Professional Development Resources

Invest in Your Future Career Symposium 2016

Thank you to all who joined us for our first career symposium, Invest in Your Future* Nov. 8-9, 2016. In case you missed it, we have added the recorded live stream videos and some presentations to this resource page.

The following sessions were live streamed:

Current Employment Trends for Graduate Students
Marshall Boyd, Labour Economist, Government of Alberta

A graduate degree changes expectations in the labour market. Learn about what salary you can expect to achieve, and how employment compares across Alberta and Canada. Marshall will share his experiences working for Alberta Human Services. He will offer valuable insight into what skills the Government of Alberta is looking for, and what job areas are in demand.

Marshall Boyd is a labour economist with Alberta Human Services. He specializes in analyzing the movements in and out of Human Services’ workforce. The Workforce Planning Branch combines internal human resources information with macroeconomic indicators to form a more complete picture of employee intentions, particularly regarding retirement. Marshall completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Alberta and holds a master’s degree in economics from York University.

Now what? How to Navigate Your Career
Dr. Marvin Washington, Associate Professor, University of Alberta School of Business Adjunct Professor: Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation

Figuring out “what you want to be when you grow up”, is a question that everyone faces. Marvin has helped high school graduates, millennials, “gen x’ers” as well as newly retired professionals answer this question. To answer this question, he thinks there are four key questions that need to be addressed: Why are you here? Where are you going? Where is your perimeter? and What are you doing? In this session, drawing on examples as diverse as St. Theresa, Charlie Brown, Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride), and Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption) Marvin will provide a framework, and some tips to help you begin to answer the question, “What do I want to do with my life?”

Marvin Washington’s research, consulting, and teaching focus is on processes of organizational and institutional change. He teaches courses on strategic management, organizational change and leadership in numerous Executive Education Programs at the University of Alberta. He has worked with the government leaders of the Country of Botswana since 1999 and the State of Oregon since 2009. Prior to life in academia, Marvin was an operations manager for Procter and Gamble where he was responsible for Zest Bar Soap.

Now what? How to Navigate Your Career Presentation 

Figuring out “what you want to be when you grow up”, is a question that everyone faces. Marvin has helped high school graduates, millennials, “gen x’ers” as well as newly retired professionals answer this question. To answer this question, he thinks there are four key questions that need to be addressed: Why are you here? Where are you going? Where is your perimeter? and What are you doing? In this session, drawing on examples as diverse as St. Theresa, Charlie Brown, Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride), and Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption) Marvin will provide a framework, and some tips to help you begin to answer the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” This session will be live streamed.

Innovation: A Strategy for Success
Katie McLean, Territory Manager, Western Canada, Google

As you complete your graduate journey, how do you decide which path to take and which organization is right for you? Google is known for innovation and tough hiring practices with over two million people a year vying for the 10,000 available spots. What makes Google and other organizations like Google such amazing places to work and what are they looking for? Learn how to align your skills and passions with the company that resonates with you while staying on the forefront of innovation.

Katie McLean has a background in sales, marketing and alliances with technology companies such as Xerox, HP, Oracle and Google. As a Trustee for the Alberta Cancer Foundation and Chair of Joe's Team Calgary, she loves contributing to her community. She has a passion for guiding young people to pursue their dreams and interests in the technology field.

The following presentations are also available:

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset Presentation 
Evan Hu, Entreprenuer 

The Lean Startup provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups to get a desired product to customer’s hands faster. Evan Hu reviews the Lean Startup, covering its principles, approach and application in start-up and established institutions while adding his insights into developing an entrepreneurial mindset.  

Evan Hu is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded and was co-CEO of the ERP technology consulting firm OmniLogic which grew to over 500 staff in five offices across Canada before being acquired in 1998 by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He was one the original founders of Canada's largest independent music label MapleCore, the charity UEnd, and Ideaca, a management and technology consulting firm until it was acquired by Hitachi Solutions in 2013. Evan is a certified executive coach working with entrepreneurs, executives and senior managers of start-up and high growth enterprises. He is an active tech investor both as investment angel and venture capital limited partner.

Networking for Success with the Training Warehouse 
Deborah J. Cox, President and Managing Director of Microbusiness Training Centre Inc and Training Warehouse
Jim Spiers, Facilitator, Training Warehouse

Business networking is an effective and efficient way for business people to connect, develop meaningful relationships, and grow their businesses. Good networking includes being interested in helping others, in listening, and in purposefully meeting and introducing people to one another. In this presentation, you will be introduced to the essential ingredients for business networking including in-person people-centered connections, and tips to network effectively.

Deborah J. Cox holds a diploma in Hospitality Management from NAIT and studied Management Effectiveness from the UK. Deb is a talented trainer and business coach with an extensive background in sales, marketing, business development and executive management having worked for a number of global hospitality organizations prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 1998. Her interests include networking, golf, travel, entertaining friends and family and social entrepreneurship. She is an active member of Management Advisory (NAIT), FuturPreneur, and Capital Ideas Edmonton.

 

Jim Spiers is a grad of the University of Saskatchewan and an accomplished facilitator who has delivered hundreds of learning sessions in the past 20 years. He is an active member of the Canadian Marketing Association, the Advertising Club of Edmonton, and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. In his career, he has worked in the brewing industry, food processing, catering and camp services, agricultural equipment, media and charitable organizations including Junior Achievement and United Way to name a few. He is a passionate presenter on topics of sales, marketing and career development. Jim enjoys hiking, winemaking, 12 string guitar, and grandchildren.

 

*Made possible by funding from the Government of Alberta.