Employers want you to have experience, but how do you get it? It’s time to be strategic! Learn about 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.
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 gain experience that will impress employers!
Where to look: Career & Co-curricular Learning Network for part-time and Work Study opportunities. UTemp for full- and part-time temporary positions. University of Toronto Careers for full-time U of T staff positions.
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.
Where to look: Mentorship database.
Community-engaged learning experience
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.
Where to look: U of T community-engaged learning courses.
Leadership programs provide you with an opportunity to lead a campus group, union or club and develop leadership skills.
Where to look: Clubs and Leadership Development.
Whether you are pursuing a career in academia, government or industry, a background in research can be an asset. As an undergraduate student, there are a number of ways to build this experience – working on campus, volunteering, or even completing independent projects.
Where to look: Research Catalogue on the Career & Co-curricular Learning Network.
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.
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.
Where to look: Career & Co-curricular Learning Network.
Identities @ Work
Discuss, unpack, challenge and reflect on questions about work and identities.Learn more about Identities @ Work
Dream Job Academy
Dream Job Academy is an arts-based career exploration program designed to help you explore your passions, interests, and values to identify potential careers.Learn more about Dream Job Academy
In The Field
Learn about different careers in an industry by visiting an organization’s workplace.Learn more about In The Field
Job Shadowing Program
Through a short-term placement, you can connect with diverse individuals, explore potential career paths, deepen understanding of your interests, values, and skills, and gain first-hand insight into a day in the life of a role.Learn more about Job Shadowing Program
U of T Hub on Ten Thousand CoffeesAlumni volunteers share career advice to help students and younger alumni succeed in their careers. Learn more about U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees
Career advising appointmentsBook a one-on-one career advising appointment with a career educator or peer advisor if you are exploring your options, looking for work or considering graduate school. Learn more about Career advising appointments
Career fairsCareer fairs gather many employers in one space so that you can meet and speak with recruiters, hiring managers and employees from Canada's top employers and global organizations. Learn more about Career fairs
Industry SpotlightsIndustry Spotlights invite employer representatives working in industry specific careers to participate in a panel discussion and speed networking activity where they meet with students and recent graduates. Learn more about Industry Spotlights