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Career Education Specialists

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Fenella Amarasinghe
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

famarasinghe@ryerson.ca

 

Education

B.A. Honours, English and History (University of Toronto)
Bachelor of Secondary Education (La Trobe University, Melbourne)

 

Biography
Fenella brings to the Ryerson Career Centre an extensive background in education working at schools in Toronto, New York, London, Seoul and Melbourne. As a teacher and leader she has coached colleagues and conducted professional development workshops. As a counsellor she has advised students as they plan their academic and professional careers.

Throughout her career Fenella has been driven by a passion for helping people reach their full potential.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Fenella is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Nikki Waheed
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Arts

nikki.waheed@ryerson.ca

 

Education

Diploma Human Resources Administration (George Brown College)

 

Biography
Nikki joined the Ryerson Career Centre with six years of experience supporting un- and under-employed jobseekers across the GTA, in both career counselling and jobs placement. Most recently with the Centre for Education & Training, she previously worked with Newcomer Women's Services and the Toronto District School Board. Her career has dually involved preparing clients from diverse backgrounds with securing their next step and working with employers to identify ideal candidates to match their organization's needs. Nikki also brings experience in developing employer support services, career sessions and recruitment events.

Additionally, her work has involved successfully securing government funding and creating collaborations with partner organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Nikki is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Rebecca Dirnfeld 
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Science  

rdirnfeld@ryerson.ca

 

Education
Career and Work Counselor Diploma (George Brown College)
M.A. History (University of Ottawa)
B.A. History (University of British Columbia)

Biography
Rebecca joined Ryerson's Career Centre in September 2014 from the Eisen Consulting Group Inc., where she managed both client and candidate relationships as a Client Services Administrator and Career Researcher. She has also provided  career development training to individuals and groups in the educational sector, coordinating York University's Winters College Peer Mentorship Program, and managing a team of peer coaches working with at-risk students.

Additionally, she gives guidance to students and graduates on the job hunt through social media and via her website which also provides students with a space to share personal experiences in developing their career pathways.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Rebecca is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Tang Choy
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Communication & Design  

tangchoy@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.Sc. Psychology (McGill University)
Career and Work Counselor Diploma (George Brown College)

Biography
Tang has provided career services at 4 Canadian post-secondary institutions, and rejoined the Ryerson team following her work as an Employment Officer at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She has also offered career support at Saint Mary's University, where she was a Career Information Specialist, and York University.

Tang brings a wealth of experience in career development; a great familiarity with our student body; and a passion for helping students leverage social media for personal branding, job search and networking. At Ryerson, she launched the LinkedIn Profile Advising Program and FCAD Career, for the Faculty of Communication and Design.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Tang is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Wincy Li
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Community Services  

wincyli@ryerson.ca

 

Education
M.A. Higher Education (OISE, University of Toronto)
B.A. Psychology (Simon Fraser University)

Biography
Wincy joined the Career Centre in September 2014, having worked as a career educator in both higher education (UofT) and community (Employment Program of BC) settings. She brings considerable experience from the community services sector, having worked with a number of non-profit agencies, including the BC Psychological AssociationSimon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, and the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC.

Wincy is passionate about student success and enhancing student experience in higher education, particularly that of international and first-generation working-class students. She is an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Faculty connection
To see when Wincy is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


Campus Engagement Specialists

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Chi-Chi Egbo 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

cegbo@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Sociology (McMaster University)
Public Relations Certificate (University of Toronto)

 

Biography
Chi-Chi joined Ryerson Career Centre in October 2015. Previously, she was Recruitment and Training Lead at All Languages Ltd, where she specialized in hiring freelance translators. She approaches the career centre with a global mindset, having spent four years managing relationships with international candidates and clients. Chi-Chi has strong experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds and she is interested in the impact of language and culture on career development.

Chi-Chi has developed and implemented HR programs in the areas of recruitment, training and employee engagement.  She is also passionate about the growing freelance economy and presented her ideas on alternative work options at Canada’s very first DisruptHR conference.  


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Dan Traynor 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Communication & Design

dtraynor@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Hons English Langauge & Literature (Queen's University)
M.A. Environmental Studies (University of Toronto)
Fundraising & Volunteer Management Graduate Certificate (Humber College)

 

Biography
Dan comes to Ryerson's Career Centre from Centennial College, bringing significant experience in internal & external stakeholder relations as well as expertise in student, alumni and donor engagement. As a Development & Alumni Officer he was responsible for raising over $450,000 in new scholarship funds for Centennial students. Dan worked with faculty and staff to establish over 30 new annual scholarships, and helped to support recent college graduates through a Young Alumni program.

