career exploration overview
The more you connect with professionals working in the career you are exploring, the more you will learn about whether it’s a good fit for you. Our career exploration programs connect you with career professionals to ask questions and learn the latest about careers, companies and industries. Plus, you can include each of these experiences on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) after successfully completing each program’s required steps.
Job Shadowing Programs
Are you curious about how your values, skills and interests relate to potential career options? Shadow a professional (a "host") of your interest for half a day to five days!
What you will gain:
- Learn about managing your career from your host’s own story
- Practice networking during career conversations
- Understand organizational culture during a workplace tour
- Develop your career ideas by acquiring industry knowledge
- Apply skills in the workplace through a planned activity
Interested in participating? Participate in one of our St. George Career Exploration Orientations. Plus, you will get 3 years eligibility to participate in one placement per term! Register on the CLNx – St. George Career Exploration & Education Events and Workshops Calendar.
Job Shadowing Placement Periods
Hosts provide opportunities for student visits from a half-day, up to a full five days on-site! These placements take place during the following periods:
- Fall: November 11 – 22, 2019
- Winter: March 9 – 20, 2020
- Spring: June 8 – 19, 2020
Questions? Want to make a request for a host? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
In The Field program
Would you like to learn more about different careers in an industry? Are you curious about how your values align with an organization? Join a half-day group visit to an organization where you will:
- Explore a range of potential careers within that industry
- Expand your network and exchange contact information with professionals from a range of departments and roles
- Observe organizational culture during a workplace tour
Interested in participating? Participate in one of our St. George Career Exploration Orientations to learn more!
Dream Job Academy
Dream Job Academy is an arts-based career exploration program designed to help you explore your passions, values and potential careers.
This program consists of several sessions where you will engage in arts, narrative and play-based activities and experiences. Joining the Dream Job Academy will help you recognize your passions, allow you to engage in career exploration and assist you in finding your “dream job”.
This program is a partnership with Hart House.
Backpack to Briefcase (b2B)
Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) connects students with alumni from their area of study working in a variety of industries. Students who join this program will build their network and receive meaningful career advice.
Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) hosts various events and workshops over the academic year:
- Speed networking
- Career panel discussions
- Mentorship meals
- Industry nights
The Ten Thousand Coffees U of T hub
U of T’s new Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is an online catalogue of alumni volunteers willing to share their insights and experiences to help students and younger alumni succeed in their careers.
Undergraduate students can work together with faculty members and develop skills to apply in the classroom and their future careers.
The Research Catalogue is a “one-stop” shop to learn about research from disciplines across the University of Toronto. You can find descriptions of co-curricular research projects, discover research in a variety of disciplines and contact faculty researchers.
A variety of resources will be available throughout the year to help you engage in co-curricular research opportunities.
Working for Change Conference
This annual event connects undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge and insights from alumni and practitioners in the field. Students will learn how to find meaningful work in the non-profit and social justice sectors after graduation.
Next Steps Conference
Next Steps is a one-day annual conference for students and recent graduates thinking about life after graduation. Completing your degree is an exciting milestone, but also overwhelming as you enter into a new stage of your life into a career. Unlike a job, your career combines your education, experience and choices. It will grow, change and take you in surprising directions.
This conference will equip you with professional insights, teach you strategies to help get you started and give you an opportunity to grow your professional network. Over 150 alumni will be in attendance to give you advice and support.