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 2016-17

Career Conversations: Leveraging Your PhD in Social Science and Humanities Outside of Academia (for PhD Students and Postdocs) @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are your interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals with degrees in social science and humanities working in a wide range of fields. Learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Eventbrite.

Career Conversations: Discovering Green Careers @ 140 HNES Building
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

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:

Colleen Cirillo
Director of Education,
Toronto Botanical Garden
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies and Geography, 1995

I have studied and worked in the environmental field for 25 years, with a strong focus on urban greenspace issues and the promotion of sustainable behaviours. My projects are collaborative in nature. They bring together diverse partners to identify and achieve common goals while considering the perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders.

Chun Nam Law
Planner, Policy Development,
Region of Peel
Alumnus: MES Planning Program, 2013

Growing up, I have always been fascinated by our cities and the natural environment. For the longest time I did not know what I wanted to do and it wasn't until my undergraduate education when I discovered a career that could fit my interest in the urban and natural environment. This prompted me to learn all that I could about planning which ultimately led me to the MES Planning program and to where I am today, developing policies to address housing affordability and planning for more sustainable suburban development for Peel Region.

Steve Roesch
Coordinator, Greenspace Conservation
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Alumnus: BA Environmental Studies, 2007

When I graduated from York I never thought I would ever be doing what I am currently am. Data collection and trail inspection were not something I even considered, but finding employment in the environmental industry, opened my eyes to the potential of the various kinds of work you can do with a environmental Degree/Diploma.

Sophia Sestito
Environmental Manager-Corporate Services
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2007

This is an exciting time to be in an environmental career. From carbon accounting, cleantech innovation, government grants and even yes I'm saying! I have had my fair share of time working out in the field, as well as the pleasure of project managing. My career has been diverse in nature and I believe my past experiences have helped shape the opportunities I have encountered and will into the future. I have been involved in asbestos testing, environmental assessments, paving, geotechnical and concrete assessment and project management in the environmental consulting world. I am currently the first Environmental Manager EllisDon construction has had in it's 60 years in the industry and there's more opportunities to come. I can't wait to be part of the perpetual innovation, knowledge and growth in this industry!

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).