Graduate Career Day

Graduate Career Day

As part of Western’s 2013 Career Week, The Student Success Centre in cooperation with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to offer a selection of events geared toward our graduate students. 

Below is a schedule of events being offered on Friday, February 8, 2013.  Please remember to register for these events using http://westerncareercentral.ca

TIME SESSION
9:00-10:00

Keynote: Beyond the Brilliance: The Art of Networking

Location: UCC 315

Presenter: Allison Graham

Description: In today’s marketplace, being talented at your craft is often not enough. As the old saying goes, “it’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” Allison Graham will share insights on how to leverage networking to advance your career, earn research grants and become known among your peers. She’ll share proven concepts such as her Mingling Formula, Creating Small, But Meaningful Chat, Networking At Conferences and shaping a positive personal brand. All of which you can apply immediately and adapt to your personality to see success.

Allison Graham biography

Allison Graham is a true networking success story, but it didn’t come naturally. By creating formulas and overcoming her anxieties around networking, Allison changed her life’s direction and created a successful career spanning politics, media, business and the charitable sector. As the author of From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding & Profitable Networking Made Easy! published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2012, Allison is regularly called upon my the media to comment on best practices for business development. She has been featured in Fast Company magazine, Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, the London Free Press and appeared on Global Mornings.

10:30-noon

Concurrent Sessions (choose one only)

InfoTech session: Finding the Best and Brightest to Join Our Team

Location: UCC 315

Description: Info-Tech Research Group is one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada, and with 84 job openings in our London and Toronto offices and we’re on a mission to find the best and the brightest to join our team.

Jacqueline Radix will give you all the information you need to help you get noticed by Info-Tech.  She will provide an overview of Info-Tech and describe the various roles currently being recruited and how they select who to hire (resumes, websites used, referrals, etc).  She will discuss the value of your Masters and Phd degrees to Info-Tech and describe strategies to highlight those skills and experiences they seek to help you stand out.

The 2nd half of the session will be a networking event with Jacqueline and Ryan Gangle, the HR Recruiter where students can interact with us and ask questions.

BIO

Jacqueline Radix is the Director of Client Success at Info-Tech Research Group.  Her focus is on designing and implementing programs that drive client engagement and lead to valuable experiences and measurable results. 

Previous roles include:  IT Operations Manager, Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Software Developer.  Jacqueline has extensive experience in project management, business process management, software engineering, Agile software development, and business analysis.   

Jacqueline holds a Bachelors of Science (UWO), a Master’s of Computer Science, and a certificate in Project Management.  She is an Agile Certified Product Owner and is working towards her PMP. 

Informational Interviews Even You Can Use

Location: UCC 210

Presenter:  Angie Allan, Career and Life Coach

Description: With only 20% of job opportunities being advertised and over two million job titles in Canada, the job search process can be challenging.  How do we learn about the 80% of opportunities that are not advertised, and how do we know what job titles exist?  Many of us have heard that informational Interviews are a successful jobseeker's best kept secret, but few of us really understand what they are or how they work.  Join Angie Allan as she demystifies informational interviews, and gives you tools you need to successfully conduct your own.  This session will be geared to Introverts and Extroverts alike.
Noon-1:30

Lunch

1:30-2:30

Concurrent Sessions (choose one only)

Be LinkedIn. Be InFormed. Beginners Session

Location: UCC 315 

Presenter:  Steve Watt, Marketing Manager, LinkedIn

Description: Steve Watt, Marketing Manager for LinkedIn, will demonstrate how to harness the power of the world's largest professional network.  This InFormative session is for LinkedIn beginners.  It will highlight:

  • How to build your LinkedIn profile
  • Etiquette and professional us
  • Amazing free features that will further your job search.

Be LinkedIn. Be InFormed.

Please note, following this session (2:30-3:00) students will have the opportunity to have a LinkedIn profile picture taken by a photographer.  Please ensure you dress to impress for these!

Making an Impression

Location: UCC 210

Presenter: Donna Moore, Career Counsellor

Description:  You have only 3 minutes to make an impression on a potential employer, and you want to make sure that the impression you leave is a positive one.  What you say and how you say it is important in securing interviews and employment.  In this session, increase your confidence in networking settings by learning strategies for leaving a lasting positive impression and by practicing your personal introduction.

2:30-3:00

Photos for LinkedIn session registrants.

3:00-4:00

Concurrent Sessions (choose one only)

Be LinkedIn. Be InFormed. Advanced Session

Location: UCC 315

Presenter: Steve Watt, Marketing Manager, LinkedIn

Description: Steve Watt, Marketing Manager for LinkedIn, will demonstrate how to harness the power of the world's largest professional network. This InFormative session is for more advanced LinkedIn users who already have a profile.  It will highlight:

  • Free, amazing features on LinkedIn, that are relatively unknown by even the most InTuitive students
  • Best practices for tailoring your professional brand on LinkedIn
  • How to use this network to further your job search.

Be LinkedIn. Be InFormed.

Please note, following this session students will have the opportunity to have a LinkedIn profile picture taken by a photographer.  Please ensure you dress to impress for these!

Self-Promotion as a Balancing Act

Location: UCC 210

Presenter: Snjezana Linkes, Career Counsellor

Description:  The key to landing a job is being able to effectively promote yourself.  According to Human Resources Development Canada, “It is not necessarily the best qualified person who gets the job, but the person who best sells his or her skills throughout the networking and hiring process.”. In this session, you will learn about self-promotion strategies and have an opportunity to practice using skills that will help you be successful in your job search.

4:00-4:30

Photos for LinkedIn session registrants.