Archives

Lisa Francis-Jennings

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • BA 1981 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Accounting

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Owner, StratAffect
  • Leadership Programme Partner, Odgers Berndtson Luxembourg
  • Manager of client services
  • Training & development design & implementation, organisational change, leadership assessment & development

In the Media

“Financial courses will be useful no matter what you end up doing in the future. It is a great base for most careers and critical if you ever plan to start your own business.”

Lisa Robles

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 2000 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Learning & Development and Training Coordination experience in a Nuclear and Hydro-Thermal power generation environment

“Get more involved in extra curricular groups and events. I didn’t have the mentoring programmes you have, so I would use those as well to speak with mentors and get tips and advice.

Simon Erlich

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 2014 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“The university is a diverse place with diverse people. Take advantage of that by learning from those around you and engaging in the immense variety of opportunities. Whatever you do, do not just stay in your room and study; the world requires you to do much more than describe the Theory of Relativity or the stylistic prose of Mark Twain.”

nic headshot

Nic Weststrate

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2007 UTM

Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Every day, try to talk to someone who is very different from you. Ask open questions and listen to understand, not just to hear. You will learn much more from people’s stories than any textbook. (But also read your textbook… before class).”

Logan Blair

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2019 Woodsworth College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Physiology, Immunology

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Get involved outside the classroom earlier. Focus on what study skills suit you best, which frees up time for clubs, work, or research opportunities.”

Darren Abramson

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 1998 Innis College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“I would tell myself that it’s OK not to have everything figured out, and that study/research skills, personal development, and cultivation of hard work and curiosity are all more important than the details of my program and course choices. Also, I would have told my younger self that success at any endeavour is just the tip of a large iceberg, the remainder of which almost no one will ever see.

 

Isabella Fink

Isabella Fink

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • BA 2017 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Cinema Studies

Outside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

  • Outdoor Wilderness Education
  • Freelance Film Production
  • Copywriting
  • Film workshop curriculum design and teaching for middle school

“Get involved in extracurriculars to help build community and connection in areas you are interested in, either career related or just personal interest!”

Afriyie Donyina

Afriyie Donyina

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 2004 New College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Education professional with teaching experience at various private schools
  • Member of TESL Ontario and TESL Canada
  • Knowledgeable in educational technology, curriculum development, instructional design, multimedia, and leadership

“Participate in internships and co-op programs during university. It is important to explore different career options before you graduate.”

Kelly Burton

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 2004 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Let your courses and professors spark your inspiration. One of my favourite classes was “Sociology of Aids” – which introduced me to Malcolm Gladwell and the concept of tipping point, which inspired me to explore that concept against the backdrop of consumer products (and marketing) and climate change. School is the match, you make the fire.”

Eric Daro

Eric Daro

FacetDescription
Graduation Year

  • HBA 2005 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: International Relations

Outside the Classroom

  • Fraternity member
  • Student caller, U of T alumni office
Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Valet, retail salesperson, and door-to-door fundraiser (3 years)
  • Office Coordinator, IT division, financial firm
  • Manager, Student calling program, University of Saskatchewan
  • Director, Annual Fund, University of Alberta (3 years)
  • Director, Individual Giving, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

“Look beyond your immediate surroundings and leverage your strengths to get opportunities you otherwise would not. I was comfortable moving around and made strategic moves to other provinces and even countries to position my experience in a way that opened up opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Never get too comfortable, especially in today’s economy, and always have a plan for your next step. At least have a vision of where you want to end up in terms of position, industries, etc.

Try to (and I know it is hard when you start out) think of areas and types of work that makes you the most “happy” as you don’t want to spend years building a career in a field you don’t find rewarding. When you do find the job or field you want to work in try everything to get a foot in the door, even it it takes volunteering or interning for a while.