This program is offered through the Commerce Department
Each Careers by Major page provides lots of ideas on various career areas, as well as how to gain related skills and experience. Useful resources and job samples are also provided.
Table of Contents
- Sample Occupation and Jobs
- Program-Related Skills/ Skills Employers Value
- Explore Careers & Build Networks
- Get Experience
- Useful Resources & Next Steps
1. Sample Occupations and Jobs
“What can I do with my degree” and “How do I assess which job or career area will be a good fit for me” are questions that many university students ask themselves at various points during their time at university. Below is a sample of the many types of occupations and jobs that graduates of this program can consider. The list provided is intended to give students ideas of the many possible directions and career areas they can further research and explore.
1a. Sample Occupations
Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Detailed career profiles are available in the Career Centre. Some positions require further education and experience.
* View these titles at Career Cruising, available on CLNx under the Resources tab.
i. Further Exploration & Assistance: Get clear on your degree options
Are you feeling unclear about what you can do with your degree, what jobs you can pursue? Exploring career areas of interest and evaluating options using information gathered about the career and self-knowledge helps students answer the questions posed above.
Check out some action steps you can take below:
1. Book a Career Counselling Appointment
2. Do more research on sample occupations of interest through Career Cruising or explore careers through the Job Shadow Program.
3. Use the self-assessment Know Yourself online modules in Quercus
1b. Sample Job Listings
Below is a sample of previous jobs.
The sample jobs were found in the job postings and previous jobs on the CLNx. Using both of these resources will provide ideas of where the jobs are or have been.
- Internal Assistant Auditor, TVOntario
- Accounting Analyst, Cadillac Fairview
- Staff Accountant, Ernst & Young
- Tax Consultant, Deloitte
- Business Analyst, ADP Canada
- Settlements Administrator, NRT Technology Corp.
- Underwriting Trainee, Aviva Canada
- Financial Analyst, Just Energy Group
- Office Administrator, Personal Fitness Consulting
- Accounting Course Developer, AME Learning
- Bookkeeping Assistant, Walmart Canada
- Accounts Payable Specialist, Lafarge North America
- Financial Advisor Apprentice, Edward Jones
- Summer Staff Accountant, Deloitte
- Junior Accounting Clerk, Oakville Mazda
1c. Sample Areas of Employment
The following is a list of areas where graduates from this program typically look for career opportunities. These sectors in the labour market can be explored to identify the businesses and organizations within these areas and to learn about the breadth of opportunities that can be found here. In your research, look for factors influencing these sectors, and how this relates to the broader economy – if there is growth in these areas, then there may also be interesting work opportunities.
- Accounting Firms
- Banks and Financial Institutions
- Insurance Companies
- Educational Institutions
- Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments
- Organizations in a wide range of industries in virtually every sector of the economy
i. Further Exploration & Assistance: Areas of Employment
Are you looking to find work and curious about what areas of employment and industries you can work for?
Check out some action steps below:
1. Book an employment strategist appointment
2. Do more research on organizations you are interested in through the Organizational Profiles
3. Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with those in industries of interest
General Recruitment Tips:
- Networking is key to accessing and landing opportunities in the Canadian banks
- Keep in mind alumni in Banks are contacted quite often for coffee chats from students so be mindful of their time
- With the first point of interaction usually being email, choose your words carefully; email carries a lot of weight when someone is deciding what to think of you
- For most large to mid-size firms, they typically hire for summer roles in the Fall & early Winter; for smaller firms, they typically do their hiring for summer internships in early spring
- Demonstrate an interest and passion for financial services industry; An understanding of financial markets and an interest in a long-term career in financial services
i. Further Exploration & Assistance: Get Connected
Want to learn more about how these industries recruit and how to get started in this industry?
Check out some action steps below:
1. Book an employment strategist appointment.
2. Attend fairs, networking events, Informational interviews, connect with a professional associations in your industry
3. Review Industry reports, Career profile packages
4. Explore Additional Web Resources
2. Program-Related Skills/ Skills Employers Value
Academic courses in this program provide opportunities to develop the following types of skills.
