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English Careers


Pursuing a Career outside of Academia: backpack to Briefcase (b2B):
The Faculty of Arts and Science organizes backpack to Briefcase (b2B) events during the fall-winter term, that offer students a chance to explore career opportunities in fields that they may not have considered, as well as a chance to meet and speak with successful alumni in those fields.

Last year, the Department of English, along with the Faculty of Arts and Science, teamed up with the Department of Comparative Literature, and Innis Cinema Studies to organize the b2B events. Each event featured a panel made up of three or four extremely successful alumni from the three disciplines, who brought their real world experience and advice to share with students. The Department of English also organized its very own b2B event that took place in March. 
The evenings were very well attended, by both undergraduate and graduate students of English, who were interested in discovering new and unique ways in which their degrees can work for them in their futures. The discussion was animated, the advice invaluable, and each event an unqualified success. 

• to help upper-year undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent alumni learn about career opportunities in their field and develop networking skills necessary for business success
• to provide alumni with the opportunity to interact with students, revisit their alma mater, and share their stories of navigating the professional world
• to connect units within Arts & Science enabling them to share resources and ideas to help them enhance student experience and develop strong alumni relations

b2B Events for English students:

b2B Industry Nights| TBA

b2B English Careers Night | 25 February, 2019

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program is created to bring students together with alumni from similar academic backgrounds. This a great opportunity listen to alumni who once have been in your shoes and ask questions about the various career paths available to you after graduation.

 Alumni will speak on their experiences at U of T and discuss how to pursue a successful career. There will also be a networking opportunity following the panel with faculty and students, light refreshments will be served. 

 Alumni Panelists:

 • Jason Cawthorn, VP & Head of Sourcing Execution, Strategic Sourcing Group, TD Bank

 • Ann Y.K Choi, Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board

 • Daniel Harney, PhD, Grants & Awards Editor, Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Innovation

To learn more about attending alumni, faculty and registration, click HERE.

 Scheduled for Monday, February 25th at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., this event will take place at The Faculty Club (map). 

If you have any questions, you can contact Ramine Haider:

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Important Links:

Faculty of Arts and Science Alumni Circle, Backpack to Briefcase
University of Toronto Career Centre Website

Career Centre Contact Information:

General Inquiry 416-978-8000 or email:
Career Library Desk 416-978-8002
Career Counselling 416-978-8010
Extern Job Shadowing Program Office 416-978-7764 or email:
Graduating and Recent Graduates Service 416-978-8014 or email:
Graduate Dossier Service 416-978-8015 or email:

Career Centre Hours (St. George Campus):

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Career Centre Location (St. George Campus):

Koffler Student Services Centre (corner of St. George and College streets)
214 College Street
Toronto ON M5T 2Z9
Telephone: 416-978-8000


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