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Career Conversations:
Alumni Perspectives on Further Education Options for Liberal Arts Students

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Harry Crowe Room (Room 109 Atkinson College)

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

About the Event

Wondering what to do with a liberal arts degree? Thinking about pursuing further education and looking for tips on getting into and succeeding in various post-grad programs popular with liberal arts students?

Connect with York Alumni and other professionals who chose to pursue further education after completing their liberal arts degrees, and are currently enjoying careers in diverse fields. 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.

Participating Panelists

Omar Ali-Khan
Central Agency Liaison Coordinator, Cabinet Office, Government of Ontario
Alumnus: BHS Health Policy (2005)

Like almost everyone I know, when I first entered university, I didn't have the slightest clue on where I would be and what I would be doing after completing my degree. I chose to embrace the confusion and use it to set a course for self-discovery and take advantage of all that university life had to offer. These experiences helped shape me into the person I am today and guided me to where my passion lies. Upon earning a Bachelor of Health Studies degree at York's Faculty of Health, I completed my Masters of Public Administration degree at Queens' University and have had the distinct pleasure to work for the Ontario Public Service for the last six years. I am living out my passion to be involved in shaping policy that positively impacts on the services and supports offered to the public.

Benjamin Bryce (personal website)
Doctoral Candidate, York University
Alumnus: MA History (2008), PhD History (expected 2013)

I came to York in 2006 to begin my MA. I had just spent a year in Germany after finishing my BA at UBC in 2005. During my MA, I went on a graduate student exchange to Berlin where I did most of the research for my thesis. In 2008, I moved back to Toronto from Germany and began a PhD. For both research and conferences, I have been able to keep up the travel. I have learned a lot from my time teaching and researching at York, and I look forward to applying that in my future career. I am going to defend my dissertation in January 2013, and I plan to work at a university somewhere in North America or in a completely different sector that I have yet to discover!

Diane Baker Mason
Author/Lawyer, Mitchell, Bardyn & Zalucky LLP
Alumna: BA English Literature (1996)
LLB Law (2001)

Diane Baker Mason is the author of the acclaimed novel, Last Summer At Barebones, and the less- acclaimed but still-worthwhile novelization, Men With Brooms. She writes for the Women's Post and the Globe and Mail, travels, does watercolours, and practises law. She has a horse, a dog, and a spousal equivalent. Sometimes you can find her singing in bars, playing a ukulele.

Joseph Romano
Teacher & POR (Position of Responsibility), Toronto District School Board
Alumnus: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Education (2008)
Master of Education (2012)

Teaching has always been my career aspiration, a goal which led me to the Concurrent BFA/BEd program, and later to the MEd program, all at York University's Faculty of Education. After teaching Grade 4 and Grade 8, I am currently teaching ICT and am the Junior Division POR at Golf Road Junior Public School, a Toronto District School BoardfFull time permanent assignment. My teaching practice is rooted in my belief in my students. I strive to promote the worth of all my students by capturing and directing their intellect in ways which foster their holistic growth.



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