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rodrerick brereton and he is the own of urban rez solutions. and he is an alumnus and a sociology grad as all of our panelists are, so i will say that just once. all our panelists are sociology grads and next to roderick we have mary el bably and and she is afinancial advisor at tv canada trust and next to mary we have margaret henryshe's director business development with freedom 55 which is division of london life and next to margeret we have malcom james who is project management professional and james projects canada and next to malcom we have dolores montavez ruz who si manager at employment and training at ywca, toronto and over here we have hillary mcmurren pickles and she is a full time visiting social worker at the salvation army. hi my name is hillary and i graduated in 2009 , graduated with sociology but i also did the social justice stream of sociology when they had the streams for atkinsions , so i am currently working for salvation army of injury residence i'm salvation army as a full-time residents workers. been there five years since after i graduated

basically i work the front line with different team of staff teamwork and we support up to a hundred women each day with their daily needs getting services from housing todaily meals to accessing employment anything that they need to get back ontheir feet and i am dolores and i work at the ywca toronto and i have been there for 15years. when i was at york i took a different certificates including my bachelors and i specialized in knowing and learning about them and theyreally have paid off. today i manage the employment programs for the ywca and ispecialize on settlement services, so for newcomers and refugees and i design trainingprograms for women. as you know the ywca ywca it serves women primarily, actually exclusively and the transition between

graduating from york to actually finding a job in a field that really really match what i did and what i wanted to do was actually quite a smooth. so i am really happy, i do what i love and i get to leave everyday thinking that, you know, i may make a difference today for somebody. and not many of the people i know can actually claim that. that is where i am right now. i graduated i guess nearly 22 years ago and i studied philosophy here and i studied sociology as a minor. when i left i wasn't quite sure where i was going to go next, i went osgoodbriefly after leaving leaving my undergraduate and ultimately started atwork with ibm in the in the late nineties and worked in a call centerwith ibm for quite some time eventually one of the beautiful things iguess work in a large corporation like like that you have the opportunity toreinvent yourself and reinvent your career quite a number of times so i helda number of roles at ibm eventually settling on project management as theprofession that that i enjoyed most and

i still work in that capacity today i nolonger work for ibm now an independent consultant working with rogerscommunications at the moment but i have served a number of other companies in avariety of industries so my transition was a little bit different but it wasn'ti'd say quite as easy as as you go into the field because i never went into whatmight be that traditional field of sociology but i do feel that my timehere at york prepared me well for for everything that's, that's comes in. i am adirector of business development of freedom 55 financial which is a divisionof london life and most of you probably heard about london life

we are a pretty large company, myduties are fifty fifty, so one hat i'm actually an advisor and that they'retalking to people about their financial goals and making sure they get to wherethey want to go and my other hat is bringing in people to the career andcoaching them mentoring them to be advisers so i currently have a team of20 advisers that i work with across the gta we manage over 20 milliondollars of assets in about two billion dollars of insurance premium so prettybig team, a lot of responsibility and although it's not and no one will look undersociology degree and see financial advisor as one of the career paths but there are alot of similarities of what i learned

here that gets passed on to my careerevery day and i've been doing it for 23 years which is exactly the amount oftime that i've been out of york. my name is mary, i graduated from undergrad in 2012, ithought i was going to move on to osgood for the masters program and then i got a shirk for the masters program, so itook it with no hesitation, i thought it is free education, i don't know what i'mgoing to do with it but i really enjoyed the masters program, during undergrad iwas working as a teller a td all through my undergrad and soon as i finished, iwanted to do financial advising and that's what i do now. so a little similar. i work with a lot of clients, i always say, i work with people from all walks of life so different individuals,helping them with their investments

their mortgage talking about when theirfinancial and personal goals are and work with them and establish relationships sohelp them kind of achieve those goals. my name is roger brereton. i have a consultancy called urban rez resolutions, i actually graduated here from york in 1993. it seems like, obviously it's decades ago now but i initially after graduating went to the traditional, like asocial services network, so i was working for group homes and doing like supportservices and what not and there after went into more of a case management role so after doing case management for several years and working with people who have mental illnesses, i used some of what i learned within those networks andstarted to think about my own

consultancy. i had a partner at that point intime and he was from the first nations community and we began to address some of the issues that were pleaguing some of the marginalized communities so we focusedspecifically on conflict management that being, at that time, anger management and conflict resolution and ultimately building community capacity. so that started urbanresolutions, the urban was i guess for the urban context rez is the short form for reservationsand in bringing solutions to or empowering solutions to the communities and so fordoing that since 2007 we now start we broaden our horizons in a sense ofnow working with corporations working for a lot of different communities and organizations and we just again bringing those aspects of

