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Connections: Speed Mentoring and Networking

Connections events give you the opportunity to speak with a wide range of mentors and explore career paths, ask questions and gain valuable insights into their focus areas. This event is the perfect opportunity for you to network with alumni from your program who are established professionals and seasoned experts in their fields.

Past events have welcomed presidents, CEOs, directors and entrepreneurs. Each brought a breadth of experience and knowledge from the field as well as a desire to really connect with you and offer support.

How does speed mentoring work?

You may not have participated in a session like this before - and that's okay! We have a limited number of spots for students, so reserve one and complete the prep course early. At the event you will be rotated through different mentors on intervals so you have to use your time wisely.

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Register through Zoom to reserve a spot. Check for the confirmation email.

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Complete the 'Mentorship & Networking Prep' course on eClass. You must pass the quiz.

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Brainstorm some questions you want to ask mentors - it is a speed session after all!

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Join the event virtually! The dress code is business attire.

Upcoming Events

Careers in Economics & Finance

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST

Join alumni mentors from Canada Life, IBM, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, TD Bank, Value Insight Realty and more!

This event is exclusively for students interested in careers related to Economics and Finance!

Careers in Technology

Date: November 24, 2021
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. EST

Join alumni mentors from Softchoice, RBC, Google, BDO Canada, MLSE, Intuit and more!

This event is exclusively for students interested in careers related to Information Technology!

The fact that the rounds were designed in such a way that I actually met alumni from my program in finance was amazing. Each mentor I met had a very different career path after graduation, and I was so inspired by their stories and how they built their careers up.

— Nancy Dam, Finance Student

Past Events

Students and new alumni in the School of Administrative Studies (SAS), Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on March 3, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in their fields.

More than 40 alumni mentors met online with 60 students and recent graduates over three speed-mentoring rounds, followed by a topical networking session covering the focus areas most important to SAS students. The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Microsoft, TD, Staples Canada, AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare and PwC.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus Robert Cultraro (BCom '93), senior vice-president, chief investment and pension officer at Hydro One Inc. Cultraro shared insights about his career path and imparted industry knowledge to help students navigate their career journeys.

Read more about this event in YFile.

Students in the School of Human Resources Management were treated to an evening of expert advice and candid feedback from York alumni on Jan. 26 at the Connections Speed Mentorship & Networking event hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) development team.

More than 20 LA&PS alumni mentors met online with 75 students, over three speed-mentoring rounds and topical networking sessions in Zoom breakout rooms. The alumni mentors, all senior leaders in industry and government, brought a breadth of experience and knowledge to guide students on their career journeys.

The event also included a feature interview with LA&PS and Osgoode alumna Grace Palombo, executive vice-president and chief human resource officer at Great-West Lifeco Inc. Palombo talked about her career journey and gave valuable insights for students aspiring to a career in human resources management.

Read more about this event in YFile.

Alumni and students connected via Zoom at our January 2021 event.

For students in York University’s School of Administrative Studies, March 5 was a night of inspiration and career growth thanks to the alumni from their program. For the second consecutive year, the Connections speed mentoring and networking event was hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Development Team, bringing alumni and students together for career conversations.

More than 100 undergraduate students from the Commerce and Disaster and Emergency Management programs had the opportunity to be mentored by alumni in their desired field of work.

Before the networking rounds, students received on-site coaching on networking etiquette from Sean Mullin, a post-secondary recruiter with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. It gave them the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of networking and how to make the best use of their time.

There were more than 30 guest alumni mentors were in attendance, including presidents, CEOs, directors and entrepreneurs. Each brought a breadth of experience and knowledge from areas including accounting, disaster and emergency management, finance, marketing, human resources, management and others.

Read more about this event in YFile.

Students and alumni mentors gather for the mentoring session

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Development Team, in partnership with the School of Administrative Studies and the New College Alumni Network, hosted a speed mentorship and networking event on March 5.

Forty York University alumni and nearly 250 students took part in the event, which was held at the Second Student Centre on the Keele Campus. Guest alumni mentors brought a breadth of experience and knowledge in the areas of accounting, disaster and emergency management, finance, human resources, marketing, management and much more.

The students received on-site coaching on networking etiquette from Sean Mullin, post-secondary recruiter with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the event’s lead sponsor. Students participated in three speed mentorship rounds where they were matched with alumni mentors. During the open networking session, students were free to ask additional questions.

Read more about this event in YFile.

The School of Administrative Studies Speed Networking and Mentorship event was hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Development team, in partnership with the School of Administrative Studies and the New College Alumni Network (NCAN)