A typical day at work would be working with the Compliance officer on appeals. Using Peoplesoft to look up student information and entering appeal information into the database; preparing material to send to panel members; meeting students who come into the office for inquiries about how to submit an appeal and also ensuring that students and all panel members receive all of their material before each hearing; making nameplates; responding to emails from Faculties who inquire about previous offences for students; Closing appeal files after deadline dates have passed.
Processing invoices on a daily basis for the Department was also a big part of my job; reconciling accounts every month; reconciling the mastercard at certain periods of the month; printing off financial reports and checking them to ensure we are not overcharged; assisting staff with planning events and how to pay for the events;
For new staff it was my duty to enter all of their personnel information into Peoplesoft to ensure they got paid; Getting staff set up for the security system in our office; Entering staff leave reports for vacation and days off; entering hours for part-time staff to ensure they get paid.
I also looked after all of the equipment in our office. I had to make sure that all computers were kept up to date including office equipment.
I was the Resource Person in our office for all inquiries.
Multi-tasking was key and I was very used to this. It was done on a daily basis. P
ProsGreat atmosphere, constantly busy and keeps you on your toes
ConsNot taking breaks. Got too involved in the work and not taking proper breaks.
Typical Day at the University Health Centre:
Extremely disorganized chaois. Clinical Schedulers that are expected to do it all instead of having each person focus on specific tasks. Each day is like putting out a fire in one area or the other. The clinic averages 100 plus students and staff per day.
What I learned:
When you see signs of this type of work environment; leave as soon as possible.
Extremely nice to you at the start. The expection is to be at full speed as the rest of the staff after one month - Reception, Nursing and Health Records. You are only told what you do wrong in the position and no positive feed back. Repremanded when you make errors. Management unable to examine the error and made improvements in training. You are expected to be told once and remember.. given a manual that is incomplete and missing vital information to succeed in the position.
Hardest Part Of The Job:
Out of date manual, no formal written procedures, out of date references to complete the position, disorganized work areas and staff that are in total chaois on a daily basis. Going into work each day to do a good job and be a team player... leaving at the end of the day.. being told of all the wrong things you did.
Unsure who is a true team player and who is going to the supervisor to inform when you are not completing the job correctly. A feeling of being of pins and needles each day.
Most Enjoyable Part Of The Job:
It is extremely
Great environment to work and plenty of diversity however, i felt minimal value or importance at work and a lot of political issues.
Typical Day at work:
Run random errands
What I learned:
How to take out a fire
Communicate with workers when issues arise( not following procedures)
Needs to learn how to work together as a team. I felt management spent more time figuring out how to give their job to someone else rather then taking 5 minutes out of thier non-busy schedule to simple complete the task. Management requires more training.
When needed they are very helpful if you are confused or have any questions
All training is provided without hesitation
At times, great guidance
Don't have enough work to do ( sleep during the day)
Push their work on others
Don't respect employees privacy
Hard to build a relationship
Hardest part of the job
Dealing with the safety coordinator and the safety supervisor
Not feeling important at work
Safety coordinator only gave me 6 small tasks for 5 months, not enough work! I needed more responsibility, exposure and trust.
At times safety coordinator and supervisor would be insulting towards me
What I enjoyed at work
Meeting knew people in the different divisions
Reviving great feedback from co-workers
Divisions respected me
Typical days were never typical. There were always challenges and something new to consider or learn. Things could be very hectic at times, but everything came together with the team surrounding you. The learning curve could be very steep, and expectations very high so could be very stressful. While I had opportunity to work alongside the Study Coordinators as a research assistant (preparing lab kits, ensuring lab results reviewed by coordinators and the principal investigator, prepping for study visits, assisting with blood draws, etc.), my real forte was in the attention-to-detail administrative work required to submit trials to the ethics board, prepare for site initiation, organize support services, and get trials up and running. I appreciated attending investigational meetings, conferences, meetings and obtaining SoCRA designation. The physicians and management were always very encouraging about learning opportunities. Expectations were definitely high and could be stressful at times. Research/clinical trials is not for everyone. It is very structured, and needs to be - there was high staff turnover as a result. Position was very fulfilling if you can work within a tight and highly structured environment.
ProsOpportunity to travel, and opportunity to learn as much as you want.
Verifying all remote sites are connected
Going through a cheat sheet with all sites
i.e., giving examples of protocol
Setting up Polycom equipment
Maintain ongoing coordination between all live sites
Trouble shooting technical glitches
reconnecting lost connections
Technical Set up
Calling Videoconference operators throughout the world in a timely manner.
Booking and set up - maintaining and updating calendar in accordance with cancellations and new requests.
This position required an ability to think on ones feet at all times, and to be able to juggle 9 balls in the air and catch them .
The ability to act as public relations officer on behalf of The University of Alberta, and maintain a high degree of integrity and professionalism throughout the conference.
To project a sense of confidence on camera, and have the ability to direct participants in a cordial manner.
The hardest part of the job was to control unnecessary rambling, and to intervene in order to bring focus back toward the topic.
The learning curve of this position was high, but once mastered, it was a fast paced, and very rewarding career.
ProsWarm interaction with all - full of vitality and laughter
ConsHaving to go home after a great day at work !!!
University of Alberta is an excellent place to work!
The UofA is a bustling workplace with ongoing opportunities to enjoy professional and personal development opportunities. Management of our research project works from a collaborative approach and utilizes best practices to move into next practice.
This position has taught me the importance of interactive approaches which facilitate participation at all levels. This position has taught me additional skills in team leadership and conflict management. The most influential learning I have experienced has been 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The most difficult part of the job is working with diverse staff with various cultural backgrounds, differing values and being in remote locations..
