Backpack to Briefcase (b2B)
Where can your Arts & Science degree take you? Find out at b2B
Are you a student or recent graduate looking to make meaningful connections with successful alumni in your chosen field? Are you an alumnus interested in sharing your knowledge with those who are following in your footsteps? Then the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program is for you.
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. b2B networking events, panel discussions 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.
In 2018-19, more than 1,300 students and 150 alumni volunteers representing 40+ academic units took part in b2B events.
For the 2019-20 academic year, students and alumni can participate in various types of b2B events:
Career Skills Workshops
Students and recent graduates are invited to join us for workshops that emphasize the skills needed to make and maintain quality connections. You will learn how to prepare and practice for b2B networking events, informational interviews, and learn how to use LinkedIn effectively.
Alumni/Student Networking Events
Meet successful A&S alumni at our Speed Networking events, Career Panel Discussions and Industry Night events. 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!)
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.
What students are saying:
“I was also able to gain a broader picture of what my experience at university meant, which opened up ideas about my future plans, as well as helping me cope with this year”
– 2nd year student, pursuing a degree in Religion & Cinema Studies
What volunteers are saying:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pay it forward. It was a pleasure speaking with fellow students who are undergoing the same experiences that I had not too long ago.”
– Simon Chun (HBSc 2011 – Human Biology Program)
Have questions about b2B? We’ve got an FAQ for that!
For details about and images of past b2B events, check out our event archive.
Backpack to Briefcase is proudly sponsored by U of T’s Affinity Partner: