Career Conversations Panels

Water droplets making contact with a pool of waterThe Career Conversations Series, 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 address and discuss questions from a Career Centre moderator, students and new graduates on topics such as:

  • 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

Sep
18
Thu
2014
Career Conversations: Discovering Careers in Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Interested in learning about careers in Kinesiology and Health Sciences? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in sports, fitness and health and wellness, 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).

Participating Panelists

Michael Bianchi
Events and Services Representative, Sports and Recreation, York University
Alumnus: BSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences, 2008

Everyday of my childhood and young adult life was spent eating, drinking, and sleeping sports, so when the time came to decide upon a career, there was always only one option for me – sports.

A combination of my education, volunteer and internship opportunities, and pursuing my passion have led me to work for companies such as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Tennis Canada, Ontario University Athletics, FIFA, and back home here at Sport York.

I have learned making the most of your opportunities and investing the necessary time and effort can help you achieve a career in the industry you have always dreamed of.

Karon Cross
Corporate Health and Safety Advisor, Rogers Communications

Alumna: BSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences, 2004

10 years ago I graduated from Kinesiology and Health Science and I was clear about what I wanted to do with my career – become a Kinesiologist. And that is what I did and loved for a year. Then, a door of opportunity opened, I reached a crossroad and had to make a decision, Kinesiology or Occupational Health and Safety. I stepped through the unknown door of Health and Safety and it has led to a whole new world that keeps opening other doors of learning and opportunity.

Risha Raja
Occupational Therapist, Toronto East General Hospital
Alumna: BSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences, 2007

I always had a goal of becoming an occupational therapist (OT) and exploring a role emerging area within the field of OT. I have managed to achieve this and strive to make even a small difference in the life of clients that I work with. I’m passionate about client centred care and enjoy collaborating with clients to set goals and achieve them. I love being able to explore situations in a unique and creative way, as each client I work with is so different.

Joey Shillolo
Personal Trainer, Goodlife Fitness & Darby Training Systems
Alumnus: BA Kinesiology and Health Sciences, 2009

As an overweight 15 year old, if I was told I was going to win a bodybuilding competition, compete as an amateur boxer, train the military in Afghanistan, and win trainer of the year for all of Canada I never would have believed it. Although my life didn’t start off this way, fitness and health is my true passion and is now an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career. This journey was anything but smooth for me, nor is it likely to be for anyone who aspires to lead in their field. However, discovering your true purpose, and in my case being able to apply it to helping others, is the key to to clearly navigating your way toward a fulfilling career as well as helping you to overcome the challenges you are sure to encounter along the way.

Lindsay Siple
Projects Leader, Ophea
Alumnus: BA Kinesiology and Health Sciences, 2007

I was in a third year course when I heard the statistic that today’s generation of children has a lower life expectancy than their parents. It was at this point that I decided I wanted to work in health promotion.

I now work for a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities. I am involved in resource development and program implementation but my passion lies in training and facilitation.

Oct
15
Wed
2014
Career Conversations: Alumni Perspectives on Further Education Options in Health Care
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In partnership with Stong College, Office of the Master as part of the Create Your Future program.

Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in health care? Thinking about pursuing further education and looking for tips on getting into and succeeding in various health care programs?

Connect with York Alumni and other professionals currently enjoying careers in health care 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 and educational journeys, tips for applying to and succeeding in the post-grad program of their choice, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience have helped them succeed in the work they currently do, 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

To be updated.

Nov
13
Thu
2014
Career Conversations: Careers in Social & Digital Media
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and Stong College Office of the Master as a part of the Create Your Future Program.

Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in the digital sphere where your ability to tweet, pin, hashtag, and select the right filter will get you ahead? Want to learn more about careers in social and digital media from York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in social community management, digital media, online communications, and online marketing and advertising to 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).

Participating Panelists

To be updated.

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Career Conversations: Careers in Counselling and Mental Health
Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In partnership with Stong College Office of the Master as a part of the Create Your Future Program.

Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Want to learn more about careers in counselling and mental health?  Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals currently working in a variety of professions that involve counselling or mental health, and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these areas. 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).

Participating Panelists

To be updated.

Nov
26
Wed
2014
Career Conversations: Career Options in Economics and Finance
Nov 26 @ 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.

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).

Participating Panelists

To be updated.