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

Oct
5
Fri
Career Conversation Panels: Statistics and Data Science @ Ross N620
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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).

Participating Panelists

John Yawney
Data Science Lead, Adastra
Alumnus: MSc Applied Mathematics, 2011

I lead the data science practice at Adastra Corporation where, since 2016, I have been responsible for developing and growing the team. I oversee artificial intelligence and machine learning projects and direct Adastra’s exploration of emerging technologies and topics, allowing for insight-driven and innovative client solutions. I aim to emulate Adastra’s values of honesty and transparency with our clients to continually align their expectations with our results.


Andy Koh
Statistician, SCiAN Services
Alumnus: MA Mathematics and Statistics, 2016

As our population ages, more and more R&D go into taking care of the people. As a statistician in clinical trials, we help companies design and evaluate studies so we can efficiently use the resources available. Being able to use what I learned in school to advance science feels great.


Dilara Cakir
Senior Data Analyst, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Alumna: Honours BA, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, 2010


Peter Mercurio
Director of Optimization, CIBC

I’m grateful for my co-op program in undergrad where I gained 2 full years of relevant work experience. With 2 competing job offers before graduation, I joined the bank and quickly learned that higher education and personal development was essential to career progression. Here I am 10 years later wrapping up my PhD in Statistics and just started my own optimization and analytics team.


Brent Fagan
Data Scientist, KPMG
Alumnus: MA Statistics, 2016

II started working at KPMG as a data scientist while I was still completing my master’s degree in statistics at York University in 2016. It was here that I took on my first data science role where I’ve had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects alongside many intelligent people.


Oct
17
Wed
Career Conversation Panels: Cyber Security @ The Bergeron Centre, Rm 125
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

In partnership with the Information Security, UIT

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).

Participating Panelists

Ken Rauch
Manger Cyber Risk, Deloitte Canada

Ken has over 20 years of IT experience spanning from application support all the way through to network services. Ken’s expertise is within the IT infrastructure, cyber security and process management and development. Ken’s tenure of over 14 years at various outsourcing organizations has given him the understanding of the needs of client. The client comes first attitude is capped by his professional demeanor. As part of his experience Ken led teams as a Service Delivery Manager, Project Manager, IT Service Management including; Change and Organizational Change Management, Vendor Management and Patch Management. As part of his roles he developed many improved processes, analytics and governance models. He has been recognized by his management for his excellent leadership and communication skills as well as the work he did with developing an operational team for a national communications company. Success was measured by the decrease in incidents and the reduction in operational risk within the organization. Ken moved into an area of his passion for technology and cyber security. He is currently a Manager at Deloitte Canada in their Cyber Risk practice.


Chad Marson
Director Information Security, CIBC

I have always been interested in business and technology and a career in Cyber Security working for financial institutions has given me an opportunity to pursue all those things that I love. This career has allowed me to travel around the world understanding the importance of information security and the real risks that cyber criminals pose to our ever day way of life.


Shruti Ralhan
Senior Manager - Cyber Threat Management, TD Bank

I have worked in a number of various different roles and had the opportunity to grow my skills in Cybersecurity. I'm looking forward to sharing this passion for Cybersecurity with students to encourage new talent in the field.


Julian Marin
AVP, CyberThreat Management, TD Bank

Executive in the area of Cybersecurity, with a focus on Information Protection at TD bank group.

Over 20 years of combined experience in the areas of Information Security Management, Enterprise Security Architecture, Governance and Compliance, Services Oriented Architecture & SOA Security.

Julian holds a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering and a MBA degree. Throughout his professional career has obtained multiple industry accreditations such as Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM); Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA);


Hendra Hendrawan
Manager, Information Security, York University
Alumnus: BSc and BA, Computer Science and Information Technology, 2000

Hendra is a manager at York University Information Security department. He has more than 15 years of experience in Information Security. He graduated from York University with a BSc in Comp. Sci. and a BA in Information Technology. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Ted Rogers School of Management.

Hendra is also passionate about public speaking and tennis. He almost fainted once while trying out hot yoga. Since then, he has decided to stick with tennis.


Oct
18
Thu
Career Conversation Panels: Linguistics and Cognitive Science @ Harry Crowe Room 109 Atkinson College
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

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).

Nov
13
Tue
Career Conversation Panels: Health @ Stong College, Room 101 (Master’s Dining Room)
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In Partnership with Stong and Calumet College

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.

Connect with Bachelor of Health grads to gain insight and guidance. Meet professionals to learn about different roles and get strategies and tips for entering the field.

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).

Nov
14
Wed
Career Conversation Panels: Sociology @ Harry Crowe Room 109 Atkinson College
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In Partnership with The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

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).

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).