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

Mar
1
Thu
2018
Career Conversations: Leveraging Your STEM PhD Outside of Academia (for PhD students and Postdocs) @ 103 McLaughlin College
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Career Centre and York's Faculty of Graduate Studies

Are you 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 in science, technology, engineering and math professions (STEM), and 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.


Mar
7
Wed
2018
Career Conversations with Communication Studies Grads @ Harry Crowe Room
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wondering what to do with your Communication Studies degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with Communication Studies graduates currently enjoying their 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).

Mar
13
Tue
2018
Career Conversations with Sociology Graduates @ Harry Crowe Room
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association (S.U.S.A.) and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Dean's Office.

Wondering what to do with your Sociology degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with Sociology graduates currently enjoying their 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.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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
15
Thu
2018
Career Conversations Panel Series: Leveraging Your PhD in Social Science and Humanities Outside of Academia (for PhD Students and Postdocs) @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A partnership of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Career Centre

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.

Participating Panelists

Julia Lalande
Manager (A), High Hazards Unit, Prevention Office, Ministry of Labour
Alumna: MA History, 2001

I have one of those degrees where your grandmother asks you "What are you ever going to do with (insert your degree here)?" Currently, I am an acting manager in the Prevention Office in the Ministry of Labour. Previously I have worked as a Senior Analyst or Analyst in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Treasury Board, and as a research officer at York University. I am passionate about evidence-based decision making, knowledge mobilization and strategic planning, and find I can apply the skills I acquired in my PhD. The key is to keep building your skills so that you can learn and grow.


Mai Nguyen
Senior Consultant, Maple Leaf Strategies
Alumna: PhD Political Science, 2014

When I began my PhD at York University, I thought I wanted to be a professor and sit in the ivory tower the rest of my life. As a doctoral student, I published extensively, I consulted for the federal government, and I was a course director. I did everything I wanted to do with a PhD. At the end of it, I did not feel the academic route was for me so I started to rethink my career. What I really wanted was a career that was social in nature and allowed me the opportunity to affect change. I used that to carve the path forward and now I find myself in a profession where I get to use all my skills and make a difference. Lobbying allows me to interact with diverse audiences, strategize, and affect public policy.


Career Conversations with Linguistic and Cognitive Science Grads @ Harry Crowe Room
Mar 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wondering what to do with your Linguistics or Cognitive Science degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with graduates from these programs that are currently enjoying their 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).

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).