My Virtual Resume

Nishtha Kaushal

Goal Setting

Creating and setting goals a very important step to reach success in life whether it be academic or personal goal. Setting goal provides long tern vision for the path you want to take in life and short term motivation to reach ever step towards that path or end result.

Academic Goal

S: My goal is to understand which science category I am the most interested in before I graduate, as I enjoy all of the major sciences like biology, chemistry and physics, but I have to choose two of which I will be pursuing in University.

M: I have to find out about my interests by participating in science events like STEM Olympics and the Peel Technological Skills challenge, and participate in a different field of science every time. I still have two more years, and I will have the opportunity to participate in these events at least four times, if there are not any other science extracurricular. I will reflect every week about what I learnt and what I enjoyed in my science classes in a journal so I can look back and understand which science I should pursue. I will also keep an eye on my grades in each science field, which will allow me to decide what science I can perform the best at.

A: I am going to participate in science events throughout my time at school like STEM and PTSC. I participated in STEM this year for the chemistry and technology section, next time I will choose physics and biology, to see what was more amusing for me. In class, I am going to put full effort in performing the best in each science field, by participating in class and using my creativity in my projects. For each project, instead of taking the easier route and do something which is guaranteed to give me a good mark, I will actually only focus on topics which I am passionate about. I will ask my teacher for recommendation of what science is the most suitable for me to pursue. As I am planning on keeping a journal about what I like and learned in each sciences, I can discuss my findings with a guidance counsellor for further clarification about my path after high school.

R: This goal is realistic as I am already performing many of the actions above, like participating in STEM Olympics and only doing projects on topics which interest me. This goal is relevant because I feel that I will probably pursue the sciences after high school as my top subject area is science, but knowing this is too vague. I need to specifically which direction I want to go in to know which bachelors I want to do after high school. If I feel like I like biology then I can do BSc but if I think I like physics better I might need to know what kind of engineering do I want to pursue.

T: I need to understand which sciences most interest me before I graduate to choose a career path. Every year I am going to participate in at least two science extracurricular. I am going to journal my thoughts about what we learn in science every week. If even by the end of high school, I am still unsure about which science I may want to major in, I will take a year off, to figure this out by volunteering at different places, instead of getting stuck in studying something I do not enjoy.

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Voluntary Goal

S: My voluntary goal is to volunteer at different places to explore many career paths and I would like to do long term volunteer work, which is weekly or monthly and not just a single event. I have to volunteer long term at four different places and I have to volunteer every month at at least one event.

M: As I have two years left in high school, I can long term volunteer at about four different places, considering that each place will require a six month commitment. I will also participate in short term volunteering for special events like volunteering for the Breast Cancer Foundation or Cystic Fibrosis Association’s fundraising event. These kind of events happen every month, and during May to August these events even happen biweekly, so I can volunteer at least once a month and gain a lot of experience.

A: For the long term volunteer work, I would like to volunteer for a law firm, a medical clinic, a research opportunity and a counsellor, as currently my career path seems to be leaning towards the topics mentioned above. I will volunteer at least once a month any small events, like the one on May 6th 2016, at Maternal Goddess which is an organisation for the wellbeing of women after a childbirth.

R: My goal is realistic as volunteering at four different places for a long term period in two years is plausible and volunteering once a month at a special event is not difficult either as I already do that. This goal is very important to me as I am still unsure about what career path I would like to follow, and exploring and volunteering will allow my decision to be more educated and accurate.

T: I need to narrow down my career path by volunteering at four different long term place and many smaller events by the time I graduate. I will volunteer for six month at each long term volunteer opportunities. I will volunteer at least once a month for a special event like the Maternal Goddess, and Kids Help Phone.

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Transitions & Change


I am a certified Audiologist with great interpersonal and communication skills, looking for the opportunity to work with patients with hearing and balance disabilities.


University of British Columbia - Faculty of School of Audiology and Speech Sciences

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Audiology | Vancouver , British Columbia

September 2022 - June 2024

McGill University - Faculty of Science

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physiology | Montreal , Quebec

September 2018 - June 2022

Louise Arbour Secondary School

Ontario Secondary School Diploma | Brampton, Ontario

September 2014 - June 2018

Work Experience

Speech Language Pathology Placement - Co op

University of British Columbia | Vancouver , Ontario

  • Worked with children and seniors suffering with hearing disabilities

  • Physically helped with balance disorder patients

  • Performed tests and assessments to understand the degree of impairment of each patient

  • Counselled and taught patients techniques such as lip reading and sign language to help cope with their disabilities

