TASTE (Take A Student To Eat)
The TASTE Program is a partnership between the York University Career Centre and Alumni Relations designed to give York students and Alumni an opportunity to make meaningful connections.
Alumni are eager to support the University as volunteers and share their experiences and expertise with current students.
Students look for connections with alumni professionals who've followed similar paths and can provide them with inside information and career advice.
TASTE lunches happen year round during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.
Objective of the TASTE Program
The objective of this program is to provide York students with an opportunity to talk face to face with a York alumna/us about their career-related interests. The program pairs two students with a York grad over an informal lunch setting during which the alumna/us shares information about their job, industry, and organization while students gain inside information and inspiration from someone who's been there.
How it works
York Alumni interested in participating in TASTE will provide a bio, company information and the date, time, and location when they are available to take two students for a 1 – 1 ½ hour lunch.
Optional Company Tour – Provide students with exposure to your workplace and organization by giving a company tour. If you're interested in taking students on a tour of your organization prior to or after lunch, please submit the time and length of the tour at the same time you submit your lunch availability.
Students interested in participating in TASTE will complete an online form and choose which Alumni they would like to have lunch with and provide reasons why. The Career Centre will complete the matching process.
Two students will be selected to have lunch with each alumnus.
Prior to the lunch, students will be required to attend a Career Centre workshop where they will receive training on making a great first impression or dining etiquette.
What are the benefits of participating in TASTE?
You'll find that volunteering as a TASTE alumni participant has great rewards. You'll have an opportunity to:
- Help students explore careers
- Make a positive contribution to the student experience
- Share information about your job, industry, sector and organization with York students
- Give back to the student community by giving career advice and guidance in an informal setting
- Further your own level of engagement with York University
- Feel more connected to current students
- Find out what's happening on campus today
A TASTE lunch appointment is a great opportunity for you to tap into the real life experiences of a York alumna/us who is willing to take you to lunch and share her/his personal career experiences and knowledge with you and another student. You'll have an opportunity to:
- Gain inside information about a particular industry, sector or organization from a York Alumnus
- Learn how to do an informational interview and find out how to make a great first impression
- Get career-related information and support
- Build your network of professional contacts within the York community
- Be inspired by Alumni career stories
- Learn more about what you can do with your degree from someone who's been there
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What York Alumni are saying
"I had a wonderful lunch with Tiziana Knox. She joined me for lunch with my guidance department colleagues and fit right in. We took a tour of the school and then spoke at length about education and the future, and her future in particular. I will be speaking about the TASTE program at my next staff meeting because I truly do believe that university students really do profit when they are mentored.” – York alumna Vincenza Moir, BA (1978)
The TASTE program has great value. As I had told the students, you never know where the catalyst of your success comes from. It could be a few words from family/friends that could inspire you. What if something a professional said was the reason you decided to proactively DO what you want to do, instead of just thinking about it? This program opens up those possibilities, and I hope to see it flourish. – York alumnus Huzaifa Farooq, BA (2008)
What York Students and New Grads are saying
"Having this opportunity has helped me better understand the career direction I would like to take when I finish university. TASTE is exactly what every student is looking for and now that I have participated in the program, I will definitely become involved when I become an alumnus." - Fourth-year student Volodymyr Viguiliouk, Administrative Studies
"The TASTE program provided me with a great opportunity to explore career options and to learn industry knowledge in an entirely different way. The preparation process helped me find a clear focus on my goals and provided me with detailed guidance on how to conduct a productive information interview with great attention to social etiquette." - York alumna Brenda Yi Bi, Communication Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (2010)