Career networking event popular with OISE students
October 27, 2011
Special to OISE
Cathy Cui and Miranda Zeng (left) were among close to 100 students from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE) who participated in an interactive panel with OISE faculty and alumni to discuss career and networking strategies this week.
The event provided OISE students a unique opportunity to hear from and network with other students, faculty, and alumni professionals from diverse disciplines working in community, government and higher education organizations. The evening kicked off with a welcome address from Ruth Childs, OISE's new associate dean of innovations and opportunities. The panel included Carol Campbell, associate professor in educational administration, A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, principal consultant at Research and Evaluation Consulting, Liang-Hsuan Chen, OISE alumni Richard De Gaetano of Social Planning Toronto, Renee Kwan of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Glen Matadeen, an employment coach at the University of Toronto Career Centre.
Bryan Gopaul, a PhD candidate in higher education at OISE who led the panel through a discussion of career options, networking ideas and skill-development opportunities, noted, “career conversations usually don’t happen formally, and this is a venue where they can take place. This event was designed to deliberately put people in spaces to have actual conversations about what can be done after a degree is complete: at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
The organizers, including OISE Student Services and department staff, were on hand to provide survey data tracking OISE graduates' plans and paths in recent years.
For more information about the panelists, please see the program.