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Physics Career Accelerator Program

Enhancing your post graduate career plan! The Department offers a variety of programs to help you transition from student to the world of work, graduate studies, and a professional career. During your undergraduate years, take advantage of these opportunities to plan ahead, experience, and reflect on your personal and professional development. Join one program during your degree or join them all.

The Department of Physics is this year establishing a Career Accelerator Program aimed specifically at students in Physics. It consists of four parts:

1. Physics Mentorship Program (for students in Years 3-4 of a U of T St. George Campus Physics Specialist, Joint Specialist or Physics Major Program)

3rd and 4th year students are encouraged to join this valuable program as the advice and help of a mentor can be of great benefit as Physics students prepare to make their way into the working world or move into graduate work. Open to students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs at the  University of Toronto  St. George Campus. More

2. Physics Career Fair Event (for students in Years 3-4 of a U of T St. George Campus Physics Specialist, Joint Specialist or Physics Major Program)

The Career Fair is designed to give 3rd and 4th year students a sense of what opportunities exist for students with the analytical and quantitative skills that are developed during an undergraduate physics degree program, and to give them some experience presenting themselves in a quasi-professional environment. Students are encouraged to create a LinkedIn profile of the kind they might use when searching for a job. This activity is supported by the U of T Career Centre, who provide a workshop on this topic. The main activity of the program is the Career Fair, for which a number of speakers are invited (six for the 2015 event) to discuss the field they work in, the career path that took them there, and how their physics training has helped them in their work. They can also discuss the current requirements and prospects for jobs in their field. Following these presentations, the students each have the opportunity for a one-on-one session with one or more of the speakers. The student’s LinkedIn profiles (when available) can be made available to the guest presenters in advance, so that they can review them and provide the students with feedback during the one on one sessions at the career fair. Open to students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs. More

3. The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Professional Physicist (P.Phys.) Certification Preparation Program (for students in Years 3-4 of a U of T St. George Campus Physics Specialist, Joint Specialist, or Physics Major Program)

The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the Canadian Association of Physicists Professional Physicist certification (P.Phys.) program. While not mandatory for working physicists, the Canadian Association of Physicists offer the professional designation of P.Phys. (Professional Physicist) to their members. This serves to identify people with training in physics who are working  in areas that are not obviously associated with physics, but which nevertheless rely on the skills that one develops as part of doing a physics degree.

The certification is available to all CAP members in good standing who have at least three years of experience working in a job which they feel employs the skills they learned in their training as physicists, and who have written the associated Professional Practice Exam, which targets scientific ethics rather than  topics in physics.
Open to  3rd and 4th year students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs. More

4. Job Shadowing Program


Are you a 1st or 2nd year physics student curious to get a taste of what it's really like to use your Physics background in work and research? The Job Shadowing program is for you! Take a day out to visit with Physics alumni and other members of the U of T Physics community to see firsthand how Physics grads have gained skills and knowledge that can be applied to a range of potential careers in research and industry.  The visit will take place in the lab or work environment of your host. The program includes a placement visit  and a reflection exercise to evaluate what you learned and how it applies to your academic and post-graduate career plans. Open to  1st and 2nd year students. More


Here are some other resources and programs:

Research and Job Opportunities

University of Toronto Career Centre

UTM Career Centre - career by major page - "Physics"

Personal Stories

Physics Alumni share how they are using their Physics degree in the working world [more].

Backpack to Briefcase

Learn how your physical science and mathematical training skills apply to many settings beyond the University. Hear from a variety of panelists about career paths for students in the physical and mathematical sciences and where your degree can take you. Take an evening out of your schedule to network and share ideas with other students and grads. Open to all students.


2015-2016 Mentorship Program Closing Party
2015-2016 Mentorship Program Closing Party
mentorship program mid-term party
mentorship program mid-term party

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