The Blog Studio’s Project Manager and Humber College alumni Nalin Sharma
(@nalins) was recently invited by his alma mater to give a career talk
to students. Sharma graduated from Humber’s Web Design, Development and Maintenance program
in 2008 before joining us at The Blog Studio. Professor Thomas
Borzecki (@iborg) and Amit Chail (@achail) invited Sharma and industry
colleague Mike Clark (@shapelike) to share their experiences as two
young professionals detailing every aspect of their corporate journey:
graduation, job search, and beginning their respective careers.
Nalin and Mike addressed Humber’s students and faculty to guide them
through Web Design post grad: they discussed program highlights, offered
job search tips, assessed expectations, and shared their experiences.
Nalin’s key message to Web Design students was to recognize that Humber
provides the opportunity to work with a myriad of different software and
concepts. Consequently, it is important to realize that this
introduction allows you to choose an area of specialization in your
professional work. For instance, Nalin is a specialist of front
end coding (HTML and CSS) and has parleyed his knowledge of this
industry to oversee business administration within our company.
Mike was able to offer an honest perspective on the highly competitive
and intense nature of interviewing as a Web Design candidate: As a
current employee of the University of Toronto, Mike successfully
completed several panel interviews. The wide scope of Mike’s job
in terms of UofT’s international visibility and reputation requires
extreme accuracy and dedication. He has learned that in junior
positions companies are less interested in your CV—every candidate has
the basic requirements—and are more focused on your motivations,
willingness to learn and ability to work cooperatively within a
corporation. Personality and professionalism has just as much to
do with a successful hire as a strong resume.
After the talk, Mike spoke with us and said, “I really enjoyed heading
back to Humber and speaking with the current group of students there.
They showed a lot of enthusiasm and asked some smart questions about
topics I wish I had thought about when I was in school. We spoke about a
number of subjects, from project planning, fair rates and client
management to standards-based accessible design and using open source
projects like WordPress and jQuery. I’m looking forward to seeing the
students progress and make a place for themselves in the local web
Nalin added, “The Humber students were really engaged; they participated
in the discussion and asked some really well thought out questions!
Mike Clark and myself both tried to stress the importance of web design
specialization and as well as personal development. One thing I
found was that the students really benefited from working through
potential interview questions. We provided some insight into different
approaches to answering difficult questions and insight on how to stand
out. I will be going back to Humber when the class presents their final
portfolio assignments and am really excited to see the development of
the students individual skill sets.”
The students were extremely engaged and took this opportunity to openly
communicate with Nalin and Mike: No topic was off limits.
Professor Borzecki was pleased with the wealth of information endowed to
the students and commented, “The students and faculty of the WDDM
program expressed gratitude for the invaluable information that Nalin
Sharma of The Blog Studio brought to the class. It was a very
informative and productive session, providing students with answers to
questions they may have otherwise been unable to resolve.”
Here is a link to Mike Clark’s notes and recap on networking,specialization and other useful career hints: http://forum.wddmportfolios.com/topic/mike-nalins-talk