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Wondering about career options?


Individual Career Support

Are you having difficulty deciding on a career path? Are you unsure how your degree may relate to your future career? To discuss your career concerns, meet with one of our Career Counsellors.


Resources

Career Exploration Guide

T.A.S.T.E Mentoring Program- The objective of this program is to provide York Students with an opportunity to talk face to face with a professional about their Career Related Interests.

Career Exploration Videos- If you're thinking about your career options and wondering what you can do with your degree, you may find these sessions helpful. Included in this section are Career Conversations Panels which feature professionals talking about their personal career stories and career options in their field.


Upcoming Events/ Group Activities

Career Conversations
Oct
24
Thu
Career Conversations in Statistics and Data Science @ Ross N620
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wondering what types of roles are available in the Statistics and Data Science field? Want to meet York alumni and other professionals working in roles they love?

Connect with professionals 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 Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Gerald Lebovic, Biostatistician/Scientist, Applied Health research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital

Gerald Lebovic
Biostatistician/Scientist, Applied Health research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BSc, Statistics, 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Science, York University (2002); PhD (2011) University of Toronto
Current Career: Biostatistician/Scientist

As a young kid, I was always numbers oriented and to this day my mind works in a quantitative fashion with me answering things like I am 90% certain...
I started off in pure math but quickly realized I wanted more than theory, I needed to apply my knowledge. The field of statistics is fascinating as I can use complex mathematical principles in an applied and meaningful way. In particular, Currently, I am involved in medical research analyzing various interesting observational studies.

Jiawei Li, Senior Data Scientist, Shopify

Jiawei Li
Senior Data Scientist, Shopify
AlumniIcon Alumnus: PhD, Mathematics and Statistics, 2014

Degree: Master of Arts, Graduate diploma in financial engineering, PhD in Math, York University
Faculty: Faculty of Math and Statistics
Graduated: 2014
Current Career: Data Scientist

Sam Liu, Data Scientist, Royal Bank of Canada

Sam Liu
Data Scientist, Royal Bank of Canada
AlumniIcon Alumnus: MA, Mathematics and Statistics, 2016

When I was a university, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. All I knew was I wanted a job that is both quantitative and creative. So when I first read about machine learning, I was immediately hooked. Now I'm working as a data scientist, deriving insights from data and building machine learning models. I believe that if you have enough passion and drive, you can succeed anywhere.

Oct
28
Mon
Career Conversations with HR Professionals @ 109 Atkinson College, Harry Crowe Room
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Career Conversations with Human Resource Professionals

October 28, 2019 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM - 109 Atkinson College, Harry Crowe Room

In Partnership with The Human Resources Student Association

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their HR 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 Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Shaunak Ramaiya, Talent Management Consultant, Ontario Treasury Board

Shaunak Ramaiya,
Talent Management Consultant, Ontario Treasury Board
AlumniIcon Alumna: BCom, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2017

As I entered my final semester of business school, I would have never guessed that despite being a marketing major, I would be working in Human Resources and build a career in it... but here we are!
I've worked a broad range of HR roles - Recruitment, Insurance Benefits, Talent Mgmt.- in both private and public sectors. I'm currently working in Learning and Development by designing and delivering leadership development programs.
In simple terms, I help ensure employees get good bosses and not bad bosses!

Vikram Mitter, Senior Recruitment Consultant, TunnelBear

Vikram Mitter
Senior Recruitment Consultant, TunnelBear
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BHRM, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2013

Faculty: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Graduated: 2013
Current Career: Senior Recruitment Consultant

I am a results-focused, quality-driven talent leader focused on partnering with some of Canada's fastest growing tech companies to help grow and scale teams across the organization. I have a proven track record and passion for coaching, building new teams, and of course filling those hard to fill roles! In my years of recruitment what I have learned is that you have an opportunity to make a difference and have an impact so do it with people you admire, and do it with a company you believe in!

Gurvir Bains, HR Business Partner, Shopify Inc.

Gurvir Bains
HR Business Partner, Shopify Inc
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BHRM Honours, Atkinson, 2011

My passion has always been working with people, learning about their ambitions and drive. When thinking about what field of work I wanted to get into, there was never any doubt that human resources was it, it gives me an opportunity, everyday to help individuals do their best work. I look forward to continuing doing the work that I love - in this ever evolving field.

