Dear New Grads: Transitioning from School Life to Work Life

My sister is graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design this very month of May 2017! I am so proud of her and excited for her … and I was inspired to talk about what I learned in the transition from school life to work life.  Click on the photo to watch the video on YouTube or read the blog-version below:

Isabel Valoria Rao VideoYouTube link: https://youtu.be/YHLx6WiWxnc
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KNOVO: Supporting Women in Corporate Calgary

I love Calgary. But the fact that we are one of the “worst places to be a woman in Canada” irks me. We are a highly diverse, multicultural city with so much to do and so much to experience and I want people to see that. It’s time for change. It’s time to show people that Calgary is inclusive and diverse. It’s time to create an environment where women are fully participating in, contributing to, and leading efforts to build Alberta’s economy. And this is exactly what KNOVO aims to do. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Why I Chose Engineering

In case you didn’t know, I’m a mechanical engineer-in-training (meaning I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and I’m doing my 4 years experience before I become a certified Professional Engineer).  I took my National Professional Practice Exam back in January and saw that I was one of the handful of women in a room of hundreds of engineers-in-training!  I completely forgot how male-dominated this profession is. Continue reading