University of Calgary

Come to the LIVEbrary

UToday HomeJanuary 29, 2013

By Madeleine Hardy and Meaghan O’Brien

Students explore their career paths by 'checking out' living books in a 15-minute career conversation. Photo by Riley BrandtStudents explore their career paths by 'checking out' living books in a 15-minute career conversation. Photo by Riley BrandtTwice a year, the Gallery Hall in the TFDL is transformed into a living library. ‘Living books’ are local working professionals, established in their industry and available for students to ‘check out’ for 15-minute one-on-one career conversations. This event ― Career LIVEbraryis hosted by Career Services.

The ‘books’ bring with them wisdom, advice, knowledge and experience to share with students. The conversations are student-directed and are a unique opportunity to ask questions, network and learn about career possibilities outside of the context of an interview.

This term’s event on Jan. 30 features 21 amazing industry professionals, including:

  • Mark Hopkins; Co-Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre (University of Calgary Alumni)
  • Jeff D’Silva; Manager from Volunteer Calgary (University of Calgary Alumni)
  • Michelle Wickerson; Senior Manager from Distress Centre Calgary
  • Mark Schlenker; Reservoir/Development Engineer at Encana

To register for the event, sign-in to CareerLink, and left-hand side navigation, click on the bottom button 'Career LIVEbrary'. Choose the professional you want to 'check out' and book an available time.

Julie Phillips, outreach specialist with Calgary 2012 was a book for the Career LIVEbrary event in 2012. She immensely enjoyed being a book and found value in “sharing knowledge and experience and doing something meaningful that gives back.”

“Talking to all these experts in their various fields, and how they got to be at the level they are currently at, is a whole new experience for me,” says Samuael Ogan, who is studying sustainable energy development. When asked if it helped him he said, “It opened my mind and even gave me a second thought on my current career path!”

Follow @UofC_CS on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on #CareerLIVEbrary.

The Haskayne Career Centre and Business Library will be hosting their own Haskayne LIVEbrary on Jan. 31 open to Haskayne students.