Event Details

The Seventeenth Annual University of Toronto Environmental Career Day took place on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. See details of the event below.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: This free event is only open to all currently registered undergraduate and graduate university and community college students. Registration on the day of the event will require you to show your valid 2017- 2018 Student ID card. You will be refused entry if you do not have your valid 2017-18 student ID card.

Location: Great Hall of Hart House - 7 Hart House Circle on the St. George Campus (downtown)Click for a map to Hart House .

Outline of Day's Events

 ActivityStart TimeFinish TimeLocation
Exhibitors from Government, Industry, ENGO's and Consulting 10:00 am 3:00 pmHart House Great Hall
Graduate Advisors from U of T Professional Masters programs 10:00 am
 
 3:00 pm
 
Hart House Great Hall
Representatives from U of T student organizations with volunteer opportunities 10:00 am 3:00 pmHart House Great Hall 
Environmental Employment Opportunities Workshop: "What I Need to Know to Get a Job!" - Speakers with valuable Career Experience to share 10:25 am 2:30 pmHart House Great Hall

2018 Speakers:

Nardia Ali, Manager, Ontario Environmental Protection Operations, Environment and Climate Change Canada  10:25 - 10:55

Reilley Plue, Geography MA student, in the Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health at the School of the Environment.  11:05 - 11:35

Angela Bischoff, Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance 11:45 - 12:15 

David Powell, Undergraduate Student Advisor & Placement Coordinator, School of the Environment  12:30 to 1:00 

Dorothy Gordon, Human Resources Specialist in the private and public sectors  1:10 - 1:40

Husna Arif, Career Educator, U of T Career Centre  1:50 - 2:20 

Environmental Career Day - Previous Event's Speakers' Key Talking Points

The Environmental Career Day speakers, who came from various sectors in the environmental field, discussed and answered questions from students about what students should be doing now and after graduation to prepare for opportunities and possibilities. Here are some of the key talking points from their presentations: 

  • Skills & Knowledge - hone strong written and verbal communication skills; take training courses/programs for specific tasks and job requirements; commit to continuous learning; get a graduate degree, when relevant to do so. 
  • Experience - get involved on campus with extracurricular activities; volunteer during and after completing university; make the most of any volunteer and paid work you do, and do that work with a positive attitude, in order to build your experience and reputation - if you are generous and helpful to others, you will be a desired candidate for jobs. 
  • Determining your career interest - develop and nurture a network, with professors, fellow students, individuals in the work world, professional associations, and employment-networking groups; do informational interviews with those working in jobs of interest to you; select a career focus in order to stand out as a job candidate, but also be flexible about what jobs you will consider, in light of knowledge gained in seeking work.
  • Preparation and Presentation - take advantage of career support offered by your university; build a professional presence on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter); have a current resume that reflects your skills, work history and volunteer experience - think advertisement not autobiography; get input on your resume from those with related work experience; ensure your cover letter addresses what the job requires, and accurately reflects what is in your resume; be well prepared for job interviews - dress appropriately for the job, research the organizations to which you apply, do mock interviews; focus on answering the questions you are asked, and show enthusiasm for the job and the organization; always follow up with people after interviews - get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.  

Finally, stay positive and focused in a difficult job market - there are jobs out there, so being well prepared and building a network is the key to finding them. 

Registered Exhibitors 2018:

Arcadis Canada Inc.

AIESEC Toronto (volunteer opportunities for students)

Auditing Association of Canada 

Bikechain (campus bicycle repair and support group)

Clearblue Markets 

CUSO International

Downsview Park

Englobe 

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

GreenPac 

Halton Environmental Network

High Park Nature Centre 

Jane Goodall Institute

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) 

Nature Conservancy of Canada 

U of T Scarborough Master in Environmental Science (professional masters) 

ROM Biodiversity Galleries 

School of the Environment (collaborative graduate & professional development programs) 

Tim Grant - Green Party of Ontario Candidate University-Rosedale (volunteer opportunities)

U of T Career Centre 

U of T Mississauga Master of Science in Sustainability Management (professional masters) 

U of T Student Unions with work and volunteer opportunities - Environmental Students Union, 

    Graduate Environmental Students Association, Forestry Club (undergrads),

    Forestry Grad Students Association, Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society

UTEA (University of Toronto Environmental Action) - action to address climate change 

UTERN (University of Toronto Environment Resource Network) project funding opportunities

Wellington Water Watchers