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Career Conversations:
Discovering Careers in Technology

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
3:00 – 5:00 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.

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About the Event

Interested in a career working in the technology sector? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in computers and technology 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.

Participating Panelists

Chris Guselle
Sr. Software Engineer, RAD International
Alumnus: BA English, 1989

I came to my career in technology from a creative background. First as an artist, then graphic designer and finally software engineer. For some, building software has a reputation as a dry and technical endeavor. But it can be an incredibly creative experience. This is what has always attracted me in my career. The opportunity to create and innovate. As Napoleon said: "Imagination rules the world".

Abdullah Merei
Staff Engineer - Compression Systems Technical Leader,
Evertz Microsystems Ltd.

Alumnus: BSc Computer Engineering, 2009

Currently I am employed at Evertz Microsystems in the Research and Development department as the development team lead and QA Manager for the compression products. I am responsible for tracking customer requirements and managing the product development. I have held several positions at Evertz Microsystems.

Currently working in R&D at Evertz Microsystems. Mr. Merei has contributed to the design and development of several products for the TV broadcast industry. While earning his Degree in Computer Engineering, Mr. Merei was ranked #1 in Engineering at York University and was awarded a gold medal from OSPE (Ontario Society of Professional Engineers) for being the engineering graduate with the highest GPA. Abdullah is currently working toward earning his MBA part-time at the Schulich School of business.

Hossein Mohajer
Network Specialist, TD Bank
Alumnus: MA Economics, 1996

I graduated with a degree in Economics in 1996. I found it very challenging to enter the job market as a new graduate. To overcome this challenge I retrained and developed technical skills in network technology. I have been in the IT field for over a decade now.

I have learned that without good, and caring folks, it is hard to feel fulfilled with your job.

I have been very fortunate to have been in teams with great managers and fantastic coworkers. I cherish many long term friendships born in these teams.

As a network technology integrator having technical skills is very important. Yet, clear communication skills and solid people skills are the foundation of any career. As one manager said to me "I can teach you everything, but cannot teach you how to be with people".

Harry Singh
IT Analyst and Customer Training Associate, D3 Security Management Inc.
Alumnus: BA Information Technology, 2011

When I first enrolled into the Information Technology program, I didn't have a clear vision of where it would lead me or to what kind of jobs it would prepare me for. I took it course by course, concentrating on the key concepts from each one until my 3rd year when I came to know about the Technology Internship Program (TIP). With the assistance of the TIP program, I was able to get 2 different internships at RIM and SS&C for two different IT technologies. From there, I started seeing the bigger picture of how IT works. Today, I work in an IT firm that utilizes several major IT technologies incorporated into one. York University courses prepared me well to be able to learn and incorporate newer technologies emerging everyday.

Eugen Spivak
IT Governance Consultant Project Management and PMO, Metrolinx
Alumnus: BSc Computer Science, 1999; MBA Schulich School of Business, 2006

My background is in management and in consulting. I have led many exciting international projects with fairly large teams (60+ members) in various industries - consulting, banking, telecom, energy, telecommunications. Now I am with Metrolinx, leading governance initiative to bring IT organization to the Enterprise level, and to revitalize its Project Management and PMO disciplines. I lead an active lifestyle - love travelling and sports - you name it!

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