Discovering Careers in Higher Education
Thursday, March 06, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
103 McLaughlin College (Career Centre Presentation Room)
In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.
Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).
About the Event
Interested in a career working at a university or college? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?
Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in higher education 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.
Jennifer Ferdinands, Alumni & Events Officer
Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
York alumna: BAS Administrative Studies 2008, BA Arts, 2011
I am currently the Alumni & Events Officer at the Faculty of Environmental Studies. The purpose of this position is to engage with the alumni of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) in order to build and maintain a strong alumni network and foster positive relationships with FES graduates. Furthermore, I am required to maintain relationships with key stakeholders who offer expertise and guidance in the areas of student recruitment, field experience, internship and graduate employment placements as well as philanthropic investment. Finally, I am responsible for the coordination and administration of Faculty and pan-University events.
Assistant Vice President, Student Life, University of Toronto
York alumna: BA English, 1981
Dispute Resolution Certificate, 2007
LLM Alternative Dispute Resolution, expected 2014
I started my career at York in 1978 as a stopgap until I figured out my career path. I didn't realize that I was already on it. 35 years later - 10 positions at York, plus positions at two other post-secondary institutions, I cannot believe how fortunate I am. I work in a field that transforms lives. Education is at the heart of a civil society, the instrument of change, and every day I engage with a generation who will make our lives better. Not a bad way to spend a career.
College & University Instructor
York alumnus: BA English 1999, MA English 2003
I have been a part of the York University community since 1991, first as an undergraduate, and now as a doctoral candidate and contract instructor. In 2009, I was honoured to receive the President's University-Wide Teaching Award on the strength of my teaching evaluations and letters of support from students and colleagues. I have loved learning since an early age, and I strive to impart that passion to my students!
Career and Placement Services Coordinator, University of Guelph-Humber
York alumna: BA Psychology, 2009
My job is to support students and alumni with their career and placement search. I run workshops on job search techniques and graduate school applications, I coordinate employer networking opportunities on campus, I offer one on one appointments related to career and placement search, and I oversee the placement approval of two undergraduate programs at the University. It is great to connect with students and help them develop skills that they can take with them as they transition from their undergraduate degree to the next phase of their careers!
Print & Digital Media Strategist, Glendon Campus, York University
York alumna: BA Sociology, 2006
Since I was a kid, I've been obsessed with stories
and writing. In high school, I'd cut class to read
fiction on the floor in the library, tucked away
between the shelves of books.
My middle name is even Reading. Not kidding.
To this day, my favourite projects include those that feature storytelling. So much so that I've made it my day job: I'm a Toronto-based digital geek working in higher ed. My job? To tell our campus' story.
From 9 – 5, I find ways to build our online community of prospective and current students. In my spare time, I moonlight as an artist, blogger, stuffmaker, and food aficionado, as well as take on freelance work.
Project Lead, YU START New Student Transition Program, York University
York alumna: BA English, 1994, BA Women's Studies, 1999
MEd Higher Education Theory & Policy Studies, University of Toronto, 2002
I hold two undergraduate degrees from York University and a Master of Education (Specialization: Higher Education Theory & Policy Studies) from OISE/University of Toronto. As a long-serving York University employee, I am passionate about student success. I have been a student leader, a residence life coordinator, and a management employee accountable for academic governance and student advising.