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APICS BCIT Newsletter - October2011

Date: October 18 Time: 6pm—8:30pm Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus

This Issue

PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter Monthly Networking Event

And...We Are Back P.1

Date: October 19 Time: 6pm– 9pm Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver V6C 2T4

How Business Operations Management Graduates Are Doing? P.2 Build Your Professional Network Before You Need It P.2 E-tools Helped Find A Summer Job P.2 September 22 APICS Vancouver PDM Write Up P.3

APICS Fraser Valley Chapter PDM

A BCIT International Student’s Summer P.3

Date: October 20 Time: 6pm—9pm Location: Newlands Golf and Country Club 21025 48th Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 3M3

Upcoming Events P.4

APICS Vancouver Chapter AGM Date: October 20 Time: 6pm– 9pm Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 6083 McKay Avenue, Buranby, BC

APICS International Conference & Expo Date: October 23rd– 25th Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

APICS BCIT Student Chapter Newsletter-October 2011 Issue

And...We Are Back! By Alex Osipov About APICS BCIT Newsletter APICS BCIT Newsletter is written and produced for APICS BCIT members and others in the field of operations management . View points and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of APICS BCIT. Publication in APICS BCIT Newsletter does not constitute an endorsement of any product, services, material, or philosophy mentioned.

Feedback To comment on newsletter, email bcitapics@gmail.com

Newsletter Editorial Staff Editor in Chief Ken Chen

Welcome and congratulations to everyone who have made it to the second year, as well as lucky first years that have no idea what they just signed up for. The resignation of two elected APICS board members, the complicated transfer of the website and loss of some data during the process have contributed to the rough start of this year. However, these setbacks are no match to the highly motivated APICS Board of Directors. Everyone was ready for the new term! During the orientation day, we have setup the booth at around 8:00 am at the Great Hall and had a great time encouraging School of Business students to join club. The OPMT and INTT students had the orientation and the faculty presentation at 1:00 pm. That was when the APICS BCIT President, Niko Condon, had a chance to give a short presentation about the club and our goals for the year. We were very surprised by how many people showed up at our booth after that and expressed interested in the club. On September 19th, Natalia Miroshnichenko has been approved by BOD to become the new Director of Events. On October 3rd, Nic Gaylord from first year was elected by BOD to become the new Director of Membership. We congratulate them for stepping up to the challenge! With this new addition to the team, we have two remaining positions to be filled in by first or second year students: Director of Marketing and Director at Large. Don‘t miss this chance and apply before the opportunity is gone!

Visit Our New Website at www.apics-bcit.com


How Business Operations Management Graduates Are Doing? By Jane Koretnikova According to our survey, 4 out of 7 grads have found a job after their graduation. 2 remaining grads are not working because they are doing more school and one just got started looking for a job having been busy with the summer industry project. Some of the positions that our grads have been hired for: Master Scheduler/Optimizer, Managing Director of Sales and Development, Sales Operations Manager, Sustainability Consultant. The industries that our grads companies operate in are manufacturing, consulting, publishing, logistics, and waste management. The time that took our grads to find those jobs is in range from ―right away‖ to 2 months, and 2 out of 4 jobs were follow-ups of the BCIT student industry projects. Among the things that have been learnt at BCIT, the most popular answer for ―the most useful skills at work‖ are Time Management, Team Work, and Process Improvement techniques. Also, Material Management, Project Management, Forecasting, Excel knowledge, Presentation skills, Leadership and Organizational skills were listed as very important at work place. Here is the incentive for us, current students, to get focused not just on acquiring technical knowledge, but also on developing our ―soft skills‖ through the various learning activities that BCIT provides us. BCIT life is all about hard work. Referring to one of the grads: ―It's like boot camp on steroids.....‖, but we can do it!

Build Your Professional Network Before You Need It

September 22 APICS Vancouver PDM Write Up

By Rafael Zveibil

By Michael Mak

During our second term I decided I would not look for a Summer job until after the finals so I could focus completely on my studies. As soon as finished writing my last exam I started using the network I had built during the year to help me find a job. I knew that, even though I had met several interesting people at Professional Development Meetings from APICS and other opportunities, many of which held a position of influence in their companies, not necessarily they would have an opening for a Summer job (or maybe the position was already filled). But I also knew I would never know if I did not ask. So here is what I did:

As a BCIT student, one of the key factors in pursuing a successful academic experience is utilizing effective time management. I was fortunate enough to attend the Vancouver chapter‘s APICS PDM last Thursday where esteemed management consultant Anson Frost was delivering a speech on that very topic.

prioritize their tasks effectively. Lastly, Anson touched on the importance of technology. Technology is a great supplement and tool for practicing time management. Software such as Microsoft Outlook, Google calendar and other time keeping tech can definitely bolster a student‘s day. He cautioned however, that in the end these are still tools. A functioning tool wielded improperly can still produce disastrous results. Understanding the limits and purpose of these tools will generate the most benefit.

