Douglas College Marketing Practicum Videos

You may know Stephen Fung from the work that he does with Futurelooks, but he’s also an active advisory board member at a local school. Indeed, he has been working with the Douglas College marketing students for the last couple of years, helping them understand website and social media management. For their practicums, Stephen has also helped them produce promotional videos for their clients and the videos for SUCCESS, Tri-City Transitions, and Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop have now been posted on YouTube.

The students at Douglas College may be getting some very relevant experience for their future careers in marketing, but Thursday Bram reminds us that there is still value in having a crappy job beyond a few extra bucks in your pocket. You can gain new abilities, leverage opportunities for autonomy and glean a clearer picture of where you want to go from here. I learned a lot from selling overpriced popcorn and I’m still able to tap into that experience today.

Getting a first job is a major milestone in the life of any teenager, even if that job happens to come from your parents. Travis Pizel is now approaching that period of parenthood as he asks how he should go about paying his son for mowing the lawn. I say that paying on a per-job basis makes the most sense, as it would help encourage his son to be more eager to do the work. Introducing a monthly salary could lead to him being too comfortable and he could slack off.

Some people say that they would be willing to get rid of their vehicle if it were simply more convenient to get around town. Ariane Khachatourians explores this idea, particularly when it comes to biking to a car-free lifestyle. For most people, riding a bicycle for shorter distances can be reasonable, but there needs to be a stronger transit infrastructure in place for longer trips that are supplemented by the bike. As it stands, those expensive electric assist bikes aren’t allowed on Vancouver traffic either.

And finally, we have Carol Tice telling us about how she broke into business writing and how you can too. After working a number of years as a staff journalist, she wanted to expand her income with copywriting, landing her first gig that paid some $700 per article. From there, she landed a contract with a global insurance consultancy that paid over $2,000 a month for more than two years. Think big, listen to your client, do your research and write concisely.