Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) – Upcoming Events

b2B events

b2B provides opportunities for students to meet, mingle and network with alumni and faculty members from their department or academic unit who are willing to offer guidance, career advice and encouragement. Career Skills Workshops, Speed Networking events, Career Panel Discussions, Industry Nights and Mentorship Meals give students the chance to learn from alumni volunteers and to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about life after graduation with people who have been in their shoes and succeeded.
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Over the course of the 2019-20 academic year there will be many opportunities to attend events with alumni who graduated from your department or academic unit.

Career Skills Workshop: Where will your Arts & Science degree take you?

Your Arts & Science degree can open doors to an amazing variety of careers and industries. Are you wondering about how your career path will develop post-graduation? This workshop will introduce students to the b2B (Backpack to Briefcase) program at U of T, a series of networking events that lets students hear directly from Arts & Science alumni about their experiences working in the field.

We will also:

  • Discuss the non-linear nature of careers
  • Explore the relationship between your program of study and employability skills
  • Reflect on important experiences to identify transferable skills
  • Identify at least one next step for your career exploration

These workshops will take place in September 2019 – dates still to be determined. Come back soon for workshop date updates. In the meantime, you can read about the top 5 takeaways from a b2B Career Skills Workshop.

b2B Student/Alumni Networking Events

Meet successful Arts & Science alumni at our Mentorship Meals, Speed Networking Nights, Career Panel Discussions, and Industry Nights. Build your network, hear how alumni made their transitions through and out of university, and speak to them about your own path. Don’t forget to bring your questions (and your appetite!).

Speed Networking

Wondering what to do with your Arts and Science degree? We’ve got a b2B Speed Networking Event for that!

Speed Networking is a fun (and fast!) way to connect with U of T alumni with careers in your area of study. Alumni from each of the areas of study below will come to campus to discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers with current Arts and Science students.

Each speed networking round lasts 5-10 minutes. After an announcement is made by the moderator, students move to the next alumni station. Alumni guests will remain at their stations throughout the speed networking session. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, to give the alumni and students a chance to mingle in a less formal setting.

2019-20 Speed Networking events by sector will take place on the following dates:

Social Sciences: September 25, 6-8pm
Life Sciences: September 26, 6-8pm
Humanities: October 2, 6-8pm
Math, Physical, and Computer Sciences: October 3, 6-8pm

Event invitations will be sent to students by their academic unit offices.

Industry Nights

Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Industry nights allow alumni and students to mix and mingle for a very special b2B.

These large-scale networking receptions bring together alumni working in four industries (TBD) with current students who are interested in pursuing a career in these fields.

The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in these broad areas. Industry Nights present a wonderful opportunity to speak with Faculty of Arts & Science alumni about their career paths, as well as with fellow U of T students who are also considering these fields.

2019-20 Industry Nights will take place on the following dates (industries still to be determined):

Careers in TBD: Wednesday November 20th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (2 featured industries in 2 different rooms)
Careers in TBD: Thursday November 21st, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (2 featured industries in 2 different rooms)

Note: Please check this page often for updates on the specific industries for these 2019 b2B Industry Nights. Event invitations will be sent to students by their academic unit offices.

Mentorship Meals

These intimate meals bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline and foster a sense of community and support. Enjoy a delicious meal while engaging in conversations about future career paths and the infinite possibilities your degree can open up. 

Mentorship Meal invitations will be sent to students by their affiliated academic unit offices a few weeks prior to the event. Check your inbox for your b2B Mentorship Meal invite and sign up as soon as possible as Mentorship Meal spots usually fill up fast. 

Next Steps Conference

The annual Next Steps Conference, taking place in January 2020, is an intensive and energizing conference for students and recent U of T graduates. It is part career exploration, part preparation for life after graduation, and a great way for students and young alumni to start building their professional networks.

With a variety of speakers, career exploration panels, personal and professional development seminars and networking opportunities, Next Steps lets you explore options you may not have even known you had.

Planning for Next Steps 2020 is currently underway. Check back here or at the Events Calendar for updates and registration!


Backpack to Briefcase is proudly sponsored by U of T’s Affinity Partner: