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Simon Fraser University Applied Science Alumni Gathering

On the evening of April 30, close to 150 applied science alumni met at the Diamond Alumni Centre at Simon Fraser University, schmoozed over delicious canapés and wine, while listening to the new Dean speak about the bold new direction Applied Science is taking.  It was interesting to hear him speak about creating a closer relationship with industry and businesses, and encouraging the university students to be more entrepreneurial, and that more of these types of networking events should happen to stay connected to past alumni.

As a Communication grad myself, it always felt like fraud that we fell under Applied Science.  I am glad to see that Applied Science now only takes Computer Science and Engineering under its wings.  I was surprised to bump into an old colleague from years back, Jason Wong, who I worked with at BC Hydro PowerSmart.  He is now working as an engineer for Bosch!
I handed out some of my cards to potential job seekers, it seems no one who graduated in the past year has been able to get any real work, so people either take time off, or go into a Masters degree program.  I tried to talk to the department chair of Computer Science to see if we could sponsor any of their upcoming events, or work with them to meet the past Computer Science alumni and inform them of our services.  Unfortunately, there is no access, and he was retiring the day after, so I left him to be happy with the prawn appies and wine.

One cool thing that I got out of this evening is that I won the door prize, a sterling silver business card holder, which is perfect timing as my card holder is on its way out.  I’m proud to be a SFU alumnus, and look forward to contributing more to it in the future.  You should tap into your University’s Alumni group and see how they may assist you in your job search.


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