#MillennialMonday | Packing Up and Moving to Another Country with Nathalee D. Ferguson

A world of possibilities is open to anyone who sees the opportunities available across the world. So said, so done! Millennials are taking heed; yearning, exploring and venturing into the great wanderlust and greener pastures, by migrating to big cities. “Bright lights” shining on improved job aspects, better work-life balance and affordable living are what they seek. For some, it is a walk in the park with proper planning, access to information and family support. But for others, it may seem a mistakenly rushed move resulting in even great disappointments and set back.

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Today, 20/40 Exchange catches up with recent immigrant and Author of the book Packin’ Up and Moving to Canada 101: An Experiential Guide from Pre-Application to Settling in As a Newcomer to Canada, Nathalee D. Ferguson.

Just like any other major life choices, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a final decision. In this regard, Nathalee hopes to provide a complete guide to make the transition, of those interested in migrating to Canada, as simple as possible.

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Network Up or Across? Millennials, What is Your Strategy?

Your Network is your Net Worth! 

An adage in the professional world and a phrase commonly indoctrinated in the minds of millennials. But why though?

It’s about the ability to build great, mutually beneficial relationships. A highly demanded soft skill, building relations is the core of networking. Often times, building a network is aliken to mining for gold. Hereby, it is about getting to know and trust people, resulting in authentic personal and professional connections that can enhance reputation; secure a job or business deal. Get it?

Author Porter Gale in her book, Your Network is Your Net Worth, explains that networking is a new beast; and an important asset in your portfolio. As important and enticing as that may sound, networking is sometimes uncomfortable and simply, not an easy feat.

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Actress, Producer & Comedian. Issa Rae a few years ago gave a piece of astounding advice where networking is concerned. She said, “we have a tendency of trying to network up, but it’s really about networking across”. A point worth noting, what say you?

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#womenscienceday | Celebrating Dr. Raedeen Russell, PhD

A successful woman in science must remain teachable – Dr. Raedeen Russell 

As the world takes the time out to celebrate the wonderful work of women in the field of science; I’d like to take a minute to celebrate my friend and former school mate, Dr. Raedeen Russell, Ph.D.

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A graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences where her research focused on the Role of Exosomes in Chlamydial Immunity. Raedeen has 2 Master’s degrees, one in Biology with a concentration in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and the other in Clinical Research. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.   

Raedeen was recognised in 2018 as one of the 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders & Change Makers by Ignite Caribbean for her leadership and outstanding track record of academic success in science.

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Miss Nigeria, a true friend indeed!

Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas did not win the title “Miss World 2019” but her reaction and celebration of the winner when announced have made her name synonymous with the hashtag #bestfriendgoals.

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Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica 2019 (centre) crowned Miss World 2019, during the 69th staging of the competition at the ExCel Convention Center in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Creating a Boss Lady Vision Board

Have you ever created a vision board for yourself?

I started vision boarding last year after reading Nicole McLaren Campbell’s “Make it Count: Tips on Unlocking Your Vision”. For those who don’t know, a vision board is a visual representation of the goals that you’d like to achieve within a specific period.

It’s not uncommon to see a lot of woman empowerment forums and brunches promoting the creation of vision boards, as it is intended to help you clarify and increase focus on specific goals with specific targets and timelines.

What are your 2019 goals? Join me in creating a boss lady vision board to achieve them.

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