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Department of French

Zan Chandler is not only a foresight and innovation consultant, she's also a French Studies grad.

Zan Chandler (B.A., 1989) built her career from working in an arts funding at the Canada Council for the Arts into the launch of Zancom Media where she worked with creators, cultural enterprises and arts funders to help them understand how the world is changing and the impact these changes may have on their work. Read more about Zan on LinkedIn.


What do employers value about Department of French graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $43,544/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto French alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Research 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Consulting 
  • Operations 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Sales 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Program and Project Management 
  • Marketing
  • Government and Public Policy

graduate or professional school

A French degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • French 
  • Education
  • Library & Information Science  
  • Public Policy
  • Linguistics
  • Journalism
  • Translation Studies
  • Law
  • Medicine

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. 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 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.  

Take advantage of drop-in centres for language help or further hone your language skills through a French-speaking café.

Take the ‘Languages in the City’ service-learning course to improve language skills in nursing homes and with other community partners.

Gain research experience through a 299 research course or an assistantship with a professor.

Gain experience working in a school through a 485 internship course.

Take study abroad or summer abroad courses, including a third year abroad in Nice.