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 2015-16

Sep
15
Tue
2015
Career Conversation Panel: Strategies for Getting Hired in Insurance
Sep 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the insurance sector to learn about opportunities. Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • What kinds of positions and roles there are in the insurance sector
  • What kinds of skills/knowledge they’re looking for;
  • What the recruitment process is like;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

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:

Pam Pabla
Accident Benefits Claims Advisor, Desjardins General Insurance Group

2014–present: CIP Instructor
2008–present: Accident Benefits Claims Advisor
2005–2008: Auto Physical Damage and Property Claims Advisor
2002–2005: Insurance Agent
1996–1997: Career and Employment Consultant


Sep
16
Wed
2015
Career Conversations with Grads Working in Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Offered in conjunction with Homecoming 2015. In partnership with Calumet and Stong Colleges Office of the Master as part of the Create Your Future Program. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

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).

Sep
17
Thu
2015
Career Conversations Panel: Strategies for Getting Hired in Finance
Sep 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the top finance firms! Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • Where to look for 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 an effective resumé and cover letter targeted to their organization;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

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).

Career Conversations with Grads working in Psychology, Cognition and Behaviour
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In partnership with Calumet and Stong Colleges Office of the Master as part of the Create Your Future Program and the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Want to learn more about careers in psychology and cognitive science? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles in this field?

Connect with professionals currently working in a variety of professions in the fields of psychology, cognitive science and behavioural studies, and find out what it’s really like to work in these areas.  During this panel, professionals will share their personal careers 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 to 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 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).

Sep
24
Thu
2015
Career Conversations with Portuguese Language Speakers
Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In partnership with Portuguese Studies.

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).

Participating Panelists

Angelo Gomes
Cabin Crew, Air Canada

Angelo Gomes is a cabin crew member of the In-Flight Services with Air Canada. He has always had a keen interest and passion for aviation. He has worked for both Canadian and International airlines, including Canada 3000 and Emirates. He has operated flights to countless destinations worldwide where he has applied his extensive training and languages skills in Portuguese, French and Spanish. He has held leadership roles, such as, Purser and he has been involved in the training of newly hired flight attendants. Angelo aspires to share his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of cabin crew.


Cristina Martins
Member of Provincial Parliament

Cristina was elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 2014. She represents the great riding of Davenport and also serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Prior to her election, she was the President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, Deputy Chair of the Greater Toronto Business Association, and Director of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto. Cristina is grateful for the opportunities that Canada has provided to her family, and will work to ensure that all immigrants to Ontario have the same chance to succeed.


Ana Ochoa
Chief Representative Officer, Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Ana Ochoa is the Chief Representative Officer for Caixa Geral de Depositos, in Canada since late 2010. She was former Head of Office for the public portuguese bank in both Belgium and the Netherlands. She has received her University Diploma in Economics from one of the oldest universities of financial affairs in Portugal -Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão. Ms Ochoa has a Post Graduation in Corporate Finance from ISCTE with Distinction and a Master Degree in International Politics from Universite Paris XI with Magna Cum Laude, the highest distinction. Her thesis “Fueling the Future” was published by this academy. In Canada she both studied at McGill and Rotman School, University of Toronto, in management affairs. She was awarded the Order of Merit, in February 2014, by the President of the Portuguese Republique and in 2013 by the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals with the Excellence Award.
“I like many fields: Classical Music, Arts, Cinema, Photography, History & Politics and Travelling. I enjoy also playing tennis and practising martial arts but, specially, I keep a positive attitude! I speak 6 languages and my dreams, are still dreamed and thought where the heart is: in Portuguese!”


Jose Rodrigues
Rodrigues Law
Alumnus: BA Political Science, 2007

José Rodrigues is the founder of Rodrigues Law. Before establishing the law firm he represented the Canada Revenue Agency at the Tax Court of Canada and worked closely with judges from the Family Law division of the Superior Court of Ontario. Mr. Rodrigues has also worked for the United Nations headquarters in New York and was Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Law Review. Mr. Rodrigues received his LLB from the University of Ottawa and has been called to the Ontario bar.