  • Cleaned ear canals

  • Referred patients to other health care professionals

September 2024 - June 2026

Front Desk Coordinator

Vancouver Community Audiology Centre | Vancouver, Ontario

  • Interacted with employees and customers

  • Created appointments

  • Managed schedules

  • Processed payments

  • Dealt with billing and maintenance

October 2022 - June 2024

Simulation Laboratory Technician

Vanier College | Montreal, Ontario

  • Managed Lab Supplies

  • Assisted with the simulation scenarios

  • Observed and Analysed the results of each lab

September 2019 - June 2021

Research in the Department of Linguistics

McGill University | Montreal , Ontario

  • Performed Laboratory Work

  • Worked with Placebos

  • Analyzed and interviewed patients

  • Explained the precautions of being part of the study to the participating patients

September 2018 - June 2019

Receptionist and Organiser

SVS | Brampton, Ontario

  • Called patients and made observations regarding the treatment

  • Created and removed appointments

  • Sorted out bills

July 2018 - August 2018

Volunteer Experience

Guest Services

Vancouver Aquarium | Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Hosted the guests

  • Answered questions regarding the marine life

  • Discussed programs at the Aquarium

September 2024 - May 2026

Worked with seniors suffering from hearing and balance disabilities

The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists | Toronto, Ontario

  • Assisted the audiologist with the use of instruments

  • Provided instructions and prepared the patients for the upcoming procedures

  • Organised paperwork and interpreted reports

June 2022 - June 2024

Worked with a Sign Language Interpreter

ErinoaKids Center | Brampton , Ontario

  • Learned the basics of Sign Language

  • Assisted with physically demanding activities

September 2017 - February 2018

General Helper for the Audiology Clinic

Aphasia Institute | Toronto, Ontario

  • Assisted the audiologist with paperwork

  • Instructed patients for the procedures

September 2016 - December 2016

Event Helper

We Day | Toronto, Ontario

  • Helped with the setup of the microphones and speakers

  • Set up chairs and tables

  • Distributed water and snacks

October 2016

Peel Planet Day - Event Participant

City of Brampton | Brampton, Ontario

  • Learned about endangered species

  • Went on a scavenger hunt

  • Found macro insects in the pond water

May 2016

Registration at the 2016 BMO Walk So Kids Can Talk

Kids Help Phone Line | Mississauga, Ontario

  • Recorded every participant's presence

  • Managed and counted money (Cash, Cheque, Credit Cards)

  • Issued prizes for a large amount of donation

May 2016

Tree Planting

City Of Brampton | Brampton, Ontario

  • Moved and transplanted trees

April 2016

Glad for Goodwill Donation Bag Distribution

Goodwill | Mississauga, Ontario

  • Explained the donation drive

  • Distributed flyers and bags

October 2015

Supervisor for Plasp

Plasp Child Care | Brampton, Ontario

  • Planned activities for children

  • Read books to children

  • Prepared snacks for the evening

  • Played games with the children

  • Helped children with homework

September 2014 - June 2015

Fun Fair General Helper

Treeline Public School | Brampton, Ontario

  • Moved and assembled equipment

  • Took care of the safety of children

  • Explained the tasks and rules to participants

May 2014

Skills and Abilities

  • Language skills (English, French, Hindi, Punjabi)

  • Ability to problem solve

  • Budget and time monitoring

  • Decision making skills

  • Negotiation skills

  • Research and Information gathering skills

  • Willingness to keep learning

  • Ability to work autonomously

  • Computer skills (Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office)

  • Ability to manage and organize information

  • Can handle cash, prepare bills and make payments

  • Listening skills

  • Participation in projects and tasks

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to manage and organize information

  • Analytical ability


Astronomy Club

  • Learned the connection between astronomy and other sciences

  • Gained knowledge on technology in outer space

September 2022 - June 2024

A Dream for Life Organization

  • Helped with fundraising

  • Organised bake sales

  • Visited different orphanages

  • Door to door marketing of the organisation

October 2022 - May 2023

Yoga Classes

  • Gained a more positive attitude on life and wellbeing

  • Overall physical wellness

  • Reduced Stress Levels

May 2023 - October 2025

Freethought Association

  • Attended Lectures about Freethought

  • Learned about Philosophical Figures

June 2018 - June 2021


  • Learned Self Defence

  • Gained discipline

  • Worked in team environment

September 2016 - July 2018

Basketball Team

September 2016 - January 2017

STEM Olympics

  • Created chemical compounds

  • Analysed the results

  • Provided ideas to change the function of the chemicals

April 2016

DigiGirlz by Microsoft

  • Learned basic coding

  • Understood the role of women in technology

  • Got the chance to communicate with the Regional Director of Microsoft

April 2015

Peel Technological Skills Challenge

  • Created a promotional video for the Peel Technological Skills Challenge itself

  • Worked with cameras, microphones and video editing softwares

May 2014

South Asian Month Presentation

  • Represented South Asian role models

May 2014

Dodge Ball

  • Was chosen to be on the team
  • Played in the Peel Region Tournament

October 2013


Completed 400+ hours in co-op placement as a Speech & Language Pathologist

June 2026

Honours in Bachelor of Sciences

June 2022

Academic Honour Roll (Grade 9 to 12)

