Backpack to Briefcase (b2B)

The University has cancelled all in-person events until further notice. Please visit the online hub for #STAYHOME alumni page to stay connected virtually with the University of Toronto.

 

Register for Backpack to Briefcase (b2B)

Online networking events (hosted on Zoom) bring together alumni and A&S students in similar fields to learn more about career prospects. These virtual networking events are a wonderful opportunity for students to speak with you — successful Arts & Science alumni — about your career path. Your insights and lived experiences will help them understand how their Faculty of Arts & Science degree can launch them into a variety of exciting careers in broad areas.

Register for Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) - Online Networking Events 2020/21

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An award-winning suite of opportunities

B2B events invite alumni to meet and help students make the transition from a university career into a rewarding, successful career beyond U of T. Here, students and recent graduates make meaningful connections with successful alumni in their chosen field and alumni share their knowledge with those following in their footsteps.

Join our b2B LinkedIn group to stay up to date on upcoming events and check out our Facebook page.

 

Last academic year, more than 1,300 students and 150 alumni volunteers representing more than 40 academic units took part in b2B events.

 

What Alumni are Saying

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pay it forward. It was a pleasure speaking with students who are undergoing the same experiences I had not too long ago.” – Simon Chun, HBSc 2011, Human Biology Program

What Students are Saying

“I benefited from hearing alumni’s stories about how they got where they are today in their career. Their stories helped me put future studies and career options into more of a clear perspective. Not only did I learn about future career paths I can pursue, but I also received some advice from alumni about grad school and what they recommend when applying. Additionally, I was given a lot of useful tips when it comes to resumes and interviews. Through conversations and listening to various pieces of advice, I was able to network not only with alumni, but with peers.”  – 1st-year student, School of the Environment

Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) events include:

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Industry Nights

These large-scale networking receptions bring together alumni with students interested in pursuing a career in their fields. Industry Nights are a wonderful opportunity for students to speak with you — successful Arts & Science alumni — about your career path. Your insights will help them understand how their Faculty of Arts & Science degree is relevant to many careers in these broad areas.

Please note, Industry Nights are paused for 2020. Please check this page in 2021 for updates and event details.

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Mentorship Meals

These intimate gatherings bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline in a supportive, community atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious meal while discussing future career paths and the infinite possibilities an Arts & Science degree can open for students. Don’t forget to bring your expertise — and your appetites.

Please note, Mentorship Meals are paused for 2020. Please check this page in 2021 for updates on event details.

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Speed Networking

Speed Networking is a fun (and fast!) way to connect with U of T students and new graduates in your field. Alumni discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree and their pursuit of successful careers. Each speed networking round lasts five to 10 minutes. Light refreshments are served afterward, offering an opportunity for alumni to mingle with students in a less-structured setting.

Please note, Speed Networking is paused for 2020. Please check this page in 2021 for updates and event details.

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Next Steps Conference

Our featured yearly event, the Next Steps Conference is an inspirational and energizing for Arts & Science students and recent graduates.

Please check this page in 2021 for updates and event details.

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