Professional Development & Other Student Groups

Professional Development

Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx): A platform for UofT students to search for opportunities that are related to career development, advising, research, mentorship, and co-curricular experiences (some of which allow for Co-Curricular Record accreditation)

MyGPD (by the SGS Centre for Graduate Professional Development): A variety of asynchronous and synchronous offerings to work on skills for communication, teamwork, teaching, and research. If you complete 60 hours of credits, you can also receive a “Graduate Professional Skills” designation on your transcript

myIDP Science Careers: Explore possible science career options based on your skills, interests, and values (for free) 

Mitacs Edge (create account here): Free asynchronous and synchronous professional development workshops for graduate students

Science 2 Business Network (S2BN): A registered not-profit organization focused on supporting life science commercialization and innovation in Canada. S2BN partners with stakeholders in academia, industry, and government to create greater linkages and to provide mentorship for graduate trainees and scientists who are interested in entrepreneurship, and career opportunities outside Academia 

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO): Fosters commercial success for Ontario’s life sciences sector through advocacy and education, and promoting the industry locally, nationally, and internationally. On their website, there are job postings

Case preparations – My Consulting Offer: Identifies several case types and provides tips on how to approach each type

Examples of slide decks – CBS Case Competition: Contains a repository of winning case competition slide decks 

Examples of business cases – Ivy Publishing:Contains cases that are often used in case preparations (there is a fee to purchase/download each case)

Other Student Groups

Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS): Serves to enhance the awareness of post-graduation career options. The LSCDS is managed entirely by graduate students with an interest in industry and support from the Temerty Faculty of Medicine (FoM) and School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA): A student-led association that offers programs to educate, train, and connect graduate students and postdocs in different facets of management consulting

University Consulting Group (UCG): Offer projects that span over a 10-week period, during which an interdisciplinary team of students exercise their consulting experience and knowledge to help non-profit organizations in various service areas such as financial sustainability, organizational effectiveness, member retention and marketing. They currently run two engagement cycles per year, starting in September and January, respectively

University of Toronto Consulting Association (UTCA) (events target mostly undergraduate and MBA students): Provides resources necessary to jumpstart students’ careers into the consulting industry through a variety of events, including case competitions, case engagements, coffee chats, and more


UofT Coders: Students and researchers dedicated to learning and sharing coding techniques and knowledge. 

Sunnybrook Research Institute Student Network: A graduate student-run group at Sunnybrook whose mission is to encourage and foster relationships amongst the greater graduate student population at Sunnybrook

University of Toronto Graduate Student Union (UTGSU): A student-led union that is responsible for supporting the graduate students at the University of Toronto. They hold committee meetings, attend Council Meetings, and advocate on behalf of Graduate Students. They have various committees, caucuses, and levy groups

Volunteering around Toronto

Volunteer Toronto: A charity that builds caring communities by connecting volunteers to the causes that need them. Check out the volunteer opportunities here, here, and here

CICS Canada: An organization that empowers newcomers in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society through diverse, professional, and innovative services

University of Toronto Emergency First Responders: A volunteer organization providing event medical coverage in Downtown Toronto

CAUSE Tutoring (currently online): A volunteer organization that provides access to education among the homeless, vulnerable, and at-risk population in downtown Ottawa and Toronto

Daily Bread Food Bank: An organization that aims to eliminate food insecurity, and advocate solutions to end poverty by providing food to thousands of Torontonians

Kids Help Phone Crisis Text Line: An organization that supports youth looking for support via e-mental health services