I found that Anson presented many good ideas and strategies for employees to cope with their tasks in the workplace. For the benefit Overall, I found Anson‘s presentation to be very helpful. Time of my fellow classmates, I have attempted to summarize some of the management is an important aspect of every BCIT student and while  I searched online for openings that would interest me - not much success there. key takeaways that I discovered from his speech. many people practice it, not everybody does it right. My hope is that  I contacted everyone in my network to let them know I was looking for a Summer job his presentation will have helped at least some of you to properly and I even described what kind of a job I wanted (in my case, I wanted something His first major point is about planning ahead. Set up the next day the manage your time. relating to Operations Management - McDonald's and Starbucks were saved for last- night before. It is much more manageable to forecast your next day‘s ditch efforts if the worst came to worst). Keep in mind your network is bigger than you activities in the calm before you sleep as opposed to scrambling the next morning while trying to get to school. Separate your activities think: remember to include teachers, colleagues, relatives... into ‗where you need to be‘ and ‗what you need to do‘. While  I went to more professional associations meetings, were I was able to introduce myself simple, this framework will allow you to visualize and logically plan to new people or get introduced by other people I already knew (that makes things even out your day more effectively. easier). In addition, Anson mentioned a labelling system that would help The great thing about this approach is the multiplying effect. Not only you are searching for prioritize tasks that needed to be done. Known as the 4D‘s, this a job, your network is helping you search for it too because now they know. After about 1 simple system distinguished tasks by whether a person had to ―Do it week and several resumes sent to people that were willing to help me, one of our teachers Now‖, ―Delay or Defer‖, ―Delegate‖ and ―Destroy‖. Often times forwarded me an opening he knew about (it was not advertised anywhere). I applied, employees mislabel their tasks resulting in overloading resources on scheduled an interview and got the job, helping improve warehouse operations of a company unimportant ones and under investing time for those that really in the Fraser Valley. matter. Properly labelling activities will help you stay on track and ensuring that your focus is where it needs to be. Keeping processes E-tools Helped Find A Summer what jobs are out there and narrow down simple often yield the best results and this system can help students what I may be interested in doing when I

Job

graduate. Online information can be overwhelming in quantity, but if you can By Niko Condon narrow it down a bit by using these tools, it This summer I had the opportunity to work can be a very powerful tool to get what you for Choices Markets Head Office as Special want. Projects Coordinator. I was able to apply many of the concepts I learned in my first year of OpMan studies including Process Improvement, Accounting, Systems Analysis and IT systems. If it weren‘t for BCIT‘s Ejobs website, I would not have even known the position existed. I highly suggest subscribing to job listings websites such as Ejobs, Monster, Hcareers, or vancouverjobshop. Furthermore, If you know a company that you would like to work for, many maintain an online job database that you can subscribe to for email updates. Personally, I get updates from companies like FedEx, Fairmont Hotels, and MetroVancouver. This helps me to see

A BCIT International Student’s Summer By Natalia Miroshnichenko Being an international student at BCIT has some privileges – you get to travel home for summer and your home is half the world away. After a year of school you realize that it is really amazing how study habits learned at BCIT may be transformed into your regular life and how effective you can now be. I went home for the whole 3 months to enjoy the sun, beach and meet my old friends. Such was the plan, in reality I became a job hunter in just a few weeks. Cover letters, resumes and interview practices… On a side note, all my friends know that I am project management keen person and my dream job is related to this field. I didn‘t have huge expectations for this summer, but when you get a chance, you have to take it, right? So, I attended an interview session with a leading Russian Petroleum Company who after reviewing my resume had a huge interest in Business Operations Management program and the things I can do now. With 95% confidence Level I stated my hypothesis that I will succeed in a project assigned to me. Surely, after Syncros nothing could scare me and I knew that the first thing I should do is to have a TOR to be developed and signed. I didn‘t realize how fast I was assigned with a huge task to develop a Project Plan for ―n‖ number of exploration operations in Sakhalin region. With some background in oil & gas industry and the tools I learned at BOM program I managed to deliver a quality product for the company. However, on the way I did encounter some difficulties that we are not taught at school. One of them was - some companies still use Microsoft 2003. The main message that I want to deliver to the students of Business Operations Management program is that we are in a highly demanded field, and no matter where life takes us we will be able to find ourselves.


