Networking skills and exploring careers outside academia

The Institute for Pandemics (IfP) invites University of Toronto graduate students for a special soft skills workshop to further develop their networking skills and meet representatives from non-academic organizations to learn about and discuss career options in their sectors.

About the workshop

Establishing genuine connections in both your personal and professional circles is a crucial asset during your job search journey. Research indicates that a mere 20 percent of job positions are filled through external hiring, leaving a substantial 80 percent unadvertised externally, often being occupied through network connections. Consequently, networking should hold a pivotal role in your job search strategy, complementing your resume, cover letter, and skill enhancement efforts.

Networking empowers you to approach informational interviews with curiosity and opens doors to a diverse array of job opportunities that may not be publicly posted. This process not only expands your professional horizons but also provides valuable insights into your own strengths and how you fit into the broader professional landscape.

In this session, we will explore the tangible benefits of networking, including access to valuable insights and job opportunities.

Following the networking presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to practice their networking skills by meeting with representatives from invited non-academic organizations to learn about the careers opportunities that exist within their sectors.