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 (Extern and Explore It)
Designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore potential careers, Career Exploration facilitates short-term job shadowing placements. Your participation will help you understand your interests, skills and values. Then, on placement, you discover how these relate to your career area of interest. Gain an insider’s perspective of what a day in the life of a specific career looks like. You will be matched with a career professional (host) who volunteers to guide your career exploration process, and who wants to share their career stories with you. Placements vary in length from a half-day to five days. Participants must attend a mandatory Career Exploration Orientation and complete the registration form.
- Currently enrolled U of T full-time and part-time students and recent graduates (up to two years) from all disciplines and programs of study are eligible to participate
- Hosts are recruited as a result of student input and interests
- to make a request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Embedded within select 2nd year Arts & Science classes, with faculty support
- A Career Exploration Coordinator will visit Explore It classes to introduce competencies associated with program of study and transferability to potential careers, career exploration, and relevant job shadowing opportunitie.
- In addition to the online program reflection, select courses will invite an alumnus to come to class for a concluding discussion.
In The Field program
Go on a half-day field trip to an organization with 30-50 of your peers and be introduced to a “day in the life of” an organization. Through this experience, students have the opportunity to expand their thinking about potential career opportunities and interact with professionals in the workplace. The event usually includes a tour of the workplace, a group Q&A with professionals followed by an informal networking session. Participants must attend a mandatory Career Exploration Orientation and complete the registration form.
Dream Job Academy
In partnership with Hart House, Dream Job Academy is an arts-based career exploration program designed to help you explore your passions, values, and potential careers. Over six sessions, you will engage in arts, narrative, and play-based activities and experiences that will help you realize and recognize your passions, engage in career exploration and find your “dream job”, and meet people and make new friends.
Backpack to Briefcase (b2B)
Are you wondering where your Arts & Science degree will take you? Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) allows you to connect with alumni from your area of study, meet alumni working in industries you’d like to explore, and build your network while getting clear and honest advice about how to navigate life after graduation. Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) hosts various events over the academic year, including: speed networking events, career panel discussions, mentorship meals and industry nights, as well as workshops to help you make the most out of these events. Visit the b2B website to see alumni guest bios and to sign up for upcoming events.
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. Join today at Ten Thousand Coffees.
Looking for research on-campus? 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. Read descriptions of co-curricular research projects that interest you, discover research in a discipline you hadn’t considered, and find how to contact faculty researchers overseeing projects of interest to you. 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 to learn what it takes to find meaningful work in the non-profit and social justice sectors after graduation.
Next Steps Conference
Held annually, Next Steps is a two-day conference for students and recent graduates thinking about life after graduation. Completing your degree is an exciting milestone but it can also be a little overwhelming as you enter into a new stage of your life and career. More than just a job, your career is the ongoing culmination of your education, experience and choices. It will grow, change and take you in directions that you hadn’t anticipated. This conference aims to support you on your journey by equipping you with professional insights, teaching you strategies to help get you started and giving you an opportunity to grow your professional network; over one hundred and fifty alumni will be on sight to give you advice and support.