AccessAbility Services Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Working at AccessAbiltiy Services UTSC as a Disability Consultant is mainly challenging with some rewards. To start with the rewards, you do feel like you’re making a difference for students and it’s a joy to work with most of them and get to know them, the campus is beautiful with a nice trail when you need to unwind, staff are generally laid back across this campus (compared to downtown and UTM), there are good professional development courses/sessions as you’re working in a university, and the benefits and pay are pretty good.
Leadership is the biggest concern. Both directors have been in the role for 20+ years and are dedicated to belittling and micromanaging their staff and team lead. Ideas are mostly shut down unless they align with management’s ideas, which are outdated. You’ll find that over the last 5 years, all new and older staff have left because of the challenges with leadership. This is something that is well known across the UTSC campus. Due to constant turn over you will have a very high case load for which you get no support. Leadership will ask you to speak to them about case load issues, but when you do, conversations veer towards this being your fault and no changes are made (many staff leave these conversations feeling puzzled). This is somewhat understandable as the turnover is so high and many students are complaining to see a Disability Consultant, but there is little consideration for staff burnout, which is a constant concern among staff. In additio
A great place to learn and receive research experience
The rating for this company is based on a contract employment position and would be very different for a full time employee overall and especially in the categories that were marked lower in this assessment. A typical day at work:
9:00: Turn on tissue culture hood, and put media in water bath. Plan out the experiments of the day and prepare the samples needed
9:30: Perform lab activities if it is more efficient to do so in the morning. This includes Bradford assays, Western Blots, mini-preps, maxi-preps and running agarose gels.
1:00: Transfer protein gels to PVDF, image agarose gels, determine DNA concentrations from mini-prep/maxi-prep
2:30: Perform tissue culture experiments including seeding or passing cells, changing media, infecting cells with virus, freezing cells, or harvesting virus
4:30: Record in the log book the activities of the day and clean up the bench. Check if anything needs to be autoclaved for the next day or if supplies need to be refilled
5:00: End of day. More often than not the day would go longer because of experiments taking longer to 6:30
It was a very good experience working here and I learned many new techniques as stated above including western blotting, tissue culture work and several molecular biology techniques such as site directed mutagenesis. I also learned about the alternative splicing of HIV-1 that is required for its proliferation as that was the focus of the lab I was in.
The management was good and they had recentl
Points positifsgood experience, interesting experiments, learning new techniques and using new machines
This review is specifically for the Faculty of Music and not other departments at the University of Toronto. The Faculty of Music is fortunate to have a number of highly qualified and dedicated instructors who go above and beyond for their students and are pleasant to staff however the Administrative Staff in the Faculty of Music are very unprofessional and mean spirited. The Admin Staff and Managers gossip about all of the instructors and actually make jokes about them as soon as they leave the office. Mean spirited jokes included if you had to choose between all of the Custodians - which one would you take? They are all so ugly. Hahaha. One of the staff members was taking swimming classes at a City Pool and would do reenactments of the other people taking classes the next day to the laughter of all in the office. Personal details about students were discussed openly among the office staff. Staff would look out the window to see which of the students were smoking and formed a consensus that String Players seemed to smoke the most. If you listened to the office staff everyone except the staff members were profound losers. The head of the Office had a God complex and the staff sucked up to her. The staff views on life were bitter and skewed. It was like one dysfunctional group of co dependent haters of life all helping each other feel superior to everyone else in the world.The unsuspecting instructors traveled the world and would bring souvenir chocolates to the office staff w
Points positifsU of T salary and benefits
Points négatifsDon't work here if you have a normal healthy view of life
Being a Don at the University of Toronto Mississauga was the best job I have ever had. It was my job to help students integrate into a new home on residence at UTM. A "typical day" is indescribable since the job requires quick thinking for new situations that you may encounter. Interactions with students, programming events for residents, and performing administrative tasks changed constantly which kept things fresh and interesting.
This job required a high degree of management skills since being employed as a Don requires you to balance your job with your social life, as well as your academic degree throughout the year. In order to succeed, a person must be highly motivated, they must love what they are doing, and quick on their feet.
