Professional Development

Upper Year Co-Chair: Savannah Li

Savannah is entering her second year studying Knowledge Management and Information Management. She moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 2019. She is excited about continuing working with her peers and enable them to make the most of their professional development at iSchool, U of T.

In her role as the Upper Year Professional Development Co-Chair, Savannah believes that future career success is greatly influenced by the opportunity for her fellow students to take part in experiential learning, where they practice, learn, cultivate and reflect on essential competencies.

Savannah’s personal interests including Japanese animation, mindfulness, and well-being. When not on campus working or studying, you would find her exploring food places around GTA, doing yoga, or swimming.

email: savannah.li@mail.utoronto.ca


First Year Co-Chair: Julia Geisler

Julia is a first-year User Experience Design student. She graduated in 2016 from Pace University in NYC with a degree in Marketing and has spent the past few years handling a range of responsibilities at a wine media company. Having experience both as an interviewee and interviewer, she understands the importance for students to have opportunities to cultivate their skillsets in order to remain competitive not only as job seekers, but in their chosen careers as well. She’s excited to help her fellow MI students grow their networks and add to their marketable skills as the Professional Development Committee Co-Chair!

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, fiddling around in Adobe, dreaming up travel ideas, and supporting Eintracht Frankfurt, her favorite football team.


The Professional Development Committee is responsible for providing events and workshops that help students form professional skills and to feel career ready by the time they graduate. They engage and liaise with students and faculty around career and professional development opportunities such as organizing job talks or career-related panels. Our biggest event is the annual Employer Showcase which is held every January. See below for a full list of our past and upcoming events.

The Professional Development Committee also manages the statuses of clubs and associations and acts as liaisons at MISC meetings. If you are interested in becoming a MISC recognized club, please see Student Clubs & Groups or email us at misc.ischool@utoronto.ca to learn more.

Past Events

2018 Events

Annual Clubs and Associations Showcase

Every September the student-run clubs and associations (and some outside clubs too) come together in the student lounge. Students are encouraged to come out learn the benefits of joining these groups that are integral to the iSchool community. This is the best time to sign up for e-mail lists, find out about events that will be held throughout the year, and join a cause!

Career Information Networking Event (Annual Employer Showcase)

January 17, 2018, 3PM-7PM in the Inforum
The Career Information Networking Event is your opportunity to meet professionals in the field! Employers from a variety of companies including hospitals, not for profits, government departments and ministries, media companies, educational institutions, consulting firms, and more will set up booths around the Inforum. Professional LinkedIn headshots will also be provided free of charge to students. Gather contacts, ask questions, and explore your career opportunities!

2017 Events

Annual Clubs and Associations Showcase

Every September the student-run clubs and associations (and some outside clubs too) come together in the student lounge. Students are encouraged to come out learn the benefits of joining these groups that are integral to the iSchool community. This is the best time to sign up for e-mail lists, find out about events that will be held throughout the year, and join a cause!

Professional Development Workshops

Join us for a peer-led workshop learn and discuss professional development strategies in an informal and casual setting:

Job Search: Rapid Methods to Start your Job Hunt 16 Nov 2016 4:00 PM Jake Miller
Networking Strategies: Meetups, Coffee and Conferences 23 Nov 2016 4:00 PM Sharly Chan
Dress for Success: How to Dress for the Perfect Job 30 Nov 2016 4:00 PM Tristan Smyth

Annual Employer Showcase

The annual Employer Showcase is your opportunity to meet professionals in the field! Employers from a variety of companies including hospitals, not for profits, government departments and ministries, media companies, educational institutions, consulting firms, and more will set up booths around the Inforum. Professional LinkedIn headshots will also be provided free of charge to students. Gather contacts, ask questions, and explore your career opportunities!

Code Across Toronto 2017

The Professional Development Committee in conjunction with MISC and the Faculty collaborated with Civic Tech Toronto to host CodeAcross Toronto, an annual hackathon celebrating Open Data Day to hack on civic challenges. iSchool students were able to attend for free to learn, network and contribute to civic challenges. Learn more about how it went here

Career Networking Group Concentration Panels</h4?
As part of the Career Networking Group comprised of Faculty and students, the Professional Development Committee planned two well-attended panels with information professionals related to the Critical Information Policy Studies concentration. The first panel was held on Thursday March 2, 2017 with Denis Carr and Jessica Rayes from Open Data Toronto and the second panel on Tuesday March 14, 2017 with Katy Lalonde, Binh Lu and Tim Dafoe from the Ontario Public Service.

2016 Events

Annual Clubs and Associations Showcase

Every September the student-run clubs and associations (and some outside clubs too) come together in the student lounge. Students are encouraged to come out learn the benefits of joining these groups that are integral to the iSchool community. This is the best time to sign up for e-mail lists, find out about events that will be held throughout the year, and join a cause!

10th Annual Employer Showcase

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2-4pm
Please join us for the 10th Annual Employer Showcase, your opportunity to meet professionals in the field! Employers from a variety of companies including hospitals, not-for-profits, government departments and ministries, media companies, educational institutions, consulting firms, and more will set up booths around the Inforum. Gather contacts, ask questions, and explore your career opportunities!

2015 Events

9th Annual Employer Showcase

Friday, January 9th, 2015; 2-4 pm - Inforum

2013 Events

PD MISC Presents: iSchool Students Working - A Panel Event

Monday, September 23, 2013; 4-6pm - BL Rm 728
Join us for a Q&A Panel and hear about students' experiences working over the summer! Plus food! This is your chance to listen to senior iSchool students who will give you advice about work: how to find jobs, how they landed work over the summer, their internship and practicum experience, balancing work and school, and much more. All attendees will get a chance to ask questions and talk to the presenters afterwards.

Annual Employer Showcase

Friday, January 11th, 2013; 12-3pm - Inforum
The annual Employer Showcase is your opportunity to meet professionals in the field! Employers from a variety of companies including hospitals, not for profits, government departments and ministries, media companies, educational institutions, consulting firms, and more will set up booths around the Inforum. Gather contacts, ask questions, and explore your career opportunities!

2012 Events

Professional Preparation Strategies

Monday, November 26th, 2012; 12-1 - BL Rm 728
Are you wondering what type of job you’ll get after graduation? Did you know that the iSchool Institute offers a Professional Preparation Strategies course for iSchool students every winter? Join course instructor Kim Silk as she gives a sneak preview of the course, including tools and tactics you’ll need to secure gainful employment as an information professional. Tea and cookies will be provided.

My Summer of Professional Experience iTea

Wednesday, September 20th, 2012; 5-6pm - BL Rm 728
This iTea features a panel of second year students who share their summer work experiences.This year's panel included:

  • Laurie Near (CIS path) - Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Information Management and Access Branch, Records Management Assistant
  • Daphne Horn (LIS path) - Mt. Sinai, Library Information Specialist
  • Heather Smith (ARM path) - Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital, Archives Assistant
  • Justin Scherer (KMIM path) - Clever TV, Account Assistant
  • Danielle Megaffin (MMSt) - Royal Ontario Museum, Intern

Job finding tips from the panel included: Do the practicum courses! Don't underestimate the value of practical experience because you really need it to compliment your courses. Take advantage of the opportunities the iSchool offers to meet people. Network and meet professionals in the field as much as possible.

Clubs & Associations Open House

Thursday, September 13th, 2012; 4-6pm - Student Lounge
Every September the student-run clubs and associations (and some outside clubs too) come together in the student lounge. Students are encouraged to come out learn the benefits of joining these groups that are integral to the iSchool community. This is the best time to sign up for e-mail lists, find out about events that will be held throughout the year, and join a cause!