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Career Trends and Events – May 7, 2018

Submitted on Monday, May 07, 2018

On this page, you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, top organizations to work at, to career exploration strategies. Events are external to the iSchool and will often take place in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

For questions related to this information, please contact Alex Howes, Careers Officer,

Industry Trends

Canada Summer Jobs 2018 Hiring Season Kicks Off. A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. That’s why the Government of Canada has doubled the number of jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating meaningful, paid work experience for almost 70,000 students per year.

PhDs and the “gig” economy. Precarity is a staple of our professional culture, and once we understand the challenges, we can develop strategies for overcoming them.

Using reflective mapping to help grad students understand their transferable skillsets. We are in a large classroom. There are at least 20 graduate students ranging in disciplines from engineering to health promotion to gender studies. The room is silent – you could hear a pin drop as each student stands at their own table, intently staring at the large flipchart paper covering it, a stack of colored markers adjacent.

‘OK Google, find me a job’: New job search feature launches in Canada. Google is wading into Canada’s employment market with a new search feature and a $1 million investment into a forthcoming jobs platform.


May 8th  

World Class Innovation, World Class Path-to-Market presented by JLABS @ Toronto

Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: JLABS @ Toronto 661 University Ave Suite 1300 Toronto, ON M5G 1M1
Concentration: UXD/ISD
Register: RSVP Here

DescriptionThere is no one obvious path to commercial return for a new compound or a new technology. As early in development as possible, awareness of, and planning for, commercial value is critical to optimizing investment and eventual return. How do you determine the path that will add the most value, while balancing risk and reward in early stage? How do you know when (or if) to look for a strategic partnership? The discipline of path-to-market strategy is about maximizing return on invention, embracing possibility and probability, uncertainty and the power of an early story.
For complimentary tickets use discount code: UofT

Topics will include:

Development of strategic choices (FIVE-X)
Sequencing of lifecycle and gateway launches
Optimizing value in launching your own asset
Positioning earlier than the other guys
Disruption in healthcare, and the new possibilities

Mike Rea | Chief Executive Officer, IDEA Pharm
Geoff Birkett, Principal, US Business, “New IDEA”

May 9th

What I Wish I Knew Five Years Ago: Contract Work Realities

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Concentration: LIS
Location: Room 728, Bissell Building, University of Toronto

Description: Join SLA Toronto and the First Five Years Team at the iSchool (BL728) for an engaging discussion about post-MLS career experiences!

Attendees will hear from a panel of five information professionals as they look back at their early career experiences and discuss what they wish they knew when they were first starting out in the job market after graduating from library school. This year we will be focusing the discussion around what it means to have a varied career path and what it might look like trying to find that first job, and how that may include working a number of contracts or a couple jobs at once.

Exciting Jobs

Junior Information Analyst

Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC):
Positions: Junior Information Analyst
Location: Gatineau, QC (5 minutes from downtown Ottawa)

Who we are

We are the Public Service Commission of Canada. We are responsible for overseeing recruitment and hiring across the federal government. At the PSC, we are modernizing the recruitment process and are serious about investing in technology.

About the job

We are looking to hire 1 bright, resourceful, and innovative Junior Information Analyst for the upcoming Summer COOP session. We understand that, as a COOP student, you are seeking to apply your knowledge and acquire valuable work experience. That’s why we believe in creating a learning environment that lets you be part of a dynamic team while continuing with your academic and professional development.

As part of the Information Management team, you will help modernize key PSC IM/IT solutions by taking advantage of new and innovative technologies.

You will configure the PSC electronic record management system (called GCDocs, the OpenTextContent Server system the government uses to manage its documents), participate in record keeping functions such as retention, disposal, filing, and digitizing of government information, you will also help prepare, plan, organize, and present documentation assets.

Our ideal candidate

You are seeking an information management experience that will help you learn best practices, foster competencies in managing information and knowledge resources, enable greater access to information in an Open Government, promote appropriate use of technology, and apply library and information studies concepts.

You thrive in a collaborative and creative environment. You learn quickly, are able to think analytically in order to develop solution recommendations to team leads. You are driven, take initiative and are able to work independently. You are an effective communicator, both orally and in writing. Most importantly, you are passionate about information technology.


  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • Must be willing to cover the costs of travel and accommodation to the National Capital Region (NCR)

Work Environment

Our PSC headquarters are located in a brand new building at 22 Eddy Street, in the bustling Hull sector of Gatineau, Québec. Easily accessible by public transportation or bike path, our offices are just across the river from downtown Ottawa. Plenty of restaurants and shops are accessible within walking distance.

Our WI-FI ready offices are cheerful, bright and open to facilitate collaboration. Our workstations and equipment are new and ergonomically designed. We recently launched a pilot project for active workstations, which enables our employees to work while walking on treadmill or pedaling on stationary bike.

Office amenities include kitchens and lounge areas. We also have showers, changing rooms and reserved secured spaces for bicycles for free.

About working for the federal government Doing your COOP at the PSC can make you eligible for our former students hiring process. This process allows us to hire former students into temporary or permanent positions in the federal public service after they have graduated. Should you eventually join the federal public service as an employee after graduation, you could enjoy our benefits including our pension plan, health and dental benefits, paid vacation as well as maternity/parental leave. Many positions also offer the possibility of telework, flexible work hours and leave with income averaging Working for the PSC and other federal departments can provide a rewarding career, as the IM/IT solutions developed touch the lives of Canadians. There are lots of opportunities for mobility and career progression. We also offer learning and development plan to our employees. If you are intrigued by this challenge, please submit an application to join our team for this upcoming COOP term.

Please send cover letter and resume to Alex Howes, Careers Officer, at by Wednesday, May 9th at 5:00pm

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