Saiyaf Alli, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Desjardins

Saiyaf Alli,
Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Desjardins
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BA, Faculty of Arts, 2006

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, York University
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Business and Society
Graduated: 2006
Current Career: Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

Everyday, I look forward to helping change people's lives by offering them their next challenge in their career. I am lucky to indulge in my passion for networking, utilize and enhance my communication and people skills, and have fun just meeting new people. All of these perks are balanced with tight deadlines, building trust, and the expectation to find top talent for the organization I work for.

Vishwa Tailor, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Staples

Vishwa Tailor,
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Staples
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BAS, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2015

I graduated from York University in 2015, unaware of where i wanted to take my career. With my business degree at York, i was also able to obtain an HR certification which broadened my horizons to additional opportunities. I then fell into Talent Acquisition after i graduated and started working on contract through a temp agency recruiting for engineers at a firm called ComTech Group.This gave me a foot in the door to move on to a recruiter for Accounting and Finance at a well established firm called Robert Half. After working at Robert Half for 2 and a half years, i moved onto Corporate Talent Acquisition at Staples.

Nov
6
Wed
Career Conversations with Sociology Alumni @ Vanier Renaissance Room: VC001
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Career Conversations with Sociology Alumni

Date: Wednesday November 6th, 2019
Time: 2:00-4:00PM
Location: Vanier Renaissance Room: VC001

Wondering what to do with your Sociology Degree? Want to meet York alumni and other professionals working in various field and in roles they love?

Connect with professionals 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 Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Talisha Ramsaroop, Community Projects Coordinator, York University

Talisha Ramsaroop
Community Projects Coordinator, York University
AlumniIcon Alumna: MA, BA Honours, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2016

9 years ago I started my undergraduate degree in Sociology at York University, with a specialization in Anti-Racist Research and Practise. Since then, I’ve used my lived experience and academic learnings to pursue a career in community building. With over 8 years of experience including as a project manager for a grassroots youth agency, and as a community planner for Social Planning Toronto, I now work at York University as the Community Projects Coordinator in the TD-Community Engagement centre.
I am committed to fostering meaningful community relationships, providing capacity building opportunities and establishing spaces for marginalized populations to claim space and create impact. I’ve consulted on projects with the TDSB, Springboard, YouthRex, and many other grassroots community groups to establish best practices for community building.
In 2015 I was awarded the Sir Lincoln Alexander Community Award for eliminating racial discrimination, which was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as well as the 100th North York Citation and the Urban Hero Award. You can read more about my passion for creating an equitable society in Canadian Living’s Top 40 Change Makers, Flare Magazine’s How I Made it, or Local Love. You can also check out my TEDx talk entitled “The Violence of Low expectations” to hear my call to action to ensure our biased do not affect self-esteem.

Letty Wong, Cash Management Services Officer, TD

Letty Wong
Cash Management Services Officer, TD
AlumniIcon Alumna: BA, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2016

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology in 2016. I went from telephone banking to cash management in commercial banking. I am very involved in networking and volunteering opportunities- please feel free to reach out to me to connect to bounce ideas of me.

Kareem Bonner,Digital Marketing Manager

Kareem Bonner
Digital Marketing Manager
AlumniIcon Alumnus: BHRM Honours, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2001

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, York University
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Graduated: 2001
Current Career: Digital Marketing Manager

When you leave university, realize that learning never ends and that whatever you want to do with your career and life; make sure it's driven by happiness and not a paycheck.

Nov
8
Fri
Career Conversations with Criminology Alumni @ Senate Chambers N940 Ross Building
Nov 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Career Conversations with Criminology Alumni

Date: Friday November 8th, 2019
Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Senate Chambers N940 Ross Building

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who graduated with a Criminology degree and are now in roles they love? Interested to learn more about their career journey, current roles and how they are using their degrees?

