Tuesday, March 7 from 4 – 9 p.m. at Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall (569 Spadina Ave.)
Hear from experts about top desirable skills, how to identify your skills, listen to grad alumni speak about their journeys after grad school and more! Meet new peers and leave motivated and inspired! Refreshments included.
St. George campus graduate students
How The Program Works
Welcome & Keynote: Meeting Future of Work Needs Through the Most In-Demand Skills
4:10 – 4:30 p.m.
The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success in a changing workforce.
To answer the important questions about which skills are most in-demand for today’s and tomorrow’s labour market, FSC is focused on equipping young people with key tools like information, guidance, skills and ways to showcase their skills so that they can capitalize on opportunities and collaborate with employers.
Keynote speaker: Elyse Watkins – Manager, Strategic Initiatives at the Future Skills Centre
Elyse has dedicated much of her professional life to working with both national and provincial governing bodies to enhance education, skills development and equity across Canada. She has authored and co-written several works on various education policy trends and issues. They have been featured in national and international publications and include: One Student at a Time: Leading the Global Education Movement (2017) and Developing a Canadian Right to Education Framework: Creating a tool to measure progress on children’s access to a quality education (2021).
Elyse has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from McMaster University. She is currently a Doctor of Education (EdD) candidate at the University of Toronto specializing in International Educational Leadership and Policy.
Identifying your Skills as a Graduate Student
4:35 – 5:15 p.m.
Learn how to identify knowledge, skills and experience you have developed as a graduate student, how to articulate skills in career search development process and discover resources available through Career Exploration & Education.
Presenting your Ideas with Confidence: Tips and Strategies
5:20 – 6 p.m.
As graduate students, we’re often asked to explain our academic work with confidence… even if we can sometimes regard these ideas as “messy” and “in progress”. How do we find a balance between retaining a spontaneous, authentic speaking style while also planning our content (and delivery) ahead of time to ensure our message is communicated effectively? This session will also offer practical tips that you can use to troubleshoot common issues such as addressing stage fright, engaging a “quiet” audience and managing your time. Presented by Academic Success.
6:10 – 6:45 p.m.
What comes to mind when you think about a successful leader or team? Where do “introverts” fit into this? This workshop explores the power and strengths of introverts. “Extroverts” will reflect on how to harness the power of “introverts” for a more inclusive form of leadership that empowers all voices. “Introverts” will reflect on their energy management and identify their unique strengths as leaders to reach their full potential. Presented by Clubs & Leadership Development.
Alumni Panel: Career Journeys
6:50 – 7:30 p.m.
Hear from a diverse group of former U of T grad students who have successfully transitioned to a rewarding career and the path of getting there.
- Debra Kriger, PhD Exercise Sciences
- Georgia Maxwell, MA English
- Drishti Chawla, MBA
- Hamza Bin Taufique, PhD Molecular Genetics
- Sana Zaidi, Master of Social Work