With a passion for experiential learning, Dan has also worked as a part-time faculty member in Centennial's Recreation and Leisure services program, where he used a skills development approach to increase students' employability post-graduation.


Consultant JP
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Jean-Pierre Fernandes 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Community Services

j4fernan@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Human Rights and Equity (York University)
Social Service Worker Diploma (Humber College)
Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA)

Biography
Jean-Pierre approaches the career centre with a belief in empowerment and a passion for creating opportunities for all persons to succeed. Having worked in the not-for-profit sector as well as in post-secondary, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Ryerson Career Centre. His background includes working with diverse populations to help create bridges and connections with employment as well as the creation of training programs/workshops and job fairs and networking events.

Jean-Pierre has spent a majority of his career working with priority populations with a focus on the LGBT community, having organized trainings surrounding inclusion in the workplace and partnering with a variety of community agencies that serve this community.


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Nayelli Perez 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Science

perezn@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Sociology (New York University)
M.S. School Counselling (Nova Southeastern University, Florida)
M.S. Ed. Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (Hofstra University, New York)
Certified Career Development Professional

 

Biography
Nayelli has four+ years of experience in coordinating career programming and providing career counselling for students and alumni, including non-­traditional, adult learners, and students from equity seeking groups. At the William Paterson University Career Development Centre (New Jersey) she worked with the College of Science & Health and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. At the Hofstra Career Centre, she worked with their School of Business.


Nayelli has cultivated work opportunities for students, developed recruitment strategies  with employers, collaborated with student groups and organizations, coordinated peer advisor and ambassador programs, advised students, and developed and presented career education workshops.


Administration Support

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Brandon Sloan
Strategic Communications Advisor

brandon.sloan@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Honours, Political Studies (Queen's University)

 

Biography
Bringing with him a career honed in communications and political advocacy, Brandon joined Ryerson in July 2015 as Coordinator, Special Projects with OVPS, working across RSA departments. Prior to this, he was Communications Specialist with Health Quality Ontario, responsible for overseeing the organisation's communications and events planning.


Previously, Brandon was Director of Communications with the Ontario University Students' Alliance (OUSA), responsible for the media relations, communication, and marketing plans for the 140,000 strong provincial student advocacy association.


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Christina Liang
Administrative Coordinator

m3liang@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A.S. Administrative Studies (York University)
Diploma Hons Marketing (Seneca College)

Biography
Christina joined the Career Centre in October 2010 after obtained her degree from York University. She is passionate about supporting students to achieve their potentials in and outside Ryerson University. She has more than 6 years of administration and customer service experience in both public and private sectors. Previously, Christina was the Office Administrator and Services Consultant in CNCCA Group, a Toronto based immigration consulting firm.

Christina came to Canada as an international student in 2003 and has been living in Toronto ever since. She is a native Mandarin speaker. 


Management

Director
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Caroline Konrad
Director
caroline.konrad@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Hons Political Science (University of Toronto)
M.A. International Politics (Universite de Paris, XI)

Biography
Caroline joined Ryerson Career Centre as Director in July 2014. Previously, she was Head of Careers and Assistant Director, Student Services at the University of Southampton, England. A Toronto native, she relocated to Europe following her degree, working in Budapest, Brussels and London across the political and media sectors.

Before shifting her focus to post-secondary education, Caroline supported multinational clients with advisory to the European Union government institutions as a consultant with Brunswick Group LLP. Prior to this, Caroline was a member of the Mayor of Budapest’s policy advisor team in the European Parliament. She speaks French and Hungarian.


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Ian Ingles
Operations Manager

iingles@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.Comm. Hons Marketing (University of Guelph)

Biography
Ian joined the Career Centre in 2003 as an Employment Services Coordinator and progressed from there to his current role as the Operations Manager for the Centre. Previously, he was responsible for placing students in IT related positions for a Toronto based career college.

In addition to his duties at the Ryerson Career Centre, Ian has been an active participant with CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) where he served two consecutive terms on the National Board of Directors as Chair of the Ethics Committee. 


