News from Student Life
New tool links departments, alumni and career paths
The University of Toronto’s Career Centre has launched a new online tool that connects students with alumni and job options to help these future grads succeed in the workplace – and your department can be involved.
Career Navigator helps students find career inspiration and build professional networks based on their program of study. Once on the website, students begin connecting the dots between their degrees and career opportunities, gaining insight into the skills valued by employers which they can expect to develop in their programs. From there, students can connect with the alumni who can offer valuable advice based on their own career journey.
“I think the Career Navigator is a wonderful idea,” says Ashley Bruce, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. “Many students are concerned about their future prospects and this causes them a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Having a resource where they can get concrete information about what other students with the same degree went on to do is very useful. In addition, seeing what employers value helps students make connections between their studies and their futures and this is something that I don’t think is always obvious to students. It is critical to make sure that students know about this resource so they can make use of it.”
With Career Navigator, students will begin to connect career opportunities within their areas of study, making programs more attractive based on the opportunities they provide. Departments will also benefit, with labour market information readily available.
Currently launched with 39 Faculty of Arts & Science programs, Career Navigator will be adding more programs and faculties in 2017. If you’re interested in including your department in this program, please email Diana Kudla Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Sarah Etienne
Source: The Bulletin, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Summer Work Study program benefits both students and staff (23 February, 2016)
As summer Work Study positions are being carefully developed and submitted, staff, students and faculty across all three U of T campuses are reflecting on the mutually beneficial nature of the program. From May 2 (UTSC) or 9 (UTM, SG) to August 5 2016, students will once again be gaining valuable workplace experience through their part time work at the university as staff and faculty develop a new perspective on their daily tasks, goals and divisional priorities.
This year the Work Study program has gone through some important changes, but it remains a critical program for staff and faculty across U of T.
“Work Study students add so much value to our team,” says Rachel Keeling, Manager, Alumni Relations and Advancement Campaigns in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, who regularly hires advancement assistants through the program. “Students are able to gain practical skills and earn money to put toward their education, but as staff, we gain new insight by engaging with students. We meet people from different divisions within the university and it gives us a great new perspective on the work that we do.”
On Keeling’s team, Work Study students help with day-to-day office tasks as well as event support and alumni research. But there are myriad ways for students to participate across the three U of T campuses.
Delicia Ansalem has been a Work Study student at UTSC for the past three years. Through various different positions, she has been a mentor to first generation students, managed social media accounts, led fellow students in weekly study groups, helped to promote university events and more. Through it, she gained experience that will help her both in class and in the workplace.
“I have definitely learned and improved many of my skills through my experience,” she says. “Work Study allowed me to improve on my communication, team-work, time management, balance and even technical skills like using Photoshop.”
On the UTM campus Jennifer Dao, a fourth-year student hoping to graduate this spring, is experiencing the Work Study program for the first time.
“I really like the ability to manage my full-time course load while working part-time on campus,” she says. “I appreciate being able to have the flexibility of attending classes and working for a few hours when I have free time during the week. I often tell my manager and friends that my Work Study experience feels like a nice and productive ‘break’ from my full-time day on campus because I really like the work culture and the role I get to fulfill.”
Back on the St. George campus, Keeling appreciates the bigger-picture aspect of hiring students through Work Study program.
“When you get right down to it, education is the reason we’re here,” she says. “So I see the Work Study program as part of our responsibility to give students a well-rounded education. We invite students in to learn real world skills, teach them how to apply their education in the workforce and they help us do great work. It’s really rewarding.”
Learn more about the Work Study program and post a position today.
The Work Study program is evolving (9 February, 2016)
On February 16, eligible faculty and staff can begin submitting Work Study opportunities to the Career Learning Network (CLN). This year, there are some important changes to the program that helps U of T students gain valuable work experience while they study.
New this year:
- The University will cover 70 per cent of the hourly wage ($9 per hour) and the employer will pay the remaining 30 per cent ($3.86 per hour) - please ensure you have this funding in place prior to submitting a job
- All applications will be collected through the CLN instead of individual email accounts to maximize the exposure of each posting
- Each job posting can have up to four vacancies
The Work Study program is a great way for students to gain experience right on campus. While students benefit from the hands-on opportunity to apply their skills in a professional setting, staff and faculty are able to increase their output and learn new techniques from students on the cutting edge of their field.
“I had such a great experience through the work study program,” says Laura Philipps, who took a position at the George Ignatieff Theatre while pursuing her undergraduate degree. “It taught me basic workplace skills and improved my confidence by placing me in a leadership role. My boss assigned me tasks that added value to the organization and presented me with new challenges.”
