How to Kickstart Your Career as an Undergraduate Art Student

The RLAS is hosting a panel that showcases 8 students in the Faculty of Arts who have found summer employment in organizations such as the Ontario Public Service, RBC, Ryerson University, MacNicol & Associates Asset Management Inc., and Bluewater Health.

Discover how these individuals have transformed their undergraduate strengths into meaningful employment pre-graduation.

The RLAS is also hosting follow-up workshops to prepare Art students for summer employment. Workshops to look forward to including Mock Interviews, Resume Building, and Networking.

Light refreshments and lunch will be served.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/arts-summer-work-experience-panel-tickets-88679375399

View the Panellists Below:

Shankavy Sivasekaram

Shankavy is currently a 4th-year student in the international economics and finance program. Last summer, she worked as a research assistant for the Ministry of Transportation, for which she will be returning to full-time upon graduation. In her role, she worked on policy evaluations to determine cost-effectiveness and worked in teams to devise safety regulations.

Kaynat Chowdhury

Kaynat is an international student who graduated from Ryerson in 2019 with a B.A. in Sociology. Her experience includes working as a Marketing Assistant at an Asset Management Company.

Bryant M. Serre

Bryant M. Serre is a multidisciplinary researcher in Ryerson’s Geography and Environmental Studies. His work crosses urban system strata to bring equity and nature into our built form. Bryant is a third-year student in the Environment and Urban Sustainability program, pursuing a minor in Geographic Analysis. He is also a first-year student in the Masters of Urban Planning program with a specialty in Urban Design at Dalhousie University. 

Stephanie McNeil

Stephanie McNeil is a third-year student pursuing a major in Environment and Urban Sustainability with a minor in Sociology at Ryerson University. In the summer of 2019, she had the opportunity to work for the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks in the Client Services and Permissions Branch and the Records and Information Management Branch. The experience allowed Stephanie to gain background knowledge about environmental policies and permissions throughout Ontario. 

Selena Jodha

Selena is a fourth-year student pursuing an English major with a minor in French. Last summer she had the opportunity to work at Ryerson in the Student Group Experience Centre as the Volunteer and Student Coordination Assistant. The position enhanced Selena’s skills as a researcher by helping to manage and create materials for the Arts Ambassadors program and the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society. The experience allowed Selena to develop professional relationships with students and faculty in the Faculty of Arts. 

Shazeeda Gafoor

Shazeeda is in her 4th-year of the International Economics and Finance program. Over the summer, she worked with RBC Global Asset Management in the Operations Department under Fund Valuations where she valued securities as a Fund Analyst. The internship helped Shazeeda to understand how her program applies to the real world. It gave her a renewed sense of purpose upon her return to school this fall. 

Emily Mackey

Emily is a third-year English student taking a minor in Politics. This past summer she worked as an intern for the Communications & Public Affairs department at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, ON. Emily’s time at Bluewater Health brought her many experiences and opportunities with healthcare communications, helping to shape her career and educational goals for post-grad studies. 

Cristann Bedasee

Cristann is a 4th-year student in the Geographic Analysis program. She was employed by the Ministry of Education in the summer of 2019. Cristann’s role was to perform tasks related to geospatial analysis by using cartographic software to generate maps expressing spatial data. This experience heightened her interpersonal, research, and problem-solving skills.

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