June 10, 2020 at 1 PM (EST)
Hazeem Abdel-Gadir attended the University of Toronto where he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science, with Distinction (Double Major: Biochemistry and Human Biology (Health & Disease). He then went on to complete a Masters in Biotechnology at the University of Toronto where I graduated as Valedictorian of Class of 2016. Currently he works at GlaxoSmithKline Inc (GSK) as a Global Marketing Manager in the Respiratory portfolio. People would describe Hazeem as dynamic, energetic and results-oriented with a reputation for dedication to task, time management and a high level of strategic execution
Elyas Burney has a Bachelor of Arts from York University and Masters in International Relations and Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At IDRF, he has managed over 25 humanitarian response and sustainable development programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Kenya and Lebanon. This includes responses that provided shelter, food and water to people impacted by floods, earthquakes and conflict. In 2017, he designed and launched IDRF’s Get Job Ready (GJR) Program which helps Canadian youth overcome the “no experience, no job” cycle through job readiness training and support. It is funded by RBC Future Launch.
For Career Hour with S.E.E.D.S., Elyas facilitated a workshop on LinkedIn, resume writing and networking. He discussed the value of networking, highlighting “you need to share your career aspirations with people. How can people help you, if they don’t know you need help or what you need help with?” He also shared strategies to cope with nerves and stress when being interviewed or at networking events. Elyas also showed the group how to use tools like Canva and more to make resumes that stand out!
Elyas is passionate about youth development and is a skilled facilitator, mentor and coach. He has trained and supported over 400 youth who have participated in GJR across Canada. He facilitates workshops on building a 5-star LinkedIn account, resume writing, interview skills, public speaking, financial literacy and much more. Find out more about the Get Job Ready Program and how you can apply at https://idrf.ca/getjobready/.
Thank you Elyas for sharing your story, advice and resources!