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Business etiquette tips for students

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 2, 2024 - 1:52pm

Making your way in the professional world involves more than just what you know. How you act and present yourself is just as important. At Vancouver Island University, a key focus is on preparing our students for the realities of the workplace. This includes the critical social skills needed to succeed in Canada’s unique business environment.

The power of persistence and a helping hand

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 9, 2023 - 12:36pm

Currently working as a nursing unit assistant at Summit Quadra Village in Victoria, VIU alum Jingjing Li says she loves her job as a “communications link” in the medical field. But there was a time when she wasn’t even sure if she would make it past the first day of VIU’s Nursing Unit Assistant certificate program. With a good dose of persistence and the assistance and advice of staff and other students, Jingjing graduated from the program last spring and began work in the industry right away.

Surviving exam season

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 4, 2023 - 5:51pm

Exam season is so easy – said no university student, ever. With multiple deadlines, it can be hard to stay motivated and focused on the task at hand. But with planning, positive thinking and careful time management, you can make it through the exam season relatively unscathed! Here are our top tips to help you survive exam season.

Get organized

This seems to speak for itself, but don’t let it fool you, there is a way to get organized. Scribbled to-do lists of all the exams and assignments you have coming up and a simple calendar of your upcoming due dates is not it.

Refugee finds future career path with new VIU program

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on November 28, 2023 - 1:57pm

For Ezat Haidary, a brand-new program at Vancouver Island University is already having a life-changing impact.

Called Trades Pathways for Newcomers, the program launched in September and supports newcomers looking for a career in the trades by ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and supports to successfully transition into the educational programs that will get them there.

VIU Student Pulse News: November 22, 2023

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 22, 2023 - 7:20pm

At this point in the semester, things are BUSY. And maybe you are realizing the semester didn’t quite go as planned. It might be time to connect with an academic advisor or check in with the Financial Aid and Awards staff, who are eager to spread the word about some upcoming scholarship opportunities. Keep reading to learn more. Also check out this beautiful photo from the Diwali celebration during WorldVIU Days.
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Artificial intelligence in the classroom

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 22, 2023 - 10:33am

In the last 50 years, we went from long division to solving math problems with a calculator, from referencing a dictionary to using spellcheck and from memorizing information to being able to call it up instantly on a mobile phone.

The newest addition to this list: using tools like ChatGPT to write everything from essays to speeches. We’re living in a time when artificial intelligence is used by people in many fields to make tasks easier and complete them in less time.