Career Leaders are a team of University of Waterloo undergraduate and graduate students who provide one-on-one supports through same day, 15-minute drop-in sessions. These drop-ins cover multiple topics including résumés, cover letters, interviews, work search and further education. Registration for all drop-ins begins at 8:00 a.m. daily.
Meet Our Career Leaders
I am in my fourth year of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, and hopefully will be graduating this spring. This is my first term as a Career Leader and I am excited to help students achieve their further education goals. When I’m not working, I can be found baking, playing my flute, or watching movies with friends.
Vanya is a PhD student whose research interests include Animal Studies, Posthumanism, Food Culture and Media Theory. Her PhD research examines the conditions that make the animal killable in the slaughterhouse and the potential consequences of technological innovations centered around lab-grown meat and plant-based proteins. She previously completed and Integrated MA in English Studies with a minor in Development Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. During her Master's program, she spent a year studying and travelling Europe. She is passionate about teaching and working with students and in her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian Literature, cooking and binge watching Netflix shows.
Tamara is a graduate from the BSc Kinesiology (Co-op) program, and is currently working towards her MSc in Kinesiology. She enjoys getting involved in several extracurricular activities and leadership positions within the campus community. She loves meeting new people, and particularly appreciates making connections with other students. In her spare time, she looks forward to playing sports, trying different cuisines, and discovering new hobbies.
Graeme is currently partway through his second undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, on a premedical path. His nonlinear background includes a previous degree in Kinesiology, full-time research in Computer Science, and experience as a math, science and English tutor, where he developed a passion for coaching other students on their own respective paths. Outside of academics, Graeme is a lifelong musician, and for the better part of a decade has been playing solo and with bands on piano, guitar and lead vocals in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Tharindu is a PhD candidate at the department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. His research focuses on the development of enabling technologies that will be used to manufacture magnesium alloy structural components for an automotive application. He has experience working as a teaching assistant within the engineering department as well as experience working in industry.
Suhani is currently a third-year Psychology and Social Development Studies student at UWaterloo. With a keen interest in journalism and communication/mentoring/therapy, she has notable experience working in psychiatry clinics and non-profit organizations both in Asia and North America, in addition to being an important part of Imprint's daily functioning. Suhani is always looking for ways to improve herself, her knowledge, and her experience. A trained belly dancer, Suhani loves eating food, playing video games, watching weird TV shows, and traveling when she's otherwise unoccupied.
My name is Hilary and I am a fourth year Arts and Business student majoring in Psychology. My main interests are in understanding what motivates people to act in positive or negative ways. In my free time I like to bake and hang out with my dogs. I have had a few different jobs in various areas through my undergrad, and I love chatting about career goals and skills in any area.
Hi I’m Libby! I am finishing up my fourth year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and plan on going to teacher’s college next year. I am excited to help people with their current and future educational goals and love learning about other people’s passions. In my spare time I run my own small art store, cook, and teach piano lessons.
My name’s Lyne and I’m in my 3A term studying Psychology and Science. My academic interests are centered around understanding the cognitive processes that underlie human behaviour, especially when it relates to abnormal psychology. In my free time, I enjoy painting and going on long walks with my dog, Oscar. As a student, I understand and relate to the difficulties of looking for employment and look forward to using my past experiences and mentorship skills to guide students to help them achieve their goals.
Claire is in her third year of Honours Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is pursuing research in psychology and volunteers at research labs outside of school. When she isn’t studying, she plays bass clarinet in a wind ensemble off campus. She enjoys listening to musicals, swimming, and canoe tripping with her family.
Kaitlyn is in her final year of Honours Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. She has travelled extensively but her favourite place to study will always be Hagey Hall. She really enjoys talking with people and hopes to become a teacher post-grad. Having struggled with finding a co-op before, she is well equipped to help with any career questions. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, camping, and knitting. If you have any recommendations for a hiking trail, let her know!
Midori is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and she does research on when and why people do good things (like being fair) and bad things (like being unsafe or unethical) at work. Her goal is to become a researcher at a think tank or a government agency. Midori is Japanese and has a permanent resident status in Canada. An interesting fact about her is that she has family members in 3 continents outside North America. In her spare time, Midori likes to cook, read comics, and draw on her tablet.
