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Frequently Asked Questions

Will food be provided at the conference?

Yes! Food will be provided Friday evening at the networking reception, and a lunch will be provided on Saturday. You should eat breakfast before you arrive on Saturday, and you are welcome to bring snacks if you would like.

What should I bring to the conference?
  • A notebook and pens to take notes at the sessions.
  • If you have a smartphone, download the Student Life App (search U of T Student Life, download the App and then download the Student Life Events guide within the App to find the Next Steps Conference details) to give you easy access to information about the conference. Make sure your phone is fully charged.
  • A reusable water bottle, snack, sweater, or other small personal items you may want to have with you.
  • On Saturday, bring a convenient, compact bag to carry your coat and other conference items.
  • Please note that U of T is not responsible for lost or stolen items so we recommend not leaving valuables unattended at the conference.
Will there be a coat check, or other storage for personal items?

Unstaffed coat racks will be available on Friday night and may offer limited storage for other personal items. However, we do not recommend leaving any valuables, as U of T is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. There will not be a coat check offered on Saturday, so we suggest that attendees do not bring any large bags or items they cannot keep with them.

What time should I arrive?

Registration opens at 4:00pm on Friday, and 9:00am on Saturday. You should always try to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the panel / keynote / workshop, to give you time to register and get into the session on time.

What should I do to prepare?
  1. To make the most of your conference experience, invest 20 minutes to develop your strategy:
  1. Set your learning goals. Identify what you want to learn here. Setting these goals now will make it easier to recognize when someone talks about something related.
  2. Review the biographies of the alumni panellists and speakers on our Speakers page or on the Student Life App. This will help you pick the activities that will best support your goals: which panels and workshops to attend, which alumni you would like to meet, and what specific questions you may want to ask.
  3. Your conference booklet (link) will also provide some sample questions and approaches to developing yours.
  4. Build your personal introduction and identify questions you might want to ask during your Next Steps experiences.
  5. If you arrive early, stop by the Next Steps Hub, just outside the Ballroom on the second floor, to prepare for the Friday networking event and Saturday panels and workshops.
  6. Plan on staying for the full two days of the conference. We’ve made sure that both days are jam-packed with opportunities to learn about careers connected to your degrees, to meet professionals in these fields and to develop important career skills.

To help you, you can refer to the conference booklet and the tip sheet . You can also refer to the website and the Student Life App for more details on the conference schedule, the panels and workshops, and to review the alumni attendee information.

Who do I contact if I require an accommodation?

If you require any accommodation you can contact NextSteps@alumni.utoronto.ca.

At the conference, please speak with staff at the registration table or a student leader at the Next Steps Hub with questions.

If you have dietary restrictions, please speak to any of the servers who will be able to direct you to appropriate food options.

An accessible and gender-neutral washroom is available on the second floor.

There is a prayer room on-site.

Am I required to attend all of the sessions / both days of the conference?

No, you are not required to attend both days of the conference or all of the sessions. However, to get the most out of the event, we highly recommend that you attend as much of the conference as possible.

 

There are five panels and workshops happening simultaneously during each of the three breakout session timeslots. If none seem to fit exactly what you are looking for, stop by the Next Steps Hub outside the Ballroom to talk through your options, consider which might give you the most benefit and review the different speakers for each session to see if there is anyone you’d be interested in hearing from.

How do I contact one of the speakers or alumni ambassadors after the conference?

The best approach is to speak with them in person at the conference where you can introduce yourself, discuss point of common interest and then ask them for their contact information. If you are not able to connect with someone in person, some of the speaker and alumni ambassador profiles will include links to their LinkedIn or Ten Thousand Coffees accounts. Feel free to follow up with these individuals online.

Will there be a Q&A session following the keynote address?

Yes, there will be a short Q&A session following the keynote address. We encourage you to listen to the talk with a view to developing questions and ideas to discuss with fellow delegates and alumni ambassadors during the networking reception.

I’m interested in 2 panels that are happening at the same time. How do I choose?

There are five panels and workshops happening simultaneously during each of the three break-out session timeslots. To help you decide which one to attend, you can read more about the sessions on the website and on the Student Life App, where you can also review the speaker bios. During the conference, you can also stop by the Next Steps Hub outside the Ballroom to talk through the options and decide what might be of most interest to you.

If you are unable to attend a session you are interested in, the speakers may be joining us for lunch on Saturday, where you can ask questions, and create the opportunity to set up an informational interview following the conference. Some of the speaker profiles include links to their LinkedIn or Ten Thousand Coffees accounts, you can also reach out to these individuals online.

Am I able to switch sessions if the one I signed up for is not what I expected?

We encourage you to attend the session you signed up for when you registered. To help you decide which sessions to attend, you can read more about the sessions on the website and on the Student Life App, where you can also review the speaker bios. 

Where can I find out more information about the alumni and speakers attending?

Biographies for the different speakers and alumni attending the conference can be found on our Speakers page and on the Student Life App. These bios will help you choose the sessions that will be support your goals: which panels and workshops to attend, which alumni you would like to meet, and what specific questions you may want to ask.

How can I find out more about the different sessions?

You will find descriptions of the panels and workshops on our Panels and Workshops page and on the Student Life App.

What is the difference between a Panel and a Workshop?

Panels are a facilitated discussion with up to four alumni industry professionals, designed to give you the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights about life after graduation from U of T. Industry Panels focus on specific career types or fields of work. Topic panels help you think broadly about careers and life after graduation.

Workshops, delivered by subject-matter experts, are focused on specific topics and will provide you with insights and outcomes based on the session descriptions.

Is there a dress code?

No there is no dress code. However, this is your opportunity to make your best first impression, and the connections you make here may become your future employers or co-workers. Consider ways to use your questions, conversation and appearance to make a positive impact with the people you meet.

Where and what is the Next Steps Hub?

The Next Steps Hub is located just outside the Ballroom on the 2nd floor. Here you can share your thoughts, get your questions answered, and access resources that will help support your life after graduation.

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COVID-19 Update:

In light of the current situation, in-person events in May (including Alumni Reunion events) have been postponed or cancelled. Looking for online events and resources for alumni while staying home? Visit the online #StayHome hub. Have questions? Contact us.

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