Co-workers are dynamic, positive and forward thinking where the most enjoyable aspect of the job is the team collaborative approaches to training, networking and meetings.
Prosmany opportunities to network and collaborate, ongoing professional and personal development, free training, attractive benefits, reasonable compensation, flexible work arrangements available
Consresearch funded without permanency, limited facilities which can accommodate certain cultural practices, limits ability to support certain cultural groups
A vibrant and supportive learning environment for researching and studies.
The University of Alberta (also known as U of A and UAlberta) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, its first president.
The university has been recognized by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the top five universities in Canada and one of the top 100 universities worldwide. According to the 2014 QS World University Rankings, the top Faculty Area at the University of Alberta is Arts and Humanities (ranked 89th in the world), and the top-ranked Subject is English Language and Literature (22nd in the world).
UAlberta is not merely a place to study or where finding the perfect job is the singular focus of post-secondary institutional learning.
UAlberta is a pioneering and progressive environment where faculty, students, and staff come together to embrace the values of learning, share knowledge, and find solutions for our ever-changing complex world.
I enjoy working in a very diverse environment particularly in Drama and Music as there is always a play or a performance to attend.
At moment I work in a small office for a manager who is easy to work for and open to everyone ideas as the office is in a state of rebuilding, lots of change. The hardest part of the job is dealing with all the change within the faculty and university in general as many people have been laid off due restructuring or moved to different positions so I am often dealing with someone who is at the bottom of what is sometimes a very steep learning curve. There are many upgrades to the People soft system and things that we done a certain way a year ago have changed and process to access help is cumbersome and less than ideal That being said working in an educational setting with students around at all times make for a vibrate and sometimes noisy, crowded (HUB Mall) environment. Over the years I have met some very talented people and made some life long friends.
The position began with a lot of autonomy, requiring market research to develop target countries/cities/schools, etc. in addition to travelling to promote the university to prospective international students. Aside from answering emails, I would be writing market and strategy reports and worked for a manager that was interested in helping me grow professionally. Unfortunately, organisational changes within the office have removed most of the duties from this position to management, so most of my daily activities when not travelling are answering emails only. The most enjoyable part of the job is the travel, but it's also the hardest part of the job because it requires a lot of energy. It's a fun job for a while, but due to lack of PD opportunities and no opportunity for advancement, it is difficult to build and learn new skills.
Prosgreat co-workers with lots of potlucks and exotic foods from travels!
Consunable to do courses for pd due to long periods of travel.
I loved my position and the duties of my role. The job itself was great but the environment was something I’ve never experienced with any of my previous employers. I would have loved to retire with the UofA but unfortunately the environment not what I was expecting.
The coworkers in my department constantly spoke about how ‘dumb’ and ‘useless’ their colleagues were. I spoke to HR multiple times and gave my manager my concerns but this group seemed to be exempt from the code of conduct expectations.
Daily, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and it made me very uncomfortable. The final straw for me - Someone they used to work with committed suicide and the comment was made that the person ‘milked the system’. This made me sick. This person had children and clearly needed help- Multiple people in this office voluntarily told me this story and it made me sick that they could treat someone like that. If that were a family member of mine, I would absolutely be upset.
Personally working at the University of Alberta with HSLAS was a miserable experience and I will summarize why below: you are doing 8 hour days in a kilometer-long basement, with very little interaction with co-workers of lab workers except for the casual waves in the hallway. The actual work committed was repetitive and morally difficult to perform. Management system here was a failure: there were 3 teams where you have a direct supervisor and a team-manager above them and each pair of them didn't get along and gave conflicting duties to complete for the day. I was trained poorly and thrown in over my head and was let go for making small mistakes that could have easily been supported and fixed. Most long time employees were unfriendly and un-supportive with only a few exceptions. I understand the health of specimens used in research was paramount and that the success of the research studies needed to be supported with high standards but I believe the termination of my employment was unwarranted based on a supervisor who did not get along with me. I am not the only person whom has had an awful experience working here and I wouldn't wish this position on anyone, save yourself the trouble.
Questions and answers about University of Alberta
If you were to leave University of Alberta, what would be the reason?
Asked Jul 21, 2018
The bullying, the small-mindedness, the lack of accountability for harassment issues, the sexism and the pure blatant harassment from professors.
Answered Jan 8, 2021
Because this is not a permanent position, and the work load sometimes is not full enough, and salary is not as high as sub teachers, so I think it is better to quit to focus on sub teaching. Also because the sub teacher administration raised requirement for a sub teacher to accept jobs to maintain this job, the teaching hours at the University of Alberta can conflict with the sub teaching, so I left.
Answered May 8, 2019
Can you work remotely at University of Alberta?
Asked Oct 6, 2019
Yes, depending of the content of the subject being taught.
Answered Dec 16, 2020
Yes. Especially with the pandemic, many jobs have relocated to working from home.
Answered Nov 13, 2020
What is the vacation policy like at University of Alberta? How many vacation days do you get per year?
Asked Nov 22, 2018
Accrued vacation hours, they say you receive 15 days in 1 year.
Answered Jan 17, 2021
I have 3 weeks vacation time with paid.
Answered Jan 6, 2020
Why would you want to work at University of Alberta?
Asked Mar 4, 2018
To spend time with family
Answered Apr 9, 2022
The people are great, the pay is good
Answered Oct 31, 2020
Does University of Alberta require background check?
Asked Mar 24, 2017
There should be 2 back ground checks on a quad monthly basis.