum up front for her coaching sessions, but that cost doesn’t compare to what you’ll make during the amazing job you’ll get. If you’re really lost as a student or young professional, I really do recommend going to Diana.
For students about to apply for internships, my advice before you seek out a career coach is to make sure that your grades and extracurricular activities are up to par. Diana can help you sell your experience, but it’s up to you to make sure that you’re an awesome candidate with the tools you need to be marketable.