UBC Political Science Undergrads learned from our alumni at a careers workshop and panel

Last term we hosted “Career Design Journeys,” a workshop and panel discussion for undergraduates which featured UBC Arts Career Strategist, Carli Fink, and a panel of UBC Political Science Alumni. The evening included a workshop about the different approaches which folks often take as they determine their next steps after graduation and closed with our alumni panel discussing their own career journeys and answering student questions.

The event opened with a presentation exploring career approaches by UBC Arts Career Strategist Carli Fink and continued with a panel of five UBC Political Science alumni.

We would like to thank our panelists for sharing their insights with our students. You can read more about our panelists’ work and careers below.

Manager (Advisory) – Supply Chain Transformation

KPMG LLP Founding Board Member, The Group

Marion graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2014 and a minor in IR with the ultimate goal of always becoming a researcher. Throughout various roles in IT and management consulting, Marion has utilized mixed methods and is partial to ethnography and action research. Marion started a research group in 2016 because Marion didn’t see a path towards research within traditional structures – Marion never thought she would today be leading policy research streams at KPMG!

Communications Manager, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

Rick Chung graduated from UBC's Faculty of Arts with a degree in Political Science in 2008 then studied Broadcast Journalism at BCIT before starting his career in media at CBC News. He is a seasoned digital communications professional with over a decade of experience producing multimedia and marketing content for various industries including the non-profit arts sector.

Associate, Hamilton Fabbro

H. Hailey Graham is a family law lawyer practicing in downtown Vancouver and was a facilitator at UBC's Institute for Future Legislators. Hailey holds a degree in political science from UBC and graduated from the Allard School of Law. While in school, Hailey was the president of the Political Science Student Association, volunteered with Legal Education Outreach, participated in UBC’s Innocence Project and Criminal Law Clinic, helped to establish UBC’s chapter of Equal Voice, and attended Universities Model Parliament.

Supportive Housing Advisor, BC Housing

Jeremy began his career in policy and advocacy while serving as the Social Coordinator of the Arts Undergraduate Society of UBC, campaigning for more transparent liquor licensing practices by the university and campus RCMP. Later as President of the AMS, and eventually Executive Director of the Kwantlen Student Association at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Jeremy worked with diverse stakeholders building grassroots research-led coalitions to improve financial assistance, transit, childcare, and housing for students. Now with BC Housing, Jeremy utilizes the policy research and development, coalition building, stakeholder engagement, and change management skills he learned in student government to help address the intersecting public health crises of housing affordability and drug toxicity, supporting our most vulnerable neighbours in Metro Vancouver.

Government Relations Strategist, BCIT Student Association

Stewart McGillivray is a government relations and governance professional working in the Lower Mainland. After graduating from UBC in 2016, he worked for several federal parliamentarians before embarking upon a career in government relations. His main areas of professional focus include student financial assistance, post-secondary governance, and non-profit management

Finally, below is a photo gallery from the event.