The Faculty of Information has a dedicated Careers Officer to help students and alumni connect with the resources, tools, and advice needed to make career decisions that best fit their goals.
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.
Services offered include:
Career development workshops are offered to all MI & MMSt students as part of the Faculty of Information iSkills workshop series
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. For more information on the iJourney, please contact Julietta Mikaelyan, Careers Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
AAO Archives Association of Ontario
AIIM Association for Information and Image Management
APRA Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
ARLIS/NA Art Libraries Society of North America
ARMA Association of Records Managers and Administrators, Toronto Chapter
CALL Canadian Association of Law Libraries
CAML Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres
COACH Canada’s Health Informatics Association
ISACA Information Systems Audit and Control Association
IxDA Interaction Design Association
KMIC Knowledge Management Institute of Canada
OLA Ontario Library Association
OMA GOEMP Ontario Museum Association, Group of Emerging Museum Professionals
SLA Special Libraries Association
TAAG Toronto Area Archivists’ Group
Students can book individual consultations with our Careers Officer 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 with Senior Careers and External Outreach Officer, Chioma Ekpo, email@example.com.
Career resources – list of career and job websites:
Information studies & archives-specific sites
The Partnership Job Board– Listings of available Canadian library and information sector positions, maintained by the Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada
ALA JobLIST – American Library Association JobLIST is the largest library and information science jobs database in North America
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
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) – Offers a variety of career resources, including job listings of librarian positions in North American academic and research libraries
BA Jobs – Job listings for project management, business analyst, and information analyst type of roles 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
Canadian Library Association – An excellent list of information-related jobs across Canada, and beyond
I Need a Library Job – Job listings and a list of web resources for information professionals, knowledge managers and those in related fields
Information and Records Management Society – Listings of records management jobs in the UK
LibJobs.com – Offers lists of US-based LIS jobs
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 Archives – Includes information about jobs, internships, and volunteering opportunities available at the US National Archives
National Film Board of Canada (NFB) – Provides information about available NFB jobs, and the requirements needed to fill them
National Gallery of Canada – Frequently welcomes applications for internships at the Gallery’s library
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) – Lists various job boards for all types of library positions
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
WoWJobs – Archives – Listing of archives jobs in Canada
WoWJobs – Records management – Listing of records management jobs in Canada
Information systems-specific sites
American Society 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
Data Jobs – Lists job postings related to data scientist/analyst and similar roles
IBM – Offers student internships and summer work positions in the IT field.
JobBoom – Provides a Canadian searchable listing of IT and multimedia-related jobs
JobServe – Includes a page dedicated to the latest IT job openings in Canada
Simply Hired – Lists IT-related job postings within a number of Canadian organizations and institutions
Museum studies-specific sites
American Alliance of Museums – Lists available positions in all areas of museum work, primarily in the United States.
Art Job Online – Provides information, including job postings, for those interested in working in the arts. Registration is required to view job ads.
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums – Features jobs in living history and outdoor museums, primarily in the state of Ohio.
Canadian Heritage Network (CHIN) – 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 Civilization – Includes information about job and internship opportunities at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Canadian War Museum.