Steven Silva
Department Head / Secondary Teacher, Toronto Catholic District School Board
Alumnus: MA Applied Linguistics, 2011
BEd Education, 2005
BA French Studies & Geography, Italian & Portuguese, 2005

Steven Silva is currently Department Head of Languages and Cultural Studies in the TCDSB where he teaches a variety of courses from Grades 9 to 12, including Core French, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Languages-Portuguese/Spanish/Italian and Dance. Steven has always had a passion for languages, cultures and the arts, which he infuses into his teaching practice. He has been involved in a number of educational projects: Program Leader for Portuguese Studies at the secondary school level, Lead Writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Review of International Languages, Author of FSL textbook resources for RK Publishing and Workshop Presenter at the OMLTA Conferences. Aside from teaching, Steven actively participates in the arts and travels to experience new cultures.

Career Conversations with Alumni Working in Health Policy and Management
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In partnership with Calumet and Stong Colleges Office of the Master as part of the Create Your Future Program. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in Health Policy & Management? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in this field? Individuals working in health policy and management work in a variety of roles and settings, including hospital administration, consulting, government, long-term care, public health and the private sector.

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in Health Policy & Management 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).

Sep
29
Tue
2015
Career Conversations Panels: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Ontario Public Service
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the Ontario Public Service to learn about opportunities within the Ontario Public Service. Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • What kinds of positions and roles there are within the Ontario Public Service;
  • What kinds of skills/knowledge they’re looking for;
  • What the recruitment process is like;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

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:

Tim Hilliard
Senior Policy Advisor, Private Career Colleges Branch, Postsecondary Education Division
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario

Alumnus: BA International Studies & Multidisciplinary Studies, 2007

The Private Career Colleges Branch, headed by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges, is responsible for the regulation of the Private Career College sector in Ontario, and enforcement of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. The Branch registers private career colleges (PCCs), approves vocational programs, and conducts inspections and investigations. In addition, the Branch promotes collaboration through various initiatives in partnership with the sector. It is also responsible for developing and supporting PCC financial accountability and risk mitigation frameworks, including the collection of PCC fees with respect to registration, program approval and administering the Training Completion and Assurance Fund.


Patrick O’Gorman
Senior Manager, Communications
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Government of Ontario

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines advocates on behalf of Ontario’s northern region, as well as on behalf of the province’s minerals industry. We deliver government programs and services in Northern Ontario and represent the interests of our partners and stakeholders at Queen’s Park.


Talene Palvetzian
Manager, Strategic Employment Programs
Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Ontario

One in three Canadians calls Ontario home. Diverse cultural backgrounds make up this vibrant province, a magnet for industry, the arts and innovation. From its varied landscape, to thousands of lakes, to fantastic tourism spots, Ontario is a study in contrasts with much to offer. The OPS is a professional body that supports and provides impartial advice to the government elected by the people of Ontario. We deliver the policies, programs and services that government provides. The Ontario Public Service is an award-winning employer. We celebrate the achievements and ideas of our employees, who are frequently recognized for their work and expertise at every level.


Oct
7
Wed
2015
Career Conversations with Marketing Grads
Oct 7 @ 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.

Interested in finding out what a career working in Marketing looks like? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in this field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in Marketing 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).

Oct
15
Thu
2015
Career Conversations: Alumni Perspectives on Further Education Options in Health Care
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with Calumet and Stong Colleges 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).

Oct
20
Tue
2015
Career Conversations with Children’s Studies Grads
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Department of Humanities, Children’s Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in finding out what you can do with a Children’s Studies degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their 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 their 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).

Oct
28
Wed
2015
Career Conversations with Grads who Write
Oct 28 @ 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.

Interested in a career working in writing & publishing? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in these fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers that involve writing and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work as a writer. 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 the opportunity to ask 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).