capacity-building. when i came to york i was in the social work program actually and never been to big university before so kind of transitioned to some sociologyclasses as well, mixed it with my social work and one thing led to another so ifound myself looking to transition to sociology i chose the social justice stream. during that time atkinson had extremes while i was working at the time i also worked indifferent homeless shelters downtown and i also volunteered with different social service agencies i didn't know what i really want to do thepeople field so i kind of got a taste of the thing and so when the strike came in 2009 i also volunteered in toronto western hospital and a lot with mental health population andalso addictions, so when graduation came

8 months later, i applied at my workplace where i was relief, for one of the full time positions and so we support individualsfrom either mental health issues or addictions even new ladies that are coming from different countries as refugees or new comers. but i generally found i like the outreach thing, i like connecting withpeople one-on-one and seeing how they can can move forward and i'm also doing some volunteer work right now in probation parole, just to get a little different lens in the field so my transition into workplace has been, it's difficult, going from school to workplace, it's very different worlds but learned a lot about teamwork and capacity-building how to network withdifferent community organizations and partnerships. so in my case, back in spain where i come from i work in my familycome from i working for my family

business. so when i came to canada, i had to learn english ofcourse and at some point i decided that i will you wanted and i needed to learnenglish in the best possible way so i decided i was going to do a degree inenglish and i was already i was already working, i was a legal researcher and court interpreter at the immigration and refugee boardtheir immigration and refugee board so i and i came to europe to study what i wanted not what i needed it and sociology was always has always being an interest ofmine so i chose this degree because i wanted to really master this languageand and and learn, learn and i loved it. what can i say, and i i study what i wanted to learn so this is why i end up working where i am and i did not pursue a law degree or i stay in law giving the case that

when i came to york, i was working as alegal researcher for the immigration and refugee board. but then when i graduatedi transitioned and i actually found the ywca as a client, that is why i say it was a very smooth transition because i was thinking what can i do with a sociology degree if i want to stop working as a legal researcher and i went to the ywca as a client to have career assessment done and there was no law anywhere none of the assessments that they did none of the activities that they doing career planning show any sign of having a futurein law. so then, of the choices that i was given after this process of careerassessment i realized that what it really wanted to do was to work with people

not so much interpret for them or do legal research but work with people. and then i made a shift, right i had already connected to the ywcaand i saw the way they treated people the way they approached, to service deliveryand their commitment to women's issues and is one of my pet peeves so i remainin contact with the ywca i do some volunteer work and eventually found ajob with them that was as a life skills coach as a group facilitator for employment-relatedprogram and that was that was really the turning point because once i saw myselfthere i knew that this is where i belong i love people, i love education and ilove people, no let me retrace this i love i love to be able to provide opportunities for people. that is the cross, that was the cross road for meso i went back to school again and i actually do

actually did career and work counseling at george brown college in the eveningwhile i was working already in during the daytime as a facilitator and as a life skills coach and never looked back after that i became a designer, went back toschool again to get more qualifications to become a training and professionaldevelopment and everything to build on itself right so i had my credentialsfrom york for refugees and immigration. i had it for women studies and i had it for had it for relationships of diverse communities is it was like building a house, threepillars of my house, my career house and and then i did work in other communityagencies at my first employment at the y was not a permanent one but i went back tothe yw because i just felt i belong there

and their mission and vision and mine arevery similar so a perfect marriage, so far. as a, as i kind of reflect on my career path it's there's afew themes that that sort of emerge and i'm hearing some of them actually being repeated in the stories i'm hearing here, which is interesting, and one is itsort of this notion of service orientation and being in my capacitywhere you have an opportunity to give or to give back and that's somethingthat that's exactly what i've always enjoyed, before i went to university, iworked in a restaurant if you've ever worked in a restaurant you understandservice you understand being on the dime for every customer in there and andtrying to make their experience

unique or or helpful, depending on therestaurant you work at, when i when i left the restaurant i carry thatcustomer service orientation that notion that i'm here to help someone else withme i carried a passion for learning which is a theme that i'm hearing asi went from from job to job as i went from through different elements of training. when i arrived at york, i was really banking on my philosophy degree gettingme that that position at the end at the end of the day and you know there's nota lot of call for philosophers these days but but i wasn't here specificallyfor the for the degree to get me that