Manager Jason J
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Jason John
Manager, Career Education Specialists

jasonjohn@ryerson.ca
 

Education
Bachelor of Business Management (Bharathiar University)
MBA (Marketing & HR) (Bharathiar University)

 

Biography
Jason joined Ryerson Career Centre as Manager, Career Consultants in October 2015. With 14 years of professional experience, he has supported organisations in the Advertising, Education, Retail, Distribution, Telecommunication, IT Solution Sales & Social Media space. 

Born and brought up in Toronto, he moved to India with his family at the age of 13 and completed his formal education. While working in India, he decided it was the right time to return to his roots in Toronto in 2003 and has worked for organsiations like Sears, Bell, Microsoft and Metafore.

Most recently, he invested 3+ years with LinkedIn and had a formidable opportunity of working with a number of Clients including organisations in the Higher Educational space around Talent Branding & Engagement. This is where he noticed there was a gap between students and industry in tapping into the hidden job market and worked to educate students on how to digitally brand themselves and create relationships to find their desired career opportunities.


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Rachel Barreca
Manager of Campus Engagement 

rbarreca@ryerson.ca
 

Education
B.A. Specialized Hons Music (University of Guelph)
Diploma Radio Broadcasting (Algonquin College)
M.A. Education Studies/Person-Centred Education (University of Sussex)

Biography
Rachel joined us in August 2014 after a year as the Acting Coordinator of Student Life Programs at Ryerson. She is a community builder and educator with a passion for transformative learning through the arts. For more than twenty years she has worked in Canadian and British higher education, providing students with opportunities for holistic learning through co-curricular programming in residence life, orientation and transition, student leadership, student activities, and career education at Carleton University, the University of Guelph, and the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle.

Rachel is a musician and currently serves as the Vice President of Folk Music Ontario’s board of directors.

Campus Engagement Ambassador

RCC Student Staff, Kayla

Kayla G. 

Education


Journalism, 3rd year, Faculty of Communication and Design

Meet Kayla


I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I wanted to learn more about what Ryerson offers to students. So far, I have learned so much about what services and resources are available to us, and I enjoy finding new information every day. 

What I look forward to most this summer is continuing to connect with students across campus, as well as connecting with the student and professional staff within the Career Centre and all of Student Affairs. I love working in this environment; the better I understand my surroundings, the more effectively I can deliver our message to the student body.

 

I hope to build a career that allows me to feel fulfilled in and out of work. It's important to enjoy what you do, and it's important to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 


Emma K. 

Education

Journalism, 2nd year, Faculty of Communication and Design

Meet Emma

I strongly believe in helping students achieve their career goals and aspirations. I think it's important for students to utilize the wonderful resources the Career Centre offers. I'm excited to promote these services to students in FCAD!

Outside of my academic life, I love to figure to skate. I used to do competitive figure skating, but quit when I was in high school. I try and get back on the ice as often as I can; it helps relive stress and it's a great form of exercise.

My favourite movie genre is thriller/suspense. I love a good plot twist. (One of my favourite plot twists is in the movie The Usual Suspects - watch it!)


Fahim K.

Education

Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Meet Fahim

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it allows me to utilize my existing skills, abilities and passion to benefit a large number of fellow students while allowing me to develop new skills and gain experience. I have creative ideas which can be implemented to address some important career related/professional issues that are faced by the students of Ryerson University. I also want to diversify the services provided by Career center making it more engaging and accessible to every student on campus, more specifically my own faculty--- Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.

Outside of work/school I enjoy getting involved in my community and helping people in need. I am a former president of Ryerson Orphan Sponsorship Program and currently the vice president of fundraising of Engineer Without Border Ryerson and director of academic affairs of Mechanical Engineering Course Union. I am also the city youth councilor of ward 8 of City of Toronto representing 25000+ youth of that ward.

I am super interested in politics. I have sweet teeth; love pastry and cookies. I also love watching TV shows specifically "Suits".


Janusan B. 

Education

Biomedical Science, 3rd year, Faculty of Science

Meet Janusan

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it is an organization that recognizes the needs of students and are constantly looking for innovative ways to best help the students of Ryerson. I personally got to benefit from these services and I would like to be an advocate for what the Career Centre can offer to other students.

Outside of work/school I enjoy filming. I have recently gotten a camera and am looking forward to putting in many hours behind the lens.

