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Job Searching During a Pandemic

July 02, 2020
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maurice Fernandes and Emma Hartley, Ryerson Career and Coop Centre

Maurice Fernandes and Emma Hartley
Ryerson Career and Coop Centre


Job searching for new grads can be challenging, but what happens when they are faced with an unprecedented global pandemic? Join members of the Ryerson Career & Co-op Team as they share strategies on how to:

  • Prioritize wellness
  • Research the labour market
  • Highlight transferable skills
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Think long term


Maurice Fernandes (He/Him)

Maurice is an award-winning HR professional with over 20 years of experience specializing in recruitment, employment brand, early talent acquisition, and career education. Maurice's HR/Recruitment experience has taken him as far west as Silicon Valley and as far east as Prince Edward Island. Maurice was responsible for an early talent acquisition program that was recognized by Canada's Top Employers for Young People. Maurice has spoken about HR/recruitment best practices and labour trends at a variety of conferences and campuses and contributed to articles for the Globe and Mail, and the Canadian HR Reporter. Maurice is currently a member of the Ryerson Careers & Co-op Centre and has the privilege of supporting the Faculty of Science Undergraduate student population.

Emma Hartley (She/ Her)

Emma is a media professional with over 15 years experience in the entertainment industries and possesses a proven passion for launching careers. As a Career Education Specialist for the Faculty of Communication and Design, Emma is able to combine her passion for the creative sector with her dedication to training and mentorship. Emma has worked in the US, UK and Canada across both TV and feature films, holding positions such as Head of Development at Vertigo Films, London and Director of Development at Muse Entertainment, Canada. Emma recently chaired the Next Steps Committee, devising career readiness programming for the Toronto non-profit media training program, POV. She has volunteered as an industry guest with organizations such as the Canadian Film Centre and National Screen Institute, and has served as a juror for the International Emmy's Sir Peter Ustinov Television Screenwriting Award, Webfest TO and Shaw Rocket Fund’s Startoon Competition.

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