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Career Trends & Events – April 16th, 2019

Submitted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On this page you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range of industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, to 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, at


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  1. Talking to Professionals

DATE: Thursday, April 18th, 2019
TIME: 3:00PM- 5:00PM
LOCATION: Student Success Seminar Room – Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College St., Toronto)
COST: Free!
Register on the CLN!

“Networking is an opportunity for you to gather information relevant to your career interests, and establish connections with people who share your professional interests.

Learn about strategies to help make talking to professionals easier, and practice the skills needed to build meaningful professional relationships.

What you need to know.

  • Ensure you register!
  • Arrive on time (or early).  Events start on time and you may be denied entry after the event start time.
  • If you can’t come – cancel. Please cancel your registration to allow others a chance to attend.
  • Waitlisted students.  If there are available spaces at the event start time, waitlisted students will be able to attend on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Bring your T-Card. Only University of Toronto students and recent graduates (within the past two years) are eligible to attend.

If you require disability-related accommodations for an event or workshop, please e-mail us at “

  1. Riverside Natural Foods Fair

DATE: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
TIME: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott, 150 Interchange Way, Vaughn, ON L4K 5P7
COST: Free!

“Learn more about Riverside Natural Foods and our career opportunities!”

  1. In the Field @ JLABS

DATE: Friday, April 26th, 2019
TIME: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
LOCATION: MaRS Centre, West Tower, 661 University Ave, Suite 1300
COST: Free!
Register here AND on the CLN! Both are needed for full registration

“Are you interested in exploring careers in the field of scientific research and development? Johnson & Johnson Innovation, has developed a global network of incubators and incubation partnerships called JLABS to support entrepreneurs launching consumer, medical device, or biopharmaceutical companies.

Attend this In the Field to hear from the Head of JLABS Toronto, and to learn from the Founder & CTO of Acorn Biolabs, a biotechnology company focused on delivering an easy, affordable, non-invasive and trusted cell preservation service.”

“As the first JLABS to open outside the United States, JLABS @ Toronto joins a network of life science facilities that are based throughout the United States in San Diego (the flagship JLABS), San Francisco, Boston and Houston.

This facility is home to over 50 early-stage companies advancing pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs.

JLABS @ Toronto is located on the 13th floor in the MaRS West Tower and is a collaboration among Johnson & Johnson Innovation, The University of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation, and the Government of Ontario. JLABS @ Toronto opened on May 11th, 2016, the 40,000-square foot facility includes cutting-edge, modular and scalable lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, with access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts.

The space also features JLABS’ inaugural device and digital prototype lab that provides entrepreneurs with access to highly specialized tools and skills building programs to design and develop smart health technologies.”

  1. UTSC Career & Disability Symposium

DATE: Monday, April 29th, 2019
TIME: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Room HW305 University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail, Toronto ON M1C 1A4
COST: Free! Lunch, ASL Interpreter, and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Provided
Register here!

“The Career and Disability Symposium is designed to prepare students with disabilities for the world of work.  This symposium includes interactive sessions, panel discussions, and a resource fair covering topics on identifying personal strengths and understanding how to leverage them in today’s workplace, disclosure, accommodation and non-traditional job search and work environments.

  • Learn about disclosure, arriving at a disclosure strategy and managing common interview question
  • Explore social media for enhancing your job search and your personal branding”

Agenda available here!


  1. Queering Religion Intern

CLOSES ON: Sunday, April 21, 2019
EMPLOYER: University of Toronto – Student Life (St. George Campus) – Multi-Faith Centre
PAYMENT: $15/hr
(Part Time, 1-10hrs/week with flexible hours Mon-Fri)
LENGTH: September 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 122760

“The Queering Religion Intern will assist in engaging/facilitating student-initiated programming with students, staff and faculty in questions related to the intersection of faith and sexuality.  The Intern will explore and assist in creating safer places to discover the rich, sometimes troubling and often sacred intersection of gender identities, sexual orientation, faiths, religions, theologies and spiritual practice.


  • Facilitate weekly peer support/mentorship programme for LGBTQ students of faith, including film festival in the winter term.
  • undertake research and collect data re issues under consideration for programme development re faith and sexuality;
  • Learn about the role of religion in secular society, religion and culture, through active involvement in programme planning and implementation.
  • Liaise with the Multi-Faith Centre, Sexual Gender & Diversity Office and Campus Chaplains Association as well as the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
  • Develop and practice skills in communication, meeting management, event planning, and marketing.
  • Work in a team environment under the supervision of professional full-time staff with the Multi-Faith Centre and the Campus Chaplains Assoc.


  • Understanding of intersectionality and identity development and theories of oppression
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • research experience
  • organizational skills
  • creativity
  • demonstrated interest in student learning
  • comfortable in a Mac and PC environment; proficiency in MS Office

Internship position from Sept 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020.

Deadline for applications is April 21st, 2019 with interviews commencing on May 1st, 2019.”

