Finding a mentor

Life Sciences Career Development Society - 4-month mentorship program links mentees with professionals in field of interest. 

Life Sciences Ontario - Offers a variety of mentorship programs including digital mentorship hub through 10k Coffees.

Career Centre - Learn about mentorship and check out opportunities on becoming or finding a mentor:.

Ten Thousand Coffees - Set up meetings with professionals in your field of interest.

Skill-building resources

Graduate Professional Skills Program through SGS offers a very wide range of courses under the main topics of communication, personal effectiveness, research-related skills and teaching competency module, in addition to language writing support. Customize your GPS program to get the skills you need and SGS will acknowledge program completion on transcript. Check out their website for information on how the course works and on course offerings. 

Career Centre - A wide variety of workshops are available throughout the year on creating job application materials, job search and learning transferable skills including specialized topics such as “how to create internet presence”. Check out their calendars for upcoming offerings. 

Academic Success Centre - Offers drop in sessions, workshops and other programming, across a wide range of topics including time management and graduate writing groups. 

Science Career Impact Project - Delivers a tailored resumé building workshop and case study program  targeted towards students seeking careers in industry. 

Mitacs Step Program: find workshops on skills from project management to presentation skills:  Schedule  

University of Toronto Libraries Career Development E-book Collection. -  Offers 18 self-paced online teaching modules addressing a wide range of graduate professional skills. 

Biotalent Canada - Offers biotech resumé builder.

Science Writing for non-scientific audiences.

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication Courses.

Career exploration resources

Career Centre - job shadowing, informational interviews and other career exploration programs.

Flexible futures grad week is a combination of workshops and event for students approaching completion of their degree to explore alternate career paths.

Biotalent Career Profiles - (will need to login to tool) In-depth career information including detailed  job descriptions, education, salary and career pathways for a wide variety of life science jobs.

Life Sciences Career Development Society- Offers events to help  you learn about potential career paths in industry and outside of academia. 

Life Sciences Ontario - curated links to jobs/pharma list.

Network building resources

Life Sciences Career Development Society- Networking reception in February
Mini Networking Series.

Life Sciences Ontario- Regular Networking Events are listed here. 

Linkedin - Make your profile today to jump-start building your professional network.

Mitacs offers an excellent  networking workshop. 

Vault - Learn about networking basics and advice. 

Magnet - Canadian professional network for advancing careers by connecting to jobs and careers opportunities.

GPS/Mitacs program - Search for Networking Skills Course offerings. 

Current job opportunities



The Petridish

Versatile PhD- STEM jobs in North America

Career Learning Network Job Search 



Life Sciences Ontario- Job Board

Career Development Resource Summaries:

Graduate professional Development’s Graduate Professional Skills Program - SGS initiative to help graduate students gain the skills they need to succeed in the future; offering a wide range of  programs encompassing Communication skills, Personal effectiveness skill, Teaching competency and Research related skills.

Academic Success Centre - Offers a wide range of learning support services to support students, and is a great place to start navigating resources on campus.Learning strategists are available to work with students and align support with students needs.
Graduate writing group: Peer writing groups focus on writing and work toward goals with strategist and mentor on hand.

 Career Centre  - Offers career development resources through regular workshops,  career exploration programs and one-on-one sessions with a career advisor.
Informational interviews- Connects students and recent grads with professionals allowing the student to ask questions about the industry, job or company of interest.
Extern- Job shadowing program connecting students to career of interest. In the Field- On-site trips to organizations to explore a variety of positions.

Flexible Futures Grad week Career exploration, work search and other skill-building workshops and events for graduating students. 

Job Search 

Schedule interviews and mock interview.

Life Science Career Development Society- Graduate student run initiative for building awareness of career paths and opportunities for life science students post-graduation.  

Life Science Ontario - Organization promotes professional development and business support  within Ontario by providing networking, mentorship and skill-building events.

Science Career Impact Project- U of T alumni working to help science trainees seeking careers in industry by offering intensive workshops and other transformational career development resources. 

Alternative Reading Week is a collaborative 3-day project available through the Student Life’s Centre for Community Partnerships allows students the opportunity for project-based learning within the community.

Graduate internships- Lists opportunities available on SGS website

Mitacs - Not for profit that provides research and professional development training programs and supports industrial research internships and collaborations, both internally and internationally via five main programs:The Accelerate program let’s graduate students organize internships with Canadian organizations of interest. The Elevate program funds collaborative post-doctoral research.  The Global Link program is for international research funding. The Step program teaches students professional skills.

MaRS Entrepreneurship 101- Learn how to start and build a new technology business. This course usually runs from September to May.

Graduate Professional Development Course- Offered through the Department of Biochemistry. 

Versatile PhD-  With over 65,000 members of STEM PhD’s, this is a terrific resource for Non-Academic career job advertisements and forums, although U of T doesn’t subscribe to the services, so you can’t see examples of successful resumés in your career path, you can pay for a personal subscription. - A tremendous resource for graduate students and post-docs to for gaining professional skills needed to succeed in research and in diverse career paths. Offers 18 self-paced online-based courses addressing skills from communication to teaching and entrepreneurship. 

Biotalent Canada- Awesome resource for career development including real profiles of scientific careers, skills-at-a-glance section contains wealth of information describing competencies and tasks carried out at various life-science jobs. site contains labour market information and career pathways resources showing timelines and trajectories for 50 bioscience careers. Also offers help at all stages of job-finding.

The Vault- Access “career intelligence” through sample resumés, industry outlooks, and sample job application materials. 

Ontario Biosciences Innovation Organization - Offers free events throughout the year for great chances to learn and network.