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My Career Story: Lessons from my Career Pivot

June 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


For many, there is the misconception that their academic discipline must match exactly with the career path they choose. However, trends in the world of work continue to point towards a non-linear career path – this has become even clearer given some of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We would like to invite you to join us for an engaging panel discussion with UBC alumni who have made minor and major career pivots. Our panelists will share stories and advice on how they handled the peaks and valleys of their non-linear journeys, decided what paths they wanted to take, the roles their networks played, and lessons they’ve learned along the way. Whether you’re a recent graduate navigating job search or current student figuring out how to “choose the right career,” you’ll learn a lot from what our panelists have to share!

Register on CareersOnline under “Events” – “Workshops” and search “My Career Story: Lessons from my Career Pivot”

Webinar link will be sent upon registration



Corina Santema BSc (FNH) ’15: Large Merchant Success Manager at Shopify Plus | Owner & Personal Development Coach at Co.gro

While at UBC, Corina (she/her) studied in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in the Food, Nutrition and Health Sciences program and after graduating moved into the world of Tech. She has since worked for companies such as Hootsuite, Lululemon, and InVision, and is now in the role of Large Merchant Success Manager at Shopify Plus. She’s also a believer that wellness, mindfulness and career drive can co-exist, and is a Personal Development Coach for her company, Co gro. Corina has been privileged to call the stolen, unceded land of the Stó:lō, Coast Salish and now Kwikwetlem Nations home and recognizes her privilege as a white, cis/hetero, able-bodied womxn.

She is passionate about supporting mental health and race/gender equality issues, and loves to run, travel (when it’s possible) and enjoy strong caffeine.

Dunia Tozy BSc ’02: Host & Producer of ‘Parenthood Lifestyle’ | Founder of Love 2 Media

Dunia is a Leo award nominated TV host, video journalist, filmmaker and photographer born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, with experience stemming from many years creating and hosting lifestyle content for Shaw TV both on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver. She was part of the ‘go! Vancouver’ lifestyle magazine show team airing on channel 4 in addition to being the host & producer of the Leo Award nominated show ‘Open Doors’ which featured stories for and about newcomers to Canada. She is the CEO of Love 2 Media, a multimedia company that helps capture everyday moments for clients through the magic of photography and videography. Dunia is also a media consultant and she teaches photography, videography, and social media classes. She’s currently working on a web talk show called ‘Parenthood Lifestyle with Dunia Tozy’ which showcases inspiring parents and everything parenthood related. Dunia was honoured to be a finalist for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award for two years in a row in addition to representing Canada on the Ship for World Youth.

In her spare time Dunia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, learning languages and exploring various forms of art from drawing to painting, in addition to crafting.

Vanja (VJ) Terzic MBA ’18: Incubation Programs Manager at RADIUS SFU| Instructor,  First Nations Technology Council

After nearly ten years working as Engineer in the energy sector, VJ made a career pivot and began his second career as a Business Consultant and Instructor. While completing his MBA at UBC, he piloted a program delivering entrepreneurial training to Indigenous communities in BC, volunteered as an instructor delivering content to students in Kenya and continues to volunteer with Junior Achievement BC to develop financial literacy skills in youth across BC. Currently, VJ supports RADIUS, SFU’s social innovation hub, as Incubation Programs Manager to help nurture radical ideas into useful solutions. He is also an instructor with the First Nations Technology Council.

When not hard at work, VJ loves playing basketball, conquering the local mountains, or getting lost in a book.


Please email us at recruit.talent@ubc.ca if you require accommodations to access this event due to an ongoing medical condition and/or disability.


June 24, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada

Additional Info

Registration/RSVP Required
Yes (see event description)
Event Type
Networking, Talk/Lecture
Personal and Professional Development
Alumni, Students