job i was here for the degree to teachme that teach me how to think teach me things that i was passionate aboutthings that i love to learn about and i guess i guess that theme is is the nextgame is really just that lifelong learning some have carried with me afterleaving york when i entered my professional capacity as a projectmanager you need to work about 4-5 years in the industry before you can achieveyour certification there's a fairly extensive curriculum that you need tostudy, terrifying exams and the whole gambit and and so but it's somethingthat you do because you're passionate about developing yourself and continuingto learning continue to make yourself

more i guess open for opportunities thatmight come your way. and when i was thinking about today there was sort ofone theme that that really resonated with me and i dont member who said thisso i cant attributed to the right source but somebody said that success iswhen preparation meets opportunity and to me i think that's a very powerfulmessage and i think it's something that's kind of guided me from from stepto step in my life, in my career having sort of an openness to what's availableand what opportunities exist at that moment and finding the ones that you'repassionate about so that you can always be giving your best and what you'reworking at doesn't necessarily feel like

a grind. you combine that with theopportunity to be of service to someone else and i think you've got a verypowerful combination so i think that's where i made it so far and who knowswhere it goes from here. as i'm listening to, to going down the panel i am kindareflecting back on my my work history and up untilgraduating i never had less than three jobs which kinda weird and one of themhas always been a self employed jobs even here at york i designed and soldcomputers, to you guys students for years, that's what paidmy tuition and again the same theme as there is helping people being servicedof understanding where they are and what

they need in order to get a little bitfurther in their life and that's kind of transition to where i am today. i didn'tcome out of york university looking at financial services. its the last place ilooked i had no idea what i could do with my sociology degree, none. i happened to visit a high school friend who was working for an advisor and she said itwas recession time, not a lot of jobs and she said my my advisor is looking for someone, you should go talk to him, and that was it. it was just a perfectmarriage in terms of what i like to do which is run my own show and make adifference in people's in people's lives and their various people that have comein contact with in this career has been

amazing the exposure that i've have had todifferent cultures to different socioeconomic ways of life it's it'sphenomenal and every day is a new adventure yes there's more schoolingthat's involved and i had to get licenses had to study for that. i have done my cfp my certified financial planners which is a grueling exams anybody looking at cj's oraccounting and stuff they're they're similar in terms of the exams. i didn't think i'dget through after being eight years out of study mode but i did but that's partof the excitement to is every day something changes you've gotta keep upand you've got a constantly be learning and york has did prepare thatfor me and prepared me for that critical

thinking, prepared me for thatquestioning that i needed in order to be successful and where where i am todayand have that understanding of those people that i am talking to and howtheir lives may be different a lot different than my own or somebody i met yesterday. before coming to york, i was actually already in financial industry. i was working for another organization for three years and ithought i need a change, i am going to quit my job and go to school full-time and i'm sure a lot of people looked at me and thought i was crazy but i'm glad i did. i don'tever regret it so much so some of the panelists i learned a lot from my education at york, i met a lot of people i did a lot of networking

i wasn't sure what i was gonna do withmy degree but i remember all through saying that i just know i wanted to help people and i did a lot of volunteer worki was involved with suisa for about three years so i was also involved with the facultyi tried to get involved with as much as possible on-campus and off-campus to kind of get other ideas of what's out there what are my options, what are my interests and how cani utilize my skills and interesting is halfway through my undergrad i ended up going back to the financial industry . i worked as a teller i don't really think toomuch of it but i thought well i'm good with people a lot of people think if you are in the financial industry are not helping people, you really are, so i thought welli'm still do what i like and i wanted to

kind of move up and same thing i also have to getlicensed, mutual fund license, financial planning license, canadian security and like everyone on the panel said i thinklearning is like a lifelong thing you'll keep doing what you're doing and it'sgood for you professionally but also personally because it helps you with growth so today i love what i do with my job i get to come here and speak to all of you and also i get to do what i like i'm still helping people, i am working with a lot of different peoples and a lot of people say well how to use sociology and business, the interaction you get to meet when you meet people and also relationship building gives you a lot of things thatyou learn from sociology and you can

also move forward with it. in regardsto me first graduating before or even graduating from york i was throughout high school actually in the arts so at that point in time within toronto you know the hip-hop phenomenon had just started and i was always involved in that in some way or form or fashion so i was actually doing a lot of writing and performing at that point intime so i had always music in my background and it always played an integral part of who i was so after graduating i i actually started working in a group home and it was actually one of the most grueling jobs i've ever had. obviously people whowere in the group home setting were you know having issues of their own obviously in the sense that they were there i was

