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Women & Gender Studies Institute

Erika Savage is not only a rock star negotiator, she's also a Women's Studies grad.

Erika Savage (B.A., 1995) put much of what she learned in her Women’s Studies courses into practice in her music production work, like starting a dance agency for female dancers. She credits her time at U of T with exposing her to a wide variety of music. See more about Erika here.

What do employers value about Women & Gender Studies Institute graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $45,960/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Women & Gender Studies alumni most frequently apply their communication and critical thinking skills in these industries: 

  • Media and Communications 
  • Program and Project Management 
  • Education 
  • Operations 
  • Administrative 
  • Research 
  • Community and Social Services

graduate or professional school

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

  • Women & Gender Studies  
  • Anthropology 
  • Sociology 
  • Law 
  • Journalism 
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Political Science & Policy 
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Environmental Studies
  • Labour Studies

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Attend an In the Field program to meet professional working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environment at YMCA Social Services

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the problem solving, communication and critical thinking 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.  

Take advantage of social and academic events organized by the WGSSU

Get hands-on experience through a community engagement course, linking student research interests to the community.