APEGA Student Conference 2019 - Conference Schedule | APEGA

APEGA Student Conference 2019 - Conference Schedule

The 2019 APEGA Student Conference is open to university students across Alberta, and others who are interested in furthering their career through a full day of knowledge and skill-building.

Our speakers will inspire you to take your professional development and career advancement to the next level and our industry volunteers (engineering, geoscience, and Human Resource professionals) will help you improve your resume and interview skills (spots are limited for these workshops).

The event wraps up with an evening networking reception and career fair so you can build your network and increase your job prospects.

Don’t miss out on this event – register today!

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast (included)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening remarks

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Keynote Presentation - Non-Linear Career Paths: Trailblazing in the Modern Job Market

Every year it seems like professional job markets are shrinking. Fewer roles in academia, increased competition for professional roles, and emerging automation all threaten to hamper traditional career paths. As concerning as these changes are, the modern job market continues to grow and expand; but in directions that are difficult to predict. To transition into this rapidly changing job market, a non-linear approach to career planning will be essential.

Speaker: Ross Lockwood, Management Consultant in Data and Analytics, KPMG

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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Rapid Resume Review

Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure a job interview? Attend this session and get resume advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

This is a quick review of your resume by up to 8 volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists), so bring 8 copies of your completed, professional resume for each volunteer to review.

Space is limited and you may only register for one of the two Resume Review sessions.

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Breakout Session - Managing Stress: A Game Plan

This presentation will discuss a plan for managing stress at work or school and in other environments. The discussion will focus on two categories of strategies for managing stress:

  1. Problem-focused strategies in which action is taken to reduce or eliminate problems and stressors;
  2. Self-focused strategies in which skills and activities are practiced to improve one’s internal emotional reaction to problems and stressors.

Speaker: Dr. Patrick Keelan, Co-owner, Myriad Psychology Centre

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Breakout Session - Career Planning: Balancing the Curveballs

Ideally, career planning is well-thought-out and intentional. Sometimes though, the best opportunities present themselves through happenstance. In this session, you will:

  • Discover the steps to develop a strong career plan
  • Understand how your personal brand impacts your career progression
  • Learn how to take advantage of life’s curveballs to achieve next level success in your career

Speaker: Philipa Hardy, Career Services Manager, APEGA

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Rapid Resume Review

Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure a job interview? Attend this session and get resume advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

This is a quick review of your resume by up to 8 volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists), so bring 8 copies of your completed, professional resume for each volunteer to review.

Space is limited and you may only register for one of the two Resume Review sessions.

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Breakout Session - Be Linked-In, Not Linked-Out: How to Build Your Personal Brand Online

Wouldn't it be great if your social media helped you to create new career opportunities for yourself? In today's world, the first step towards your career success is to become an influential marketer of the brand named YOU. In this session, you will learn how to successfully position yourself online and use your personal brand to maneuver in the job market of tomorrow.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Build a trusted personal brand online and create impact with your content
  • Get real results from LinkedIn and other social media platforms in 30 minutes/day
  • Understand how to leverage latest online trends to get noticed by employers

Speaker: Ana Lokotkova, Personal Branding and Career Search Advisor

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Breakout Session - Indigeneering™ Inclusion: Exploring Yourself, Embracing Diversity and Innovating the Future of Leadership

Innovation comes from looking at existing challenges and learning to quickly adapt our current skill sets to meet the changing demands. On a global scale, key challenges can be summarized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals which include focus on issues such as poverty, gender equality, sustainable energy, and food security. Engineers and geoscientists can be part of the solution with many of these issues, and there is great disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous metrics in these areas.

A Cree Dene Irish adoptee, Deanna has been on a journey to find her roots, and it inspired a passion to reach Indigenous youth and bring Indigenous voices into the sustainability conversation. She will share her own challenges and the impacts of intergenerational trauma as a descendent of residential school survivors and will outline the key lessons she has learned along the way. Powerful lessons in mentoring, inclusion, and opportunities to find solutions through communication, leadership, and diversity.

In a world where collaboration is more imperative than ever, Deanna will invite participants to safely step out of their comfort zones and explore behaviours that lead to more innovative cultures. This powerful workshop will ignite the conversation on how to move forward together, and transcend differences, to serve the future of society as a whole.

Speaker: Deanna Burgart, P.Eng., Professional Speaker and Indigeneer (Indigenous Engineer)

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

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Speed Mock Interviews

Do you want to feel more confident in your ability to perform well at a job interview? Attend this session and get interview advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the best interview tactics, and how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

This is a quick review of your interview skills by up to 6 volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists).

Space is limited.

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Breakout Session - Panel Discussion: Through the Eyes of Entrepreneurs

Endless opportunities exist for those who can think beyond paths of traditional employment. Meet five exceptional individuals who are blazing their own trails. Our panelists will share their answers to the following questions (and more), followed by a Q&A.

  • How has being an entrepreneur affected your life?
  • What motivates you?
  • What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage it?
  • How do you come up with new ideas?

Panelists

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Breakout Session - Time Management for Success: University Student Edition

This session will introduce proven strategies to organize your life in university. We will look at the importance of scheduling, routine, and study skills that create real results and cut down on procrastination, stress, and feeling overwhelmed. Study skills and time management are not inherent skills that you are born with—they are absolutely teachable strategies that you can learn to make your post-secondary experience more productive and less stressful.

Speaker: Sonja Schwake, PhD, SWC Project Coordinator, APEGA

3:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Workshop - Networking for New Professionals: Up, down, and sideways

Networking effectively is one of the most important things you can do to achieve personal and professional success. This workshop will prepare you to network with industry professionals during the evening mixer… with confidence! Discover the benefits of networking, learn how to network well, and understand exactly how expanding your circle can help further your career.

Speaker: Philipa Hardy, Career Services Manager, APEGA

4:45 – 8:00 p.m.

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Industry Mixer

The 2019 APEGA Student Conference will wrap up with an industry mixer where you can put your newly improved networking skills to work! Meet professionals from industry and learn what to expect when you enter the engineering or geoscience professions.

Food will be provided for the Mixer.

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