This month’s post is slightly different from the others. While it may not explore tips and tricks for student life and the surrounding area of Mississauga Student Residences, it will be delving into my background with the Residence and my fast-growing career.
I moved into Mississauga Student Residences the third year of my bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Finding MSR was a dream come true to say the least. I was close to school, lived in a safe community and was given the opportunity to network with a variety of students and young professionals. Living at the Dover Residence meant I would be in closer contact with Maureen, the woman behind the empire!
A few months into my stay I began helping Maureen with various administrative activities for the residences. And before you know it, I had the perfect part-time job! I was able to work from home and balance it between my demanding school obligations. A few of the things I was responsible for: helping Maureen stay on-top of her demanding calendar; organizing files; writing routine communications and correspondence; responding to enquiries; checking students in and out of the residences; serving as a resource to residents etc.
I cannot express to you guys how much this experience set me up for my career! Having the flexibility to balance school and work is not something super common with traditional part-time work. I was earning money, gaining experience and networking with contacts all at the same time. But it wasn’t until my final year of UofT, when Maureen encouraged me to apply for part-time work with the University. I was nearing the end of my stay with Mississauga Student Residences, so I knew I needed to get out there on my own and go for some opportunities. I was applying for everything the Winter before graduating with no luck. Maureen kept at me “Get into the University, Apply for casual work…” until I finally did.
I got a job offer from Central Human Resources services at the University of Toronto, within the compensation department. I started working 1-2 days per week while I was still finishing up my degree and doing some minor things for the Residences. And when I graduated, I was offered full-time employment.
Having the experience working with such an established Residence gave me a competitive edge when initially applying for positions. I owe so much to Mississauga Student Residences, and Maureen for where I am at today. I could not have done it without the support and guidance I received during my stay. Being a part of something that makes you feel like you belong, like our Residences strive to do every day, is so important when you are taken out of your comfort zone.
If you guys want to know more about my journey, or are interested in kick starting your career with MSR, send us an email with your resume. We are now hiring for Property Manager and Residence Support Staff. Details for these incredible opportunities are available to those who email, expressing their interest.
Mississauga Student Residences
Job Evaluation Advisor, University of Toronto