Once upon a time, I was living in London, had a fun job in the city, loads of wonderful friends and a hectic and crazy lifestyle. One day, I decided to drop all that and come to HEC in Montreal (Canada) to spend a year to study a MBA. What happened next? Read on....

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Work permit easy to get in Montreal after the MBA

I found out this week that as a HEC Montreal MBA graduated, we can easily and quickly obtain a work permit right after graduation.

The steps are as follow. You finish all your MBA duties, exams and all. You find a job. Bring the job offer to the International Students Office at HEC Montreal. By some magic and privilegiated contacts, they can manage to get your work permit sorted within 2 weeks of time. Well, in case of emergency only if you need to start working right away. Otherwise, you will have to follow the normal 2 months process.

Your work permit will be valid for 12 months. If you want to stay longer, you need start the process ASAP.

It's cool to be an HEC graduate, isn't it? After knowing that, I started to look for jobs in Montreal since the idea of working another year without the hassle of immigration was quite appealing to me. I did a search for Marketing jobs on Monster.ca and obtain a page of 'so-so' jobs. I search the same query in The Netherlands and found 5 pages of really cool and appealing jobs, working for the European HQ in Amsterdam for Ford, Nike or Frito Lay (Pepsi). Since, I didn't find that quality of job in the Montreal area without having at least 10 years of experience in everything, I think I'll better head for Europe and kick off my career there. Home sweet home!:-)

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Life's short...

Rabeh Hawi was a MBA graduate from last year promotion. 'was' because he died a couple of weeks ago from a heart attack. This news shacked a lot of us. Not just because we had the chance to know him and that he was a fantastic person but also because we all know how hard it is to get the mba and how tough is one year of mba. Dying less than one year later is not something we have in mind in our career plans eventhough it can happen to each of us anytime.

The death of Rabeh reminded me that I should enjoy life everyday and not wait the end of my mba, which I already did actually but it is good to really act in that way and not feel guilty about having fun and enjoying the moments we share with the great people I met during my year in Montreal. On this sad note, 'Carpe Diem'!

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Thinking of work again

It is now time to look for a job and beside browsing the job websites, I'm also trying to make my outermost beautiful resume to seduce the employers, companies and jobs of my dream. I love Montreal and my lazy student life but I can't wait to start working again and go back to Europe and to the Corporate superficial and useless life making money and trying to find ways to spend it.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Mindless Summer in Montreal

Shame on me! i haven't updated this blog since May eventhough the statistics show that this blog is read everyday a bunch of vistors from all around the world. I guess I should be delighted and start writing something interesting...Hmm... let me think.

First of all, let's summarize what I have done since my last update. Loads of classes, very intense. So much that I haven't had time to update this blog. Then in July our supervised project started, it's not that the project was using all my time but the numerous festival in Montreal (Jazz festival, Festival Just for Laugh, Theatre festival and Gay pride coming up next week) are taking loads of my time. Also, the BBQ, Picnic in the Parc, Lazy afternoon in the swimming pool + usaual parties of all kind are just multiplying during the summer and it is hard to catch up with everything. One thing is sure, I love Summer in Montreal!!! I've never been as lazy as now and it is a nice break from the rest of intensive year and winter spent working like mad.