Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Farewell to our Career Assistants!


Farewell to our Career Assistants!

As we come to the end of another academic year, we want to celebrate the members of our Career Assistant team who are graduating or moving on to exciting new opportunities.  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication over the last year. You will be missed! 

Joceline Gaffan

(Honours Bachelor of Arts in Child Health)

My experience as a Career Assistant over the past three years has been amazing. I gained skills that I will be using for the rest of my life, such as teamwork, communication, leadership, customer service, public speaking, and many others. I have learned copious amounts of information about job search, resumes, cover letter, and much more. Working as a Career Assistant helped me navigate university and lead me to many opportunities such as getting into each of the graduate programs I applied to. 

In the upcoming school year, I will be starting my Master of Arts in Child and Youth Studies at Brock. I will be doing my thesis research on developmental coordination disorder and how it affects children's physical activity and mental health.


Truchi Patel

(Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, Co-op Human Resource Management)

My experience as a Career Assistant has been incredible! I enjoyed working with an outstanding team of student and full-time staff. It was truly rewarding to support the next generation of talent at Brock as they navigate through their career journey, while developing skills to help me navigate through my career journey. This position has helped me better understand what roles and career opportunities I want to pursue in the future, and I'm excited to apply my learnings and skills from this role onto the next!

This summer I will be joining the Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as a Human Resource Intern. In the fall, I will be returning to Brock to complete my final semester!


Emma King

(Bachelor of Arts Major, Degree in Child and Youth Studies)

My experience as a Career Assistant has given me the ability to be able to learn valuable skills that I can bring with me into my professional career. It opened my eyes to new experiences, new people, and great management. I always felt that everyone I worked with was understanding of my school schedule but still trusted that I can work hard. I encourage anyone to work at their school if the opportunity arises because it was one of the best decisions I made!

Being a Career Assistant taught me that I love career advising, which I would have never learned if I did not work at CareerZone. Moving on, I am excited to announce that I have accepted a role at the YMCA as a Job Skills Counsellor. I am ecstatic to know that the skills I learned through my position at CareerZone are what helped me get this job.


Valerie Harris

(Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management)

I absolutely loved working as a Career Assistant this past year! I loved being able to help as many students as I did and seeing the difference I made in people's lives. This was such a rewarding experience and really helped me realize my goals for the future as well! I was honored to work for such an amazing team of talented, friendly individuals! I will truly miss this role! 

In the future I hope to continue helping people with their career journey's, whether that be through talent development and/or talent acquisition. Helping people is what I want to do, and I hope to work for a team as great as the CCEE Brock team! I also plan to start  achieving my CHRP designation!


Mikaela Sifflet

(Second year student - Business Administration Co-op)

As a Career Assistant, I have gained an abundance of knowledge on lessons pertaining to career goals and how best to achieve them. Although this year has been a challenge, as we all had to transition into working independently and remotely, it has allowed me to work on life skills- oral communication, teamwork and persevere through one-on-one student interaction and group events. Moreover, achieving students’ successes by interacting in conversations, offering meaningful and accurate resources to help them navigate career goals of potential job fields was worthwhile. My overall time as a Career Assistant is one that I am most proud of because it allowed me to be a member of such an uplifting team, where our number one goal was to achieve student successes. Therefore, I thank you for such an opportunity. 

As I say farewell, my next step will be to find a job placement in the co-op fall term of 2021. In the coming months, I will be searching for a career opportunity in the Financial and Business Law field.

Liz Greff

(Business Administration)

 I am currently studying Business Administration with the intent to major in Finance. My experience as a Career Assistant has been an amazing, as it has allowed me to help students succeed in their future goals and has also given me the chance to improve my own skills. In fact, being a Career Assistant has been one of my best decisions at Brock because it has taught me some valuable abilities and skills that I can use in my everyday life to help me to succeed in the future. 

Being a Career Assistant has also helped me to find opportunities through networking, which has led me to my next steps. I will be moving on from this position to complete an internship at RBC during the summer and pursue a career in finance afterwards. Although I will miss this position, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life!

Samara Vandersloot

(BA in Political Science)

I am graduating with a BA in Political Science! My experience as a Career Assistant has been incredible! I have been able to work with a fantastic team and build a solid skill set that has been crucial to my post-grad job search!

My next steps include starting a full-time internship opportunity in local government, hopefully pursuing a master's degree, and continuing to follow my passions in my future career!

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