Alumni Office Hour: Soft Skills, Changing Careers, and the Future of Climate Policy Work in Canada

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Vanessa Corkal

Soft skills – we’ve all heard how important they are but how do you develop them?

Whether you’re a current student interested in climate policy work or a young professional thinking about changing careers, join MCC grad, Vanessa Corkal, to ask questions, get advice and learn how she went from making documentaries for VICE to working at the forefront of Canada’s international energy transition policy.

Vanessa will share insights into changing careers, leveraging your soft skills, the future of climate mitigation policy and how to use your CV, cover letter and job interview to pitch yourself. You’ll also learn tips on networking, maintaining work-life balance while working on issues you really care about and the benefits of thinking outside the box.

Join us Tuesday, March 8, 2022

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Zoom - link will be provided upon registration 

Submit your questions for Vanessa when you register or ask them during the event.

Vanessa Corkal (MCC 2018, Climate Change)

Policy Advisor, Canada Energy Transitions, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Vanessa combines her climate change expertise with over nine years of documentary, journalism and non-profit experience. In her work with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, she focuses on topics such as fossil fuel subsidies, just transition, green recovery, and sustainable agriculture, as well as capacity building for civil society and government partners to develop and implement effective and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

Prior to joining IISD, Vanessa focused on climate change adaptation, including research, communications and project management for the Prairie Climate Centre (University of Winnipeg) and the First Nation Adapt program (Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs, Government of Canada). She holds a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo. In her documentary film work, Vanessa has also researched and produced pieces for international media company VICE and coordinated documentaries for Rezolution Pictures, a Cree-owned, Montreal-based film company.

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