July 2018


Assistive Devices Program Authorizer

August 2023

SAC Clinical Certification

June 2021

CPR Certification

August 2016

WHMIS Certification

August 2016

Hobbies and Interests

  • Anthropology

  • Philosophy

  • Reading (Books, Articles, & Poetry)

  • Skating

  • Tech Enthusiast

  • Psychology

  • Astronomy

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Playing Instruments (Guitar, Piano, Clarinet)


Mohamed A. Mohamed, MA PhD. CCC-SLP, C-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, Rehab SVS,

7916 Hurontario Street, Unit #31 Brampton ON. L6Y 0P6 | 905 302 0998,

Ms. Englehart , Biology Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School,

365 Father Tobin Rd, Brampton, ON L6R 0R4 |905 793 5451,

Challenges & Solutions

Giving the Bad News to the family of the patient

Being able to comfort the patient’s family when providing an unwanted news is a very important skill but many times the situation might become overwhelming and it may become difficult to face the family. No one wants to hear that their son, sister or father might not be able to hear for the rest of their life, as difficult it is for the family to accept this news, it is equally as difficult to give this news to the family. Sometimes the most difficult part can be to be empathetic and non-judgemental with how the family reacts. As an audiologist, you have to be able to comfort the family and making them understand the future plan to cope with the disorder. One of the main ways to become comfortable with delivering bad news and help the family with the situations is actually showing empathy. Maybe, sit beside the parent and remove the physical barrier of a table and letting them know that you are available for them to talk about the issue (Robinson.) If a family goes into a denial and does not want to move forward with the treatment, the audiologist should give them some space and reschedule the appointment to talk about the treatment a bit later when the family is calmer. Also, it is good if you do not provide your own opinion about the situation and let the family talk and make decisions about the situation. Usually, it is recommended to ask “the five Ws” which will just allow the family to clear up their thoughts and open up about their concerns allowing the audiologist to be non-judgemental.

Helping the patients accept and adapt to the technology

After being diagnosed by a hearing or balance disorder, people do not want to use technology to help them cope with the issue. Parents and family members sometimes feel that that using technology to help with the disorder will sort of “validate” it and make the issue more real. Parents usually suffer from grief as they did not have the “perfect” baby they were planning on. The main reason the family may not want to go forward with the treatment could be because of either they themselves cannot move on or because they have known a senior citizen who has had a negative experience (Lacuesta.) It is important to explain to the family how much the technology has changed and how it can actually help their children. Some patients themselves do not want to get hearing aid because of the stigma. Some people have a “caregiver” whether it be their siblings or wife, who interprets and explains the conversation to the patient, making them believe that they do not need a hearing aid as they have a “real life” hearing aid (Seliger.) It is really important to discuss with the family about not helping the patient converse if they are not agreeing to get the hearing aid so they realize the need and accept the technology.

Helping grieving parents

Many parents are unable to accept that their children may have a hearing disability, but many times when they do accept the circumstances it might trigger deep emotional reaction. Some parents may cope with the situation when they are first introduced to it but they may later develop a grief. This may cause a delay in the treatment and can even cause the child to begin to have a lower self-esteem. During this time, it is really important to listen to the concern of the parents and not tell them to “Get over it”. Every person has a different grieving mechanism, for some it is talk about the issue and for others it is finding the solution for it. Letting the family know that they can grieve anyway they are comfortable is really important as the more honest they are about their feeling, the quicker they might begin to feel better. Grieving is usually a three part process, from going numb to a number of mood swings to even isolation, but if a parent a stuck in the last stage for too long, they may begin to detach themselves from the world. Instead they should replace this process with “explore, hope and invest” ("Getting Through Your Grief.") Which is the idea of understanding the grief, bringing hope to the parents and investigating the solutions. Also, many people in our circle can bring negativity to the concept of grief by providing with more stigma and pain regarding their loss. The stigma can be reduced by bringing more awareness to this issue, this can be brought by providing pamphlets to the patients to distribute the message or creating a website or a Facebook page. This can only be effective if big organisations take part in the campaign.