Career Fest 2006 will feature alumni discussing their career success stories

Students regularly ask, “What can I do with my degree?” To help them learn about the myriad career options that they can construct for themselves, a new event is being piloted this year by York’s Alumni Office, Faculty of Arts, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Career Centre, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Science & Engineering, and Student Community & Leadership Development. The Possibilities Week: Career Fest 2006 is taking place on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 and will showcase alumni who are using their York degrees to lead innovative work. Over 50 alumni will participate in 14 discussion panels in areas ranging from “Counselling & Support” and “Government & Public Service” to “The Arts & Culture” and “Development & Globalization”.

For example, Norm Than (BA ‘02), a graduate of Psychology and East Asian Studies, has been working as a ship’s photographer for a cruise line and recently published his first book of photography. “My career has nurtured and heightened my creative talents and has also uncovered and developed many of my hidden attributes I never thought I had,” said Than. “My degree gave me the courage and confidence to be proactive, not only in my career search, but in life.”

Right: Norm Than

Than will be one of the panelists sharing his insights and experience and answering students’ questions during the “Writing & Publishing” session on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 6:30pm in Accolade East ACE 003.

For a full list of the panel topics and alumni speakers, students can go to the Possibilities Week: Career Fest 2006 Web site. Audience space is limited and seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.