Canadian Museum of Nature – Provides employment opportunities ranging from scientific research to collection management
Canada Science and Technology Museum – Features job opportunities at the the corporation’s three museums—the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum
Creative City Network of Canada – Lists job opportunities in the arts and cultural sector
GlobalMuseum – Lists museum jobs in the United States, and elsewhere
Museum Employment Resource Center – Lists ads for jobs available mostly in the US
MuseumJobs.com – Posts job opportunities, primarily available in the UK and the US
Museum Market – Lists openings in museums across Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US
National Gallery of Canada – Lists job opportunities at the Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Ontario Museum Association – Job postings are only available to OMA members with their membership ID and password
PreserveNet – Provides information on positions available primarily in the preservation, history, and archaeology fields, and offers occasional postings for museum jobs
New York Foundation for the Arts – Lists museum jobs in the state of New York
Smithsonian Institution’s Career Center – Displays job openings at the Smithsonian
Miscellaneous student job sites
Jobillico Inc. – 97,000+ jobs across Canada
Federal Public Service – Offers full-time government summer employment opportunities, as well as job opportunities for recent graduates
International Development Research Centre – Provides information on student jobs and general career opportunities
Job Postings – Lists jobs in a variety of sectors within Canada, including information technology and research management
Studentjobs.gov – Outlines a selection of current employment opportunities within the US Federal Government, including library and museum jobs
Ontario Public Service – Lists all types of jobs within the Ontario government
Ontario Internship Program – Offers internships for recent graduates in seven focus areas, including project management and Information and Information Technology
University of Toronto Career Centre – Provides career education and employment services to all U of T students and recent graduates across three campuses
Workopolis Campus – Lists over 10,000 summer, part-time, and entry-level full-time jobs, as well as internships and careers in a variety of fields
Young Canada Works – Offers job and internship opportunities in several areas, including heritage institutions, to students and recent graduates under the age of 30
Miscellaneous job sites
MaRS Discovery District– Online job portal for start-ups affiliated with MaRS Discovery Distrcity.
Academic Careers Online – Includes job searching functions, with categories for library science, and computer science/information technology
CareerBuilder – Lists job postings in a variety of fields
Charity Employers – Allows searching of Canadian and American non-profit, charitable, and faith-based jobs
Charity Village – Lists job postings within the Canadian non-profit sector
Cultural Careers Council Ontario – Postings for jobs, volunteer positions, and internships in the cultural sector
Culture Works – Features postings and information about Canadian cultural jobs
eHealthCareers.ca – Listings of health related work opportunities across Canada
Eluta – Specializes in searching new job opportunity announcements across Canada
Monster.ca – Offers a searchable database of job opportunities in Canada, including those in the information professions.
National Research Council Canada – Offers employment opportunities in a wide range of fields, including the information field
Opportunity Knocks – Allows for job searching by keyword; includes postings in the heritage fields
Service Canada – Offers information on a variety of resources for job-seekers in the public or private sector such as: job banks (including student job banks); government job information; and, career planning tools.
True Careers – Lists US-based jobs, including a variety of information-related job postings.
Working In Canada – Provides job seekers, workers, and those who are new to the Canadian labourmarket, with the information required to make informed decisions about where to live and work. Useful for job searches and career decision-making.
Workopolis – Includes many job postings in the library, archives, and information technology fields across Canada.
WorkinfoNet – Links users to Canadian job banks and employment resources, organized by province
Other career resources
Archives & Museums Informatics – Provides information on conferences, consulting, publishing, and training for cultural heritage professionals
Conference on Information and Knowledge Management – Includes details about past, present, and future conferences and workshops devoted to emerging areas of database management, IR and related fields
Curriculum Vitae and Related Letters – Offers information about when to include a CV in a job application, and provides sample cover letters
Information Science Conferences Worldwide – Lists upcoming events in information science, library science, and related fields
Information Today – Provides a schedule of US information-related conferences
Library Conference Planner – Lists all library-related conferences taking place in Canada, the US, and around the world
Library Networking – Offers a list of journals, blogs, associations, and conferences pertinent to library workers and information professionals
Library Networking Group – Includes blogs, forums, groups, and podcasts that serve as an electronic meeting space for libraries and the information profession
Library Science List (LSL) – Includes articles, statistics, interviews, videos, and other relevant information for the library science field written by librarians around the world
Museum Conference Calendar – Lists museums-related conferences taking place in the US
Museum Market – Includes a listing of museum conferences, seminars, and workshops taking place worldwide
Museum Science Conferences Worldwide – Lists upcoming events in museum science, heritage, preservation, archiving, and related fields
Quintessential Careers – Offers a guide to job interviewing resources