Being fascinated by the unique practical and conceptual implications of having machines that learn; Diana’s graduate research at the English Department focuses on exploring questions about the nature of cognition and the learning process, within environments where intelligence becomes more than an ability of the individual mind. In the wake of her research Diana has grown increasingly interested in Post-humanist theory, and rhetoric of technology and science fiction. Through diverse academic and professional experiences spanning three continents, Diana has developed a sense for the crucial role of mentoring in personal and professional growth, as well as a profound enjoyment of the outdoors either while gardening, hiking or cycling.
Stephen is a graduate student in the joint Mechanical and Nanotechnology program; his research involves characterising nanoparticle sizes through their heat transfer characteristics. He has developed a strong interest in mentoring through his experience as both a community youth chaperone and a university science undergraduate mentor. It is particularly beneficial to him to see mentees grow and become better versions of themselves overtime. He is very motivated and principled when it comes to personal fitness/growth and in his spare time, he loves to play ping pong and watch shows/movies that both educate and entertain.
Fatima’s favourite place on campus remains the Centre for Career Action because it houses some of the nicest people she has ever met. When she is not busy with her studies, Fatima can be found with her nose buried in a book, and she is terribly proud to have logged over 1,000 fiction books on her Goodreads page. If she is not reading in any shape or form, Fatima can definitely be found on Instagram or Twitter. Several of the things she loves include travelling, meeting new people, free food, music, personal finance and her family (they are truly the best in the world to Fatima). The privilege to serve students as a Career Leader remains one of the highlights of her days at University of Waterloo.
What do you love about being a Career Leader?
"The Career Leader program has taught me invaluable skills that I use in my professional career and my everyday life. The amazing people I work with are collaborative, supportive, and act as mentors by sharing their knowledge. Being a Career Leader has truly been an enriching experience!" – Celina Deosaran, Past Career Leader
“Working as a Career Leader has been extremely rewarding, especially as a Masters student looking to combine theoretical study with practical experience within the university setting. Through working with students to improve their résumés, cover letters and interview skills, I’ve gained valuable advising experience and have even improved my own self-marketing techniques! I have no doubt that my time spent as a Career Leader will be invaluable to my career post-graduation, and has given me the tools to “leverage” what I have learned in class in a more practical way. I encourage all those who are looking for part-time work and interested in helping other students succeed to consider lending their talents to the Centre for Career Action - you won’t regret it!” – Justine Fifield, Past Career Leader
"Being a Career Leader is a great experience. It provides you with the opportunity to meet and individually help fellow students from the university, as well as become more adaptive and quick-thinking. Due to the fast-paced nature of the drop-in sessions, you learn how to quickly prioritize issues as you aim to give students the best possible advice in a short amount of time. As a result, not only do the students walk away better equipped to take-on co-op and job applications, you also take away valuable skills that can make your own work habits more productive and future job applications more impressive." – K. Yourie Kim, Past Career Leader
“As a Career Leader, I had found my passion for helping students. I loved helping them discover more about their skillset, about things that make them unique, and how we can transcribe that all onto paper for others to see. It’s fulfilling to see them leave with more self-confidence and new approaches that they didn’t consider before. I feel humbled to have been a stop on their road to learning and self-discovery!” – Katie Lien, Past Career Leader
“Through this role, I have solidified my own strengths and career direction by having the chance to practice as a helper. I continue to learn skills at the CCA around time management, listening and navigating how to best assist the students. Additionally, I have learned communication skills by carefully directing students to the various CCA resources available to them. I have found my experience as Career Leader invaluable. I enjoy interacting with students and additionally, my fellow Career Leaders, who are an admirable bunch of scholars in various disciplines and stages of life.” – Sarah Manninen, Current Career Leader
“I really enjoy the one-on-one interaction with students. In particular, I like helping students identify skills and abilities that they weren’t able to see or express before seeking advice, and, while the process of uncovering those skills can be difficult, when a student understands a new framework for expressing their unique set of gifts, I am glad to have been a part of their learning.” –David Thiessen, Past Career Leader
Interesting in joining our Career Leader team? Applications are now open for Career Leaders - Further Education and Employment Support. Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 20th, 2021.