Manager, Career Development
As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. We provide direction, resources and opportunities which lead to the realization of transformative personal and early-career goals.
The Career Development office has the experience, networks and agility to take on ambitious partnerships which benefit students and recent alumni. We facilitate connections and develop strong relationships which result in recruitment for all manner of paid creative work opportunities. We foster inclusive, accessible and supportive spaces that allow aspiring individuals to develop new skills and take risks with their work, in any number of contexts and sectors.
Student + Alumni Job Boards
Student and alumni job board where employers recruit for paid cultural and creative work.
Art & Design Graduate School Fair
Connect directly with schools to learn about graduate education in various creative disciplines.
Workshops & Info Sessions
Workshops and presentations which offer insights that contribute to long-term career success.
Unique, high-profile opportunities to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice.
Cultural Community Expo
An event that highlights potential career paths for students interested in visual arts & culture.
Design Career Fair
Meet with cutting-edge companies and learn about their approach to talent recruitment and careers in design.
Ten Thousand Coffees
Students and alumni can use our dedicated OCAD U Hub to meet with a range of professionals.
The CEAD can bring enhanced opportunities into classrooms which add immediate value to curriculum.
Student Career Ambassadors
Students who are trained to offer specific support and can quickly direct you to valuable services and opportunities.
Good w/ Food Dinner Series
Brings together students and professional practitioners, in an effort to build community while sharing a meal.
These short, intensive design "sprints" bring together 5 - 10 students to create work based on a specific brief from a real client.
Special guests who meet with students for portfolio reviews, on-campus studio visits, informational conversations and mentorship.
Career Development can assist students in several ways. All manner of opportunities and paid creative work can be found on the Talent Network; a job board exclusive to OCAD U. Students can meet with cutting-edge companies at annual on-campus events such as the Design Career Fair. The Career Launcher program provides access to supported opportunities which help new graduates start their professional practice after school. And one-on-one career advising appointments can be scheduled.
Throughout the academic year, Career Development hosts a variety of workshops and info session, engaging events like the Cultural Community Expo, and specialized fairs such as the Design Career Fair and the Art & Design Graduate School Fair. These extracurricular events are designed to demystify potential career paths and to equip students and recent alumni with the knowledge required for further successes. They are open to all who wish to attend.
Career Development hosts workshops and info session throughout the academic year; covering various topics related to professional skills development. We are regularly involved in the classroom, providing enhanced curriculum support in collaboration with faculty. The Student Career Ambassador program also equips upper-year students with specialized training to provide discipline-specific peer support.
Beyond jobs on the Talent Network, as a student you can participate in a Design Charrette, which are paid, extra-curricular opportunities to address real-world design challenges. As well, the Career Launcher program is open to senior students and new graduates. They are unique, high-profile opportunities which can help jump-start your professional practice after school.
Creative Professionals-In-Residence are available to meet with students on a regular basis for conversations and mentorship. The Good w/ Food Dinner Series brings students and professionals together while sharing a meal. The OCAD U Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a dedicated platform where students and new graduates can connect with established alumni working in creative fields. Student Career Ambassadors are your peer connection to Career Development and discipline-specific supports. The Talent Network connects students and alumni with professional clients and employers for all manner of paid creative work.
Students who find themselves in need of a job - or the means to find and land one - can be directed to our office for guided support. Career Development is able to leverage a broad network of organizations who are actively recruiting in order to help students achieve real results. Faculty also play a critical role in sharing employment opportunities that require advanced skills with particularly talented students.
Career Development has a strong track record of collaborating with faculty who are teaching at all year levels, and across all programs, in order to bring relevant resources, workshops and guest speakers into their classes. We are able to offer funding support to enhance Professional Practice curriculum, and tie-ins to larger initiatives like our Creative Professionals-in-Residence and other programs.
Career Development frequently consults with faculty for their expert insight into industry standards and for assistance socializing unique opportunities to targeted student audiences. Furthermore, faculty can assume roles to lead special projects with employment partners, such as Design Charrettes, for which they are compensated.
As with any employer, we can work internally with staff hiring managers or faculty in order to locate potential students who could take on a paid work opportunity. Whether it’s for a student monitor role, a studio project or as a research assistant we have a number of channels, such as the Talent Network, that can help attract candidates to the job. If a student is expected to earn course credit, a discussion should be had with the other major portfolio in the CEAD, the Experiential Learning Program.
The Talent Network connects employers who are offering paid creative work to OCAD U’s pool of student and alumni talent. The Design Career Fair is a unique opportunity to interact with students and alumni, conduct portfolio reviews, and provide valuable industry insight. Career Launchers are high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry. In particular, this program provides arts, culture and creative organizations access to talented new OCAD U graduates.
Design Charrettes, or “sprints”, present an opportunity for an interdisciplinary group of talented emerging designers to address a real-world design challenge, solve a problem or bring a fresh perspective. The Talent Network job board is our greatest tool for those offering paid creative work and seeking a commitment from OCAD U’s pool of top student and alumni talent. By hosting an Experiential Learning Placement, partners create opportunities for students to apply their skills in a real-world context, and contribute to and reflect on cultural production.
The OCAD U Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is an online mentoring and networking platform. This platform offers a method to provide guidance, share experiences, and easily schedule a time to meet in person. Our partners who facilitate Experiential Learning Placements can prioritize students professional and creative development, by making space for mentorship, service-learning, and experimentation in the workplace.
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Staff Contact Information
Manager, Career Development
Outreach Coordinator, Career Development