Charting Your Course: Strategies and Tactics to Take the Helm and Navigate Your Career
Location: Diamond Alumni Centre, Thompson Fraser Room (downstairs)
Date(s): Monday February 3rd, 2020 8:45 am
Time: 12:45 pm
Recurring: No


The world of work has changed!  Expectations have shifted, both in what employers require from their people, and what employees want from their workplace relationships.  To successfully navigate in the altered employment landscape, you need to take ownership of your own career; to step up and take the helm; to proactively chart a course of your choosing.  And let’s be really clear – thoughtful and deliberate career progression is much more than simply watching for advertised jobs and dashing off applications.  So when it comes to being the master of your destiny, what exactly does it take to put on the captain’s hat and steer your own ship?  

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In this series of four practical and useful half-day workshops, leadership expert and popular presenter Merge Gupta-Sunderji will walk you through a graduated hands-on process to identify career opportunities, expand your professional network, ace your interviews, and take overall charge of your career success.  Over the four sessions, you will learn how to identify and best showcase your talents and strengths, research and connect with those who can help you in your career journey, and separate yourself from the pack as someone who is not only qualified but is also skilled at building meaningful professional relationships.  While the program will be slanted towards career progression within the university, the skills learned will be applicable in any job environment.


As each of these half-day workshops builds on the previous ones, it is imperative that you commit to attending all four.  The dates have already been scheduled and confirmed so put them into your calendar right now.  Each session will run from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

  • Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Monday, May 4, 2020


Be prepared – this is not a sit-and-listen type of learning program, and there will be homework!  You will be expected to actively participate while in the session, as well as complete assignments between sessions.  But as in most things, when you put in the work, you will also reap the rewards.  If you’re willing to make this investment in yourself, the ultimate outcome will be your future career success.

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Merge Gupta-Sunderji turns managers into leaders.  A highly-respected leadership expert and columnist, Merge gives people specific and practical tools to achieve leadership and communication success.  Over 70,000 managers in eight countries have attended her fun, content-rich keynotes and facilitated workshops.  A leader at one of Canada's premier oil and gas companies for over fourteen years and a Board leader at a Credit Union for three, she offers a unique blend of realism and humour that consistently engages and entertains her audiences!  In addition to being a regular columnist for The Globe & Mail, she’s an award-winning published author of over 140 articles in numerous magazines, twenty-two audio CDs and two books. Her latest book is a handy reference guide titled Generations Exposed: Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With.