working with young children who were and teenagers in group homes and pretty quickly it became aware to me that this was not for me because obviously it was just pretty, it wasn't the same thing every day but it was obviously just problem after problem and you know and i didn't really find themechanisms or that the principles that were being employed by the group home owners or what not were really effective so i stayed there probably about a year and a halfbut i was always again trickling in and out of music and always had my earto what was going on and what not so into another support services service provider wasthat caused the community holds under

delight in that regard with people whohad experienced chronic homelessness mental illnesses and we learned thefirst support service in the church concept called mental health recoveryand in this regard it looked at the strength as opposed to the deficits ofpeople who are experiencing mental illness and it also looks at theirresiliency, it looked at them as an individual. a whole individual as opposed to a diagnosis and we at that point in time were working with homeless people who had come from seaten house which is the largest men's hostel in canada and once we started to employthis mental health recovery framework we saw the crisis calls the interventionand what not drastically reduce so at

that point in time i'll say you knowthis is working and its holistic and what not and it borrows a lot of what i learned actually in school and i thought at that point in time cause i was feeling that it was timeto transition that i can use this in communities that were in need at that point in time. i mean still ongoingin city of toronto there was a lot of communities were experiencing violence and obviously lot ofa disconnect from some of the mainstream society in toronto, so myself at that point in time and a partner i was working with at this housing provider said we're gonna put togetherthis consultancy which looked at just looking at ways we start to build capacity in these communities that were experiencing

disconnect so prompted me to think whatmy interest were right because communities always been an interest ofmine so i looked at my interest and said ok i need to be focused on something i'mgoing to be encouraged to just continue to build on and it also made me look at myskill sets because you know again from being in that public guide to somedegree and you know working on different projects to music, i knew my skill sets weremeeting different people and not just being in the same familiar setting dayafter day and also my personality traits so we coined this isp's, interest skill sets and personality traits and ultimately when we're in communities now we encouragepeople's you look at their interests, skills sets

personality traits because ultimatelythat will bring you to a career path which you will hopefully continue tobuild and as one of these fellow panelist said as opposed to seeing it as work itbecomes a part of you incorporating it as a part of your lifestyle and it doesn't just seem like oh jeez i got to go to work today right so in this regard westarted working with communities but then started to branch off intodifferent areas because conflict we work in conflict and obviously has no barriers in terms of who it impacts and what not so we started working with

organizations in the city we still do alot of work with toronto community housing and communities with crises and again justbuilding from the ground up looking at the assets in the community and utilizingthose assets and obviously building esteem building confidence and whatnot andwe've done a lot of work with the different organizations socialorganizations in the city of toronto and then we started going more corporate youknow we've worked with everybody from the toronto raptors as a team, in terms of building capacity to different banks in terms of we're going to different maybecrisis in between workers and whatnot so technically wherever there's conflict orwherever we can see the opportunity to

bring our services we do that in thatregard. so, it's a little bit about myself but i mean pretty much the world is yours and it was interesting last year i was in barbados and it was a bank thatwas doing some bank, downsizing and cousin of mine, heard about it and there was a lot of talk about being a lot of conflict in the bank itself becausenobody knew who was going to be let go, nobody knew who was going to be staying so we approached the bank and started to talk in terms of what would you bring in terms of obviously saving your brands, image and the dignity and obviously allowing people tohave some skills to be able to cope so right now we're pretty much closing thatdeal and hopefully soon as its starting to get cold

i think it's definitely prepared me inthe sense of, that sociology prepares you to be a critical thinker, i meanas an undergrad, when i was here it was actually a little bit frowned upon when you thought too critically outside of the box, right , but when you look at society and you know the things thatimpact, influence it and what not know we all live in a society so it givesyou that insight to always be aware of your surroundings and obviously i think people get into this stream ofeducation because they want to help ultimately so i think it gave me that foundationbut then in terms of using that foundation when you get out into the working world or quote unquote "the real world" it gives you

that much more insight and you'reprepared for a lot of things that might come your way and you know we may takeit for granted a lot of things we take for granted like we either be how to like be mannerly or you know how we can get i guess a little bit more of an idea what's goingon if there's a situation and whatnot but sometimes people don't see that so ithink sociology has given me the extra in that regard to be able to analyzeand to be able to empower also as opposed to just come up with solutions and leave peoplein the same position that this may have started in. coming to york as a mature student i had opportunity to work before coming to york but also i came into york with the t whole mentality i am going to treat my education like a professional career so it kind of gave me

