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UOIT grads - where are they now?

Posted by Andrea Brown on April 14, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Nik Pandikiu“UOIT is where students break boundaries and do things they never thought possible. Students have access to great professors who motivate and share their professional experiences, and accomplished mentors and colleagues who push students to achieve greatness. I played varsity sports as a member of the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s soccer team. I had the privilege of studying abroad on exchange in Europe for a semester; this experience will always be one of the best of my life.”

Nik Pandikiu
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), class of 2014
Accountant, CAA South Central Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario

Brad Kroese“UOIT is a great place to develop knowledge on a variety of different topics across many different fields. The Game Development and Entrepreneurship program covers the full spectrum of the game-development process, from conception to implementation, while also creatively integrating an indie studio feel with the Game Development Workshop; having all of the hardware and software provided to you for all of your classes is also a great convenience.”

Brad Kroese
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) in Game Development and Entrepreneurship, class of 2014
Junior Online Programmer, Ubisoft, Toronto, Ontario

Diana Pula“I found UOIT to be a highly academic environment, a nurturing one. Faculty and staff constantly go above and beyond to ensure every student is successful both inside and outside the classroom. The Education program is enriched with leading-edge methodology that blends technology with field-relevant practice. This approach provided me with all the tools I needed to become a successful teacher.”

Diana Pula
Bachelor of Education, class of 2014
Teacher, York Region District School Board

Daryn Cressy“The Nuclear Engineering program prepared me well to enter my career in the nuclear industry. I was able to take a wide range of courses, which allowed me to expand my knowledge in various aspects of engineering. The professors were very helpful in transferring their knowledge to students. The relatively small class and faculty size allowed me to get to know everyone in my class as well as my professors, which made my university experience even more enjoyable.”

Daryn Cressy
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering, class of 2014
Assistant Engineer, AMEC NSS

Jafor Khaledi“My four years in the Engineering program were absolutely transformative. It helped develop my academic and career‑based skills through challenging, reflective material as well as internship and co-op work placements. I received an education from enthusiastic, caring and inspiring professors—the kind of undergraduate education that would be hard to surpass anywhere else. I was challenged to think critically, listen and engage; that is what university is all about, right?”

Jafor Khaledi
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering, class of 2014
Engineer, Honda of Canada Manufacturing, New Tecumseth, Ontario

Madison Powers“I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on a specialized surgical floor. I was fortunate to receive an interview with the surgical managers after completing a placement there. This led me to having a career in the field that I love only a month after graduating.”

Madison Powers
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours), class of 2014
Registered Nurse, Lakeridge Health Oshawa

Alyssa Higginson“Each of my professors took a genuine interest in my future so I was able to thrive and discover what I wanted to pursue. My time at UOIT provided me with the chance to explore different opportunities and learn more about myself and what I am good at, which in turn has led me to work in a field I am passionate about.”

Alyssa Higginson
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), class of 2010
Master of Health Sciences, class of 2012
Health Promotion Specialist, Hamilton Health Sciences

“UOIT was definitely the right choice for me. I was really attracted to the technology-enrichedJustin Bolshin learning environment, the small class sizes that allowed me to get to know my professors on a personal level, and the modern facilities. Also, UOIT is an up-and-coming university that is really starting to make a name for itself, and I really wanted to be a part of that.”

Justin Bolshin
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, class of 2014
Medical student (class of 2018), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Christian Kielbowski“My internship experience at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) provided me with a unique and wonderful experience. The information, training and connections obtained have opened doors I could not have possibly dreamed of. Undertaking an internship was one of the most important and rewarding decisions I made during my time as an undergraduate student and it was because of UOIT that this opportunity was made possible. I am currently working full-time at OPG and I credit my time as a UOIT student, paired with my internship experience, with providing this great employment opportunity to me.”

Christian Kielbowski
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, class of 2011
Assistant Technical Officer/Scientist, Ontario Power Generation

“When my adventure started at UOIT, I was amazed by how welcomed I was by my classmates and professors. Sarah AlghoulWherever I went, whatever I needed, there was always someone there to guide me throughout the process. Thanks to my professors, not only did I learn theories of communication, but I was also taught how to apply them when using popular social mediums of today. My classmates and I always had the opportunity to share our opinions during lectures, which created diversified discussions that enhanced our ideologies. No matter how you want to develop your future self, this university is the perfect place to start, as you will live in an environment of growth and success.”

Sarah Alghoul
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication, class of 2014
Facilities Help Desk Coordinator, M.H. Aslhaya Co. W.L.L., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“After obtaining a Police Foundations diploma, I enrolled in the Criminology and Justice Bridge program. After two busy Correctional servicesyears, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Justice. Shortly thereafter, I was successful in obtaining a position as a Probation and Parole Officer. I believe the hands-on experience I gained through the practicum course at UOIT assisted me in my chosen career path.”

Sean Stastny
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice, 2012
Probation and Parole Officer

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