- Problem Solving
- Conveying Complex Information
- Writing and Speaking
- Critical Thinking
- Organizational Skills
- Management Skills
- Problem Analysis and Reasoning
- Judgment and Synthesis Skills
- Negotiation/People Management Skills
- Ethical Behaviour and Professionalism
i. Further Exploration & Assistance: Develop SkillsCheck out some action steps below:
1. Book an Employment Strategist or Career Counselling appointment to learn how to better translate your skills to employers
3. Program Plans: a resource where students plan their university experience while building and gaining skills
3. Explore Careers & Build Network
Review the opportunities indicated in section 3 and 4 to get a snapshot of opportunities you can partake in regarding building experiences and building a network.
Career Exploration 101
Take our 15 minute online module. Gain access to UTM's career exploration programs:
Informational interviews are a great way to connect with professionals in a career area of interest and gain valuable insights about a particular career, company, or industry that would otherwise be difficult to find in books or online. Check out our tip sheet to learn more.
Check out our Alumni Profiles page with submissions from UTM grads to find out how their experiences have affected their career direction.
Attending networking events, employer info sessions, and career fairs is a great way to meet professionals and learn more about careers, companies, and industries. Login to CLNx and click on Events & Workshops to see what's coming up.
Talk to Professors
Connecting with your professors can be a great way to explore the different paths a major can lead you to, as well as learn about possible opportunities for research, volunteering, or becoming a TA. Drop by during their office hours or request an appointment.
Join a student club or an academic society at UTM to meet like-minded people, explore your interests, and make valuable connections. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement. Some organizations you may consider are:
- Undergraduate Commerce Society
- Student Management Association
- Business Consulting Association
- DECA UTM
Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals in the fields, explore the career paths of UTM alumni, research employers, apply for specific positions, and more. Need help? Come into the Career Centre to book a LinkedIn profile critique.
There are many benefits of becoming a member of association(s), such as developing a network of contacts, learning about industry trends, accessing industry-related job postings, and stating your affiliation on your resume. Some associations related to this major are:
- Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
- Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)
- Canadian Bookkeepers Association (CBA)
4. Get Experience
Get some experience and exposure to the industry while being a student. This will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation, while helping you decide what area might be most suitable for you.
On-Campus Opportunities Booklet
Check out the On-Campus Opportunities booklet to view a list of some of the ways you can get valuable experience on campus.
Work Study Positions
The work study program provides eligible students with an opportunity to work on campus during the academic year and gain experience. Many departments use this program to hire UTM students during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.
Part Time and Volunteer Positions
- Attend the annual Get Experience Fair
- Check out our binder with detailed information on volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
- Learn about the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which can help you find opportunities beyond the classroom and have your skills and experiences captured on an official document; go to the co-curricular database to find out how you can get involved
Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement.
Internships, Summer, Part Time and Volunteer Positions
- Check out our binders with detailed information on internships and volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
- Login to Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to UofT students
- Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
- Consider taking an academic internship course through your department
- Check out Government of Ontario - Job Programs for Youth
- Review our Internships, Summer Employment Programs, and Summer Job Search tip sheets
- Networking is an essential element of job search today, as most jobs are not advertised. While you should still apply for positions you find online, building relationships with professionals is a proven way to access the "hidden job market" with some of the most desirable opportunities. Attend the "Learn to Network" workshop to discover proven techniques to effectively introduce yourself and make contacts.
- Login to CLNx and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to graduating students and recent UofT grads. Note: You must attend the "Now That I'm Graduating, What's Next?" workshop to gain access to these postings.
- Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
- Check out our list of industry-specific job boards
5. Useful Resources & Next Steps
This section provides additional resources to further your exploration and research regarding potential careers and industries you may be interested in.
Career Resource Library
The Career Resource Library contains information about a wide range of occupations in all industries, resume and cover letter resources, effective work search methods, graduate/professional school preparation guides and more.
- Attend a one-on-one appointment with a career counsellor or an employment strategist to discuss what career options might work for you and determine a job search plan.
- Meet with an academic or departmental advisor, who can guide you in achieving academic success. Contact the Office of the Registrar or your department for more information.
Career Planning by Year
Visit our Career Planning by Year page for ideas of important career related activities for each year. You can visit us in the Career Centre to find out more about career areas that interest you.
Additional Web Resources
- Robert Half - 2021 Accounting & Finance Salary Guide
- Department of Management - Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)
- TalentEgg - Accounting Career Guide
- Investopedia - A Look at Accounting Careers
- Jobpostings.ca - Accounting Career Guide
- Canada's Top 100 Employers for Young People
- The Vault - Accounting Industry Overview
Updated May 2022