The co-workers for this job become your close friends who you grow to love. From the start, the Dons act as a support system for one another. Through collaboration and cooperation, this job teaches you how to succeed as a team, as well as how to innovate and improve all aspects on residents by employing everyone's unique talents.
The hardest part of the job is remaining persistent with the overall quality of service you offer. This is a very demanding job, and it can be very hard to execute all of your responsibilities with a high degree of excellency, especially since it takes place alongside your educational degree.
Almost all aspects of this job are enjoyable. In my opinion, the most enjoyable part of the job is seeing students w
Points positifsLots of autonomy, meaningful work, amazing co-workers, and great benefits
Points négatifsWork tasks can be challenging and long
A typical day at work was preparing, organizing, packaging and sorting exams for the weeks to come. Keeping track of incoming and out going exams from the professors. Communicating with the professors to ensure Exams are handed in on schedule for Exam time. When working as a Proctor for the Exams, a typical day was ensuring the class room is ready for examination. Writing rules on the classroom blackboard and verbally explaining rules to the students. Ensure students are seated in a manner and places that are appropriate and that there is no room for cheating. Welcoming students to the classroom and ensuring students have the allowed instruments needed for the exam. Walking around the classroom and ensuring students are not cheating. Working with stressed students made me understand how to be balanced with my interactions with them. I needed to be firm and at the same time not put more pressure on them for they already feel pressure from examination. They do not need more stress but at the same time I needed to be firm with the rules and regulations. The most enjoyable part of the Job with seeing the relief of students faces after exams ended. The hardest part of the Job was ensuring the professors have handed in the exams on time and all exams are ready for distribution on the different exam days.
UTSC Pre-Law Society is a student club at University of Toronto, with the mandate of helping out those interested in going to law school.
As the President, I oversee all Pre-Law events and operations. A typical shift would usually involve me hosting a meeting between executives to make decisions on events, guest speakers, supplies, budget, and other important decisions. I'd then list out the tasks that need to be fulfilled and assign them to each executive. Since I did all the marketing, usually after that I'd advertise our events and the club via a mass email, facebook, twitter, and our school's website (intranet). When needed, I'd read resume, interview, and hire executives.
The hardest part of the job is motivating executives, as many tasks are rather boring and tedious. However, I achieved this by instilling a sense of teamwork within executives, and by rewarding executives with events like "executive appreciation night", where all the executives go to dinner together. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing everything come together at events, and see how much we benefited pre-law students.
I learned how to be a leader who needs to be both authoritative but also friendly with executives, and with pre-law members. I also learned how to interact with various school departments to get the job done.
A typical day at work usually involves with updating the cash registry, communication with the managerial team on updates/progress of the previous work date.
Management has always been on top of oncoming updates and transferring information to all workers, I have learned to communicate effectively and quickly to ensure the smoothest transition of information via email, telephone and in person.
Client inquiries ranged from easy tasks to difficult tasks, and from that I have learned how to diagnose their issues and provide a solution and/or recommendation.
One of the hardest part of the job is the sheer volume of clients you get in a day, and being able maintain composure for repetitive inquiries, difficult clients and/or issues with the cash registry. However, throughout my years of working here I have learned effective ways of maintaining professionalism without losing my composure.
I enjoyed making people's day and ensuring their issues are resolved as well as ensuring all transactions are processed and accounted for. I also enjoyed developing strong relationships with my co-workers and the managerial team.
Points positifsOccassional Lunch treat, coffe/tea, understanding managerial team
Points négatifsLarge volume of clients for only one or two staff per day.
A great place to grow as a worker and as a person.
Bikechain is, in a lot of ways, much like a restaurant. It provides a fast-paced environment with a focus on client relations. And of course, you are guaranteed to get your hands dirty.
This is within a community that emphasizes fairness and compassion - which should be a standard for all workplaces, but it does bear mentioning here.
Everyone who comes to Bikechain has a common interest, but we all come from different fields and walks. This is one of Bikechain's strengths: management works to integrate people, and provide opportunities for them. It is recognized that majority of employees, volunteers, and clients are also students. This means learning - especially of the hands-on variety - is always available. It is possible to exercise a wide range of skills, including mechanics, client relations, promotion, and planning.
