Esther Phua (BA ’13)
French experience before Glendon: Core French
Career: Communications
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario

Why did you choose Glendon?

To be honest, I chose Glendon primarily for the beautiful campus and the community: the greenery, the kindness of the staff, and the cool 60s vibe of York Hall. I ended up choosing well—Glendon was a place for me to uncover my career path and make lifelong friends.

How did your time at Glendon give you an advantage in the job market?

My time as a student eAmbassador with the Recruitment & Admissions office was a total game-changer. By having hands-on experience with copywriting, analytics, and learning the basics of communications strategy, I discovered I loved the whole field of communications. From there, I changed my major to be more focused on communications.

I also developed an understanding of the challenges that can present themselves when communicating in a bilingual environment. I think many companies get siloed in an anglophone worldview, assuming that their audience all speaks English; Glendon gave me the background to understand language as an invitation and a barrier to accessible communication.

I also appreciated the breadth of courses, both inside and outside of my program. Not only did I learn about grammar and rhetoric, I also learned about the structure of English, and simple things like how to write effective emails and how to develop communications campaigns. My education has equipped me to be a jack-of-all-trades in communications.

Anna Weigt-Bienzle (BA ’11)
French experience before Glendon:
Immersion
Career:
Public Relations professional
Hometown: Harrow, Ontario

Why did you choose Glendon?

Having grown up in a multilingual family and being in French immersion, I knew the importance of keeping up my languages, which is why I applied to Glendon in the first place. What solidified my decision was a visit to campus during March Break U. Everyone I met was so kind and I fell in love with the grounds and the small class sizes.

How did your time at Glendon give you an advantage in the job market?

In less than three months after graduation, I had landed a job in my field thanks to mentoring from several professors and my experience as a work/study on campus. Since then, every position I’ve had to date has been in part because of my bilingualism. The market is saturated with amazing candidates and having the ability to work in French and English has helped—and continues to help—me to stand out in the application process. In marketing & PR, especially in Canada, employers are looking for applicants that can help them reach the Quebec market and create nationwide campaigns and materials in both official languages. My education at Glendon helped me do just that, on both a national and international playing field.