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University of Waterloo alumni inspire you as you launch — or change — your career. Sharing personal stories about their professional lives, Waterloo graduates open up about struggles they’ve faced in their work, and the steps they’ve taken to carve out their path in the world. Discover their stories today, and embrace the unknown.

Uncharted: Warriors in the World UWaterloo Alumni

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University of Waterloo alumni inspire you as you launch — or change — your career. Sharing personal stories about their professional lives, Waterloo graduates open up about struggles they’ve faced in their work, and the steps they’ve taken to carve out their path in the world. Discover their stories today, and embrace the unknown.

    Remember when: Burning the dog

    Remember when: Burning the dog

    If you were a Waterloo student in 1968, you might remember an event that drove the media and police to campus in throngs. To show the violence and devastation napalm leaves in its wake, student protestors planned something drastic. They sourced their own napalm, and promised to burn a dog.

    In a special episode of the Waterloo alumni podcast, you’ll hear from four alumni celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation, sharing what it was like as a student from 1967 to 1972.

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    Show notes and photos from the archives: https://bit.ly/3wfhL3w

    • 26 min
    Alumni Know: Are fees killing your finances? feat. Alexandra Horwood (BA '10)

    Alumni Know: Are fees killing your finances? feat. Alexandra Horwood (BA '10)

    If there's one thing that Alexandra Horwood doesn't like, it's the f-word: fees.

    In recent years, financial fees have acquired a negative reputation. Financial influencers, robo-advisors and do-it-yourself trading platforms encourage us to believe that higher fees will always eat into our returns, leaving us with significantly less wealth in the end. But is that really true? If you want to stay with your financial advisor, will the fees keep you from achieving your wealth and retirement goals?

    This is why we reached out to Alexandra, a financial advisor with Richardson Wealth. She joins us to break down the truth behind fees. Plus, we talk about meme investing, and how to find the right financial services to build your wealth.

    • 21 min
    Alumni Know: The benefits of a learning mindset feat. Judene Pretti (BMath '97, MMSc '09, PhD '19)

    Alumni Know: The benefits of a learning mindset feat. Judene Pretti (BMath '97, MMSc '09, PhD '19)

    In the age of information, learning opportunities are everywhere, and they can come with some amazing benefits.

    They can offer new ways to advance your career, new skills to improve your life, and a new understanding of the world. To gain all these things, it helps to have a life-long learning mindset.

    Discussing this topic is Judene Pretti, a senior advisor in the Work-Learn Institute, the research unit that pulls insights from Waterloo's co-op programs. She'll share insights from a study that followed students before and after graduation, and the benefits they found by embracing life-long learning.

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    • 15 min
    Alumni Know: What employees want feat. Anne Fannon (MA '03)

    Alumni Know: What employees want feat. Anne Fannon (MA '03)

    Over the last two years, we've all been thinking a lot about the workplace, and we can't seem to agree: Does working from home bring more work-life balance? What will it mean to go "back to normal"? And who exactly is doing all this great resigning?

    For many of us, the future of work feels pretty uncertain -- maybe even stressful.

    In this episode, we explore employee desires with Anne Fannon, director at the Work-Learn Institute, a research unite that pulls insights from Waterloo's world-renowned co-op programs. She'll give us some valuable information about what the youngest workers want from their careers, and what tomorrow's most successful employers will provide them.

    Discover more expertise and services form Waterloo's Work-Learn Institute: https://bit.ly/3t4e5Qq

    • 16 min
    Going pro feat. Lisa Bentley (BMath '92)

    Going pro feat. Lisa Bentley (BMath '92)

    Lisa Bentley (BMath '92) is an 11-time IRONMAN champion and has represented Canada on multiple national teams. She also has cystic fibrosis, an often-fatal genetic lung disease that she now considers a super power. After retiring from sport, she employed that superpower in a new way: as an author and motivational speaker.

    Read Lisa's story in Waterloo Magazine: https://bit.ly/3rqbUHo
    Learn more about Lisa: https://www.lisabentley.com/

    • 31 min
    From biochemistry to cultural design feat. Chris Wilson (BSc '21)

    From biochemistry to cultural design feat. Chris Wilson (BSc '21)

    We often think about growth as an additive process, and it is. We take new roles to build new skills, learn new knowledge. But there's a crucial step that we forget -- letting go. In order to add, we need to make space.

    Chris Wilson knows this process well. Over the last 10 years, he created a thriving career with many different roles. With each new step, Chris added new understanding for his work and purpose. He also let go of the things he no longer needed for that work, including a biochemistry degree. Chris joins the podcast to talk about each step in his career, his work in cultural design, and what happened with that degree.

    Grads of the last decade: you're invited to the 2022 Game Changers event series. Skip to 35:41 to hear more details. Update your communications info to get the email invite: https://bit.ly/3mlaKKo

    • 36 min

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