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Design Your Life – Grad Edition

October 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The OPTIONS Program

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative to support all engineering graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in exploring diverse career options.

Learn more here: http://uoft.me/optionsprogram

Program Details:
Date: Thursday October 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm EST (See schedule below. This is NOT a full day session.)
Location: Online


What do I want to do with my life after graduate school? How do I navigate an uncertain job market affected by a global pandemic?

The world is rapidly changing, and the economy is evolving to address society’s challenges. The Design Your Life experience will equip you with the tools and self-knowledge to find direction in this uncertainty. Design Your Life uses design thinking to address the “wicked problem” of cultivating a meaningful life and career at and beyond U of T. It was developed by two Stanford engineering professors and is now taught at the Stanford Life Design Lab. In this session, you will develop awareness of what is important to you, define three career and life prototypes, and brainstorm ideas to act on those prototypes.

Learn more about Stanford’s Design Your Life: http://lifedesignlab.stanford.edu



Time (EST) 
11 – 1 pm (with 5 min break)Ideating Future Visions
1 – 2 pm Lunch (off Zoom, on your own)
2 – 4 pm (with 5 min break)Prototyping and Testing Possibilities


Participant Expectations and Technological Requirements

Life design is an interactive process (not a traditional lecture or webinar). You will be required to actively engage in activities and small group conversations using your personal computer’s audio and, if possible, video. The ideal learning environment is a quiet space that is free of distractions. We ask that you turn off (or silence) email and any computer/phone notifications.

We will use Zoom. Make sure to download Zoom before the program. Recording any sessions (including audio) or taking screenshots is not permitted.



You are required to complete pre-work to participate in this session. The pre-work takes 1.5 hour and will be used in the live session. Those who do not complete the pre-work will not be able to complete the life design process, and will not be admitted to the session.

Pre-work will be available on Monday October 19 at 5 pm EST (through Quercus – more information coming soon), and must be completed by Tuesday October 27 at 11 am EST.

All those who complete the pre-work, will receive a link to the session on Wednesday October 28, 2020.



Registration closes Monday October 26 at 9 am EST

If you are an undergraduate student, please register for the undergraduate version of Design Your Life here.


October 29
11:00 am - 4:00 pm