UBC journeys continue after graduation

Did you know that UBC employs more alumni than any other organization?

In fact, 36% of all staff and faculty are UBC alumni.

Letting UBC students know that working at UBC is a possibility, and that thousands of people are already doing it, are messages that, as an employer, UBC wanted to share at the 2013 Career Days fair held in the SUB earlier this month.

At Career Days I was able to chat some UBC staff who are also UBC alumni, and learn a little bit more about their experiences working at their alma mater.

UBC was recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People in 2013

UBC was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2013

Andrea Lovely, who graduated in 2009 with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, now works as Human Resources Coordinator with Community Services.

She first worked for UBC as a student with Conferences and Accommodation, and later, from contacts made through a mentoring program at UBC, learned of employment opportunities with Human Resources.

She loves her work there because she always feels supported, especially from her colleagues who have “a lot of knowledge” and who “work hard to keep you once you start.”

The sense of community at UBC is also a big draw. Last year she ran the Fall Classic 10km run around UBC with her department, and also played in a soccer league with some colleagues.

“UBC is kind of a hub for a lot of things in my life,” she said.

This year Andrea is planning to volunteer – as a mentor this time – for the same mentoring program she participated in at the start of her UBC career.

Another UBC alum, Winnie Kam, graduated in 2008 with a major in psychology and a minor in economics and now works for Human Resources. Before working in HR she worked in Accounts Receivable, where she gained experience and was able to take accounting classes on the side to improve her skills. Her job in HR now allows her to connect with many different people, an important aspect for her.

“It was always my intention to work with people,” she explained.

Winnie Kam, a UBC psychology grad, now works in HR at UBC.

Winnie Kam, a UBC psychology grad, now works in HR at UBC.

Lately Winnie has been practicing a lot of Zumba and is currently working towards an instructor’s certification. It’s a “Reggae tone dance mixed with some cardio, but basically, it’s just a lot of fun,” she described.

Many of the Zumba classes she takes are open to employees through Health, Wellbeing and Benefits.

And finally, I chatted with Kathryn Moore, an HR Coordinator with the Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio. She graduated in 2009 from the Sauder School of Business and worked for a few years at Ernst and Young downtown before coming back to UBC to work in HR.

“I fell in love with the team here,” she explains, “It’s an amazing group of people.”

Kathryn also lives close by and enjoys biking to work, and during lunchtime practices yoga at a staff recreation program.

Andrea, Winnie and Kathryn were just a few of the many UBC staff and alumni volunteering at Career Days, who came out to show students there are job opportunities at UBC after graduation, and that it’s a great place to work as well.

In fact, in 2013, UBC was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Are you a UBC alum who works at the university and would you like to share your story? Please connect with us at communications@hr.ubc.ca. We’d love to hear from you!