Career 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
Upcoming Career Conversations Panels 2014-15
In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.
What’s it really like to work in Economics or Finance? Want to learn more about the types of careers in this field from York Alumni and other professionals working in a variety of roles?
Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in banking, investments, market analysis and more, and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career 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).
Manager, Financial Services
Kinark Child and Family Services
Alumnus: BA Economics, 1980
I have had a varied and interesting career since graduating from York in 1980. My journey started in a large not-for-profit organization where I was able to see the country close-up from coast to coast.
Subsequently, I worked in telecoms before moving back to the NFP sector where my knowledge and skills are utilized on a daily basis to drive growth and change. My staff benefits daily from my varied experience.
Banking Advisor, RBC
Alumnus: HBA Economics & Philosophy, 2007
I have my educational background in Economics, International business-logistics, Administrative Studies and Philosophy. I have a proven track record as an effective decision maker with solid negotiation skills. During my six years with RBC/Ally Credit Canada I have advanced my skill-set/industry acumen working as a Personal Banking Advisor as well as four of the core functions of Ally Credit’s Auto financing business: customer service, consumer underwriting administration, project coordination / IT and commercial/consumer loan settlement.
Gluskin Sheff + Associates
Alumnus: MA Economics, 2008
After obtaining my MA from York, I worked for the Ontario Ministry of Finance for a year before landing in the Economics department at RBC Capital where I got a front row seat of the global economy in crisis as my role was to try and help make sense of what was going on. I now work for an asset management firm supporting the top-down perspective of the investment process.
VP, Pensions & Benefits
George Weston Ltd. & Loblaw Companies Ltd
Alumnus: BA Economics, 1979
LLB Law, Queen’s University, 1982
I never expected to either practice law, or end up in pensions. I planned on getting a law degree for my resume, and continue my education, but in my second year, everything changed…Jessica (my eldest daughter) was born, and I needed to support a family. Since then, I’ve followed the open doors, and now I head the pensions and benefits department for the largest private sector employer in Canada.
Retired Finance Professional
Alumnus: BA Economics, 1977 & HBA, 1984
I feel that I am a remarkable success story in regards to how my career took hold and blossomed into the resulting finance manager that I became within the auto industry and subsequently, cosmetics. I have enjoyed my working life immensely and had more than one or two ’15 minutes of fame’ during my time, of which I am not only very proud but also feel fortunate to have been a part of. I have learned many lessons along the way which I love to impart to anyone who is willing to listen, and hopefully learn from.