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Backpack to Briefcase Program

Are you thinking about your career after you graduate with a humanities degree?

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures invites you to participate in the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program for students from the Department of Slavic. The b2B program provides opportunities for students to understand their education and the kinds of skills and knowledge they can bring to a working environment in a wider context – opening discussions with alumni, faculty members, staff and peers about life after graduation.

Throughout the year, you will be invited to attend various b2B events such as career panel discussions & networking events with alumni from the Department of Slavic, sit-down meals hosted by Slavic alumni, Career Centre workshops and the U of T Next Steps Conference.

First step? Register for a workshop. You can choose to attend any of the available workshops (you need only attend one). Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) mentorship program and register for a Staying Connected: b2B Career Centre Workshop or any of our upcoming Alumni Career Panel Discussions.

You can choose any one of the available dates for the Staying Connected workshop:

Monday January 12           4:00pm-6:00pm       Sidney Smith Hall - Rm SS 1085
Wednesday January 14     4:00pm-6:00pm       Sidney Smith Hall - Rm SS 1087
Friday January 16             3:00pm-5:00pm       Sidney Smith Hall - Rm SS 1085
Monday January 19           11:00am-1:00pm      Sidney Smith Hall - Rm SS 1087


Learn how to stay connected to the alumni you’ll meet at b2B events and through the b2B LinkedIn group. Hear how to reach out and grow your network. Prepare and practice for informational interviews. Learn specific techniques for expanding your understanding of where you’re degree could take you in the future.


Meet alumni from your department who have gone on to pursue successful careers. Hear from lawyers, geophysicists, policy analysts, investment strategists, publishers, entrepreneurs and leaders of change in government and social justice about their paths to success.

Register for these workshops and upcoming b2B Career Panel Discussions where you can meet alumni from your academic unit at:

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about b2B!

Frequently Asked Questions:


What undergraduate courses are offered, and where are they located?

What graduate courses are offered, and where are they located?

I am not a student, how can I take a course?
How can I audit a course?

How can I contact an instructor?

What are the faculty members' office hours?

How can I apply to a graduate program?

How can I take a placement / proficiency exam?

How can I get a language citation on my transcript?

Contact us:


Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures
121 St. Joseph Street
Alumni Hall (AH), Room 429
Toronto, Ontario ~ M5S 1J4

tel: 416-926-2075

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