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Career Planning Support for Graduate Students

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Written by Cricia Rinchon, Gradlife Ambassador

Last week, the School of Graduate studies excitedly shared the results of the 10 000 PhDs Project, which traced down the employment status of the PhDs who graduated from UofT between 2000 and 2015 in all disciplines. The variety of graduates’ job titles was evident: 59.4% being employed in academia, and the remaining finding jobs mainly in the private, public, and charitable sectors. This suggests that the specialized knowledge and skills obtained from advanced degrees can be successfully transferred to a broad range of professional contexts.

We ranked 5th in the world among public universities for the employability of its graduates, and it looks like a lot of our readers are wondering about how to land that next step. Did you know that one of our most popular blog posts is Tips & Tricks to Nail that Interview? If you’re looking for more career-related support, you’ve stumbled upon the correct post! Grad students are often crunched for time, so there are a few types of offerings to suit your schedule:

Only have time for a coffee chat? Join UofT’s Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees, and ask an alumni expert to connect over coffee. This resource could help you find someone who once had the same favourite cubicle in Robarts and is now where you want to be.

Are you able to attend an afternoon workshop? Interviewing for Work: Learn about interviews outside of academia and how to position your graduate experiences (from teaching to research and writing) effectively to potential employers in an authentic way. [FEB 5, 1 PM – 4 PM]

Are you willing to dedicate a full day? There are offerings from the Career Centre that take you through all the necessary steps in landing a job:

  1. Career Planning and Exploration: converse with other graduate students about advantages and challenges of labour market research, informational interviewing, and job-shadowing. [FEB 22, 9 AM – 4 PM]
  2. Job Search and Applications Day: discuss job search strategies, and build customized application documents alongside other graduate students. [FEB 23, 9 AM – 4 PM]

Best of luck,


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