What can you do with your degree?

What can you do with your degree?

A career exploration panel series

Learn how you can make the leap from university to a rewarding career.

  • Hear from industry experts about career options in specific industries—and how they broke into their sectors
  • Learn about the current job market
  • Get meaningful advice on your career plans
  • Figure out your next steps after graduation

PLUS Attend the 1-hour panel to hear from all speakers—stay after to connect with panelists one-on-one!

Register for this event (in the LIM calendar under the 'events' tab) or stop by on the day.

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know at UVicCoopCareerEvents@uvic.ca as far in advance as possible.

SCHEDULE

WHEN

WHERE

SESSION

FOR STUDENTS STUDYING...*

Wed, Feb 13
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Clearihue A202

What can you do with your degree in Humanities

Humanities

* All students are welcome to attend any session.

About the panelists

Kathleen Assaf - Director of Strategic Data Policy, BC Government

Kathleen Assaf is Director of Strategic Data Policy for the Integrated Data Division at the Provincial Government. She leads complex multi-stakeholder policy projects on the use of data to benefit British Columbians.

Cameron Butt - Director of Engagement, BC Green Party

Cameron Butt is the Director of Engagement for the BC Green Party. He is in charge of the Party’s fundraising and field programs, and makes daily use of the skills and knowledge he gained studying English literature at UVic and the University of Waterloo. In his spare time, he volunteers to help the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival raise money. 

Emma Fanning - Founder of Little Fox Design

Emma Fanning is the Founder of Little Fox Design, an eco-conscious branding and design studio. She specializes in minimalist graphic design (branding, print design, and logos) that considers the future of her clients’ companies and the environment.

Wesley MacInnis - Marketing and Sales Coordinator, Chateau Victoria Hotel

Wesley MacInnis is the Marketing & Sales Coordinator at Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites. The position merges communications, business development, and computer science in the tourism industry. He acts as a liaison between the hotel management and sales department; between the hotel and industry partners; and most importantly, between the hotel and its guests. From June to October of last year, Wesley also served as the Communications Director for the campaign to re-elect Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps.

Jessica Woollard - Communications officer, Greater Victoria Public Library

Jessica Woollard is a communications officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library. Storytelling is her specialty, whether she communicates through marketing copy, social media, public relations, or feature writing. Over the last decade, she has worked as a researcher, teacher, communications professional, and freelance writer.

Brittany Vis - Associate Director/Curator, Maritime Museum of BC

Brittany Vis is the Associate Director/Curator at the Maritime Museum of BC. In addition to working with the collections and exhibits, she is also involved with operational and development duties such as grant writing and oversight of public activities.

Words of wisdom: advice from past panelists

Jessica Woollard (English, History) – Communications Officer, Greater Victoria Public Library

One piece of career advice you would give to your undergraduate self?

I would tell my undergraduate self to take advantage of opportunities to gain professional experience at university. I focused on my studies — which is very important and helped me get scholarships for graduate school — but I wish I had made time to write for the school paper, have a radio show, run for student union. Once you’re in the working world, these kinds of opportunities are harder to come by. At university, they are there for you on a platter. If, for example, you ever think you’ll be interested in doing a radio show, don’t wait till you’re out of school and “have more time to fit it in” — you won’t. Do it now!

How did you end up on your career path? What was most helpful in guiding you along the way?

I had been leaning toward a career in education when a chance encounter in my undergraduate degree set me on my path to work in communications. I took a film studies class in second year and met a mature student auditing the class. I bumped into this woman at a Blockbuster the summer after the class had ended, and she offered me a job on the spot. It turns out she owned a private business school that helped people start their own businesses, teaching them about writing a business plan, marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, and everything you’d need to know to become an entrepreneur. She remembered how I conducted myself in class and the kind of work I produced and felt I’d be a great fit with her office. I became a marketing assistant for the school and worked there for three years before I moved out west to go to graduate school.

What has been most helpful to guide me along in my career is to always put my best foot forward — be professional, be reliable, produce good work, accept criticism with grace, and yearn to learn more.

How difficult or easy was it for you to land your first co-op or your first job after graduation?

Once I finished my Master’s, I started freelance writing to build my portfolio and gain more experience in professional writing, so I could land a job in communications. Then, an opportunity came my way to teach high school at an independent school. I thought carefully about the chance that had presented itself. I didn’t have a teaching certificate, and I was being given this opportunity. I said yes. After my year of teaching, I decided my instincts had been right; I wanted to work in communications. My first job in the field? Working for an independent school, a job I might not have gotten if I hadn’t had the year of teaching experience at an independent school.

Nathan Müller (Engineering) – Mechanical Engineer, StarFish Medical

How did you end up on your career path? What was most helpful in guiding you along the way?

The ability to integrate new practices into what was a standard degree. I followed my passion and adjusted my mechanical engineering path to include biomedical, and this opened new doors and got me where I am today. 

Who has inspired you? Were there any important mentors you had along the way?

My professors through school and my managers at my co-op placements and beyond. I appreciate their patience with my unexpected questions and their willingness to pass on their knowledge and advice.

How difficult or easy was it for you to land your first co-op or your first job after graduation?

Difficult to get a lead, but I was lucky that my previous co-op placements suited my passions in my field, and this lined me up to get my current job during an informational interview.  

What kind of personality do you like to hire as an employer (or if not applicable, what personality traits do you think have helped you in the workplace)?

The ability to work together in a team to accomplish difficult and challenging projects to a finished state, with a satisfied client, is the goal. Traits include the ability to work with people from all backgrounds, encourage others ideas while advocating their own, confidence in their own abilities with the drive to learn more. 

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Once the panels are set, you'll be able to register for sessions through LearninginMotion—just sign in with your Netlink ID and visit the events calendar to register for your session!

More industry sessions in spring 2019.