Department of English

University of Toronto

Backpack to Briefcase

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| November 2017

Mingle with alumni from industries you’re interested in joining; Enjoy delicious refreshments while building your professional network.

Wednesday, November 15th: Careers in Government, Public Policy, Not-for-Profit & Social Justice (6-8pm)
Wednesday, November 15th: Careers in STEM & Innovation (6-8pm)
Thursday, November 16th: Careers in Arts & Culture (6-8pm)
Thursday, November 16th Careers in Business, Finance, Marketing & Entrepreneurship (6-8pm)

Register for any alumni-student event here.

b2B English Careers Night | Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm, JHB100

Have questions about what to do after graduation? Who better to answer those questions than your fellow alum, graduates of English! A panel of alumni from the Department of English will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. Spend some time after the discussion to network with fellow students and alumni from your department. The event is free.

     Registration required: 


      Ann Walmsley, Writer & Journalist 

      Ann Y.K. Choi, Author & Educator, York Region District School Board 

      Jesse Grimstead, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada

      Phlip Marchand, Book Columnist, National Post

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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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