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Department of Spanish & Portuguese

David Fernandez is not only a rare book librarian, he’s also a Spanish & Portuguese Studies grad.

David Fernandez (B.A., 2009) went on to study Spanish & Portuguese as a graduate student and then librarianship.  He won a prestigious rare book scholarship and is now a Rare Book Librarian at the Thomas Fischer Rare Book Library where he specializes in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin America.

What do employers value about Department of Spanish & Portuguese graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $46,262/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Spanish & Portuguese alumni most frequently apply their communication and critical thinking skills in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Research 
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communication 
  • Sales 
  • Consulting 
  • Operations 
  • Program and Project Management 
  • Finance 
  • Information Technology 
  • Government

graduate or professional school

A Spanish & Portuguese degree equips students with the research, writing and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in: 

  • Spanish & Portuguese Studies  
  • Library & Information Science  
  • Journalism 
  • Education 
  • Translation Studies 
  • Law

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 communication, critical analysis and multicultural 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 to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Join a student association to build connections and transferable skills.

Achieve research experience through a work-study position.

Connect with job postings for opportunities abroad.

Take advantage of study abroad courses.

Build a network by participating in community organizations and events.