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

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. In partnership with Stong College and Calumet College 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

Jessica Duarte
Web Developer
Jess, please!
Alumna: BA & MA Political Science/Philosophy, 2007, 2008 and 2010

I once heard that a Liberal Arts education would prepare me for any career, and that the average adult had at least 5 completely different careers in their lifetime. It’s been 4 years since I graduated and I’ve already had 3. I’ve been a coffee entrepreneur, a digital marketing professional and now I’m a full time web developer. I’m even working on a fourth, teaching others how to code.


Ray Kocur
Producer / Director
Neko Harbour Entertainment
Alumnus: BFA Film Production – Screenwriting, 2012

Ray Kocur is an emerging filmmaker with a growing list of internationally distributed projects. He is most known for his work as the director and editor of the Youth Climate Report, an annually produced international climate documentary presented directly to policy makers at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP). His most recent documentary, A Climate of Change, has been screened at multiple venues and was selected for screening at The Explorers Club Film Festival, The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, and the Exploring Horizons in Carbon Energy conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently, Ray is directing and editing the fifth installment of the Youth Climate Report for screening at COP20 in Lima, Peru, as well as directing the collaborative documentary, Beyond Crisis, a personal look at the People’s Climate March and how it will impact personal and political decisions going forward. Everything is leading up to the all-important COP21 in Paris, France, and Ray is working hard to release as much educational and thought provoking content as possible so he can do his part to help our global community make informed decisions going forward.

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 and Calumet College 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

Robert Roopa
Lead Therapist
Counselling Services for York Region
Alumnus: BA Kinesiology and Health Sciences & Sociology, 2008

Robert Roopa is the Lead Therapist for Counselling Services for York Region. He now has a master’s degree in counselling psychology and another in adult education. Robert’s aspiration is to continue to contribute to the growing field of psychology by participating in research ventures and continuing education.


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.