Sameer Masood

Name: 
Sameer Masood
Grad Year: 
2009
Degree: 
BA
Program: 
Biology
Geography
Title: 
Prevention Service Representative
Organization: 
Health and Safety Ontario - Workplace Safety and Prevention Services

Q: Briefly describe your current position and responsibilities, including challenges/rewards. How did you go about your job search upon graduating -- what strategies were most successful and why do you think you were hired?

Currently reporting to the Regional Director and Manager for Organizational Development and Performance as a Prevention Service Representative - My duties include Consulting, Hazard Assessments, development of Health and Safety Manuals, conducting public training and facilitation and also the design of consultant in-training program. I have been successful in gaining 3 promotions within a span of 2 years with another due in a couple of months. Connecting with the right people and portraying supeior relationship building skills are key in any sector or field of occupation.

Q: List the key positions you have held since graduation, and any post-graduate degrees/diplomas you earned after graduation. If applicable, list any other ways you are involved in your profession or in your community (member of a professional association, involved as a leadership volunteer, etc).

  • Recipient of Circle of Excellence award for Team work at Ontario Service
  • Safety Alliance
  • Active volunteer in YWAP (Young Worker Awareness Program)-High school and Humber College, Guest speaker
  • Member of CSSE (Canadian Safety Society of Engineers) and Eco-Canada (EPt -Environmental Practioner in Training-Occupational and Environmental Health)
  • Alumni Guest speaker - Env400
  • Community Outreach and Youth Initiative Sub-Committee
  • Steps for Life - Team Caption -Swpso Legacy Legs
  • Certification in Occupational Health and Safety - Ryerson Univeristy

Q: What personal characteristics/skills are most important for success in your job/field?

  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation and Presentation
  • Effective communication and focused conversation

Q: During your university career did any key experiences assist you in making your career choices? If yes, how so? (Internships? Extern Program? Volunteering? Student clubs? Summer job? Mentorship?)

Internship - Env400

Q: What have been the keys to your success? What advice would you give to students who wish to pursue a similar career path? If you had the chance to plan your studies and your career path again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

The keys to my success have been self awareness and creating challenging oppertunities. It is equally important to get out of your comfort zone and experience through trial. I would strongly suggest to follow a path of interest and focus on it from a hollistic long term approach.