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Career Ambassadors

Career Ambassadors promote the Career and Experiential Learning Department through activities such as class visits, presentations, information sessions, events, and peer-to-peer support. They work closely with CEL coordinators to enhance the visibility of the department while acting as a point of contact for students. Career Ambassadors encourage students to ‘start early’ and take the first step towards the career, job, volunteer position, or work term they are after. 

Career Ambassadors 2023

2023 Career Ambassadors Team

The Benefits of Being a Career Ambassador

  • Enhance interpersonal and communication skills
  • Acquire knowledge and abilities related to career and professional development
  • Develop leadership, teambuilding and networking skills
  • Create a personal brand and professional presence
  • Practice skills in organization, event planning and project management
  • Gain experience in research, marketing, event planning and possibly advising
  • Personally connect with career development advisors, faculty members, alumni, peers and industry representatives
  • Access alumni and employers during events such as the jobs for TRU Job Fair, speaker panels and other career development events on campus


  • Design marketing materials and create promotional strategies to engage students in all years of study across all programs
  • Collaborate with student associations to organize events and/or promotional efforts
  • Create, curate and collect content for newsletters and social media channels
  • Assist with planning, organizing and promoting events such as hiring fair, workshops, speaker panels, career development month, company tours, speaker panels etc.
  • Represent the Career and Experiential Learning Department (CEL) as a Career Ambassador by promoting events, services, resources and encouraging students to participate across all Faculties
  • Provide input, suggestions, ideas and feedback to CEL regarding students' needs and requests for services and programs
  • Support the collection of data and enter as required
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of new ambassadors
  • Deliver short in-class presentations to promote CEL
  • Promote CEL at various internal events and tabling around campus
  • Attend team meetings and training as scheduled
  • Support CEL in various projects and initiatives


  • Committed to advancing the CEL mission of striving to empower students and alumni with the skills, tools and resources they need to achieve their career goals
  • Must be enrolled as a student in good standing for Fall and Winter semesters
  • Availability of 4 hours per week
  • Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal, public speaking and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Evidence of leadership, responsibility, accountability, initiative and attention to detail
  • Interest in career/professional development
  • Interest in supporting others to discover and meet their potential
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Creative, reliable, and punctual
  • Possess good judgement, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Displays enthusiasm, accountability, willingness to learn and openness to new ideas
  • Research skills and proactive curiosity that could be applied to investigating professional opportunities, employers and external partners, industry trends, and more

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Career Ambassador Application Form 2024/2025.
  2. Email the completed application form to with the subject line: Career Ambassador Application.

Meet the Team

  • Aashima Thapar

    Aashima Thapar, she/her


    Aashima Thapar is a dedicated second-year post-baccalaureate marketing student passionate about business and communication. Presently, she is immersed in her co-op work term with the School of Nursing, and you'll often find her actively participating in various local and university events. In her spare time, Aashima enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She attributes her understanding of the job market has dramatically improved because of CEL's informational sessions and encourages fellow students to cultivate meaningful connections. Aashima advises students: "Remember, mindset has more power in the world than anything else, so build a good one."

  • Shubham Vaghela

    Shubham Vaghela, he/him


    Shubham Vaghela is in his fourth year of Computer Science minoring in Management. He is originally from Gujarat, India, and came to Canada three years ago. Shubham has completed four co-op work terms with School District #27 as an IT Technologist. He loves playing badminton, cricket, and table tennis and listens to music anytime and anywhere. He loves to play with numbers, and his field of interest is Data Science.

    "Things change at the end of the comfort zone." - Shubham Vaghela

  • Syed Ahmad

    Syed Ahmad, he/him


    Syed Misbah Ahmad is a second-year student majoring in finance and working on a post-baccalaureate diploma. Misbah is passionate about his field of study and work and is particularly interested in the Taxation world. He now works at H&R Block, where he spent a co-op work term; in addition to that, he trains volunteers at the TRUSU Taxation Club. He loves hiking, learning anything interesting and filling up the dad joke jar. As an international student, Misbah recommends utilizing CEL's Career services and resources and advises students to walk that extra mile and grab the opportunity.

  • Vilmary Perea

    Vilmary Perea, she/her


    Vilmary Perea is a second-year supply chain management student working on a post-baccalaureate diploma. She has a strong passion for procurement and spent two co-op work terms as a Jr. Procurement with Carbon Engineering. During that experience, she understood the complex dynamics of procurement and how it plays a critical role in fostering strong corporate relationships. Vilmary actively serves as an intercultural ambassador, encouraging cross-cultural understanding within the TRU community. The best advice she can give students is cultivating a good contact network to make the transition from university to professional life more effective.

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