Career & Employment FAQ

Fairs

How do the fairs work?

The Academic Advising & Career Centre holds a number of different career and education related fairs throughout the year.  At each fair, every organization will have a table staffed by representatives who you will be able to speak with you on a one-on-one basis.

Should I bring a resume to a fair?

At career fairs, many employers will be accepting resumes, but some may not. If they are, make sure you do your research before the fair so you know what skills, experience and qualities they are looking for; this will enable you to update your resume accordingly. We encourage you to come in to the Academic Advising & Career Centre for a resume critique prior to the fair. If they are not collecting resumes at the fair, you can ask how you should apply and consider asking representatives for their business cards if they seem receptive.

Why should I attend a fair?

Fairs are an excellent opportunity to network with representatives from a wide range of industries about opportunities and career paths within their organizations.  As well as the type of skills, experience and education required for these positions. Students from all years and disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Fairs are also an opportunity to practice your networking skills. Speaking with representatives and alumni can help you see how your skills and experiences (academic, work and extra-curricular) fit different types of work in a range of organizations. It can also help you plan on gaining the kind of skills and experience needed to increase your marketability at graduation.

How should I prepare for the fair?

Consider the following:

  • Know which organization will be attending and find out what they do; visit their websites
  • After researching organizations you are interested in, update your resume to highlight key skills and experiences you have that match their needs
  • Get your resume critiqued at the Academic Advising & Career Centre
  • Be prepared with questions (see below for ideas)
  • Be ready to speak with representatives about your experience and interests
  • Dress appropriately; make sure your attire is neat and tidy - we recommend business casual
  • Read over the Career Fairs tipsheet

What questions can I ask representatives at a fair?

Sample questions include:

  • What types of skills and qualities are most important for success? What education and training are needed?
  • How would I find out about work opportunities available in your organization?
  • Are there extra-curricular activities I can pursue that will help me prepare for this field?
  • What are the areas of growth within your industry?
  • What career paths are possible for recent graduates starting in your organization?
  • Ask questions specific to the research you have completed on that organization. Employers are impressed with candidates who demonstrate their knowledge about the organization.
  • Ask for a business card and ask how you should follow-up after the fair. 

Extern Job Shadowing Program

Will I get a job?

The focus of the Extern Job Shadowing Program is to help you learn more about a specific career area through your placement. Your Extern sponsor is agreeing to help your career exploration (not provide you with employment). The program can, however, help you expand your professional network, which in turn can lead to potential employment.

What types of placements are available?

Placements are available in a wide variety of career areas. We’ll do our best to find sponsors in areas suggested to us by students. For more information, please visit CLN.

How long are the placements?

Placements vary in length from a ½ day to five days. Placement duration and other details are decided by the sponsor.

Will you provide me with a list of possible placements?

Yes. You must a) register for the program and b) attend an orientation session (once every two years) to be given access to view, and apply to, the placement opportunities on CLN.

How are placement decisions made?

All applications will be screened by a committee of Tri-Campus Career Centre staff members to ensure the best possible fit between the student and the sponsor.

Do all students get placed?

The Extern Job Shadowing Program attempts to place all students who attend the program orientation, however placements are not guaranteed.

I have a question that hasn't been addressed here. Who can I contact?

If you have more questions about the Extern program, please visit the Academic Advising & Career Centre and speak to one of the staff members. Or you can you email your questions to mahmed@utsc.utoronto.ca.

Work Study

What is the Work Study Program?

The Work-Study Program is a program that allows students to work part time on campus (up to 12 hours per week) during the fall/winter session. These jobs offer students the opportunity to explore career options or gain experience in their field of study.

Where can I find the Work Study job listings?

Work Study jobs will be listed on the Career Learning Network (CLN).

How do I apply for the Work Study Program?

Apply to interested positions as indicated on the job posting. When an employer lets you know that they want to hire you, you’ll complete a Declaration of Hiring/Eligibility form that is available on our website and in the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC). You’ll submit your form to the AA&CC and it will be forwarded downtown for processing. You can start working immediately – just keep track of your hours; you should receive a package from Admissions & Awards which includes your timesheets within 2 weeks.

What is the rate of pay for Work Study positions?

The minimum Work Study rate of pay is $11.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay plus 10% benefits).  Employers are responsible for contributing 20% of this amount.  Employers can choose to pay students more per hour than the standard Work Study amount, which will be listed on the posting.  Arrangements for top up can be arranged through the UTSC Human Resources Department.

What is the Work Study application deadline?

See the Work Study page for more information and deadlines.

Employment

Where can I get my resume and cover letter critiqued?

You can have your resume and cover letter critiqued by a Peer Coach. 30-minute appointments are available on a regular basis with Peer Coaches in the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC). Sign-up is available on the Intranet 48 hours prior to the appointment. Alternatively, you can book an appointment in person or by phone with an Career Strategist or Career Counsellor to have your resume and cover letter critiqued.

I finished my courses and I’m looking for full-time work! Where are the full-time job postings?

Sign up for the Jobs for Grads Orientation in CLN under Events & Workshops in Scarborough. Attending this workshop gives you access to the full-time job postings in CLN, and serves as a work search ‘crash course’.

Please also see our Jobs for Grads page!

Career Decision Making

With what type of issues can a Career Counsellor assist me with?

Our team can help you learn more about yourself and the world of work so that you can make well-informed decisions about your career and future. Career Counsellors use a variety of assessment tools and other resources to help you gain a better understanding of your characteristics, interests, and skills. Career Strategists can also assist you with researching the labour market. Finally, once you have figured out what career you'd like to pursue, they can teach you how to look for and secure a job.

How do I learn more about career options?

You might start with our Career Options by Program tip sheets. You can look up career paths, job descriptions, educational requirements, and salary ranges using Career Cruising, accessible via CLN in the Resources section. You can also participate in the Extern Job Shadowing Program to experience a field of work for yourself! We also offer a range of resources and advice in the Career and Employment section of our website.
 
A career counsellor would also be pleased to speak with you at a workshop or one-on-one. See our Workshops and Appointments pages.

How can I find out which jobs are applicable to my degree?

Your degree does not define your career options! To learn about potential career options attend the Discover Your Skills and Personal Brand workshop or book a Career Development appointment. You will also find a small sample of possible options listed in our Career Options by Program tip sheets.