The OPTIONS Program applications due!

September 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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 eleven-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 Mondays from 10 am – 12 pm between Sept 25 and Dec 11 (exclusive of Oct 9).

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 Tuesday Sept 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon). Accepted applicants will be notified by Wednesday September 20, 2017.

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