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Bruce-Gao

Bruce Gao

University of Calgary. Major: Honours Neuroscience

Bruce Gao is 19 years old and is studying Neuroscience under the inaugural Schulich Leader Award – the Canadian equivalent to the Rhodes Scholarship. He is the Co-Founder of SimplySolar, an award winning tech startup that optimizes solar panels with phones. Born and raised in Calgary, he is a fluent public speaker who has presented to a diverse variety of people including students, venture capitalists and over forty university presidents in energy, entrepreneurial and education related topics.

We asked Bruce:

The OGM: As you embark on your career path, how important is the culture of the organization you choose?

Bruce: Probably one of the most important factors in an organization – a shared set of values and vision goes a long way.

The OGM: Describe the impact work flexibility will have on your career path.

Bruce: I want to create my own job. Part of it is because I want to make my own schedule as flexible as possible.

The OGM: What does a strong cohesive, team-oriented culture at work mean to you?

Bruce: It’s solid and hard to topple. Like a Jenga tower reinforced by steel and forged in the fires of 1000 Dwarven furnaces.

The OGM: Is a transparent work environment in regards to compensation, rewards and career development important to you? If so, why?

Bruce: This is very important. Without transparency, work is like a house with no windows. Not comfortable at all.

The OGM: How does technology impact your day-to-day?

Bruce: I program in multiple languages and have my laptop, phone or desktop with me all the time. Seriously, technology makes the world go round.

The OGM: What does the phrase, ‘sense of community’ mean to you?

Bruce: It means mission accomplished.

The OGM: Are acknowledgment and support an integral component to your career needs? If so, how?

Bruce: Yes. Successes and accomplishments should be celebrated with enthusiasm.

The OGM: Tell us about a struggle you faced when transitioning into the workforce?

Bruce: I am currently a full time student, however, as the co-founder of SimplySolar (www.simplysolar.me), maintaining solid communication between team members was often difficult (especially if your team gets accepted to different universities around the world).

The OGM: For other students just figuring things out, what words of encouragement would you offer?

Bruce: I learned this from my good friend Ryan. He said that “you don’t have to see the entire staircase to take the first step”. Really. Just work on your ideas, not matter how foolish they seem at first.

The OGM: Did you always know what you wanted to do?

Bruce: No. I still don’t.

The OGM: Where does/would your sense of satisfaction come from at work?

Bruce: Definitely from seeing other people use what I created because they find value in it.

The OGM: How important are further education and training to your career development?

Bruce: Only somewhat important. Education is a solid foundation, but birds can’t learn to fly by staying on the ground forever.

The OGM: How did you differentiate yourself in the workplace as a Millennial?

Bruce: “Hey guys, check this app that improves solar panels by 40% out! By the way, I’m 19.”

The OGM: If you could be stuck in an elevator with anybody, who would it be?

Bruce: Elon Musk.

The OGM: Did you pursue University right after high school?

Bruce: Yes.

The OGM: Will/Did your University program play a role in your career path? If not, why?

Bruce: I am majoring in Neuroscience and to be honest, no. I took this major to originally get into medical school, but it seems like that I am doing more engineering than neuroscience-ing.

The OGM: What are the three most important aspects you feel an organization should offer to retain a Millennial?

Bruce: Acknowledgement, support, positive work culture and free coffee.

The OGM: Describe your ideal organization, one that you could grow and develop your career in?

Bruce: Unlimited opportunity, a chance to be Bruce and a strong shared vision.

The OGM: From a scale of 1 to 10 how important are the following: incentives and rewards, compensation, training and development, global opportunities? 1 being least important.

Bruce: I literally think they are all important… They don’t need to be mutually exclusive.

Incentives and rewards 10

Compensation 10

Training and development 10

Global opportunities 10

The OGM: Tell us about your most memorable achievement or milestone thus far?

Bruce: Representing fellow students as a Changemaker at the Student Energy conference in Norway!

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Tina Olivero

Tina Olivero

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What do you think about Bruce Gao?

  • Anish Arora

    Atta boy Bruce! Keep it up!

  • Tangerine

    Let’s go, Bruce!

  • BravoLeader117

    Go Bruce!

  • Jordan Haidey

    Bruce’s creativity and positive outlook are inspiring.

  • lily

    Bruce is definitely deserving of this honour !

  • Winter

    Yeah!

  • Dan Parkinglot

    Atta B BRUCEEE

  • Jessy K

    Woohoo! You go Bruce 🙂 you are such an inspiration!

  • Simrun Chahal

    Bruce you got this!

  • Miranda Zhou

    🙂

  • Marta S

    YEAHH BRUCE! I hope this article is one of many many more to come 😀 BEST OF LUCK!!!! 😀

  • Cadee Qiu

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  • Luke

    Bruce is a great person with down to earth attitude!

  • CKit

    頑張って (Good Luck) Bruce-san!!!

  • Jennifer Kang

    BRUCIE MY ROLE MODEL <3

  • Mayesha Tashnil

    You are epic and awesome on so many levels 🙂 .

  • Ali Geum

    BRUCE IS THE BEST <3

  • Minuoja Chandramohan

    Bruce, you are soooo amazing! 🙂

  • David Yin

    Bruce for President 😀

  • David Yin

    lol well he still likes analogies ^.^

  • RichieRich

    Bruce definitely deserves this 🙂

  • Maneesha Pandey

    GO BRUCE! 🙂

  • Kanak Nagee

    No one is more deserving than Bruce!

  • Michael Barrett

    Go Bruce!!! I love your analogies/imagery!

  • Victoria

    YAYY Bruce! You completely deserve this!

  • Megan Gao

    YAY BRUCIEE <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • go bruce!

  • Stone Yun

    Go Bruce!

  • Angus Lee

    BRUCE!!!! Nice picture 😉

  • Jessie Hallett

    Go Bruce!

  • Richard Chen

    Bruce is a god!!

  • Brandon

    Ha hah a true leader and role model for aspiring individuals! You’re gonna go far man!

  • Alice Lu

    Bruce! like your short answers 🙂
    Woot! Cheering you on with everyone else in the sidelines!

  • Arielle VanIderstine

    Go Brucie! Shad brother forever <3

  • Shifaz Veettil

    Go Bruce!!! 🙂

  • Eric Lim

    Glory to Bruce Gao!

  • Alice Fried

    BRUCE!!!! You’re such an inspiration! I can’t wait to see this in print! 😉

  • Christie Costello

    Good luck Bruce! 🙂

  • Miranda Carlson-Strain

    BRUCE

  • Jordan Cormack

    Good luck Bruce. Thank you for sharing that staircase quote from your friend. That and several of your other answers were very powerful.

  • Vanessa Bartolomei

    GO BRUCE!!!:D

  • Maurice Quant

    Bruce is the kind of guy you randomly walk into and then never forget! I wonder what else he will bring in the future as a world Changemaker

  • Ruby Luo

    You are the best! Bruce!

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