Career Conversations Panels

Water droplets making contact with a pool of waterCareer Conversations, sponsored by York Alumni Relations, is a series of panel and webinar discussions that focus on various fields of interest and are designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect with employers and alumni; gain insight into areas of interest to them; and get advice from professionals currently working in the field. During these sessions, employer and alumni participants will answer questions from a Career Centre moderator, students and new graduates about:

  • their personal career paths
  • how their university education is relevant to their particular position
  • the realities of the sectors they work in
  • strategies for entering the sector
  • opportunities within their fields
  • resources for connecting with professionals in that field
Register for these panels on the Career Centre’s online system using Passport York (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

Upcoming Career Conversations Panels 2014-15

Jan
14
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Discovering Careers for Sociology Grads
Jan 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

In partnership with The Sociology Undergraduate Student Association and the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Wondering where your sociology degree can take you? Want to meet sociology grads who are working in diverse roles across different fields?

Connect with professionals currently working in a variety of professions and find out how their sociology backgrounds helped them to get there. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Olga Graham
Author, self-employed, autismfallout.com
Alumnus: BA Psychology, 2001 & BA English, 2004 & BA Sociology, 2008 & BA Human Rights, Equity & Social Justice, 2011

I began in journalism/ marketing and worked in the mass communications media. However, I developed a social conscience, did more degrees (BA, MA, DMin, ThD), and made a career change. In 1981, I began researching autism, and returned to YorkU to do some relative degrees: psychology, sociology, Human Rights, Equity and Social Justice. Autism ratio is now one in 68 and still increasing (CDC). I continue to research and write.


Dave Hardy
President, Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited
Alumnus: BA Sociology Urban Studies, 1974 & MES Environmental Studies, 1978

I take great delight in working on teams of engineers, architects, planners and physicists and explaining to them how sociology and the social sciences can be an important, if not the most important discipline, for bringing large infrastructure projects on time and on budget. As planners and social scientists my team now leads projects and hires engineers, accountants, geophysicists and other technical disciplines where public consultation and communications needs to be right.

Jan
21
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Careers that Travel: Working Abroad and Travelling For Work
Jan 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career that will take you places? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles who frequently travel as they work?

Connect with professionals and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work abroad or travel for work. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about starting their careers, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their fields. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Jan
29
Thu
2015
Career Conversations: Discovering Green Careers
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Are you concerned about the environment and interested in a “green” career? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in jobs where environmental stewardship, sustainability and justice are important?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying environmental careers and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in this field. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

David MacMillan
Community Energy Planning Consultant
City of Toronto, Energy Efficiency Office
Alumnus: MES Environmental Studies (Planning), 2013

My primary role is to prepare community energy plans for selected areas within the city in order to identify opportunities to improve energy performance, contribute to local economic development and strengthen resilience. I work with various City Divisions, local utilities, developers and external consultants to implement these plans through the preparation of business cases and policy frameworks.


Mar
11
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Careers in Public Policy and Politics
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in Public Policy or Politics? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in policy or politics and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Mar
18
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Entrepreneurship, Self Employment and Start-ups
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Always wanted to start your own business or work for yourself? Curious about what a career at a start-up might look like? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working as entrepreneurs or in brand new companies?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in entrepreneurship & start-ups and get the inside scoop on what this kind of work is really like. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about starting out in their careers, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their work and what types of opportunities are available to those following similar paths. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

Andrew Stulberg
Wealth Manager, Stulberg Wealth Management – Investors Group
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 2006

Upon graduating from York University in 2006, I jumped head first into a career in financial services. Fast forward to almost a decade later, I now head a team of financial professionals that provide holistic wealth planning to Toronto’s high net worth communities. Me and my team are highly sought after for our customized tax reduction strategies and advanced wealth management techniques, for high net worth retirees, those preparing to retire, and fellow business owners.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).