Student Success Centre

Preliminary Event Schedule

9:00-9:30 Sign in and Early Bird Breakfast
9:45-11:00

Keynote

Western Talks: Career Advice to My University Self
11:15-12:30

Concurrent Sessions A

How can I best connect with others if "networking" isn't my thing?

Is my bachelor degree enough? 

How do I get experience without having any? 

How do i translate my graduate degree into an industry job? 

12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30

Concurrent Sessions B

What's next? Applying your degree to the real world

Float your resume to the top of the applicant pool 

Information Interview your way to a job 

Create your own job: Entrepreneurial Careers for Graduate Students 

2:45-4:30

Employer Mix & Mingle 

Session Descriptions

Western's Career Conference will feature a variety of educational and hands-on sessions, presented by a host of inspirational speakers.

Keynote

Western Talks: Career Advice to My University Self

Most of the best advice comes from hindsight. So what better way to get effective career advice than to hear from those who have been there? Hear from seven Western alumni, who have the advantage of hindsight, give practical insights and advice on the lessons they've learned and what they might do given another chance.

Featuring: Jason Field,Jonathan Hood, Jaafer Haidar, Rozin Abbas, Trina FosterRachael Coffin

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Concurrent session descriptions

How can I best connect with others if "networking" isn't my thing? 

"Working the room" is extra tough if you'd rather be alone in your room. As an introvert, just the thought of talking with people you've never met before might make you feel uneasy. And that overwhelming feeling you experience when you walk into a crowded room also means that you're not likely to perform at your best. You might tell yourself that pro-actively interacting with others isn't a necessity when there is so much access to information and so many tools, devices and programs that work to make everything in life as convenient as possible. In reality such thinking will only hinder your ability to most effectively achieve your career goals. Even with all the technological advances that have changed our world, to maximize your career success (not to mention your happiness), networking is necessary.


In this session you will learn how to make networking more enjoyable (or at a minimum, tolerable) by tailoring the process in a way that speaks to your natural strengths and comfort level. You will walk away with a better understanding of alternatives to the archetypal networking event and specific ways to increase your networking effectiveness.

Presenter: Craig Ingram

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Is my bachelor degree enough? 

Whether you've accomplished a degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Information Technology, or Sciences, your degree is worth a lot more than you think! And we're not just talking about the cost of tuition. This thought-provoking session is intentional and purposeful in helping students and recent graduates reach their career goal. This session aims to show value of your degree and the possibilities that are available to you. Hear from those who have recently been in your shoes in trying to decipher their personal career paths and the purposeful tools that helped them achieve their career endeavors!

Presenter: Erik Reed

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How do I get experience without having any? 

Have you ever found that perfect "dream" job through an online job search only to be disappointed that you did not have that X number of years of experience in order to qualify? We have all had our hopes and dreams shattered once or twice before. But, what if we told you there was a way in and around that? What if there was a way to demonstrate that you are experienced in the specified job field and have lots to offer without having physically held a position in the job area before? It almost sounds too good to be true doesn't it? Well, fret no more. The Student Success Centre has got you covered. Join this informative session to learn about how you can gain experience (and that dream job) without having any!


We know how hard it is entering university, there is always so much to do! This session will also focus on getting involved on campus and how you can build your resume right here!

Presenter: Jeff Armour and Karla Pacheco

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How do I translate my graduate degree into my industry job?

Join our diverse group of panelists as they discuss how they have translated their academic degrees into a career outside of academia. Learn about the value of transferable skills gained in an academic setting, the range of opportunities in a variety of settings, and how to look beyond your specific degree title to see potential employment opportunities. This session is tailored to master and doctoral level students, and open to all disciplines.

Presenter: Harman Malhi and Mike Buma

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Whats next? Applying your degree to the real world

Are you unsure of how to take the next steps in your career and transform from student to professional? In today's difficult job market, many students can find the transition into the workforce to be overwhelming. The market is continually changing, employer demands are increasing and competition is tough. But, there are many tips and tricks students can learn before graduating to help them start out on the right track.

In this session you will learn how to navigate the shift from university into the workforce and explore how, when and where to look for relevant opportunities. You will learn how to market yourself to employers and how to stand out among your peers using your degree related skills. We will also investigate current market trends and resources to make sure that you are prepared and informed when planning for your career.

Presenter: Meredith Edwards and Snjezana Linkes

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Float your resume to the top of the applicant pool

Dive in to find out what makes your resume stand out! Meet with professionals in diverse industries to reel in some sleek tips and tricks that will catch employers' attention. Learn how to polish your resume and cover letter to land you that critical interview opportunity. You don't want to miss this catch!


How can you make your application appear desirable when you are competing with 100 other applicants trying just as hard? Learn how to polish your resume and cover letter so that they stand out amongst the masses and land you that critical interview opportunity.

Presenter: Nancy Moulday (Host), Anica Vasic

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Information Interview your way to a job 

Everyone hopes to land an interview or get an opportunity to show themselves to their future employers. What if you swapped roles and YOU conducted the interview? Don't wait for an invitation to interview, make your own!

Join Jeff Watson, the Associate Director of Employer Relations at Western and learn how to facilitate an informational interview. As a result of attending this session, you will know how to source Employers for information interviews, ask intentional questions to make the opportunity count and follow up like a professional to advance the relationship.

Presenter: Jeff Watson

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Create your own job: Entrepreneurial careers for graduate students 

Do you have an idea for an innovative product or service? Do you feel that your knowledge and skills could address a current gap in your community? Even if your answer is "no", perhaps you feel that your job doesn't exist yet. Many graduates are now turning to entrepreneurship to create their own jobs!

Presenters: Sarah Saska and Steven Nazarian

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