In the winter of 2020, I graduated from university with a degree in computer science. As any 2020 grad will tell you, it was a weird and daunting year to enter the workforce.
The tech world has a reputation for being a bit of a boy’s club. Statistics do show that more men than women work in the industry, but these numbers don’t tell the whole story. While their ranks may be small, women's contributions to technology have been anything but.
Once upon a time, it was a beautiful thing to wake up early in the morning, get bundled up in warm clothes and commute to work. That may sound like sarcasm. How could anyone enjoy waking up early in the morning and heading to the office in the dead of Montreal's winter? But, it's the truth. That’s just how great our office culture was.
A few weeks back, I read something that irritated me. I was scrolling through a newsfeed and passed an article titled “Complexity doesn’t exist.” It was a well-intentioned headline, but for me, it was like that itch you can’t reach in the middle of your back, or something stuck in your teeth.
When I started my career, the goal was to stay with the same company for the rest of your working life. You fought to hold on to your job, even if you didn’t really like it. After a couple of bad work experiences early in my career, I found a company that treated me like a person, with appreciation and respect. Saying yes to a job at Jonar was the best decision I have made. That was 26 years ago.
After graduation, desperate for a job, I fell into the hot, sweaty, cheesy world of pizzas. While I enjoyed four years of the carb hustle, I always had an appetite for flexing my creative muscles in a professional environment.
When I first started managing people, the common wisdom was that the less certainty someone had in their job, the more that fear would drive them to produce. I was told that familiarity bred contempt and that I should never open up to my employees.
From the innocent age of 3 to the adult age of 23, I was in a serious relationship with the school system. But with graduation lurking around the corner, I knew it was time to embark on a new adventure.
A couple of years back, I had a rough year. During this year of hell, I was fairly certain that the universe had firmly fixed its rectum directly above my head. And the universe had taken a laxative. In other words, the shit just kept on coming.
In an endless stream of administrative job postings, one entitled “Office Experience Coordinator aka Happiness Hero” stood out, especially amidst a global pandemic. But, what is an office experience coordinator supposed to coordinate if we’re not experiencing life in the office?
This is the story of how, just six months after graduation, I became the Senior Manager of a team of 10 business analysts - all of whom had more experience than I did. As if that wasn’t daunting enough, there was a person on the team who constantly doubted my capabilities and underestimated the value I brought. That person was me. And that's how my relationship with impostor syndrome began.
At some point in your life, you’re going to need a plumber. Or a doctor. Or maybe even an electrician. They provide us with services we can’t do without: running water, life-saving medication, or the ability to see when it gets dark. But what about software developers?
Hi, I’m on the marketing team at Jonar, and I’m new to this whole adulting thing. Not to be melodramatic, but I woke up the other day and it was September… and I was going to work. As a recent university graduate, it felt like the first day of the rest of my life.
For the sake of this article, I am going to assume that I don’t need to convince you about the importance of managing change. Instead, I am going to explore how we can do it.
Following our recent visit to Austin, Texas, where we were exhibiting at a tradeshow, we had every intention of writing a positive, fun-filled and informative article. But this is real life, and sometimes things go wrong.
I have a tremendous passion for social business and entrepreneurship and wish to pursue it as my lifelong career path. But, right now, I also happen to be doing a marketing internship for a software company called Jonar. At surface level, these two facets of my life couldn’t appear more distinct.
I am not writing this as an ode to extoll the virtues of Scrum - those have been thoroughly covered by everyone else. I want to focus on one part of the Scrum: The Retrospective.
Remember when “being connected” referred to a human relationship rather than a wi-fi signal? While we can’t deny the many advantages of being technologically connected, preserving the human bond means more than just hitting enter on a keyboard.
Corporate culture doesn’t just happen. There are a million tiny everyday details that go into making people feel like they’re part of something bigger. Establishing a positive culture requires people who care about people. I’m one of those people.
People don’t go on a first date expecting a wedding proposal. Well, not most people. So, why do we expect a similar lifelong commitment in the workplace?
Some months ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my account, and nothing online of interest to me anymore, I thought I should endeavor to return to the world of the working and the paid. With resumé in hand, often virtually if not literally, I set about seeking my next turn as an office mercenary.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I dreamed of being a summer camp counselor. I never did end up becoming one - the patience and energy required to work with crazy kiddos faded in my twenties. I chose the realm of Human Resources, instead.
I write this article, dear reader, to share perhaps the most significant piece of advice I have come to realize after almost three years into business school. The truth is, things I should know how to do, I don’t.
“Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!” – Peter Gibbons
I ran through the presentation more than a million times in my head over the weekend. The presentation did not go according to plan. Now I’m in the kitchen. We’re discussing how poorly the presentation and group activity went (and when I say “we”, I mean “they”). I’m not really taking part. Just listening.
Everyone has their own reasons for being here at Jonar. We’re all driven and motivated by different things. Some of us want to have an impact. Some of us want to try new things. But all of us share something more fundamental – the need to belong.
Throughout my academic career, getting excellent marks was my number one priority. That was until the prospect of finishing my degree started to loom large. Suddenly, I wasn’t working towards being on the right end of the grading curve. Instead, I was thinking about starting my career. And that is a whole new ball game.
I have worked for large companies my entire career. For more than a decade, I had access to amazing health benefits, IT teams who magically showed up and fixed my computer problems, and loads of perks like unlimited paper clips and muffins at meetings. But for some crazy reason, I gave it all up.
Whether it’s in the workplace or in our social life, we all just want to be like the cool kids. At one time or another, we’ve all been preoccupied with the idea that someone, somewhere, is having a better time, making more money, or leading a more exciting life than us.
Over the years, I’ve worked for a number of companies that discouraged, and even forbade, the inter-mingling of departments. Inter-mingling... It sounds so naughty.
You are a professional in your homeland. But, you need more space. You need more air to breathe. You know that you have something important to share and you have the strength to embrace change. So, one day you decide to immigrate.
You’ve whined. You’ve moaned. You’ve blabbed on about how we, the millennial generation, are lazy, entitled, and disloyal. But unless you can overcome the linear nature of time, it’s about time you got off your high horse and found something new to complain about.