My favourite movie genres are heist and comedy movies. I love movies such as Italian Job, and The Oceans Trilogy. These movies have great scenes of camaraderie. It's great to see a team work together to accomplish a goal (even if its robbing a casino).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kevan D.

Education

Sociology, 3rd year, Faculty of Arts

Meet Kevan

I chose to apply and work for the Career Centre because I wanted to help my peers prepare for their futures. The Career Centre not only creates and environment that fosters my professional and personal growth, it also gives me the ability to promote their services so my peers can too have the same experience.

I hope to build a career where I am able to combine my love for creativity and my insatiable need to help others, on both a macro and micro level.

Outside of School, I enjoy all sorts of creative writing, I also compete and preform as a spokenword artist.


Michael P. 

Education

Business Management - Marketing, 3rd year, Ted Rogers School of Management

Meet Michael

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because of the work environment that the Career Centre offers. It is a welcoming, safe space where you are able to be yourself and be able to express and share ideas that impact the Ryerson community.

I hope to build a career in Digital Marketing, or Brand Management - I love to combine my interests for the media and arts and my interests in marketing and data analysis.

My favourite hobby is Photography - being able to capture images that tell stories and convey emotions is something powerful that I absolutely love!


Naomi M.

Education

Creative Industries, 2nd year, Faculty of Communication & Design

Meet Naomi

I hope to build a career that involves elements such as interaction with other people, travel and an opportunity to express my creativity. Ultimately, I strive for a career where I will genuinely enjoy going to work everyday.

Outside work/school, I enjoy trying new foods/restaurants, watching movies, and traveling -- whether it be exploring the city around me, or a completely new place.

 

 

My favorite movie genre is Romantic Comedies, because I'm a sucker for romance plots, and when you combine the cheesy stuff with comedy, it doesn't get any better. My all-time fave is 50 First Dates, but I love any Adam Sandler movie. I also love feeling good after watching a film, so RomComs are definitely my go to.

 

 

 


Saba M. 

Education

Sociology, 4th year, Faculty of Arts

Meet Saba

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I had heard from previous employees that the staff were amazing to work with, which was really important to me! Additionally, I wanted to work in a different environment than what I was used to in the past. I also wanted to help students learn more about what the Career Centre has to offer them so that they can make full use of all the services throughout their time at Ryerson.

I hope to build a career in social justice work, both within and outside of NGOs that work with refugee and immigration aid.

Outside work/school, I enjoy spending time at Indigo or exploring hidden gems around the city that involve coffee.


Tanzina N. 

Education

Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Meet Tanzina

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I believed that I can bring forth awareness of the services that the Career Centre provides to students and emphasize the importance of building up certain skills through useful events. I've also heard how friendly and inclusive the environment at the Career Centre is and so to be able to work with such passionate individuals who all want to help students is a great honour.

I hope to build a career where I can combine my love for engineering with my humanitarian aspirations. At this point it is quite a general goal in life, however I know that through the experiences I have I will be able to make my passions a reality and it will most definitely align with my career.

Outside of work/school, I enjoy filming and editing videos as it lets me enter a whole other world of self expression. I love to capture moments or even tell my stories through the medium of videos. Apart from this, I enjoy learning parkour!


Customer Service Advisor

Krish T. 

Education

Nutrition and Food, 2nd year, Faculty of Community Services

Meet Krish

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because the Career Centre has been extremely helpful in beginning to develop my own career path, and I think it's important that students and alumni make use of the resources we provide to advance in their field.

I hope to build a career in educating people on just how easy healthy eating can be, regardless of how much time or how many resources you have available to put into your diet!

Outside work/school, I enjoy baking, Running, Yoga, Shopping and TV Shows


Nadine G. 

Education

Chemistry, 4th year, Faculty of Science

Meet Nadine

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because working as a Customer Service Advisor at the Career Centre is a great way to be involved with the Ryerson community outside of the classroom. I greatly enjoy the contact to the Ryerson community and being able to assist students and alumni to benefit from the services the Career Centre has to offer.

I hope to build a career in sustainable and inclusive development. I am planning to build a career in the international non-governmental sector, where I would like to be involved in projects that focus on renewable energy schemes and sustainable growth for less developed countries.

My favourite music is classical, jazz and soft rock and opera!


Shea N. 

