Physics Career Accelerator Program (PhysCAP)

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The Physics Career Accelerator Program has several components that help you make the transition from studying Physics, to working as a Physicist. As you move through your Physics program, you will be mentored by an academic or professional physicist, participate in job shadowing, prepare for professional certification in physics, and attend a physics career fair attended by professionals and academics interested in hiring or admitting U of T Physics graduates. As you complete elements of The Physics Career Accelerator Program, you will record your accomplishments in a professional Physics dossier hosted on LinkedIn that will be an asset to a job search or graduate school application.


Connect / Reflect / Project

  • Make a meaningful connection between your Physics education and the world beyond university.
  • Build relationships in the Physics community.
  • Identify and communicate the disciplinary and transferable skills you develop through your Physics education with potential employers or graduate schools.



  1. Mentorship Program

3rd  and 4th  year students are encouraged to join this valuable program as the advice and help of a mentor can be of great benefit as Physics students prepare to make their way into the working world or move into graduate work. Likewise, mentors have the chance to find out about the current crop of students, and discover more about the hottest and emerging research areas at the Department. Open to students taking a 300 or 400 level course in Physics.


  1. Job Shadowing Program

2nd  and 3rd  year students will have the opportunity to visit the workplace of alumni and other physics community members to view physicists at work and to understand additional competencies they might need to acquire in the post-graduate transition. Open to students in Physics Majors, Specialist, and Joint Specialist programs.


  1. Physics Career Fair

An opportunity for 3rd and 4th year students to meet prospective employers to network with, be interviewed and possibly recruited by. Open to students in Physics Majors, Specialist, and Joint Specialist programs.


  1. The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and Professional Physicist (P.Phys) Certification Exam Preparation

Certification for physics graduates and working physicists involves formal documentation of qualifications, three years post graduate experience and a written exam that focuses on the science ethics and written expression. Students will begin their certification process by studying and practicing for the exam under the guidance of Physics faculty.  Open to 3rd and 4th year students in Physics Specialist and Joint Specialist programs.


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