  1. Student Database Programmer

CLOSES ON: Sunday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes
PAYMENT: $20/hr
(Full Time, 35+ hrs/week)
LENGTH: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 141528

Primary Function:

The student database programmer will be responsible for assisting for the design and development of the housing database program – its structure and its code, as well as designing the database program to be pertinent and customizable for other not-for-profit organizations (particularly the co-op housing sector). Throughout the design process, the programmer will be responsible for ensuring that the program meets all Canadian and Provincial government standards with regard to protecting personal electronic information from unauthorized access (PIPEDA).

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • design user interface and web layout using HTML/CSS
  • develop new code and debug existing code for existing software enhancements
  • support and train co-op staff in using the housing database program
  • assist in troubleshooting any problems and maintain proper usage documentation of housing database program
  • research, gather, and synthesize information that leads to quality design and coding
  • test and fix code to ensure quality
  • create all programming documentation


  • enrolled in and returning to a recognized educational institution on a full-time basis
  • familiarity working with and designing user interface using HTML/CSS practices
  • WordPress, theming and module development experience
  • knowledge in JavaScript / PHP / MySQL programming on a Linux/Apache/MySQL/ platform
  • experience with Git and Github
  • enthusiasm for working with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • database programming/query development using MySQL
  • self-directed and works with minimal supervision
  • decisive and produces quality work in short time-frames
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • strong organizational skills, time-management skills, and attention to detail
  1. Community and Youth Program Coordinator

CLOSES ON: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Odyssey Threatre
PAYMENT: $425/week
(Full Time, 25-35 hrs/week)
LENGTH: July 1, 2019 – August 26, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 142032


Join Odyssey Theatre’s team in its 34th season as Ottawa’s premier professional open-air theatre. We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people from diverse backgrounds who have a passion for the arts and who are committed to contributing to the growth and success of our 2019 season. Work with a dynamic and collaborative team, gain experience with a professional arts organization, and spend the summer with Ottawa’s leading mask and movement Theatre Company!

We produce award-winning mask and movement-based performances that blend classic and contemporary art forms and incorporate diverse cultures and traditions from around the world. Our annual Theatre Under the Stars series transforms Ottawa’s beautiful Strathcona Park into a theatre venue and welcomes theatre lovers of all ages.

We are now hiring a Community and Youth Program Coordinator and are looking for a student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution or will have graduated in 2019 and is under the age of 25. The Community and Youth Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the Youth Apprenticeship Program, supervising 8-10 youths over the summer. They will also be responsible for coordinating our Community Neighbours Program – a series of performances and events that engage local community groups.

Dates: July 4 – August 26, 2019 Duration: 6 days/week (30 hours)
Salary: $425.00/week Location: Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.)
Strathcona Park (25 Range Rd.)

The successful candidate will have responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Planning and scheduling training activities for the Apprentices;
  • Supervision of the Apprentices;
  • Creating learning plans and assignments;
  • Coordinating workshops by professional artists;
  • Conducting evaluations;
  • Facilitating Community Neighbours programs and events;
  • Coordinate on-site logistics and arrangements for events; and
  • Other administrative duties as required.


The successful candidate must have:

  • Experience and training in, and a passion for Theatre or the Performing Arts;
  • Excellent organizational skills, as well as time and resource management;
  • Excellent people skills, particularly working with youth;
  • Strong leadership qualities;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to actively listen and collaborate;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Suite, Office Outlook, Photoshop, social media platforms);
  • Ability to problem solve and make effective decisions; and
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility for their work.

A Driver’s License and First Aid Certification is an asset.”

  1. Digital Archiving Student Assistant Position

CLOSES ON: May 6, 2019
EMPLOYER: KMDI – Semaphore at the iSchool
LOCATION: St. George Campus, Toronto, ON
PAYMENT: $20.00/hr
(Flexible hours)
LENGTH: May 13, 2019 – August 2019 (100 Hours)
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 138627

“KMDI – Semaphore, at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is seeking to fill a Digital Archiving Assistant position focused on updating our tool/technical lending library and archiving and cataloguing digital files.


  • Experience with creating and updating inventories, catalogues and databases on excel
  • Knowledge of technical equipment (such as ipads, videocameras, etc.)
  • Experience with digital archiving, preservation, and file transfer.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active, can work with minimal direction
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good verbal communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • Familiarity with a range of consumer electronics, recording, and computing equipment
  • Good visual, aesthetic design sense

Preferences will be given to current Faculty of Information Students. Qualified applicants must be available to complete a majority of the work in person at the University of Toronto St. George campus.


  • Organizing and updating a tool/technical lending library
  • Troubleshooting, basic fixing of technical equipment (i.e. if equipment such as ipads, videocameras needs charging, missing batteries, memory cards, etc.)
  • Organizing, cataloguing and archiving a small number of digital files including videos
  • Assisting with organizing equipment and displays at the Semaphore lab

The successful applicant will be offered an initial contract of 100 hours, to be completed over the course of the summer 2019 semester beginning May 13.  Flexible hours, however must be able to work on St. George campus for duration of job. $20/hour.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to CLN Job Id#138627 by May 6, 2019.  Questions may be directed to Rekha Morbia by email, rekha.morbia@utoronto or phone 416-978-5634.”

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