arts+businessWORKS Career Development Conference

Sat, Oct 29, 2022

From 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM MDT

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. If you have any questions - please contact [email protected]. Thank you!

The arts+businessWORKS Career Development Conference is a career education event for current Arts and Business undergraduate students as well as recent graduates. Sessions are available for those just starting to explore their career interests and for those entering the workforce!

Reasons to attend arts+businessWORKS:

  • Discover and explore your career options with information directly from employers
  • Develop career management strategies to set yourself up for success
  • Improve your resume, cover letter and interview skills
  • Build and expand your network
  • + so much more!

When you register, you will select the breakout sessions that you would like to attend - see session descriptions for more information.

If you have questions about your registration see the FAQ or contact [email protected]

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Location details

Address: University of Alberta, Henry Marshall Tory Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration - Tory Atrium

9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome from the Faculties & Introductions

9:15 – 10:20 a.m. LIVE What the Job (WTJ)? Podcast

**Note this session is open to all conference attendees**

Hosted by Matt Rea, ‘13 PhD this session features UAlberta alumni podcast guests speaking about their winding career paths from entrepreneurship to the head of a not for profit; from working a cruise ship to financial planning, and more! 


Nakita Valerio ‘09 Arts, ‘17 MA Activist, Research Director, Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies 

Arden Tse ‘11 MBA Investment Manager, Yaletown Partners

Kyla Amrhein ‘09 BA Director, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation

Paul Ingram ‘88 Partner, Silverberg Group

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions & Networking

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Information Booths - Tory Atrium

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rapid Resume & LinkedIn Reviews

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Skip the Selfie: LinkedIn Profile photos

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

Noon – 12:50 p.m. Lunch Session: Succeeding as Your Authentic Self

For more information:

arts+businessWORKS Conference Program Overview

arts+businessWORKS Conference Session Descriptions

Gaining International Work and Volunteer Experience

Learn how you can integrate career related international work experience (paid or volunteer) into your time on campus. Opportunities will also be explored for students nearing graduation and recent graduates.


This presentation will help you to identify the experiences and attributes gained through your degree. You will also learn how to present these qualities effectively through the creation of a targeted resume. You will gain the knowledge and resources needed to align yourself with a prospective employer and stand out as a unique individual.

Financial Sector

There are many diverse career options within the financial sector, including opportunities to be your own boss! Join this panel to learn more about what it's like to work in this field and the skills and experience that the financial sector demands.

Cover Letters

If you hate writing cover letters, and you never know what information to include, this is the session for you! In this session you will learn strategies on how to write an effective and engaging cover letter that will capture the reader’s attention. The tips and tricks provided will leave you feeling confident on how to write a new outstanding cover letter for every job posting you apply to.

Human and Community Services

Are you interested in working with people in the human and community services sector? If so, this session is for you. Come learn more about a day in the life of professionals working in various organizations that impact our community.

Strategies to Increase Your Employment Opportunities Before You Graduate

You’ve heard of the phrase “it’s all about who you know” when it comes to finding work. So how do you get to know the right people, gain the right experience and learn the right skills before you graduate? In this session we’ll explore the many programs that help students connect with mentors and learn strategies for success.

Building Employability Skills through Undergraduate Research in Arts and Business

Think “undergraduate research” is only for students who want to go to grad school? Think again! No matter what your future career goals, undergraduate research can be a great way to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and to develop both discipline-specific and transferable skills that employers (and graduate schools) are looking for. In this session, we’ll discuss how to get started in research in arts and business, as well as how your research experience can help you secure future academic and employment opportunities. 

Creative and Innovative Fields

Do you want a career that allows for creativity and innovation? In this session you will hear first-hand perspectives about working in creative industries, how to get your foot in the door and information about how to put your creativity to work.


Interviews can be so nerve wracking! Attend this session to not only learn how to combat those interview nerves but also how to effectively prepare, present yourself and feel confident in your interview skills! Learn what hiring managers are looking for in answers to those tough interview questions and how to demonstrate your fit for the job.

Keynote Address: LIVE What the Job? Podcast

Open to all attendees!

This session features What the Job? (WTJ) podcast guests speaking about their winding career paths from entrepreneurship to the head of a not for profit; from working a cruise ship to financial planning, after graduation these grads moved from one field to another. With tips and tricks on how to change careers and use your education to move from position to position.


Nakita Valerio ‘09 Arts, ‘17 MA Activist, Research Director for the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies, Alumni Council representative for Arts

Arden Tse ‘11 MBA Investment Manager, Yaletown Partners

Kyla Amrhein ‘09 BA Director, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation

Paul Ingram ‘88 Partner, Silverberg Group

Finding a Job: What Works?

When you are looking for work, what methods actually lead to a job interview or a job offer? Using results from our 2021 Graduate Employment Survey, the Career Centre looked specifically at responses to just that question, which about 900 U of A graduates from 2016 answered. This presentation explains how to use these methods to find relevant employment opportunities.

Incorporating Work-Integrated Learning into your Degree Program

Hear from recent graduates and students about how incorporating Work-Integrated Learning into their degree programs impacted their employment outcomes upon graduation. Learn tips and strategies for how to effectively incorporate Work-Integrated learning into your degree to help create opportunities for you when you graduate.

Public Sector

Hear first-hand perspectives about working for public sector organizations, the range of job opportunities available to Arts students, necessary skills and qualifications and where to look for available positions.



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