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

Feb
5
Thu
2015
Career Conversations: Careers in Science: Alternatives to Professional Schools
Feb 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Interested in a career in science but not sure if professional school is for you? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in science and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in a variety of fields. 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

Anthony Amin
Director, Analytical Research and Development
Sanofi Pasteur
Alumnus: PhD Biology, 1986

I am currently working for Sanofi Pasteur, a vaccine research and development company that is part of the Sanofi Group. It is a rewarding career for me to be working in the vaccine industry, because I know we make products that saves hundreds of millions of lives each year around the globe. Very impactful.


Tushar Shah
Project Manager, II
Patheon Inc.
Alumnus: BSc Biology / Chemistry, 1997

If you had asked me 15 years ago what my future plans were, I would have said work in a lab and, hopefully, start some kind of business. If you had asked me if I was going to be a Project Manager, I would have said what is that? I did not know that such a profession existed. This profession can be applied to personal and professional life and in any field one pursues. Being in this position, I realize how much of an impact a project management process has on the growth of a business/institution and personal lives.


Michael Strong
Applications Scientist/Materials
MG Chemicals

Degrees: Bachelor of Science & Masters of Science, Laurentian University
Graduated: 2005 (Bachelors), 2008 (Masters)
Current Career: Applications Materials Scientist

My education has allowed me to diversify in the job market. I have worked as a professor assistant in the Middle east, coating applications director in the Maritimes and currently work with leading edge technology companies to provide custom solutions for emerging products. It’s cool being on the ground floor working with companies like Tesla, GoPro and Apple on novel technologies.


Nama Vythilingum
Pharmaceutical Sales Associate
GlaxoSmithKline
Alumnus: BSc and MSc Biology, 2003 and 2008

When I started at York in 1999, I thought that I was on the path of becoming a doctor. Little did I know that 15 years later my education and career path would have been so multidisciplinary to include biology, research, teaching, pharmaceuticals, sales, personal coaching and immigration. If there’s one thing that experience has taught me it is not to put any blinders on and to stay open to opportunities.


Amro Zayed
Associate Professor
York University
Alumnus: BSc Biology, 2001 & PhD Environmental Science, 2006

Dr. Zayed was awarded the Governor General’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2007 for his doctoral research on bee conservation genetics. He held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois’ Department of Entomology (2006-2008) in Dr. Charles Whitfield’s Laboratory. Dr. Zayed then served as a Fellow for the Institute for Genomic Biology’s Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity Theme (Theme Leader: Dr. Gene Robinson) at the University of Illinois (2008-2009). Dr. Zayed rejoined York University’s Department of Biology as an Assistant Professor in 2009, where he leads a research program on honey bee behavioral genetics and genomics. Dr. Zayed received the Government of Ontario’s Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award in 2010.

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).

Feb
12
Thu
2015
Career Conversations: Discovering Careers in Computer Science
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In partnership with the Lassonde School of Engineering. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in Computer Science? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in Computer Science 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
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.

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

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).

Mar
26
Thu
2015
Career Conversations with Portuguese Language Speakers
Mar 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In partnership with Portuguese Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Wondering where the knowledge of a second or third language can take you? Want to meet bilingual and multilingual professionals currently enjoying exciting careers?

During this panel, Portuguese-speaking professionals will share their personal stories. They will discuss (in English) how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experiences helped them succeed and what types of opportunities were available to them. The discussion will be moderated 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).