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Career Conversations Panel:
Discovering Careers in Computer Science and Information Technology

Recorded October 3, 2011
During this panel, professionals with careers in Computer Science and Information Technology shared 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.

Full Presentation (1:08:45) (Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Participating Panelists

Hania Abd-El-Razik

Hania Abd-El-Razik
Software Engineer, IBM Canada
alumni Alumna: BSc Computer Science, 2006


Mian Ali AzarMian Ali Azar
Product Manager, Browser & Cloud Services, TELUS
alumni  Alumnus: BSc Science & Engineering, York University, 2006
Hossein MohajerHossein Mohajer
Network Specialist/ Consultant, TD Bank
alumni  Alumnus: BA Economics, York University, 1996

Eugen Spivak

Eugen Spivak
Managing Director, ADT Group Inc.
alumni  Alumnus: MBA Schulich School of Business, York University,
2006 BSc Computer Science, York University, 1999

Questions & Answers

How did you land your first job in the field? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

What skills, experience and knowledge could students acquire while studying at York that would make them competitive for an entry level position in this field? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Hania, how much time do you spend programming and in what languages? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

What is a day in your life like in your current position? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Does your company prefer to use the most up to date technologies or versions that are more established?  Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

How can employees in your company further develop their soft skills once they are hired? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Do employers prefer a degree in computer science or information technology? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Could you discuss the role of outsourcing or contract workers in your company? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

Did you receive training when you were hired, or were you expected to already have the knowledge you needed for the job? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)

What do you most and least enjoy about your job? Audio (MP3) Video (MP4)