Riaz Bandali, BSc ’91

Riaz Bandali

Current Role:  Chief Innovation Officer, InVentiv Health – Clinical Division What was your first job after graduation? I went on to an MBA degree, 1 year after graduating from UBC. So my first “real” job was as an Investment Analyst in a Venture Capital firm that was focused on investing in the Health & Life… Read more

Rayka Kumru, BA’12


Current Role: Sexologist and Sexual Health Educator

My first year at UBC as an international student, I was scrolling through the course list to find something interesting to pursue. I discovered UBC offered courses in Critical Studies in Sexuality. Taking that one course with Janice Stewart was one of the many “aha” moments I had on the road leading to my career.

Tim Vipond, MBA’13

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Current Role: CEO, Corporate Finance Institute

There’s no way to predict where your career will take you. Just focus on learning in the moment, make as many connections as possible, and capitalize on good opportunities when they present themselves. It’s okay to make a plan for the future, but just know that it will almost certainly play out differently. Stay in touch with your UBC classmates as many of them will be doing really interesting things.

Tsavo Neal, BA’15


Getting a taste of failure and rejection will let you know before you’re in the workforce whether entrepreneurship is for you or not. I think getting an education from more places than just the classroom is critical. I thought UBC was just about the classes, but it offers so much more. There are a wealth of opportunities for students outside of their study groups and midterms, and if I could go back I would have taken advantage of them from day one.

Karen Dickenson-Smith, MPH’16

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I have had many important connections over the years, many of which are sustained today. One, in particular, stands out because it led to me joining my current organization, Fraser Health. It was actually a partner in a law firm who based on my career interests, introduced me to the VP, HR of another regional health authority. That conversation was very inspiring and it opened my eyes to the many opportunities to make a difference in the public sector.

Eric Kristiansen, BPE’90


Begin with the end in mind. Follow your heart and make career choices that reflect this. Where there is true passion and purpose, there is excellence and my contribution to the world will be exponentially larger than simply being focused on ‘getting a job.’

Humaira Hamid, BSc’10

Humaira Hamid, BSc'10

What was your first job after graduation? I interviewed for my first full-time job in the middle of my last final exams week of my university career. The position was a one-year maternity leave contract at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island, at base salary with no benefits. My title was Coordinator, Special Events. It was… Read more

Jenny Morgan, BSW’03

Jenny Morgan, BSW'03

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I am currently enrolled in UWO in the doctorate in education program, within the executive cohort focusing on organizational leadership. I am currently the Director for Indigenous Health at the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Postsecondary education has opened so many opportunities for me. In 5… Read more

Wordsobe Byeong-Ju Mun, MSc’13

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Professional problem-solving field: data analytics or mathematical analysis If you weren’t in your current job field, what would you be doing? I would like to be a mathematician who researches the mathematical theory of fluid dynamics, or a statistician who researches the operations analysis for business or… Read more

Jeremy Bekar, BSc(Biology)’01

What was your first job after graduation? Following Graduation, I was living in New York and needed a job which could also supply a work Visa. Luckily, my UBC BSc allowed me to work in the pharmaceutical industry; however, I ended up on the marketing/education side of the business in a field called CME. Using… Read more

Belinda Chen, BSc’07, MSc’11

What was your first job after graduation? Working as a research assistant at UBC Hospital What would you tell your graduating self? Be open to possibilities, never say no as you never know where you path may take you What was the best advice that you received? People want to be seen, heard and understood…. Read more

Paul Davidescu, BCom’12

Paul Davidescu, BCom'12

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? As I start to reach the tipping point in both my business and personal growth, I see myself continuing to power Tangoo and/or similar companies like it that focus on solving problems around discovering experiences, dating, personal growth, and helping startup companies reach their potential. I would… Read more