T A S T E - Take A Student To Eat

An Opportunity to Make Meaningful Connections


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Program Mission

Objective of the TASTE Program

What is TASTE?

The objective of this program is to provide York Students with an opportunity to talk face to face with a York Alumna/us about their Career Related Interests.

The program pairs two Students with a York grad over an informal meeting during which the alumna/us shares information about their job, industry, and organization while Students gain inside information and inspiration from someone who's been there.


Roles

Your Roles in the Program

Alumni

York alumni interested in participating in TASTE will provide a bio, company information and the date, time, and location when they are available to take two students for a 1 – 1 ½ hour meeting which could include lunch or coffee.

Optional Company Tour – Provide students with exposure to your workplace and organization by giving a company tour.

 

Student

Students interested in participating in TASTE will complete an online form and choose which alumni they would like to have a meeting with and provide reasons why. The Career Centre will complete the matching process.

Before participating in the TASTE program, students will be required to watch a preparation video and complete a quick quiz to be eligible.

TASTE Prep

Optional: If you require additional assistance to help you prepare for a TASTE meeting, please contact Surina Sohal, Employer and Alumni Liaison at surina@yorku.ca to set up a one on one preparation session.

 


Matching Process

Step by Step Guide of the Matching Process

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1- Submission

TASTE Alumni participants will submit a short bio including a preferred meeting date.

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2- Review

The bio will be reviewed by the Career Centre and the meeting will be posted on the Upcoming TASTE Meetings page.

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3- Online Form

Students will apply for available meetings through the Online Form.

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4- Selection

The Career Centre will review all applications and make selections based on a first come, first served basis, the completion of the eligibility requirements, and the expression of interest in the application.

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5- Email Confirmation

Once selected, students will receive an email requesting a confirmation of their participation

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6- Finalization

Before the meeting date, students and the alumni will receive final details with the date, time, location and contact information of those participating.


Participate as a Student

Benefits

   Benefits

What are the benefits of participating in TASTE?

   Gain inside information about an industry, sector or organization from a York Alumnus

   Learn how to do an informational interview and find out how to make a great first impression

   Get career-related information and support

   Build your network of professional contacts within the York community

   Be inspired by alumni career stories

   Learn more about what you can do with your degree from someone who's been there

 

Steps

   Steps

searching for peopleSTEP 1: Review the list of TASTE alumni participants to determine if there is an alumna/us with whom you would like to meet.

 

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STEP 2: If you are interested in meeting with any of the TASTE participants, please complete the TASTE Student Participation Form by following these instructions:

Login to the Career Centre's online system (opens in a new window)using your Passport York username and password

Once logged in, go to the "Forms" section

Find the "TASTE Participation Form" in the list of forms

Click on the "Fill In Form" button beside it and complete the requested information

Click "Submit"

video conferenceSTEP 3: If you haven't already done so, please watch this TASTE Prep Video and complete the online quiz.

 

approvak emailSTEP 4: If you've been selected, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your interest in participating in TASTE. Please RSVP to this e-mail to confirm your interest and participation. Once you RSVP to this e-mail, you will receive a final confirmation of your TASTE meeting with the date, time, location, a link to informational interviewing tips, and the name of the other student with whom you will be participating.

 

informational interviewSTEP 5: You and another student will be meeting with a York alumna/us and will have the opportunity to ask career-related questions. Please note: If the alumna/us is sponsoring a lunch or coffee, students will be informed ahead of time. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the meeting.

 

3 of 3 star ratingSTEP 6: Following your meeting, you will be asked to complete an evaluation form.

 

If you have any questions about TASTE, please contact:

Surina Sohal
Employer & Alumni Liaison
(416)736-2100 x 40792
surina@yorku.ca

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Participate as an Alumni

Benefits

   Benefits

What are the benefits of participating in TASTE?

   Help students explore careers.

   Make a positive contribution to the student experience.

   Share information about your job, industry, sector and organization with York students.

   Give back to the student community by giving career advice and guidance in an informal setting.

   Further your own level of engagement with York University

   Feel more connected to current students.

   Find out what's happening on campus today.

 

Steps

   Steps

formsSTEP 1: Indicate your interest in participating in TASTE by completing the Alumni Participation Form.

 

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STEP 2: The Career Centre will provide you with the profiles of the two students who are interested in meeting you.

 

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STEP 3: Take two students out to share information about your career path, your job, industry, sector and organization. You may also provide students with an optional company tour.

 

rating with 3 of 3 starsSTEP 4: Following your meeting, you will be asked to complete an evaluation form.

 

 

York Alumni interested in participating in TASTE will provide a bio, company information and the date, time, and location when they are available to take two students for a 1 to 1½ hour meeting. If you're interested in taking students on a tour of your organization prior to or after meeting, please submit the time and length of the tour on the online form.

If you have any questions about TASTE, please contact:

Surina Sohal
Employer & Alumni Liaison
(416)736-2100 x 40792
surina@yorku.ca

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