Alumni share career insight

York students in the Computer Science and Information Technology program recently learned more about the labour market, after attending a career day hosted by York University’s Career Centre in partnership with the Computer Science Department.

The event was so popular that there was standing room only – nearly 90 students were in attendance, with a further 25 turned away due to lack of space.

Students patiently awaited the opportunity to ask career-related questions to three York University alumni, who are using their degrees successfully in the workplace. The alumni reflected on their personal experiences in the computer science/IT industry. John Kirkwood (BFA ’85; BA ’98) of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Lam (BA ’00) of RBC Investments, and Philip Cox (BSc ’00) of IBM shared stories about their career paths and provided helpful tips to students on how to job search in their discipline.

During the relaxed and comfortable discussion, the panelists reflected, often humorously, on experiences they’ve encountered throughout their academic and professional journeys. One of the best aspects of the evening was the panelists’ ability to combine insight and expertise with passion and commitment toward the work they do.

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The above article was sent to YFile by York’s Career Centre.