Education

Criminology, Minor in Law, 2nd year, Faculty of Arts

Meet Shea

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it is an opening to a better understanding of the University as a whole, along with an opportunity to be exposed to the resources students have available to them. In holding this position I seek to provide excellent service to students and community members along with promoting the amazing services that the Career Centre has to offer.

I hope to build a career in the legal industry following my undergraduate degree, with a plan to attend law school.

Outside work/school, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.


Digital Community & Research Intern

Student Staff, Kenzie

Kenzie G.

Education

Politics and Governance, 2nd year, Faculty of Arts

Meet Kenzie

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I felt it would be an excellent opportunity to network and contribute to the Ryerson community.

What I look forward to most this summer is the Linkedin and Civic Action event!

I hope to build a career in Canadian politics, focusing on women involvement and eventually becoming a politician.


Employer Engagement Assistant

Hannah R.

Education

Business Management, 2nd year, Ted Rogers School of Management 

Meet Hannah

I choose to work at the Career Centre because I strongly believe it is one of the most important services offered at Ryerson University. I also enjoy the environment they have created for their employees.

I hope to build a career by doing the things I love, whilst always learning new things and taking on new challenges!

Outside of work/school I enjoy being with my friends and family. I love doing new things and eating good food!


Student Staff - Jacky Q.

Jacky Q.

Education

Business Technology Management, 2nd year, Ted Rogers School of Management 

Meet Jacky

What I look forward to most this summer is the chance to work on various projects for the Career Centre ​

I hope to build a career in management consulting.

Outside of work/school I am: a foodie, video game/board game/cartoon enthusiast, Toronto Raptors fan, recreational gym rat, and a proud Lannister.


Resume and Online Profile Advisors

Susanne student staff

Susanne N. 

Education

Social Work, 3rd year, Faculty of Community Services

Meet Susanne

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I have been working here for 2 years and with each new opportunity I get the chance to partake in provides me with new skills that contribute to my professional development.

What I look forward to most this summer is providing students with the necessary knowledge so they feel equipped and prepared to enter the job force.

Outside of work and school I enjoy being involved on campus as I currently hold multiple executive positions in a variety of course unions and student groups.


Jon B. 

Education

Industrial Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Meet Jon

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I wanted to work with great people! And I have experience working one-on-one and looking over resumes.

I hope to build a career in engineering, as close to being an inventor as possible!

Outside of work/school, I enjoy taking improv classes at Second City on Sundays.


Katharine H. 

Education

Business Management - Human Resources, 4th year, Ted Rogers School of Management

Meet Katharine

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it's a great opportunity to meet other students across campus. I learn something new from each individual I interact with while working here. It's a very supportive environment and an excellent place that gives me multiple opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.

I hope to build a career in recruitment after gaining my Certified Human Resources Professional designation.

Outside of work/school, I enjoy watching comedy shows, and reading thriller and suspenseful books.


Lavinia T. 

Education

Creative Industries, 3rd year, Faculty of Communications and Design

Meet Lavinia

I'm going on my third year at the Career Centre. I think it's a fun and supportive environment to work in, and I enjoy working with other students.

I'm kind of a multipotentialite (check out the TED Talk). I haven't quite settled on one path yet. I have a lot of interests I can potentially pursue, so I'll see where my current opportunities can lead me.

I love music, dancing, biking, and making art.


Milaina M. 

Education

Psychology, 4th year, Faculty of Arts

Meet Milaina

I have developed strong relationships with the professionals and student staff here. Working at the Career Centre provides me with various opportunities for personal and professional development. Last year, I gained strong public speaking and outreach skills as a Campus Engagement Ambassador. This year, I will continue to develop my communication and advisory skills as a ROPA.

I hope to build a career in mental health and social advocacy, working with marginalized populations such as the LGBTQ community and Indigenous populations.

My favourite hobby is cuddling with my 7 cats for emotional support.


Sandra O. 

Education

Human Resources/Finance, 3rd year, Ted Rogers School of Management

Meet Sandra

I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I believe it is an excellent way to make a positive contribution to the Ryerson community. I am passionate about helping students achieve academic success. It is important to help current and graduating students develop critical thinking skills, set specific goals and find best solutions when searching for jobs.

I hope to build a career as a Human Resources Professional in Training and Development as well as Compensation; and work in consulting and education.

Outside of work/school, I enjoy getting involved with many student groups on campus, exploring new places or learning new skills, volunteering in public speaking and supporting eco-friendly community service projects.