Hello! My name is Jelena and I’m a new member of the TalentEgg team – the market research intern.

I am a first-year arts and contemporary studies (ACS) student at Ryerson University here in Toronto.

It’s a really big change from high school, but I keep myself busy with extracurricular activities in and out of school. I try to stay connected with as many people and events as possible, and it helps with my school work and aspirations.

I went to an arts high school for visual arts and graduated with interests in photography and communication. Even while in high school, I devoted my time for internships and getting my art and work out there, building a base for my future.

Through a co-op, I got an internship at a popular social networking site. It wasn’t something I was familiar with or knew much about, but before I knew it that internship set my whole future career.

I always wanted to pursue a degree in journalism and I hadn’t considered any other options. Journalism is a very competitive field and once I was finally accepted at Ryerson (for ACS), the program didn’t make a difference. Something I’ve learned along the way is that it’s still possible to pursue a career in journalism without a journalism degree.

Being a student and having internship positions and experiences are so valuable because they help build your resume and put your name out there. Internships are also great for trying out new fields and expanding connections.

Experience, hard work, ambition, and drive are the things that landed me two (my second now at TalentEgg) internships in the course of a year in the communication, marketing and journalism fields.