Career Conversations Panels

Career Conversations panels let students explore a variety of careers within a specific field, connect with York alumni and individuals working in their field of interest, and get inside tips on securing employment in a specific industry from professionals who do the hiring. Throughout the year, panels are held with two areas of focus:

 

Career Conversations with Alumni Career Conversations with Hiring Managers
Alumni and other professionals share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • how their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • the realities of sectors they work in;
  • strategies for entering the sector;
  • opportunities within their fields;
  • resources for connecting with professionals in that field.
Hiring managers share:

  • Where to find and secure a position within the industry;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • How to write effective résumés and cover letters;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Upcoming Career Conversations Panels 2018-19

Nov
14
Wed
Career Conversation Panels: Sociology @ Harry Crowe Room 109 Atkinson College
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In Partnership with The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal 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 in their 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

Cheryl Dobinson
Director of Community Programming and Research, Planned Parenthood Toronto
Alumna: MA Sociology, 1998

I studied Sociology because I was interested in the ways that we are part of, shaped by, and also shape the social world around us. After graduating, I took this interest to the health field and began researching health disparities experienced by LGBTQ communities. This has led to a career in community health focusing on research and programming to support LGBTQ health and youth sexual health.


Alexander Florio
Co-Founder, Swob Inc.
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 2014

In April 2014, I graduated from York University and in April 2015, I graduated from Seneca College in the Event Marketing - Sports, Entertainment, Arts program, with honours. Since graduating, I have worked as a Business Development Coordinator at T1 (formally known as TrojanOne), and most recently a Sr. PR & Marketing Associate at ChizComm Ltd. In the spring of 2017, I Co-Founded Swob Inc., a mobile recruitment application.


Nancy Tucci
Program Analyst Intern, Ministry of Education
Alumna: Honours BA Sociology, 2014
Helping others has always been the underlying theme of my career journey. I have worked as a Caseworker, Employment Counsellor, Emergency Management Intern, volunteered as a Researcher for two social service organizations and I am now currently working as a Program Analyst Intern for the Provincial government. My career path is a reflection of my desire to be a well-rounded professional with a vast array of experiences.


Breanne Williams
Youth Worker, Avalon Specialized Services
Alumna: BA Double Major Sociology & Psychology, 2016
When I first started studying Sociology I did not have a definitive idea of what I wanted my career to be. Majoring in Sociology and Psychology has allowed me to excel as a Youth Worker. I bring a peculiar perspective and support style into the work I do with my clients. I make it a priority to educate and empower my clients, aiding them in achieving their goals.


Krystal Meek
Alumna: BA Honours Sociology, 2017
Throughout, her full-time employment in social services and mental health Krystal attended York University part-time and completed her Honours BA in Sociology in 2017, then she went on to obtain her post-graduate Family Mediation Certificate at York University. Krystal is now a Master’s Candidate at The University of Toronto in the M.Ed. Counselling and Psychotherapy program. She hopes to provide affordable long term counselling to marginalized individuals in the GTA.

 

Nov
15
Thu
Career Conversation Panels: Human Resources @ Harry Crowe Room 109 Atkinson College
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In Partnership with The Human Resources Student Association

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal 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 in their 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

Grace Palombo
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Great West Life Assurance company
Alumna: LLB, HBA & BA, Law, 1993


Gurvir Bains
HR Business Partner, Shopify Inc.
Alumnus: BHRM, Honours, Human Resources Management, 2011

My passion has always been working with people, learning about their ambitions and drive. When thinking about what field of work I wanted to get into, there was never any doubt that human resources was it, it gives me an opportunity, everyday to help individuals do their best work. I look forward to continuing doing the work that I love - in this ever evolving field.


Vikram Mitter
Senior Recruitment Consultant, Opencare
Alumnus: BHRM, Bachelor of Human Resource Management, 2013

I am a results-focused, quality-driven talent leader focused on partnering with some of Canada's fastest growing tech companies to help grow and scale teams across the organization. I have a proven track record and passion for coaching, building new teams, and of course filling those hard to fill roles! In my years of recruitment what I have learned is that you have an opportunity to make a difference and have an impact so do it with people you admire, and do it with a company you believe in!


Saiyaf Alli
Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Desjardins
Alumnus: BA, Business and Society and HR, 2006

Everyday, I look forward to helping change people's lives by offering them their next challenge in their career. I am lucky to indulge in my passion for networking, utilize and enhance my communication and people skills, and have fun just meeting new people. All of these perks are balanced with tight deadlines, building trust, and the expectation to find top talent for the organization I work for.


Grace Palombo
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Great West Life Assurance company
Alumna: LLB, HBA & BA, Law, 1993

 

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).