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.

Co-Curricualr Recordb2B provides opportunities for students to meet alumni and faculty members from their academic unit and enjoy their guidance, career advice and encouragement.

b2B networking events, panel discussions, mentorship meals and the Next Steps conference give you the chance to learn from alumni volunteers and discuss any questions or concerns you have about life after graduation with people who have been in your shoes and succeeded.

Last academic year, more than 1,300 students and 150 alumni volunteers representing 40+ academic units took part in b2B events.

This 2019-20 academic year, join us for these exciting b2B events:

Career Skills Workshops
These workshops will teach you the skills you need 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, 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!).

Mentorship Meals
These intimate gatherings (20-25 guests) bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline in a supportive, community atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious meal while discussing future career paths and the infinite possibilities your degree offers.

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”
– Second-year student (Religion & Cinema Studies)

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What alumni volunteers are saying:

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pay it forward. It was a pleasure speaking with students who are undergoing the same experiences that I had not too long ago.”
– Simon Chun (HBSc 2011 – Human Biology Program)

Read more about what alumni volunteers are saying ›

Have questions about b2B? Read our FAQ!

For details and images of past b2B events, check out our event archive.

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