You’re in the home stretch!
You’re in the home stretch! You might be wrapping up your degree, but there’s still time to learn more about academic support, health and wellness services, career preparation and more. Check out your Mid-Year Tansition Guide (PDF) for more info in the documents box on the right.
Get more tips in the Senior Year Booklet (PDF) in the documents box on the right.
Get organized for graduation
If you’re planning to graduate at the end of this year, there are a few things you need to know. First, make sure you’re on track to complete your degree requirements. Check out the degree explorer on ACORN/ROSI or make an appointment to speak with your registrar. After that, head back over to ACORN/ROSI and request graduation. Before convocation, find the graduation checklist on the Convocation website and take the final steps toward your big day!
Identify transferable skills
Over the past three years, you’ve learned much more than you may realize – and coursework is just the beginning. Employers look beyond your degree to the skills you’ve developed – leadership skills through mentoring, a sense of social justice through community outreach, perseverance through athletics and more. So use your Co-Curricular Record to show them how great you are!
Prepare for the future
Thinking about applying to grad school? Do your research this summer. Look at the programs that interest you and outline your goals. Applications are often due in early fall, so consider your options now! If you’re ready to join the workforce right after graduation, the Career Centre can help you on your way. From career fairs and interview practice to help with designing your cover letter and resume, you’ll find a wealth of resources. Here are some great ways to get started:
- Talk to professionals through career exploration programs
- Conduct informational interviews with alumni
- Take a career exploration or networking workshop
- Discover career-oriented programs in your faculty
If you find your motivation lacking in senior year, try a few basic tricks: try out a new project to jumpstart your creativity, remind yourself of how far you’ve come by mentoring a younger student, or prepare for the future by attending job fairs and brushing up your resume.
Build your startup
If you want to bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life, we can help. Programs like Rapid Launch or the Dream Job Academy are targeted to all kinds of entrepreneurs, from beginners in business to world-class researchers, social innovators and more! Visit the Career Centre or entrepreneurs.utoronto.ca for more information.
Everyone feels stressed now and then – it’s a normal part of university life. We can help you develop the skills early on to de-stress and be at your best. Discover ways to stay active, practice mindfulness, manage your time and more. And everyone needs help from time to time, so if you need to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to ask!
This might be your last year on campus, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye! There are plenty of ways to stay in touch through alumni associations, mentoring and more. After you graduate, you can access a range of services and benefits including fitness and recreational facilities and the U of T library system. You can also access services at the Career Centre for two years after you graduate.
Your safety on campus is important. Familiarize yourself with on-campus supports like the Community Safety Office which offers programs in self defense, the prevention of sexual violence and more. The WalkSmart service provides someone to walk with if you are walking around campus after dark and Campus Police are available 24/7 if you need assistance. Emergency phones are located throughout campus or call their urgent line, 416-978-2222. Program the number into your phone today.
I found a work-study position last summer at the Health Policy Institute doing research with a professional policy-maker. I would like to work in health policy, so this position allowed me to see the concepts from my courses played out in a workplace setting and learn more about how health policy research works outside the classroom. I’m also involved with Juxtaposition, a student-run global health magazine on campus, which helps me network with other students and professionals in the field of health care. I’ve learned a lot about the different kinds of careers that I could pursue.