Program Progression & Mentoring

The Department of Geography and Planning has set up a new program for the benefit of students in second, third and fourth year as part of the department STEP program. The program includes a series of workshops and a mentorship program, both of which are aimed at helping students succeed in their undergraduate studies and ensuring they are well prepared for life after university.

Workshop schedule for 2018-19

*Before attending a workshop, please consult this website for any updates on room location or timing of workshops.

Workshop #1 – Mentorship Launch and Academic World for 2nd Years

When: Tuesday September 25, 2017 3-5pm.
Where: SS 5017A

STEP Forward invites all 2nd and 4th year Geography and Planning students at the University of Toronto to attend the mentorship launch event. The first half of the workshop will introduce students to the STEP Forward Program and match mentors (4th year students, and 3rd year students to participated in STEP last year), with mentees (2nd year students). The second half will provide guidance on navigating the second year gateway courses in Geography and required methods courses (i.e., statistics, research design, GIS). TUGS (Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society) representatives will be present to introduce and answer questions about the various programs (e.g., GIS, Human Geography, Physical Geog., Urban Geog., and Environmental Geog.) and support services offered by the department. Light refreshments will be provided.

Workshop # 2 – Mapping Your Skills 

When: Tuesday October 16, 2017 – 3:10-5pm.
Where: SS 5017A

STEP Forward invites all Geography and Planning students at the University of Toronto to attend this workshop.The first half of the workshop will be hosted by the University of Toronto Career Centre. This session will help you learn how to identify and articulate the skills you are developing through your academic and co-curricular experiences. It will provide you the tools to feel more confident in communicating your experiences to professionals and employers. During the second half of the workshop, recent graduates from the department will speak about how the skills they gained during their undergraduate studies have helped them in their post-graduation careers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Workshop #3 – Applying to Graduate School

When: Tuesday Oct. 30, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Where: SS 5016G

STEP Forward invites all upper year Geography and Planning students at the University of Toronto to join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of applying to graduate school. The first half of the workshop will be hosted by the University of Toronto Career Centre. This session will help you assess your readiness for further education, by explore a variety of program options and how they can further your career goals in different ways. This session will help you make an informed decision about further education and help you explore where to find the information, resources, and support you need to confidently complete the process. The second half of the workshop will cover topics such as getting in touch with potential supervisors, finding letter writers, writing a statement of intent, and filling out application forms. This session will be led by a guest panel consisting of two faculty members (the Associate Chair and Director of the Program in Planning, and the Associate Chair, Graduate), the Graduate Administrator, and graduate students from our department. Light refreshments will be provided.

Workshop #4 – Experiential Learning **NEW DATE**

When: Tuesday, March 5, 3:10-4pm
Where: SS 5017A

This workshop is open to all Geography and Planning students at the University of Toronto.  The workshop will provide students with an opportunity to learn about special courses in third and fourth year, such as Geography field courses, internship courses, and independent research courses.  The Geography Undergraduate Associate Chair and Undergraduate Counsellor will be available to field any questions students may have about these courses.  Fourth year students who have taken such courses will also join the workshop to provide their perspectives, experiences and insights.

Workshop #5– What’s Next? Exploring Options for Further Education 

When: Tuesday March 5, 4:10-5pm
Where: SS 5017A

This workshop is facilitated by a University of Toronto Career Educator and is open to all Geography and Planning students at the University of Toronto.  The workshop is designed to encourage students to reflect on their own situation, interests, and goals with a focus towards preparing for a wide range of career possibilities. Students will explore their options, from further education to transitioning into the work place. Students will begin to develop a strategy for decision making and action-planning based on their unique career goals.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Other STEP  Resources and Opportunities:

Visit the Mentorship Resource Center at

Explore upcoming events of the Backpack to Briefcase initiative at