How Business Operations Management Graduates Are Doing? By Jane Koretnikova According to our survey, 4 out of 7 grads have found a job after their graduation. 2 remaining grads are not working because they are doing more school and one just got started looking for a job having been busy with the summer industry project. Some of the positions that our grads have been hired for: Master Scheduler/Optimizer, Managing Director of Sales and Development, Sales Operations Manager, Sustainability Consultant. The industries that our grads companies operate in are manufacturing, consulting, publishing, logistics, and waste management. The time that took our grads to find those jobs is in range from ―right away‖ to 2 months, and 2 out of 4 jobs were follow-ups of the BCIT student industry projects. Among the things that have been learnt at BCIT, the most popular answer for ―the most useful skills at work‖ are Time Management, Team Work, and Process Improvement techniques. Also, Material Management, Project Management, Forecasting, Excel knowledge, Presentation skills, Leadership and Organizational skills were listed as very important at work place. Here is the incentive for us, current students, to get focused not just on acquiring technical knowledge, but also on developing our ―soft skills‖ through the various learning activities that BCIT provides us. BCIT life is all about hard work. Referring to one of the grads: ―It's like boot camp on steroids.....‖, but we can do it!

Build Your Professional Network Before You Need It

September 22 APICS Vancouver PDM Write Up

By Rafael Zveibil

By Michael Mak

During our second term I decided I would not look for a Summer job until after the finals so I could focus completely on my studies. As soon as finished writing my last exam I started using the network I had built during the year to help me find a job. I knew that, even though I had met several interesting people at Professional Development Meetings from APICS and other opportunities, many of which held a position of influence in their companies, not necessarily they would have an opening for a Summer job (or maybe the position was already filled). But I also knew I would never know if I did not ask. So here is what I did:

As a BCIT student, one of the key factors in pursuing a successful academic experience is utilizing effective time management. I was fortunate enough to attend the Vancouver chapter‘s APICS PDM last Thursday where esteemed management consultant Anson Frost was delivering a speech on that very topic.

prioritize their tasks effectively. Lastly, Anson touched on the importance of technology. Technology is a great supplement and tool for practicing time management. Software such as Microsoft Outlook, Google calendar and other time keeping tech can definitely bolster a student‘s day. He cautioned however, that in the end these are still tools. A functioning tool wielded improperly can still produce disastrous results. Understanding the limits and purpose of these tools will generate the most benefit.

I found that Anson presented many good ideas and strategies for employees to cope with their tasks in the workplace. For the benefit Overall, I found Anson‘s presentation to be very helpful. Time of my fellow classmates, I have attempted to summarize some of the management is an important aspect of every BCIT student and while  I searched online for openings that would interest me - not much success there. key takeaways that I discovered from his speech. many people practice it, not everybody does it right. My hope is that  I contacted everyone in my network to let them know I was looking for a Summer job his presentation will have helped at least some of you to properly and I even described what kind of a job I wanted (in my case, I wanted something His first major point is about planning ahead. Set up the next day the manage your time. relating to Operations Management - McDonald's and Starbucks were saved for last- night before. It is much more manageable to forecast your next day‘s ditch efforts if the worst came to worst). Keep in mind your network is bigger than you activities in the calm before you sleep as opposed to scrambling the next morning while trying to get to school. Separate your activities think: remember to include teachers, colleagues, relatives... into ‗where you need to be‘ and ‗what you need to do‘. While  I went to more professional associations meetings, were I was able to introduce myself simple, this framework will allow you to visualize and logically plan to new people or get introduced by other people I already knew (that makes things even out your day more effectively. easier). In addition, Anson mentioned a labelling system that would help The great thing about this approach is the multiplying effect. Not only you are searching for prioritize tasks that needed to be done. Known as the 4D‘s, this a job, your network is helping you search for it too because now they know. After about 1 simple system distinguished tasks by whether a person had to ―Do it week and several resumes sent to people that were willing to help me, one of our teachers Now‖, ―Delay or Defer‖, ―Delegate‖ and ―Destroy‖. Often times forwarded me an opening he knew about (it was not advertised anywhere). I applied, employees mislabel their tasks resulting in overloading resources on scheduled an interview and got the job, helping improve warehouse operations of a company unimportant ones and under investing time for those that really in the Fraser Valley. matter. Properly labelling activities will help you stay on track and ensuring that your focus is where it needs to be. Keeping processes E-tools Helped Find A Summer what jobs are out there and narrow down simple often yield the best results and this system can help students what I may be interested in doing when I

