Banking, medicine, broadcasting, engineering, and mental health services were just some of the career paths our Grade 9-12 students learned about at our annual Careers Morning!
On Tuesday, February 4 we welcomed Greenwood alumni and parents who work in a variety of fields to talk to Grade 9-12 students about their jobs and how they got to where they are today. They chatted about their postsecondary education choices and the skills they acquired to move forward in their industries.
Every speaker left the students with valuable insight into what life could be like after Greenwood. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn about potential career options and to understand that it can take a lot of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve their career goals.
Read some notable quotes from our guest speakers below.
Madeleine Dalkie ‘09 (Not-For-Profit Organizations)
Development Associate, Corporate Partnerships Art Gallery of Ontario
“Confidence is important in my job, and that’s something I had to work on. One way I built my confidence was writing down ‘wins’ at the end of every day, whether large or small.”
Gill Roberts ‘06 (Event Management and Public Relations)
Founder, Gillian Roberts & Co
“Things start to fall into place if you work really hard and people have good things to say about you. You have to give it your all.”
Graeme Duff ‘12 (Banking)
Investment Banking Associate, Morgan Stanley
“I don’t think there’s a better place to start your career than investment banking. I’ve heard people say it’s like ‘drinking from a fire hose’ - there’s such a high volume of learning that goes on.”
Farah Perelmuter (Entrepreneurship)
Founder, Speakers’ Spotlight
“Being passionate and displaying that passion can show people how confident you are which is what employers love to see.”
Trevor Weir ‘08 (Engineering)
Process Engineer, Ausenco
“Travelling to different parts of the world for work allows you to see that there are other ways things can be done. Travelling really changed my perspective on life and has taught me not to take the opportunities I have in Canada for granted.”
Daniel Martin ‘09 (Mental Health Services)
2SLGBTQ+ Counsellor, Associated Youth Services of Peel
“My job is to make people feel better about themselves. To me, that seems like a pretty good way to spend my time. There is a surprising amount of laughter in my sessions. That lightness can make the difficult topics easier to deal with.”
Jamie Egan ‘12 (Sales)
Account Executive, TouchBistro
“Pursue a career that is a strength or an interest, or ideally both.”
Every speaker gave great advice and we would like to highlight each of them below.
Martine Lloyd ‘10, Manager, Community Partnerships, SickKids Foundation
Natalie Whitney ‘10, Case Manager, John Howard Society of Toronto
Rachel Martin ‘13, Psychiatric Crisis Worker, Youthdale Treatment Centres
Gabrielle Johnson ‘14, Founder, The Make Station
Martin Perelumuter, Founder, Speakers Spotlight
Jiena Chen, Director, TD Securities, TD Bank Group
Connor Stinson ‘10, Associate, FX Trading, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets
Jessie Lewis ‘09, Corporate Associate, Bennett Jones
Sam Hillman ‘10, Mid-Market Sales Manager, Yelp
Audrey Grant ‘07, Director, Ecommerce and Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Scotiabank
Jake Hillman ‘12, Account Executive, Publicis Sport and Entertainment
Ryan Boynton ‘08, Human Resources Business Partner, GroupM
Matt Russell ‘11, Associate, Retail Leasing, Oxford Property Group
D’Arcy Bak ‘11, Associate, Corporate Real Estate Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Emiline Layfield ‘10, Realtor, Sotheby’s International Realty
Charlene Kalia, Realtor, Chestnut Park
Aaron Kadey ‘13, Senior Associate, Deal Advisory, KPMG
Gord Miller, Hockey Commentator, TSN
Robert Sargeant, Staff Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital
Jill Rosenzweig ‘13, Freelance Graphic Designer
We would like to thank all of the alumni and parents for sharing their stories and inspiring our students to work hard and pursue their passions.