Next Steps Conference

Students and recent alumni: get ready to take your Next Steps!


The Next Steps Conference is an inspiring and energizing — and this year, online! — event for Arts & Science students and recent graduates.

Part career exploration, part preparation for life after graduation, the conference provides a great way for students and new graduates to build their professional networks.

With a range of speakers, career exploration panels, personal and professional development seminars and networking opportunities, Next Steps helps participants explore their options — including those they didn’t even know they had.

If you’ve already registered, join the Next Steps Conference panels with your password now! 


January 25 to 27, 2021
10:30 am to 12 pm, daily

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Concurrent Panel Sessions

Work or More School? Your Life After Undergrad

Deciding what to do after your undergraduate degree is a huge decision. Whether you have made up your mind or are still on the fence, you probably have plenty of questions. Is graduate school for you? Will graduate school prepare you to meet your future career goals? Should you complete a certificate program instead? Our alumni panel will feature alumni who have completed master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as diploma and certificate programs. Learn how further education contributed to their careers.

Internships: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Internships can be an invaluable opportunity to gain on-the-job experience, but it can be tricky deciding which internships to pursue and which to avoid. Our alumni panel — including those who have completed internships and employers who have hired interns — understand the scene firsthand. They will explain the negatives and the positives: where to find internships, how to get them, the benefits and the challenges.

Education and Training — Industry Panel

What does it mean to be an educator in the classroom? In business? For individuals or large organizations? Alumni working as educators in a range of fields will speak to what this industry has to offer.

Success Isn’t a Straight Line

Is life throwing twists and turns your way? You're not alone. Everyone faces obstacles in their careers and lives, and one bump in the road is not the end of the world. Our panel of successful alumni will discuss overcoming challenges.

Transition Effectively into the Workplace — A Panel for Young Alumni

Just like your transition into university, your shift into the workforce comes with new challenges, new expectations and new rules of engagement. Whether you’re just starting out, would like to become more office savvy or want to learn how to advance at your organization, our panellists are here to answer your questions.

How to Leverage Your Arts & Science Degree

You worked hard to earn your degree; now it’s time to make your degree work for you. At this informative workshop, a panel of human resource managers from a range of organizations will show you how to do just that. They will help you think way outside the box as you explore the versatility and marketability of your Arts & Science degree.

Social Services — Industry Panel

Looking to use your degree to make a positive impact at/with non-profit organizations, with government agencies and beyond? Alumni working in social services will share stories and advice about this industry.

Working Without Borders

Each year, hundreds of new graduates from U of T broaden their horizons with an international work experience. In this session, well-travelled alumni will talk about their experiences working in other countries. Bring your questions about applying to work abroad, adjusting to life overseas and leveraging your work-life experiences for an international career.

Research and Development — Industry Panel

Wondering how to apply your academic learning in the world of research and development? Attend this panel discussion to learn from Arts & Science alumni about the realities of a career in this industry.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation — Industry Panel

Alumni will discuss their unique career journeys in entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn what it took for them to make it in this exciting industry.

Public Policy — Industry Panel

Do you want to leverage your studies to make a difference in the world through a career in public policy? Attend this alumni panel discussion to hear what a career in public policy looks like.

Medicine, Healthcare and Wellness — Industry Panel

Hear from Arts & Science alumni about what it took to secure a career in medicine, healthcare and wellness. Learn about the challenges, the current context and the many paths available to you.

Media and Marketing in the Digital Era — Industry Panel

Learn from alumni working in marketing and media as they discuss what it takes to stay relevant in this industry and what careers in marketing and media will look like in the future.

Testimonials from Previous Next Steps Delegates


“Listening to the personal stories (successes and failures) told by the panel alumni was very inspiring.”

“I know that I feel more connected with alumni and peers. I feel that I am part of a supportive community that has many diverse talents to share.”

“I was very inspired by the opening keynote speech. I learned a lot from not just the contents of his speech but the way it was structured and presented. It was even more enjoyable and enlightening to be able to meet and discuss the new learnings with fellow attendees at the reception.”