Exchange With AIESEC: Tracy Tran

In our eighth episode of #ExchangeWithAIESEC, we conducted an interview with our own AIESECer Tracy Tran, who just completed a three month Literacy and Cultural Understanding exchange. She retells her memorable, surprising- and sometimes emotional- journey as she worked as an English teacher throughout Vietnam.

Please enjoy the interview and let us know what you think in the comments below!





Faces Of AIESEC: Julia

Hello readers!

We’re excited to kickstart our blog with a new installment within our Local Committee: Faces Of AIESEC. What exactly do you do in AIESEC? What is it like being a member? Is it true that you’re actually a cult? 

We often get a lot of questions about going on exchange, but there’s still some mystery behind the scenes with AIESEC members. Fortunately, the experienced Julia Tse will be demystifying these common questions whilst also putting her own unique experience into perspective.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am the VP of Marketing and Communications at AIESEC SFU. I am a crazy dog person and I hate rain because I love the summer and all that it comes with!

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What do you typically do in AIESEC?

I typically do most of the managing and delegating tasks, I make sure everything’s running smoothly and I need to always make sure the members are getting a good experience too. I also look after the logistic side of things like sending emails and I help manage the general AIESEC email as well. As the VP I also have to make sure to be up to date in every aspect of the our marketing, this includes the social media, the daily boothing and also the training for all members of AIESEC SFU.

Tell us about an interesting experience you had in AIESEC

An interesting and memorable experience I had was going to my first conference, WRC 2014. It was a great intro to AIESEC because I learnt most of my AIESEC knowledge from that conference and it is known as one of the most spirited conferences in Canada. I also had the amazing opportunity to meet people from all over Canada, and I am still in contact with a lot of them to this day!

Why did you join AIESEC?

I initially joined to get more leadership experience but I became a lot more passionate about the organization after being a member for a while. After I joined and learned more about AIESEC from the WRC conference, I really started to identify with the values of AIESEC as it matched my own values as well. It shaped me as a person and gave me many new experiences I would never have had otherwise. Since I joined in my first year, it also gave me something to believe in, I don’t know what I would be doing in university without this organization, I would probably be quite a loser!  In other words, it has given me something to look forward to each week, as it is now an organization made up of some of my best friends.

What are some misconceptions people have of AIESEC?

Some misconceptions are that because we’re a non profit and student run, we’re not very professional and we’re just a party club. However, because we’re a student run club, we actually feel a lot more responsibility and ownership towards what we do. For example, the recruitment process is very intense with 2 interviews and an assessment centre, everyone who’s here knows why they’re here because of the intense selection process they have to go through. People may also mistake us for being exclusive when in actuality everyone just works together a lot so we have a tight knit culture. Ultimately, we all share the same values which is why we’re all here in this organization, and why we are all good friends.

How would you describe your AIESEC experience in 3 words

Hectic, rewarding, family.

Who do you look up to in the organization? What does that person do?

Our local committee president, because he chose to take on such a heavy role and he is only a year older than me. It is also his 3rd year in AIESEC, so he has sacrificed a lot of his free time to do this volunteer work, and he’s become very good at it. He is also very easy to talk to and I believe that is a very important trait as a leader, therefore everyone respects him. Although he nags a bit sometimes, it shows that he really cares about this organization and he also shows the kind of passion everyone should have in AIESEC.

Why do you continue to stay in AIESEC?

People say that since you don’t get paid and you don’t have to commit, but I believe it’s for greater good. If I had quit because I didn’t get paid, I wouldn’t have gotten a director position or VP either. This organization has given me some incredible experiences, therefore I want to give back and do the same for future members as well. I want to become a part of someone else’s inspiration.

Any last words?

Everything stopping you from doing something different is an excuse, if you really wanted to do something out of your comfort zone or if you want to be a part of something bigger during your university career or even your lifetime, don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you ultimately want.




LCP Elections

On November 5th, AIESEC SFU held LCP elections for the Executive Board 2011-12 and I was the only candidate for this position. So this my view of how the elections went!

The application itself was very difficult. The current LCP, Colleen Wong, made the application more difficult. It took me about 2 weeks to fill out. There was so much I wanted to say and I wanted to be very clear in my application for people to read. Unfortunately, that made it really long. It did prep me for my speech in advance and got me thinking about what I wanted to accomplish during my term.