Job

graduate. Online information can be overwhelming in quantity, but if you can By Niko Condon narrow it down a bit by using these tools, it This summer I had the opportunity to work can be a very powerful tool to get what you for Choices Markets Head Office as Special want. Projects Coordinator. I was able to apply many of the concepts I learned in my first year of OpMan studies including Process Improvement, Accounting, Systems Analysis and IT systems. If it weren‘t for BCIT‘s Ejobs website, I would not have even known the position existed. I highly suggest subscribing to job listings websites such as Ejobs, Monster, Hcareers, or vancouverjobshop. Furthermore, If you know a company that you would like to work for, many maintain an online job database that you can subscribe to for email updates. Personally, I get updates from companies like FedEx, Fairmont Hotels, and MetroVancouver. This helps me to see

A BCIT International Student’s Summer By Natalia Miroshnichenko Being an international student at BCIT has some privileges – you get to travel home for summer and your home is half the world away. After a year of school you realize that it is really amazing how study habits learned at BCIT may be transformed into your regular life and how effective you can now be. I went home for the whole 3 months to enjoy the sun, beach and meet my old friends. Such was the plan, in reality I became a job hunter in just a few weeks. Cover letters, resumes and interview practices… On a side note, all my friends know that I am project management keen person and my dream job is related to this field. I didn‘t have huge expectations for this summer, but when you get a chance, you have to take it, right? So, I attended an interview session with a leading Russian Petroleum Company who after reviewing my resume had a huge interest in Business Operations Management program and the things I can do now. With 95% confidence Level I stated my hypothesis that I will succeed in a project assigned to me. Surely, after Syncros nothing could scare me and I knew that the first thing I should do is to have a TOR to be developed and signed. I didn‘t realize how fast I was assigned with a huge task to develop a Project Plan for ―n‖ number of exploration operations in Sakhalin region. With some background in oil & gas industry and the tools I learned at BOM program I managed to deliver a quality product for the company. However, on the way I did encounter some difficulties that we are not taught at school. One of them was - some companies still use Microsoft 2003. The main message that I want to deliver to the students of Business Operations Management program is that we are in a highly demanded field, and no matter where life takes us we will be able to find ourselves.


Upcoming Events ASQ Vancouver Chapter PDM

APICS BCIT Newsletter - October2011

Date: October 18 Time: 6pm—8:30pm Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus

This Issue

PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter Monthly Networking Event

And...We Are Back P.1

Date: October 19 Time: 6pm– 9pm Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver V6C 2T4

How Business Operations Management Graduates Are Doing? P.2 Build Your Professional Network Before You Need It P.2 E-tools Helped Find A Summer Job P.2 September 22 APICS Vancouver PDM Write Up P.3

APICS Fraser Valley Chapter PDM

A BCIT International Student’s Summer P.3

Date: October 20 Time: 6pm—9pm Location: Newlands Golf and Country Club 21025 48th Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 3M3

Upcoming Events P.4

APICS Vancouver Chapter AGM Date: October 20 Time: 6pm– 9pm Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 6083 McKay Avenue, Buranby, BC

APICS International Conference & Expo Date: October 23rd– 25th Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

APICS BCIT Student Chapter Newsletter-October 2011 Issue

And...We Are Back! By Alex Osipov About APICS BCIT Newsletter APICS BCIT Newsletter is written and produced for APICS BCIT members and others in the field of operations management . View points and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of APICS BCIT. Publication in APICS BCIT Newsletter does not constitute an endorsement of any product, services, material, or philosophy mentioned.

Feedback To comment on newsletter, email bcitapics@gmail.com

Newsletter Editorial Staff Editor in Chief Ken Chen

Welcome and congratulations to everyone who have made it to the second year, as well as lucky first years that have no idea what they just signed up for. The resignation of two elected APICS board members, the complicated transfer of the website and loss of some data during the process have contributed to the rough start of this year. However, these setbacks are no match to the highly motivated APICS Board of Directors. Everyone was ready for the new term! During the orientation day, we have setup the booth at around 8:00 am at the Great Hall and had a great time encouraging School of Business students to join club. The OPMT and INTT students had the orientation and the faculty presentation at 1:00 pm. That was when the APICS BCIT President, Niko Condon, had a chance to give a short presentation about the club and our goals for the year. We were very surprised by how many people showed up at our booth after that and expressed interested in the club. On September 19th, Natalia Miroshnichenko has been approved by BOD to become the new Director of Events. On October 3rd, Nic Gaylord from first year was elected by BOD to become the new Director of Membership. We congratulate them for stepping up to the challenge! With this new addition to the team, we have two remaining positions to be filled in by first or second year students: Director of Marketing and Director at Large. Don‘t miss this chance and apply before the opportunity is gone!

Visit Our New Website at www.apics-bcit.com


APICS BCIT October 2011 Newsletter