that time to do a lot of practice sixyears of practice how to be professional and you still practice it, so it kind of helps me inthat sense of the building the relationship being professional at work, i got all that from york, from also the volunteer opportunity that i did while i was at york but the skillsthat sociology gave me in terms of critical thinking, and analysis, there's times where like i look at a financial file for 2 different clients, 2 different circumstances one can be a hundred thousand and one can be ten million and you have to kind of create a financial plan that's based on the clients short end term goals and long term goals what their needs are so being able to understand otherindividuals see their priorities analyze

it again critical thinking is a bigpart of it. but in preparation for this, for today, liz sent out this question and it kind of stumped me so i did a little research and i actually took notes. so in terms of sociology today, the actual definition of it is the study of human social relationships and institutionsand every one of us have that at the core of what we do is social relationships andthe institutions that we represent we look at personalized we look atcommunities and we look at globally at how that impacts what happens that'swhat sociology does my favorite courses within my degree where deviance andwomen in finance those were my two favorite and i find i use a lot of whati learned in those on a day-to-day

business day to day basis when i am meeting with people. deviance, i see everybody kinda looks all smiles here and therebut we all think of deviance in a different way right it's just what'swhat whatever is a little slightly off the social more well that could besomeone who doesn't care about retirement that's a little deviant isn'tit or someone who doesn't care about having a house that could be deceived alittle deviation so it's not always the crooks and their way out there deviantbehavior could be whatever we perceive is not right in with whatever it shouldbe at the time i guess i don't think that i've ever settled in my career andi don't anticipate that i ever will

when when i left york we took a careersenator course that helps you to learn how to write a resume and one of thethings that they pointed out that is that we're sort of at a turning pointwhere instead of getting the golden watch after you know x number of yearsof service and then retiring the typical employer is going to change careersseven times i have no idea what it is now but it's a lot people movedfrequently they move within professions they move into the workplace i wouldhave the workplace and that's normal so i think that the composition of yourlife really very well becomes kind of a blend of the thingsyou do professionally to earn a living

things that you do personally that areimportant to you raising a family or or whatever those things may be continuingyour education the things they tend to blend in and the724 workweek becomes not in position butmore of just a natural extension of your life so i don't anticipate that i'llsettle in and i don't anticipate you'll have an opportunity to come into theworkplace today it's it's a very challenging work plays you need toarrive with with top-notch skills you need to have decent people skills goodsocial interaction skills leadership skills are are fundamental in virtuallyeverything that they do in a

professional capacity and i am sureyou've encountered this to date and it's not going to go away i've led projectteams as small as by people and its largest by six hundred and one of thethings that you learn when you're when you're working with a team like that isyou need to deal with people strength you need to understand how teams forumand how they can complement one another you need to build on the strengths ofindividuals and groups to get things done i actually did learn some of thatfrom my time here at york you interesting campus and sociology is aninteresting degree you learn an awful lot at sort of the macro-level aboutabout the interactions

you know different different influencessocietally or economically but you also control that down to a very individuallevel and that you can apply to most directly to any human interaction thatyou have on a day-to-day basis i i don't hear anything in the stories that thatany of my peers on the panel here saying that i i don't think very interesting ifyou're deep in the profession as a practitioner as a social worker thoseskills that you need to interact with the community to foster thoserelationships to get people body into what you're trying to do or change wellthose are fundamentally the same skills that you use in a corporate settingthere's really no difference in these

are things that thank you everyone inthis remove learned up to this point you'll continue to use in practice asyou go forward will serve you well i think looking out for the interests ofothers looking out for your own development making sure that you areadaptable and flexible so that when the right opportunity comes that that suityour needs in your interests taken if it takes you on a slight departure fromfrom where you envision your career is going to take you a little bit flexiblethe world's gonna throw you curveballs and you're going to need to learn how toadapt to it so don't tell don't get comfortable in your career it's gonnachange and if if you're convinced it

won't just be surprised when it doescome together and yes micro level but he really reproduce itself down to the malleveryday team or family today number one because technical skills buti p dude and behaviour approach to social relationships are hard to dochange age so you can give you this your studyhere they really macro what it did for me was to give me credibility, i was a new comer and i have other than my work with the refugee, the immigration refugee board, i have no connections to the non profit sector i think once upon a time, the non profit sector attracted people who wanted to do good but didn't necessarily require skills that's what they said here financial perspective that with you sothat's one of the things is also two

days of the connection jimmy how you getinto your own career is the release of the network that you do and where you see yourself and yourattitude and she make