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The Next Steps Conference 2019

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Kick-start the rest of your life

Students and recent grads, make the leap from school to career with confidence.

Next Steps is an intensive and energizing one day conference for  students and recent graduates that is held annually. 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 and networking opportunities, Next Steps lets you explore options you may not have even known you had.

Registration is now closed but U of T students and alumni are welcome to come to the conference on Saturday and register in-person!

Who should attend?

If you are a graduating student in the Faculty of Arts & Science, a recent University of Toronto graduate or a younger student who would like to start planning for the future, then Next Steps is for you. Participation is free.

If you are not an Arts and Science student, a number of spaces for students from other faculties and schools have also been reserved!

If you’re a recent alum interested in advice and support, you’re more than welcome to attend. Register as a delegate and attend the whole conference or simply come to the Alumni-Student Networking Event.

Alumni volunteers are the strength of this conference, if you are interested in volunteering, please email Carlo Siochi at

Conference Schedule

8:30 am – 9:30 am  Conference Check-in, Registration and Breakfast

9:30 am – 11:00 am   Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Transition Effectively into the Workplace – A Panel for Young Alumni Delegates – South Dining Room
  • Internships: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Great Hall 
  • Work or More School: Life After Undergrad – Debates Room 
  • Social Services – Industry Panel – East Common Room 
  • Working without Borders – Music Room 
  • PhD Pathways: Exploring Careers off the Tenure Track – North Dining Room 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm  Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Success isn’t a Straight Line – Music Room 
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Industry Panel – Debates Room 
  • Research & Development – Industry Panel – East Common Room 
  • Education & Training – Industry Panel – South Dining Room 
  • PhD Pathways: CV to Resume – North Dining Room 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm  Networking Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm  Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Public Policy – Industry Panel – Music Room 
  • How to Leverage Your Arts and Science Degree – East Common Room 
  • Medicine, Healthcare and Wellness – Industry Panel – Debates Room 
  • Media and Marketing in the Digital Era – Industry Panel – South Dining Room
  • PhD Pathways: Alumni Insights – North Dining Room 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Keynote address by Samra Zafar (HBSc 2013; MA 2014), Award-Winning International Speaker, Community Leader, Scholar, Author and Entrepreneur

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Alumni & Student Networking Reception with 100+ alumni on hand to speak with students and recent graduates about their career path after graduation.



January 26
8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Next Steps Conference


Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3 Canada
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