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GRADitude Speaker Series

The GRADitude program takes place every year to honour our graduating class. It takes this time to celebrate student achievements and provide graduating students with the opportunity to connect with inspiring alumni.

This year the reformatted GRADitude program features subjects led by alumni speakers to help new grads with next steps in their career journey. These sessions help to hone virtual networking skills, plan career steps, while bringing new grads’ authentic selves into their future.

Join us for our 2021 series starting on March 30. Learn more and register today.

Watch sessions from our 2020 series below.

Fall 2020

What Recruiters Look for in Recent Grads

Featuring recruitment specialists and hiring managers from a variety of industries, this special alumni panel discusses ways new graduates can increase their chances of success when job hunting. Panelists discuss what companies and organizations look for in new talent, resume and interview tips, like how to interview well online, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected hiring practices.

Negotiating Early in Your Career

Award-winning lawyer Tanya Walker (LLB ’05) and Associate Jordan Routliff (BFA’11, JD’18) of Walker Law demonstrate how utilizing good negotiation skills can get you a step closer to achieving success – and help you build better relationships. They discuss how to apply negotiations to personal and professional transactions, how negotiating can help you build stronger professional and personal relationships, and how to alter your negotiation approach during uncertain times.

Money Matters for New Grads

Take ownership of your finances and your future by joining this session led by Money Matters Founder, Basia Pozin (BBA ’17). In this session, Basia helps York grads learn basic money management that will help lay the foundation for later life success. She shares tips related to budgeting and saving, how to build good credit history, and an introduction to investing.

Spring 2020

How to Network Digitally After Graduation

York University alumni panelists discuss how students can network digitally and make themselves stand out in an online world.

Bringing your Authentic Self into the Workforce

Alumnus Tuvia Borok shares his experience with authentic leadership, multi-faceted diversity, and re-defining heteronormative stereotypes.

Then and Now: The First Step to Your Career

Our alumni panelists share their experiences about their journey from graduation to how they got where they are today.

Are you an upper year student leader who’d like to network at next year’s event?

Upper year under graduates can apply online to be part of next year’s event. Priority places will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • An executive on a student club
  • Part of student government or college council
  • An orientation leader
  • Varisty or intramural athlete
  • A volunteer for a department, program or student club.

Register now!

Questions? Contact alumni@yorku.ca

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