The results of a Work Study survey revealed comments from students such as: “It was a great way to develop some of the skills I hope to use when I graduate. I highly recommend that other students take advantage of this opportunity.” Students consistently tell us that Work Study was a program in which they could grow and make decisions about how their studies relate to their career paths.
Important dates to remember:
February 16: Job submission period opens for eligible faculty/staff at cln.utoronto.ca
March 14: Deadline for faculty/staff to submit jobs in CLN
April 14: Faculty/staff will be notified of their approved jobs by this date
April 18 – May 20: Students can view and apply for jobs in the CLN
May 31: Hiring forms must be received by Enrolment Services
The program period begins on the first day of classes.
Welcome to the new Health & Wellness Centre St. George campus (20 October, 2015)
On September 8th, the new Health & Wellness Centre began offering University of Toronto students a single point of entry for access to all services previously offered through Health Services and Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Feedback from students over the years and best clinical practices have prompted us to rethink the way health and mental health services are provided at the St. George campus.
All students needing physical or mental health care, travel medicine, immunizations, nutritional care, family planning or gynecological care, first aid and other services will find referrals in one space – staying on track with their current health care plan and getting new services that meet their needs.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to wellness planning,” says Janine Robb, Executive Director of Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto. “With all our staff in one clinic, the team can work together to provide a continuum of care that matches each student’s unique need.”
Through this single entry point, the new Health & Wellness Centre provides a clear pathway to individualized care. At their first appointment, students will be assessed by nursing staff or a family physician and referred according to their needs – ensuring that each student receives the right care at the right time with the right wellness professional, program or service.
"With the entire health care team working together, we can adapt a student's care plan to suit their needs and give them the right services at the right time," says Andrea Levinson, Psychiatrist-in-Chief in Health & Wellness at U of T. "We'll be listening to their story and assessing their concerns from the very first visit. That way, we can follow up and fine-tune our support to be as dynamic as their health care needs are."
The Health & Wellness Centre is located on the second floor of the Koffler Student Services Centre.
Koffler Student Services Centre
University of Toronto
214 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
(use the St. George Street entrance)
- Monday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Students can make appointments in person at the clinic, by phone at 416-978-8030 or online through the Health & Wellness Web Access portal: my.healthandwellness.utoronto.ca
General inquiries: email@example.com
Staff and faculty wishing to refer students to the Health & Wellness Centre please contact Siraj Waglay, Client Care Coordinator at 416 978-8161.
Additional information for staff and faculty on responding to distressed students can be found on distressedstudent.utoronto.ca.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Health Services/CAPS Integration
Why merge Health Services & CAPS into one integrated Health & Wellness Centre?
The integration of services at the Health and Wellness Centre is a direct response to the Mental Health Framework, student feedback, and best practices to ensure students have quicker, direct access to health and mental health services.
As noted in the Mental Health Framework “Student feedback indicated a strong desire and need for systems that would enable students to move seamlessly among services, thereby avoiding delays in accessing essential support at critical times” and that “Enhancing coordination, collaboration and communication across services and systems on and off campus is critically important to meeting the needs of students.”
Records show that fifty percent of students who access services through the former CAPS also received care through our Health Services. To therefore ensure care is harmonized we are taking a team-based, collaborative care approach which allows staff to provide coordinated, integrated, and responsive care for students with a focus on wellness, not just “illness”.
What will be different in the way services are delivered?
There is now only one reception area on the Second floor at Koffler Student Services Center, from which student can access all services offered at our Health & Wellness Centre. Multiple access points have been confusing for students and staff/faculty and our “one door” approach will simplify the pathway to care, will reduce fractured care, and will provide ongoing monitoring. Taking a holistic approach, family physicians will assess student needs, consider their overall well-being, and, as necessary, connect them to the best matched service.
What types of services are available?
All services previously available in Health Services and CAPS are available but offered in a more coordinated and integrated fashion. Students needing physical or mental health care, travel medicine, immunizations, nutritional care, family planning or gynecological care, first aid and other services will find referrals in one space. When the Health & Wellness Centre cannot provide the service, students will be referred to community providers.
How do students access the Health & Wellness Centre services?
Students can book their initial appointment by phone (416 978-8030), web or in-person. All our services will be accessed through this one single access point located on the second floor reception at the Koffler Student Centre where students will be assessed and receive interdisciplinary care based on their needs.