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iLaunch My Career

A Conference for UOIT Graduates

UOIT Career Centre invites you to attend a one day career conference to help launch your career after graduation. Join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at UOIT for a series of interactive and practical workshops. Take control of your future and register below!

When: Tuesday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: UOIT Faculty of Education building, 11 Simcoe Street North.

What to Expect

  • Get professional LinkedIn photos taken
  • Hear what employers look for from a panel of hiring managers and recruiters
  • Keynote speaker discussing their career path
  • Learn practical work readiness skills


9:45 to 11:45 a.m. - Session 1

Who Do You Think You Are? Self-exploration for Career Decision-Making

Facilitators: Alison Macpherson and Erin McKenney

Engage in a fun and interactive self-reflection exercise to help you explore how your interests, abilities and values align with potential career areas and to the world of work. Insights will be recorded on a worksheet and developed throughout the workshop for you to use to further explore career options.

1 TO 2 P.M. - SESSION 2

Networking: How to find common interests, initiate small talk and get the most out of a contact

Facilitator: Tracy James-Hockin

Do you sometimes find it stressful and difficult meeting new people? Not sure how to start networking? Learn how to interact within the professional world and be successful at Job Fairs to Wine and Cheese Networking events.


Crafting an Impactful Resume and Cover Letter

Facilitator: Darren Grant

You will learn important components of an effective resume, how to create competency-based accomplishment statements that capture an employer’s attention and how to express your unique skills, knowledge and experience to best fit the needs of a particular position. Learn how to create a cover letter that will make the employer want to read your resume.

2:15 TO 3:15 P.M. - SESSION 3

Get LinkedIn: Understanding How and Why You Should Use LinkedIn

Facilitator: Shenelle Payne Cuffy

In an era where social media impacts your search, you will learn how to use LinkedIn to build connections, seek out employment opportunities, and build your professional brand.


Outwit, Outplay, Outlast: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Next Interview

Facilitator: Anne Coulby

In this interactive workshop, you will learn effective strategies to succeed before, during, and after an interview. The importance of soft skills and how to emphasize these skills in a behavioural based interview using the STAR technique.

3:25 TO 4:25 P.M. - SESSION 4

Panel Discussion

Guest Speakers

Keynote speaker:

Christopher Grol, student Development Specialist- Indigenous Programming at UOIT

From a very young age, Christopher Grol knew he wanted to help people but wasn’t sure how. It wasn’t until he learned more about the brain that he not only mapped out his path to care for others but found a community to call his own.

He works at UOIT  as a Student Development Specialist – Indigenous Programming. In this role, he does one-on-one counseling, traditional or ceremonial services and conducts Indigenous programming such as the Youth Healing Circle and Youth for Change. His work often takes him into the community for events that bring awareness to the OCHC services to associated communities. 


  • Kylie Crawford - Human Resources, UOIT

    Kylie was hired at UOIT in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant after completing a year as a Work Study Student. Since 2014, Kylie has had multiple roles within the Human Resources Department including Administrative Assistant, HRIS Officer and Business Support Analyst. Kylie is a UOIT alumni and graduated from the Faculty of Business and IT with a Bachelor of Commerce. 

  • Julie Day - Human Resources, UOIT

    For over twenty years, Julie has worked within the private and public educational sectors and the majority of this time has been spent in human resources. For 10 years Julie has been part of the HR team at UOIT and in her current role as HR Advisor, she provides advice and support in functional areas including recruitment and selection, performance development, employee and labour relations, health and safety, disability management and organizational development.  Julie is a proponent of career networking and believes strongly in the value of self-promotion through personal, professional and academic contacts. 

  • Parisa Sairafi - Clinical Research Study Assistant/Study Coordinator, University Health Network (UHN)

    Parisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors), Major in Biological Sciences from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  Over the past three years, Parisa has had the opportunity to work with both the UHN Biobank as well as the Genitourinary Biobank in a research capacity. She furthered her professional knowledge and passion for research through involvement in a number of clinical research initiatives including; assisting with the development of a research protocol targeting the collection and preservation of human tissue Intra-operatively during surgical procedures to ensure viability of samples being used for studies. She has participated in several research autopsies on deceased cancer patients, collecting tumor tissue for use by pathologists and researchers. Parisa has independently developed a research protocol to extract and examine the integrity of both DNA and RNA from human blood specimens, to ensure viability of snap frozen biological samples ex-vivo. Within the Genitourinary Biobank, she continues to consent patients that are eligible for studies and lead a prospective clinical trial that targets the detection of recurrent tumors in bladder cancer patients. Her experiences at UHN have provided a wide range of skills that have aided in professional growth and passion for the field of science.

  • Melanie Seymour - Canadian Professional Sales Association Branch Manager, Durham Region Branch

    Melanie graduated with a 3 year Business Administration Diploma from St Lawrence College, Kingston Campus. Having been in the staffing industry since 1992, Melanie has gained a reputation as a keen business person, who "thinks outside the box" . She obtained her Certified Sales Professional designation from the Canadian Professional Sales Association in 1998 and was the first in the personnel industry to do so. As Branch Manager, she oversees all client successes and issues alike for the Durham Region office and her branches have always been top performers.  Melanie celebrated her 21st year with Adecco in January 2017.  She is an avid community volunteer and was involved in coaching, executive and board of directors positions for girls Hockey, slo pitch, women’s softball and community service boards for over 20 years.

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