Types of experience
Employers want you to have experience, but how do you get it? It’s time to be strategic! Explore the types of experiences that will cultivate the skills you need to succeed in the career(s) you are exploring.
Co-Curriculars are U of T-based activities including clubs, societies and student unions. By participating, you can develop career-related skills, expand your network, get great references – and help build the university community. Some are eligible for your Co-curricular Record (CCR). You can also include some of our workshops and career exploration programs on your CCR. Visit the CCR or ULife websites for a list of these opportunities.
Work on campus
Working on campus throughout the school year, or over the summer, can be a great way to explore different careers, build skills that you enjoy using, make some extra money and get experience that will impress employers! As with any job search, to find a job on-campus it’s important to know what kinds of skills you would like to develop as well as what kind of job you are looking for. The trick is finding one that is in line with your interests.
Have you ever considered working at Hart House, Student Life, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education or a Registrar’s office? These are just a few of the places to consider when searching. Work-study positions are for graduate and undergraduate students (domestic or international). Positions are available in the Fall/Winter Term (September-February) and the Spring/Summer Term (May-August). Many positions are CCR eligible!
Please note: students registered in Toronto School of Theology programs are not eligible for work-study positions.
Fall/winter work-study program
These positions are posted on the CLN job board in early September. Your eligibility depends on your course load:
- Undergraduate students must be taking at least 2.0 credits from September to April. For example: 2 Y courses; or 2 F and 2 S courses. No course load average is allowed;
- Graduate students must be registered in at least 40% of a full course load (from September to April). If your ROSI registration indicates a “PT” status, you need to ask your department to confirm the percentage.
Other jobs on campus
Check out the CLN job board and don’t forget to check with friends, professors, T.A.’s and U of T staff, and department and faculty websites to learn about other campus job postings.
Many research positions are never advertised. Contact the professors you want to work for directly, expressing your interest in their work, and your desire to participate. Positions may be posted at Research and Innovation, the Faculty of Medicine and the CLN.
Temporary jobs on campus
UTemp places current and former U of T students and staff in full- and part-time temporary positions.
Full-time jobs on campus
Most U of T staff positions require some experience. Visit University of Toronto Careers for details.
Summer work-study program
These positions are posted on the CLN job board in early May. Your eligibility depends on your course load:
- Undergraduate students must be taking at least 1.0 credit (40% of a full course load) continuously from May and August. That means one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August; or 1 Y course from May to August;
- Graduate students must be registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August. If your ROSI registration indicates a “PT” status, you need to ask your department to confirm the percentage.
Many departments start recruiting for summer and fall/winter positions as early as January – well before the position is even posted! Make sure you are networking with staff and students on campus to find out about opportunities.
Mentorship programs match students with peer or alumni mentors. Through peer, or student-to-student mentorship, mentees develop academic skills and learn tips on how to adjust to university life. Alumni mentors help mentees explore potential careers. Peer and alumni mentors hone communication and listening skills.
Peer mentor positions may be paid or unpaid. For more information, please visit the Mentorship Resource Centre. You can also meet with alumni and ask questions about careers through our Career Exploration Programs.
Community-engaged learning courses are integrated into many programs across U of T. Courses are designed by faculty and staff in collaboration with community partners. Unlike work placements or volunteer positions, these courses place an equal focus on students’ educational needs and the needs of the community. Community-engaged learning courses are eligible for the CCR.
For more information, visit the Centre for Community Partnerships.
Leadership programs provide you with an opportunity to lead a campus group, union or club and develop leadership skills. For more information, contact the Leadership Development Program.
Research experience is the continued study of any subject, usually resulting in a final product such as an article, paper or presentation. Whether you are pursuing a career in academia, government or industry, a background in research can be an asset. There are a number of ways to build this experience – working on campus, volunteering, or even independent projects. Ask a prof or check out the Work-Study Program (see above) for information on finding opportunities.
Volunteering for a community organization is a great way to gain career-related experience. It is unpaid, but it gives you an opportunity to engage with your community, learn about career opportunities and network. For leads to opportunities, look for volunteer postings through our Career Learning Network, contact Volunteer Toronto or explore 211.
Work integrated learning
Work integrated learning gives you an opportunity to combine your in-class learning with “real world” experience. These opportunities include internships, practicums and co-ops.