How to use this resource
This resource offers guidance on navigating your graduate degree. Read the chart both by row and by column to discover opportunities to enhance your graduate school experience and ease your transition to a rewarding career. This resource provides recommendations and will not reflect everyone’s experience of the program.
|STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS||FIRST YEAR (extended full-time or part-time) & FIRST SEMESTER (full-time)||SECOND YEAR (extended full-time or part-time) & SECOND/THIRD SEMESTER (full-time)|
|DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS||
|CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS AND MENTORS||
|BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK|
|LAUNCH YOUR CAREER PLAN|
Identify Your Transferable Skills
- Advanced technical skills
- Data analysis
- Critical thinking
- Project management
- Collaborative problem-solving and decision-making
- Interpersonal skills and relationship building
- Time management
Further Your Education
Conduct an Informational Interview
- What career path did you take to get to this position?
- What are the most important skills you use in your work? How did you develop these?
- What do you wish you had learned that would be useful in your position today?
- What possibilities are there for advancing in this company/field/industry?
- What is a typical day like for you?
- Can you tell me about a current project you are involved in?
- How is your work-life balance?
TIP: Follow up after your meeting — on the same day as your interview — with a thank you note. Include a LinkedIn invitation and ask any further questions.
Supports & Services
- Academic Success: studentlife.utoronto.ca/asc
- Accessibility Services: studentlife.utoronto.ca/as
- Career Exploration & Education: careers.utoronto.ca
- Centre for Graduate Academic Communication: uoft.me/GCAC
- Centre for Graduate Professional Development: uoft.me/CGPD
- Centre for International Experience: cie.utoronto.ca
- Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs.utoronto.ca
- Graduate Wellness Portal: uoft.me/wellnessportal
- Health & Wellness: healthandwellness.utoronto.ca
- Housing: housing.utoronto.ca
- Sexual & Gender Diversity Office: sgdo.utoronto.ca
- School of Graduate Studies: sgs.utoronto.ca
- Sport & Recreation: kpe.utoronto.ca/sport-rec-u-t
- Student Life: studentlife.utoronto.ca
- U of T Libraries: onesearch.library.utoronto.ca
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