Application and Interview Advice

Mind Map: 11 Minutes to improve new ideas and their analysis

Why Mind Map 

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A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts and takes brainst

  • Note taking 

  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups) 

  • Problem solving 

  • Studying and memorization 

  • Planning 

  • Presenting information 

  • Gaining insight on complex subjects 

  • Self-awareness  

  • Decision making  

Go through the process to see connections between topics you have never noticed before and new ideas you have yet to discover. Have fun! 

How will you set up your map?  

Get creative and choose a method that helps you brainstorm easily and effortlessly. Review examples of how you can set up your mind map and consider the options below.  

Ground rules 

  1. This is not meant to be perfect or look a certain way  

  1. Get rid of all judgement and go where your mind takes you  

  1. It might not make sense as you start but keep going 

Let’s Mind Map  

Put yourself in the middle of your map and take 3 minutes brainstorm the first ring of ideas related to you.

Christina's personal and professional mind map

This can include things like: 

  • Extracurricular activities that were impactful 

  • Meaningful experiences 

  • Mentors and supporters 

  • Specific skills  

  • Interests/likes 

  • Subjects 

Now take 5 minutes to further build out your first ring of topics. Where does your mind take you? What stands out to you? 
You might think about: 

  • Skills you used 

  • Likes and dislikes 

  • Learning that took place 

  • Experiences or roles  

  • New curiosities  

Now take 3 minutes to make conclusions and draw connections across the whole map. What patterns and themes do you see? 

  • Words that are frequently repeated 

  • Broader themes that connect experiences together 

  • Many branches leading to a specific topic  

  • Big picture connections  

Debrief and Answer 

  • What did you discover about yourself?  

  • What was a new idea you generated?  

  • Now that you competed this exercise, what information do you need to find out?  

  • Knowing this information, what are 3 next steps you can commit to?  

For more information on mind mapping and to see it in action watch Mind Mapping Mania


Technical Interviewing

You might be considering positions in software engineering or others that will require a test of your technical skills.  In addition to the traditional behavioral interview (if you need help here, make an appointment with a career adviser and we can practice your behavioral interview skills), you may be asked to solve a problem in front of your interviewer. 

Here are some of the most important things to think about:


Technical Interviewing: A New Guide in Town

Technical interviewing is a standard part of any technical internship or job role. If you find yourself applying to tech roles that require programming/coding, then preparing for this type of interview is key to getting an offer. In the new Technical Interviewing Guide, available on our website, there is an overview of the technical interview process as well as resources to help you prepare. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the information you will find: