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Alumni Career Series: Creating a Compelling Grad School Application

In this free webinar, alum Teo Salgado will discuss how to prepare an outstanding application to be admitted to competitive graduate programs.

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Are you considering applying to a graduate program or professional school? Do you want to know key ways to increase the chances of admission to a graduate program? 

For all alumni who are considering pursuing further education, this free webinar will inform you how to prepare an outstanding application to be admitted to competitive graduate programs. Our speaker, Teo Salgado (HBA 1997 Arts & Sci.) is a highly regarded higher education professional and the founder of the education consultancy, VerveSmith Ltd.  

Whether you studied undergraduate virtually and want to connect with faculty members in person, or you have been away from academia while in the labour market for the past few years, you will benefit from Teo’s knowledge and experience in student recruitment.  

By joining this webinar, you will have an opportunity to: 

  • Reflect on your own motivations in applying for a graduate program. 
  • Equip yourself with best practices to make your personal statement attractive.  
  • Understand desirable characteristics that admission committees are looking for. 
  • Hear about tips and techniques to make genuine connections with faculty members. 

The U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a free, online networking tool for the entire U of T community. More than 12,000 alumni professionals and students use the hub to give and get career advice.

Alumni Career Series webinars are featured through the U of T Hub. These webinars feature industry experts and U of T faculty, and deliver peer-to-peer learning based on professional best practices shared by fellow alumni.

Join the hub to build your network, find like-minded alumni and students, and exchange career advice, anytime, anywhere.


About the speaker

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Teo Salgado (HBA 1997 Arts & Sci.) 
Principal, VerveSmith, Ltd. 

After a career spanning nearly 20 years at two of Canada’s premier research universities, Teo launched VerveSmith, Ltd., an education consultancy serving clients from around the world. The firm offers advisory services to prospective students and families seeking boarding school and post-secondary programs in Canada and abroad. 

Our speaker is a highly regarded higher education professional. Teo began his career in student recruitment at the University of Toronto, before moving to Western University to lead the creation of its international student recruitment program.  He returned to the University of Toronto to lead outreach to alumni outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  

Teo is a graduate of the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. As a U of T student, he was director of the Erindale College Student’s Union and president of the Students’ Administrative Council.  He maintains his connection with his alma maters volunteering with the McGill University Alumni Association (Toronto) and the University of Toronto at Mississauga Alumni Association.  

Teo serves as Director of the Higher Educational Consultants Association and Chair of the Global Committee, Independent Educational Consultants Association. 


Have questions about this event?

Contact Rachel Shin, Coordinator, Student & Alumni Career Engagement at

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