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Innis Alumni share career advice with current students at Grad Employment Expo

On Friday, February 7th, the Student Life Teams from both Innis and Woodsworth College jointly held an Employment Expo for students. In order to help current and graduating students develop professional skills for success, a Career Centre Workshop and LinkedIn Networking session were provided.

The highlight of the event was the Alumni Panel & Mixer, which aimed to help students identify career opportunities stemming from their disciplines of study (particularly in Humanities). Seven distinguished alumni guests from both colleges attended the event, four of which came from Innis. In a series of roundtable discussions, they engaged with a diverse group of 50 students and answered questions regarding navigating a successful career path, taking advantage of new opportunities, and staying involved during undergrad.

Below a snapshot of Innis Alumni representatives:

Jim Shedden – Publishing Manager, AGO

Jim Shedden studied at Innis College from 1982-1986, where he studied Philosophy, Political Science and Cinema Studies. While at Innis, Jim wrote for the Varsity, edited the Innis Herald, ran the Innis Film Society, served on Innis College Council and the ICSS. Upon graduating from Innis, Jim did a part-time Masters, while working at Innis in the Principal’s Office, running the Harold Innis Foundation, and working various other part-time jobs around the College. He received his M.A. in Political Science in 1990.

In 1989 Jim began working at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a curator of film and video, eventually expanding his portfolio to include music, performance and contemporary art programming. After 10 years there, he left to work at Bruce Mau Design as a creative producer and Vice-President, returning to the AGO as the manager of publishing in 2010. Along the way, Jim made a number of films, including documentaries on Michael Snow and Stan Brakhage, a large scale video installation called STRESS, and most recently a documentary on alcoholism and addiction.

Mark Selby – Producer, CBC

Mark Selby is a producer on the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve, CBC’s highest-rated special every season, where he spearheads all online and social media components, books and manages a large roster of special guests, liaises with the network on a variety of production issues, and much more.

His other recent credits include Canada Reads 2013; George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight; a sizzle reel for Sony Classical’s 10-DVD Glenn Gould box set; a TV special for CBC’s inaugural cross-platform Culture Days initiative; and a retrospective for the International Festival of Authors.

Daniel Garber – Writer and Film Critic, Cultural Mining

Daniel Garber completed his BA at Innis College in East Asian Studies and MA at U of T’s School of Graduate Studies with a specialty in East Asian Studies: Modern History and Politics of Japan and China, with some work on SE Asia.

Daniel also studied independently as an undergraduate in China and Japan, including a half a year at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan, and one year at East China Normal University in Shanghai. In Japan, his career included fashion, international relations, TV/Film-related writing, and research.  Daniel relocated back to Toronto 9 years ago and have since been a movie critic, commissioned to moderate panels at festivals, write screenplays, edit books, and write copy. As a film critic he is accredited to and registered with all major Toronto film festivals and film publicists.

Jared Bland – Books Editor at the Globe & Mail

Originally from Springfield, Illinois, Jared Bland studied English literature at the University of Toronto, where his graduate work focused on poets Al Purdy and George Johnston. He was hired as an intern at The Walrus in 2007, and a year later was promoted to managing editor. He was hired by the House of Anansi Press in July 2011 as managing editor and to oversee the publishing house’s poetry program. Most recently, the Globe and Mail hired Jared as its new books editor.

Submitted by Yefan Chen (INNIS 2014)

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