The OPTIONS Program applications due!

January 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am

The OPTIONS Program

OPTIONS = Opportunities for PhDs: Transitions, Industry Options, Networking, and Skills

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative by the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) to support PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who wish to explore career options.

Take a deep dive into career management with an twelve-week, non-credit program. Facilitated by faculty and professional development experts, participants will develop their capability and discover meaningful career pathways.

The program will take place on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm between Jan 16 and Apr 10 (exclusive of Feb 20).

Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.

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Selection Criteria

  • U of T Engineering PhD students (completed qualifying and/or comprehensive exams) or post-doctoral fellow
  • Strong interest in developing personal and professional skills beyond research and technical knowledge
  • Curious about career exploration and career options
  • Eager to participate in group discussions
  • Willingness to support peer’s career preparation

Application Process

Applications are due Wednesday Jan 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Accepted applicants will be notified by Wednesday Jan 10, 2018.

The OPTIONS program is designed as an integrated sequence of sessions, and participants will benefit most by attending all twelve sessions. We expect participants to attend at least ten out of twelve sessions. To ensure commitment, participants must submit a $100 deposit. The deposit will be returned on the twelfth session provided that the participant attends ten out of twelve sessions. No participant will be turned away due to finances. Please contact Teresa Didiano, Special Programs Coordinator, ILead ( with any questions or concerns.