Career Communities:

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Forging Your Future (FYF)

These FYF communities will support you in exploring, planning for, and shaping your future beyond Vic. This year we are offering three different streams, each taking place in a different month, and comprised of 3-4 different sessions.  These sessions will provide participants with skills and strategies that will guide you in the pursuit of your short- and long-term career-related goals. 

 

FYF: What Next?

Now that exams are over, are you trying to figure out your next steps?  Wondering how to make the shift from being a U of T student to life beyond university? 

Victoria College in partnership with Career Exploration and Education is excited to reintroduce Forging Your Future – a program specifically designed to support you and your career questions. 

Join us for a specialized 4-week “What Next?” lunch group, where you will explore you career identity, the labour market, identify transferable skills, develop your resume and cover letter writing, strengthen networking skills and create a career plan. This focused series will help you strategize your next steps in a supportive community setting as you connect with other peers. 


Exploring Your Options (May 9, 12-2pm)

Unsure of where your degree might take you and what kind of work might feel meaningful to you? This introductory session will provide a helpful overview of career development and decision-making models to help you engage in career exploration from a place of curiosity and self-awareness.

Telling Your Story: Resume and Cover Letter (May 16, 12-2pm)

Your application documents tell the story of your experience to a prospective employer. In this interactive workshop you will learn how to communicate your strengths, values, interests, and skills effectively in resumes and cover letters. Please bring a copy of your resume (print or digital) as well as a job posting!

Networking: Building Connections and Gaining Insight (May 23, 12-2pm)

Connecting with professionals in your field of interest is an important part the career exploration process. Not only does networking help you gather information relevant to your career interests, but it can also yield promising opportunities. Learn helpful strategies and take action toward your desired goals in this interactive session.

Next Steps: Career Planning and Exploration (May 30, 12-2pm)

In this final workshop of the series, participants will focus in on their priorities post-graduation and develop strategies to achieve their desired career goals through hands-on planning activities. This session will provide the space, supplies, and support necessary to navigate career decision-making, locate resources, and identify opportunities with confidence. 


All sessions take place in the Copper Room, Goldring Student Centre (second floor)

Lunch will be provided.

Please note these sessions are workshops in nature. We encourage you to bring your laptop with you as there will be time structured throughout the session to work on, edit and get support with your own documents.


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What Other Students Have Said About the Sessions:

“As a student planning to apply to grad schools, these sessions helped me a lot not only in terms of how to approach profs but also through exploring my strengths and what can be written on my resume.” 

“This is an incredibly amazing opportunity that really helps one get to know themselves and work towards being the best version of themselves they can be!” “It's getting a head start on life planning”

“It's a series that helps one visualize one's professional future, and gives you tools to help you achieve your vision.”    

“I would tell them it would be enriching and something worth investing in for their own future.”     

“Forging Your Future is a valuable program that has provided me with the resources and tools necessary to continue my life's journey.”

“It is a way to help you find the resources that you need for yourself.”                

“It's a fun and engaging discussion-style way to learn tips and gain a better understanding of how to navigate the professional world as a student.”    

“Friendly environment, encouraging atmosphere, food, helpful information, and actually makes me think about something. Not just listening.”

“Definitely meeting so many interesting people/getting valuable information about transitioning to the professional workplace.”

“Food was great! Discussions were great! Time was great! LOVELY experience!”

 

Top 5 valuable things students reported learning:              

  1. Resume building skills
  2. Career mapping
  3. Self-awareness, confidence, support, and reassurance/encouragement
  4.  Networking approaches: references, supports & mentors
  5.  Getting to know Vic/feeling comfortable at Vic.

 

Favourite part of the sessions for students:                

  1. Opportunity for reflection & self-awareness    
  2. Positive and supportive environment
  3. Sharing concerns, advice, anxieties about the future
  4. Encouragement, support & feeling empowered
  5. Specific skills & content learned

 

Questions and/or want to find out more about any of these sessions? Please contact the Assistant Dean, International and Upper Year Students at 416 585 4540 or bergi.petro@utoronto.ca 

We are offered three different streams in the 2018-19 academic year:

Finding Work (January 2019)

What Next? (May 2019)

Preparing My Graduate School Application (November 2018)

 

FYF: Preparing my Graduate School Application

(offered in November 2018)

Writing Your Personal Statement

Most graduate programs require that you create a personal statement or letter of intent to communicate your intentions and interests in applying to the program. The first half of this session will introduce key components to incorporate into a successful personal statement. The second half will involve reviewing and providing feedback on each other’s personal statements – so please bring a working copy of yours!


Writing Your Academic CV

Do you need a resume/CV for a research position or a graduate school program? This session will cover the essentials of building a resume/CV for professional and research programs, section order and composition, and how to effectively communicate relevant experience. Please bring your current resume/CV!

 

FYF: Finding Work 

Wondering how to makethe shift from being a U of T student to a career professional?

Victoria College inpartnership with Career Exploration and Education is excited to reintroduceForging Your Future – a program specifically designed to support you and yourcareer questions.

Join us for aspecialized 3-week “Finding Work” dinner group, where we will explorethe labour market, identify transferable skills, workshop resumes andcover letter, and strengthen networking skills. These focused sessions willhelp you strategize your entry into the job market and learn more about how toadvance toward your career goals. 

The World of Work and You (January 17, 4:30-6:00pm)

Curious about a particular field or industry? Don’t know where to begin with your job search? This session will guide you through the latest and most reliable online information about employers and the labour market. In addition, we will work to identify and articulate transferable skills gained through academic and co-curricular experiences.

Telling Your Story: Resume and Cover Letters (January 24, 4:30-6:00pm)

Your application documents tell the story of your experience to a prospective employer. In this interactive workshop you will learn how to communicate your strengths, values, interests, and skills effectively in resumes and cover letters. Please bring a copy of your resume (print or digital) as well as a job posting!

Networking: Building Connections and Gaining Insight (January 31, 4:30-6:00pm)

Connecting with professionals in your field of interest is an important part the career exploration process. Not only does networking help you gather information relevant to your career interests, but it can yield promising opportunities. Learn helpful strategies and take action toward your desired goals in this interactive session.

 

Questions and/or want to find out more about any of these sessions? Please contact the Assistant Dean, International and Upper Year Students at 416 585 4540 or bergi.petro@utoronto.ca 



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