Here’s how three graduates are making their way into emerging industries – Macleans.ca

A lot has changed in the workforce in recent years. And thanks to Seneca Polytechnic’s approach to combining the best of university and college, students can graduate ready to work in careers that are on the rise.

Sowing the food supply of the future. Catch criminals with models and analysis. Today there is a A whole new world of career paths. that were not available several years ago.

But there is no textbook guide when it comes to forging a career in an exciting emerging field. Here’s how three graduates say Seneca Polytechnic helped them break into three dynamic (and still developing) industries.

Brandon Hebor, Sustainable Business Management

For Brandon Hebor, enrolling in Seneca’s Sustainable Business Management graduate certificate program provided more than an education. Seneca has become his launching pad to create new models of sustainable urban agriculture, or what Hebor believes may be the food supply of the future.

“The surprising thing about my experience at Seneca was that the classes were very small. I was able to connect very closely with several of my professors outside of the context of coursework,” he says. “They gave me direct experience and a real understanding of where trends were moving with respect to sustainability and what opportunities to look for. In fact, one of my professors hired me to do a part-time job.”

Also instrumental for Hebor were the opportunities he found on campus, both in terms of inspiration and gaining the practical knowledge he would need to make his ideas a reality.

“I became very involved in the general campus community. Then, through the Seneca HELIX program, which is a business incubator, I learned how to take my entrepreneurial ideas and put them into practice,” she says.

Today, as founder of Boreal Farms, an agricultural technology company, he is focused on paving the way for new sources of agriculture and helping Seneca seed a new generation of sustainably-minded entrepreneurs.

“I work with student groups and work on food security-based initiatives on campus,” he says. “I have hired several Seneca students. Seneca has been very good to me, so now I want to use my experience and relationships to help others grow.”

Ashleigh Aliberti, cosmetic science

“Since elementary school, I always loved cosmetics and always knew I wanted to do something in the beauty industry,” says Ashleigh Aliberti.

But while a love of math and science drove her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, upon finishing her program, Aliberti couldn’t see a clear path to achieving her dreams. “What she didn’t know was how small the beauty industry is and how difficult it can be to break into this space,” she says.

After some research, Aliberti discovered Seneca Polytechnic’s Cosmetic Sciences program and her search ended there. For Aliberti, the combination of practical experience and access to industry experts paved the way to the career he always wanted.

Today, she works as Beauty ESG Initiatives Manager at Shoppers Drug Mart, focusing on optimizing the sustainability of the drugstore chain’s cosmetics brands, a role that also utilizes her passion (and college degree focus) for sustainability.

“Truly, I owe everything to Seneca,” he says. “When I entered the field and started working, I didn’t feel like a fish out of water. Seneca gave me the tools he needed: I felt very safe and was able to live in the moment and get excited about the work.”

Crystal Moore, Police foundations and Bachelor’s degree with honors in intelligence and crime analysis

Growing up, there was one thing Kristal Moore knew for sure: she wanted a career in law enforcement.

“A lot of my dad’s family works in law enforcement, so I always wanted to follow that path,” he says. “I grew up watching Criminal Minds, CSI and all those shows.”

But after completing a diploma program in Police Fundamentals, he realized he wanted more. Moore began working in the automotive industry, until an email from Seneca Polytechnic announcing its new honors degree program in Intelligence and Crime Analysis changed everything. “I didn’t know what opportunities there were,” he says. “I thought I would take a leap of faith and see what happened. “It was probably the best decision of my life.”

For Moore, Seneca Polytechnic opened completely new avenues for learning how to use analytical techniques and technology to help solve crimes.

“The program really opened doors for me,” he says. “During my co-op tenure, I had to work with the OPP. “They hired three of us as actual analysts.”

Today, Moore works full-time as a police analyst while completing a master’s degree in Public Safety. “I will now be able to hire a Seneca contract student this spring for their work term,” she says. “For me it’s a full circle. “Now I can show someone what it’s like to be a police analyst in the real world.”

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