Environmental Career Day: useful for University and Community College Students

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:40:00 PM

Pavel Pripa and Julie Quenneville advise students on programs
Photo: Seated on the right, Pavel Pripa (Centre for Environment) and Julie Quenneville (U of T Scarborough's Dept. of Physical and Environmental Sciences) advise a student on the Centre's collaborative environmental programs and PES' Master of Environmental Science Program.

By David Powell

The Centre for Environment was pleased to co-present the 2012 Environmental Career Day on March 2, 2012.  This annual day-long spring event is open to all registered university and community college students, at U of T and elsewhere. With 200 students in attendance in Hart House's Great Hall, it included a career expo with 21 exhibitors from government, consulting and non-governmental organizations, and professional graduate programs at U of T, who provided students with useful information, career advice and many potential career, job and volunteer opportunities.  The successful event is a collaborative effort with the Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS), the Forestry Union of Students (FUS), and the Environmental Students' Union (ENSU).

In addition to the career expo, the day also included presentations by speakers from various sectors in the environmental field.  They discussed and answered questions from students about their own present jobs, how they got there, and the key next steps before and after graduation for advancing one's career, following completion of either their undergraduate or graduate programs - what students should do in order to prepare for future opportunities and possibilities, such as volunteering, and seeking training courses and programs to obtain specific skills, particularly in a tight job market. 

The speakers were University of Toronto alumna Josephine Archbold, Environmental Health Scientist, Intrinsik Environmental Services, Inc.; Dr. Ray Clement, Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory Services Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment; Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance; Alex Gill, Executive Director, Ontario Environmental Industry Association; Glen Matadeen, Employment Coach, U of T Career Centre; and Larissa Sage, fourth year undergraduate student, majoring in Environmental Studies and in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in Physical and Environmental Geography.

The Centre for Environment looks forward to continuing to offer this event, which assists our students as they plan their futures.

David Powell is Undergraduate Student Advisor and Placement Coordinator at the Centre for Environment.  For more information, please contact him at david.powell@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8100.