Career Services


The Faculty of Information has a dedicated Careers Office to help students and alumni connect with the resources, tools, and advice needed to make career decisions that best fit their goals.

Last Updated: March 21, 2022, 1:50 PM ET

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Overview

Career planning at the Faculty of Information begins on day one. Students and alumni have the opportunity to access a variety of programs and services that are designed to assist and facilitate job search and career development strategies. Many of these programs and services are offered throughout the year.

Please browse this page to learn more about the services we offer.

Career Advising

Students can book individual consultations with our Careers Office to discuss career topics ranging from planning your career, to writing resumes and preparing for interviews. All sessions are confidential. No information is shared with any members of the Faculty of Information, or anyone else, except by written request of the student, or as required by law.

Appointments are available during the week, and can be booked at our online self-serve appointment booking system.

Workshops

Career development workshops are offered to all students as part of the Faculty of Information iSkills workshop series.

Below are some of the topics we cover:

    • Know Your Personal Strengths & Skills: The importance for students to identify their personal strengths and skills is the first step in their career exploration journey. Students who attend this workshop will understand the value of knowing their strengths and skills and begin to identify those strengths and skills in the workshop environment. Through collaborative story-telling and networking, students will be able to draw on past experiences in their academic and professional lives to create an overall narrative. Through this, students will also have the ability to draw on a variety of strengths and skills to adapt to varying audiences such as employers, mentors, and peers.
    • Resume / CV & Cover Letter: During this workshop, students will learn about best practices specific to resume, cover letter writing as well as portfolio. This workshop will cover different styles, including skills-based and experience-based resumes, and technical and non-technical portfolio creation as well as structuring cover letters. Students who attend this workshop will build competency in Application Readiness. As well, students will be able to identify peers within and beyond their field of student to gain an understanding of how others are presenting their skills and experiences.
    • Job Interviews: Students will learn about best practices and techniques related to job interviews. This interactive workshop will have students work in pairs or small groups to practice interview skills once they have been informed on best practices. Students will also be informed about various styles of interviews (phone/video, panel interviews, second interviews, etc.), what to expect and how best to prepare. By understanding how to communicate and structure answers, students will gain competency in Job Interview Readiness.
    • How to Network:Networking in an extremely valuable steps in the career exploration and job search process. Students attending this workshop will gain an understanding of the best practices related to professional networking both online and off-line. This interactive workshop will provide students the opportunity to learn about how best to articulate their skills, experiences and interest. By practicing with peers, students will identify others within and beyond their concentration of study to gain perspective on how others present themselves professionally.
    • Leveraging LinkedIn: Online presence has become ubiquitous and necessary for students and recent graduates looking to develop their career. Students in this workshop will understand the value and importance of a professional online brand. As well, students will understand best practices related to sharing information, job search, career exploration, and networking using the website. Students will begin to build their network by identifying others during the workshop whom they would be interested in connecting with.
    • Professional Communications: In both the academic and professional setting, students and employees are expected to maintain a professional standard of communication both online and in-person. This workshop will highlight areas of best practice related to professional communications. Students will work collaboratively to assess what qualifies as poor and acceptable methods of communication in the professional and academic setting.
    • UXD Portfolio: Students in the User Experience & Design concentration will often be required to submit a portfolio of their work during their job search process. This workshop will provide students the knowledge and expertise on how to best prepare and present their projects and accomplishments.

iJourney

The iJourney is a resource that has been created to help students identify professional development opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular that will prepare them for their futures. There are journeys for each concentration and program.

Events

Panels and networking events with professionals in a variety of fields will be organized throughout the year. By attending these events, participants connect and network with peers and alumni, and have a chance to ask specific questions about their professional development plan.

Associations as Your Gateway to Networking

Date: TBA

The annual associations networking event, which is a unique opportunity to talk to information and museum professionals, including Managers and Directors of museums, libraries, archives, health institutions, law firms, and more. Come to learn how associations can assist you in your career development. All iSchool MI and MMSt students are invited.

Previous participants include:

Career Resources

Information Studies & Archives

The Partnership Job Board

Listings of available Canadian library and information sector positions, maintained by the Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada

American Library Association (ALA)

Frequently welcomes applications for internships at the Gallery’s library.

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

Library and information science jobs available at academic institutions in North America.

Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA)

Job openings in the records management field in Toronto, and across Canada.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Listings of available jobs for students and interns, as well as career opportunities, including positions at the CBC Digital Archives.

Manitoba Library Association

Lists available library job postings within Manitoba, as includes a comprehensive listing of useful library job sites, career information resources, and resume-writing tips.

National Gallery of Canada

Frequently welcomes applications for internships at the Gallery’s library.

Special Libraries Association (Toronto Chapter)

Maintains a listing of career development resources, including Canadian and international job sites, sources of continuing education programs, and resume-writing tips.

Information Systems

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Lists job postings for information science and technology careers in North America.

Canadian National Railway Company

Offers a student hiring program, with internship and co-op opportunities in the IT field.

IBM

Offers student internships and summer work positions in the IT field.

Museum Studies

Art Job Online

Provides information, including job postings, for those interested in working in the arts.

Canadian Museums Association (CMA)

Partnership between CHIN and the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) provide this free service to help heritage employers find qualified candidates and help heritage workers find rewarding careers.

Canadian Museum of History

Includes information about job and internship opportunities at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Canadian War Museum.

Canadian Science and Technology Museum

Features job opportunities at the corporation’s three museums—the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Global Museum

Lists museum jobs in the United States and around the world.

National Gallery of Canada

Lists job opportunities at the Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

New York Foundation for the Arts

Lists museum jobs in the state of New York, United States of America.

Student Job Sites

International Development Research Centre

Provides information on student jobs and general career opportunities.

jobpostings.ca

Lists jobs in a variety of sectors within Canada, including information technology and research management.

usajobs.gov

Outlines a selection of current employment opportunities within the US Federal Government, including library and museum jobs

Workpolis

Lists over 10,000 summer, part-time, and entry-level full-time jobs, as well as internships and careers in a variety of fields.

Miscellaneous Job Sites

Academic Careers Online

Includes job searching functions, with categories for library science, and computer science/information technology.

Charity Village

Lists job postings within the Canadian non-profit sector.

True-Careers

Lists US-based jobs, including a variety of information-related job postings.

Workpolis

Lists over 10,000 summer, part-time, and entry-level full-time jobs, as well as internships and careers in a variety of fields.

Ontario WorkInfoNET (OnWIN)

Links users to Canadian job banks and employment resources, organized by province.

Other

Library Networking Group

Includes blogs, forums, groups, and podcasts that serve as an electronic meeting space for libraries and the information profession.