SHIFT Professional Development Conference for Graduate Students

SHIFT 2020 Webinar Series

Earlier this spring, we were disappointed to have to cancel our annual SHIFT Professional Development Conference for graduate students, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, we have been working behind the scenes to switch these sessions to webinars, so you will still be able to access the fabulous content we had planned.

Whether you are just beginning to think about what comes next, wanting to kick-start or energize some career action, there is something for you at SHIFT! We have a great roster of dynamic and passionate experts who have some fresh ideas about how to make the most of your graduate education.

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We have uploaded the video recordings of some of the sessions to make them accessible for those that couldn’t make it. Please reach out to the session facilitator if you have further questions. More videos will be added as they become available.

Shift Webinar Series Sessions

Interviewing is more than just having the right answers! Come and hear about tips and tricks to make you stand out in your interview and be the most prepared that you can be. Topics will include Master the Interview Questions, The Psychology of Interviewing and How to Make Them Like You. You do not want to miss this session as you prepare for your next great opportunity!


Ashley Chimenti, Manager, Career Education, Goodman School of Business
Kristen Nilsen, Talent Development Specialist, Career Education, Goodman School of Business

In this session you will engage in a dialogue on the role chance plays in your career. Based on the theoretical foundation of planned happenstance (Krumboltz) and chaos theories of career development (Bright & Pryor) you will discover flexible strategies to manage your own professional goals during your transition from graduate studies to the next phase of your career – whether this be academia, career, entrepreneurship or other pathway. Learn how to guide your own future and be in the “right place at the right time” in a time of uncertainty and transition.

Marisa Brown, Career Curriculum Manager, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education

Research shows an increasing demand for foundational skills such as critical thinking, coordination, social perceptiveness, active listening and complex problem solving in the workplace (RBC, 2018). New graduates do not lack these skills; the challenge is drawing connections between their education and these skills and competencies and, most importantly, conveying that information to potential employers. In this session, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Brock Competencies project and how you can connect your competencies to the skills required in the Canadian workforce. You will learn how to frame your graduate experience in the context of these core skills and competencies sought after by employers.

Laura Fyfe, Skills Translation Coordinator, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education

Networking can open the door to great conversations, valuable relationships, and amazing opportunities. Many networking strategies that apply to in-person meetings and events also apply to networking online. A combination of tried-and-true networking tips and tricks and virtual networking how to’s will be shared in this session. Come learn about leveraging digital platforms and how to start or continue building your own professional network to help you reach your goals.

Ashley Haroutunian, Talent Development Specialist, Career Education
Jon De Luca, Talent Partnerships Consultant, Career Education, Goodman School of Business

How do you know when an employer is looking for a ‘resume’ or a ‘curriculum vitae’ (CV), when the terms are often used interchangeably?  In this informative session, you will learn how resumes and CV’s are different from one another, when to use each document, and how to tailor your application to the appropriate audience.

Kara Renaud, Supervisor, Career Education

The teaching dossier or portfolio is a collection of artifacts that documents your teaching expertise and growth. Whether you create one for job search purposes or for instructional development, your dossier can help you articulate who you are as a teacher.

Lianne Fisher, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

Webinar Facilitators

Ashley is a career services professional who has spent more than 10 years bridging the gap between those looking for new opportunities and the employers seeking qualified candidates to fill business needs. She brings a wealth experience having worked in numerous areas of career development including agency recruitment, education as well as the Employment Ontario Service model. With experience in both job coaching as well as business development, she has a full understanding of the full recruitment lifecycle which allows her to connect to those she assists in a very tangible way. Ashley’s passion to assist job seekers can be seen through both her dedicated one on one coaching and support sessions as well as the energy and enthusiasm she brings to group facilitation. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and currently holds the position of Manager- Career Education, Goodman School of Business.

Rock your Job Interview

Ashley is an experienced campus recruitment, human resources, career development and co-op education professional with experience in both private and public sectors. She strives to set students up for success in their job search and beyond by helping them learn important career and life skills. In her current role at Brock, Ashley provides career support to students in all disciplines. She applies her strong recruitment background and further education in career development to help students learn about themselves, explore possibilities and shape their career paths.

Networking in a Digital World

Growing up a lifelong Niagara resident, Jon started his Brock journey in 2010 as a student in the Sport Management program. Family connections to Brock run deep in the De Luca family, as his grandfather contributed to the original fundraising of the university in the 1960’s, his father is a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program and he currently has two cousins enrolled at Brock. After graduating in 2014 Jon began as a Recruitment Officer before moving on to the Brock Sports Department in 2016. In 2017, he returned to the Recruitment Team in a role he assumed until joining the CCEE team in January 2020. Jon has extensive experience working with and advising students, parents and educators in pathways to post-secondary education.

Networking in a Digital World

Kara has devoted her life’s work to supporting the career development needs of students in higher education. She brings her passion for helping others to grow and succeed into every interaction she has with students and staff. As Supervisor, Career Education, Kara oversees the staffing and service delivery in CareerZone, and coordinates programming and events that help students explore career possibilities, articulate their skills and find meaningful work. Kara is a recent graduate of Brock’s Master of Education – Administration & Leadership program, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McMaster University, and a Career Development Practitioner Certificate from Conestoga College.

Resumes & CV’s: Showcase your Skills + Experience

During her studies at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, Kristen completed a Bachelor of Business Administration – Co-op, with a concentration in Human Resource Management. After graduating, she was able to share her own Brock story with prospective students across the province as a university recruiter. With a passion for coaching and advising, Kristen has been able to work with students in a variety of capacities to determine their academic and career goals while also helping them to achieve those goals. As a Talent Development Specialist, she continues to support students through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and career events, as they prepare for employment while at Brock and beyond.
Kristen holds the CHRP designation, and a Master of Education with a specialization in Administration and Leadership.

Rock Your Job Interview

As an Educational Developer Lianne Fisher works with all members of the Brock University instructional community. Her background working as a Learning Strategist in the University and College settings has fostered an understanding of the relationship between teaching, learning, instruction, and content. She is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity. She is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and trainer. Her education background includes a BA (Hons.) in Lifespan Development from Simon Fraser University; a MA in Child and Youth Studies and a Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is currently a PhD student in the Joint Educational Studies program at Brock University.

Telling your teaching story: Documenting your experience

Laura is a research-focused career professional with a background in skills translation and labour market research who is passionate about continuous learning. As the Skills Translation Coordinator in CCEE, Laura facilitates meaningful connections between skills, education, and an ever-evolving labour market. Laura has been at the forefront of developing the campus-wide competency framework, which will create a foundation for students to link their academic experiences to employment.

What Skills Are In Demand By Employers?

Marisa is a career education professional with a background in career development and a keen interest in incorporating theory into practice. As a Career Development Practioner, she currently leads career education programming and curriculum for Co-op, Career & Experiential Education at Brock University. Marisa completed her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Development at Brock University with a research focus on career programming in higher education and employability skills. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and the Career Development Practioner program at Conestoga College.


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