Workshops and info sessions

The Career Development office offers an evolving series of seminars, workshops and drop-in clinics that emphasize the enhancement of transferable and professional skill sets which contribute to long-term success. Our goal is to help students build and capitalize on their knowledge and abilities to improve their career-readiness within increasingly specialized and challenging professional fields.

Sessions are open to all students and new graduates (subject to capacity). Core resources referenced in these sessions can be found on our “Tools and resources” page.


“Your Work Here: A Workshop on Professional Presence at GradEx”

This workshop - for students who will be exhibiting work at GradEx - will take you through the essential steps toward capitalizing on this major event, from the perspective of the opportunity to engage and interact with a significant audience and achieve early professional goals. Whether it’s a conversation with a curator, building new relationships with collectors or impressing talent recruiters from the design world, we will work through the immediate, practical things students can do to make the most of the GradEx experience. 

Sessions are limited to room capacity and seats are available on a first-come basis. Students only need to attend one workshop from among the dates available.
Tuesday, April 4 from 3:00–4:30pm
Room 543 MCA

Wednesday, April 12 from 3:00–4:30pm

Wednesday, April 12 from 3:00–4:30pm
Wednesday, April 12 from 3:00–4:30pm
Room 525 MCC (edit: not MCA)

Thursday, April 20 from 3:00–4:30pm
Room 284 MCA

Thursday, April 20 from 3:00–4:30pmRoom 284 MCA

Monday, April 24 from 3:00–4:30pm

Monday, April 24 from 3:00–4:30pm
Room 1015 RHB  (10th Floor, 230 Richmond)


March / April 2017

Résumé/CV, portfolio and interview skills drop-in clinics

Thursday, Mar 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m
Wednesday, April 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m
Wednesday, April 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m
Wednesday, April 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


All sessions will take place in the Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St.

Fairs and Events

DESIGN CAREER FAIR - March 21 + 22


The Lambert Lounge (Rm 187), OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.

  1. From tradition to tech: Experience Design with Konrad Group
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Learn about the how OCAD U designers can get hired and use their skills in the context of Konrad Group
  2.  "But is it sustainable?": A Roundtable Discussion on Sustainability & Design

    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - With representatives from the Royal Ontario Museum, And Also TooEvergreen and Storyboard Furniture

  3. Get going with Etsy: Creativity & Entrepreneurship
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - With OCAD U alumnae and Etsy shop owners Sprouts Press Designs and Ness Lee!

DAY 2 - Wed, March 22

  • 11:30am - 3:30pm in The Great Hall, 2nd floor of 100 McCaul St.

    Portfolio reviews. Networking with creative teams. Industry insight. Drop by to meet with cutting-edge companies and learn about their approach to talent recruitment and careers in design!

    + FOCUS ON FJORD: Industry Insights on Forecasting

        2pm - 3pm in room 187, The Lambert Lounge

Wondering how to prepare for the OCAD U Design Career Fair?

Students and alumni are highly encouraged to bring a business card with their contact info and online website or portfolio link, as well as a portable device (Laptop or tablet) for showing industry representatives their portfolios and examples of their work. Coming prepared with a résumé or CV is also recommended.


Design Career Fair 2017 poster v2