I think the day of the elections, I was super stressed and nervous. Knowing I was the only candidate did not help because I was aware that the Q&A would solely be targeted towards me. Colleen decided to make it a little more stressful with this lovely video:

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Considering working for the Government?

Have you ever thought of working for the government? Would you like to take this opportunity to network with representatives from the government? SFU Career Services and the Arts and Social Sciences Co-op is co-hosting a signature event called, What Can I Do In Government? on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. Session one starts at 12:30pm. Session 2 starts at 2:30pm. For more information, please check out Symplicity at (SFU students only).

At this event, you will be able to connect with representatives working in the federal, provincial, and municipal public service. This event will be a Philosopher Cafe’s approach where students are encouraged to ask questions about the career and the working life in the government. You will also get the chance to interact with different table hosts  and peers because you will be moving from table to table at the event during the session.

Who knows, this might be a great networking opportunity where you can find your career path!

Cold Calling X99

So, a few weeks ago I went to a Sales Training through Skype, facilitated by fellow AIESECer, Christina Buiza. As my first time participating in a skype meeting, I felt it went fairly smoothly. She briefly went over the purpose of cold calling, preparing for a cold call, what goes on during a cold call, and how to follow-up. The following are the main points that I took from the session which will hopefully demystifies the whole concept of cold calling and may even encourage you to go and try it out for yourself. If you have any other tips, comments, or questions, post them =D

1. The main purpose of a cold call is to sell AIESEC and get a meeting set up regarding taking in an intern =]

2. When researching for a company, always be checking in Salesforce, either to start off your search or to check if you can contact the company you found, always be checking in Salesforce.

3. In Salesforce there are three rules to keep in mind: The 6 Month Rule, Account Rule, and Alumni Rule. Here’s a ppt that give more information (which is pretty much the presentation outline).

4. A cold call should only last about 5 minutes. Try to only talk about the benefits of having an AIESEC intern leaving the costs for later, overcome resistance by asking WHY WHY WHY, offer sending them the marketing package, get their contact information and thank them for their time.

5. Here is a list of 15 things you absolutely need to know by heart before you go on a marketing call. The list contains the nitty gritties of internships.

6. Don’t take comments personally and just do it! =D

The Story of Electronics

Ever wonder what happens to your old iPod when you decide to replace it? Or to your old cellphone once you decide that it’s time to move on with a Blackberry or an iPhone?

The Story of Electronics tries to take on that question that we often fail to ask: what happens to our old gadgets once we decide to dump them?

For some of us, it’s a question we never really thought about. We dump our stuff in the garbage, and that’s where it ends. Some of us try to be more green and drop off our old electronics at a recycling centre. The Story of Electronics video exposes the consequences of e-waste and recommends some ways we can tackle this issue as a society.

Main takeaway for me? That this is not an issue we can solve via consumption. The proposed “Take Back” programs certainly sounds interesting and something we should all look into supporting. It’s also pretty clear that this issue can be solved mostly through sweeping policy changes and our individual choices when we shop.

I love technology –  I can’t really imagine a day without my iPhone. But sustainability is also an issue I care about. Watch the video and take action today.

By the way, if you want more information about the Story of Electronics, visit its official website. The video is a sequel to the video “The Story of Stuff”, which went viral and is now being used by some institutions to educate the youth about environmental sustainability.

Mentorship Experience

I am participating in a mentorship program as a mentee in YWiB SFU, and I went to the orientation of mentorship this Friday to meet other mentees and mentors.

One thing I learn from mentorship is that the mentee should have specific goals that he/she wants to accomplish in mind and mentor will be the one that is guiding the mentee to accomplish those goals. Goals should be set in the first meeting.

Mentee should be the one that is maintaining the relationship. In a mentee-mentor relationship, not only the mentee will learn and benefit, but so will the mentor.

Another interesting thing is that in a statistic report, it shows that female mentor tends to be more like a teacher, and male mentor tends to be more like friend. For example, female mentors would give advise to their mentees and try to help them to accomplish their goals, but male mentors will open their  network to their mentees.

People that are or are thinking of participating in AIESEC Mentorship Program could take these comments in mind 🙂