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Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources

Rumeet Billan is not only named one of Canada's most powerful women, she's also an Industrial Relations & Human Resources grad. 

Rumeet Billan (B.A. 2006, M.Ed. 2010, Ph.D. 2014) owns for-profit and non-profit educational businesses. She also teaches the Leadership Essentials Course at McMaster University. Rumeet credits her success to an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship. Read more about Rumeet here.

What do employers value about Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 97% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $49,544/year upon entering the workforce. 44% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Industrial Relations & Human Resources alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Human Resources 
  • Consulting 
  • Education 
  • Operations 
  • Administrative 
  • Research 
  • Sales 
  • Program and Project Management
  • Support 
  • Media and Communication

graduate or professional school

An Industrial Relations & Human Resources degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Industrial Relations & Human Resources 
  • Law 
  • Business & Economics

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like an HR Supervisor. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the analytical and strategic skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.