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 Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Ani Mamikon, Department of Justice, Federal Court of Canada

Ani Mamikon,
Department of Justice, Federal Court of Canada,
AlumniIcon Alumna: Honours BA, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2010

I am a litigation lawyer at the Department of Justice in Toronto. I practice in the areas of extradition, civil litigation and national security law. I hold a BA Hons in Criminology and Political Science, and an MA in Political Science, specializing in international relations and security studies. I completed my articles at the Department of Justice and proceeded to clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. Prior to returning to the Department of Justice, I practiced criminal law with a criminal defence firm in downtown, Toronto.

Michelle Garraway, Policy Advisor, Regional Municipality of Durham

Michelle Garraway
Policy Advisor, Regional Municipality of Durham.
AlumniIcon Alumna: BA, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2009

The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to help people. After some time in finance I got a foot in to social services and have gone from the front lines of justice and social assistance to working on public policy and public sector innovation. Now, I get to help people on at the systems level and try my best to be the voice of dissent against business as usual when it comes to complex community issues.

Mari Hotta, Senior Manager, Functions Compliance and Issues Management Lead, RBC

Mari Hotta,
Senior Manager, Functions Compliance and Issues Management Lead, RBC.
AlumniIcon Alumna: Honours BA, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2010

I wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little girl. Every decision I made during high school and my undergraduate career was geared towards achieving this goal. The planning ended there! I've learned so much about the importance of being lucky, finding people to champion for you, and being honest about your priorities when thinking about you need from your career. I'm grateful for where those lessons have taken me.

Olivia Cook, Extrajudicial Measures Counsellor, John Howard Society of Durham Region

Olivia Cook,
Extrajudicial Measures Counsellor, John Howard Society of Durham Region
AlumniIcon Alumna: Honours BA, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2015

Law and Order, C.S.I. and Criminal Minds greatly influenced my decision to study Criminology - like many others, I was fascinated by crime. Throughout my degree, I began to understand
that crime, criminals and the criminal justice system are not as they appear on television and decided to seek a career path that would target the root causes of crime.

Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice
Oct
29
Tue
Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice workshop @ 103 McLaughlin College
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice workshop @ 103 McLaughlin College

Are you hoping for a career that fits who you are and brings out the best in you? This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to explore how your personality type can be a factor in finding career satisfaction. During this workshop, you will learn about the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and explore which Type you might be. You will also find out how your personality may influence your career choices and identify possible career options.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Nov
14
Thu
Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice @ 103 McLaughlin College
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice @ 103 McLaughlin College

Are you hoping for a career that fits who you are and brings out the best in you? This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to explore how your personality type can be a factor in finding career satisfaction. During this workshop, you will learn about the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and explore which Type you might be. You will also find out how your personality may influence your career choices and identify possible career options.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

What can I do with my degree?
Oct
30
Wed
What Can I Do With My AMPD Degree? Group Activity Session @ Winters Junior Common Room
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What Can I Do With My AMPD Degree? Group Activity Session @ Winters Junior Common Room

Not sure what career options your Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) degree might lead to? Attend this workshop to learn how the skills you are developing in your degree and the experiences you are gaining while at York will help build a foundation for your future.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).

Nov
5
Tue
What Can I Do With My Degree? webinar (online) @ http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/wcidwmd/
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
What Can I Do With My Degree? webinar (online) @ http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/wcidwmd/

** PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE WEBINAR **

To participate in a webinar, you will need a computer (with speakers or headphones), internet access, and Adobe Flash Player (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer) installed in your browser. You will receive the URL of the webinar in a reminder email after you've registered for the event. On the day of the event, you will login to the webinar and ask your questions via chat.

Not sure what career options your degree might lead to? Attend this webinar to learn how the skills you are developing in your degree and the experiences you are gaining while at York will help build a foundation for your future.

Who Am I? Self Assessment Game
Nov
27
Wed
Who Am I? Self Assessment Game (Group Activity) @ 103 McLaughlin College
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Who Am I? Self Assessment Game (Group Activity) @ 103 McLaughlin College

This fun and interactive board game will get you started exploring your personality, interests, skills, accomplishments, desires and career curiosities. You’ll develop your own personal profile as you gain insights into the most important aspect of career decision making: YOU!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the interactive nature of this workshop we request that students arrive on time. The doors to the workshop will be closed 10 minutes after the start of the workshop and latecomers will be asked to register for the next available session.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).