The work can be difficult at times; occasionally, we will encounter an irate client or a long queue. But that's part of the challenge, and the best part of working at Bikechain is having newcomers ask questions, play with tools and parts they haven't ever named before, and ultimately ride away with new knowledge (and hopefully lights and a bell).
Interactive and great place to network with CMA professionals!
A typical day as a CMA Student Ambassador is to set up events that would target the CMA designation. My position requires me to send out emails to department heads at the University of Toronto Mississauga and arranged times and venues to host events. After arranging the time and place, it is required of me to ensure CMA volunteers arrive on time and are greeted well. Through the event it's my role to answer questions about the designation to students who show an interest and as well to promote the event across the campus. Through this volunteer experience I've learned to develop excellent communication and networking skills, as well as time management skills. The hardest part about this volunteer position is that I have to connect with individuals on a daily basis and keep in touch with everyone that I meet. Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to stay connected with everyone. The most enjoyable part of this volunteer experience is that I get to network with a large group of CMA Industry professional and get feedback from them to how I can be successful in pursuing my CMA designation.
Points positifs$1000 scholarship, business cards, amazing network
After school I would teach kids between the ages of 4-12 piano from half an hour to an hour. I learned how to cater to students individual learning styles and how to manage time between teaching songs and working/developing students technical skills. The hardest part of the job was to determine when to challenge the student more or when to stay on a particular piece/skill and develop it. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the student progress with every piece and seeing him/her realize he/she made a mistake and fixed it.
Hospital for Sick Children
I would get NF1 cells from the incubator and look at the effects of lithium on these cells. I learned valuable research skills such as cell culture and keeping a neat lab notebook. I learned how to manage my time between different aspects of the experiment in order for optimal use of time in the lab. My mentors would teach me lab skills such as western blot and cell culture. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting results whether they were expected or not expected and being taught how to analyze and interpret data
Points négatifsHours would be after a long day of class
Classes can be fun to teach. University is overrun with bureaucracy.
Classes in the fall/spring term are generally coordinated by teaching stream professors and generally have less administrative duties than teaching summer courses. However, there are teaching stream professors that are extremely disorganized (usually the MAT135/MAT136 coordinators) and think that their main job is to delegate their own responsibilities to you.
Only a handful of students work hard in each class, but these are the students that made me feel like my efforts weren't for nothing. Students have gotten significantly worse since the pandemic, and they seem to complain much more.
There are only a few helpful administrators in my department - the rest just pretend to be busy all the time and are not helpful at all. Complicated administrative procedures make simple things difficult to get done.
Many people in the department (administrative staff, the undergraduate chair, and a teaching stream professor) pretend to care and offer to help when needed, but fail to deliver when called upon. Virtue signaling game is strong, but is lacking in substance. Quite disappointing.
Points positifsInteresting course content, the occasional motivated student
Points négatifsBureaucracy, low pay (8k per course), lack of support, virtue signaling
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise University of Toronto
Why did you leave your job at University of Toronto?
Posée le 27 mars 2017
Toxic work environment and “decentralized” (aka non-functional) administration”
Réponse du 10 nov. 2020
No funding grants.
Réponse du 20 nov. 2018
Quelles sont les étapes du processus de recrutement chez University of Toronto?
Posée le 10 avr. 2017
Very easy going
Réponse du 10 avr. 2018
Veru good to smart our mind
Réponse du 5 mars 2018
Si vous deviez quitter University of Toronto, quelle en serait la raison?
Posée le 10 juill. 2018
Bad politcs and management treats you bad.
Réponse du 19 févr. 2019
To pursue my dream career.
Réponse du 11 oct. 2018
Combien de temps dure le processus de recrutement chez University of Toronto?
Posée le 9 févr. 2018
Via spontaneous applications
Réponse du 21 juin 2020
After a successful screening, a phone interview is conducted and if successful an interview is scheduled. After a few days you will be notified if you are hired.
Réponse du 11 oct. 2018
Quel est le code vestimentaire chez University of Toronto?
Posée le 21 juin 2022
Réponse du 16 oct. 2022
I had to wear a uniform as it is the healthcare industry.