Trinity College’s Career and Academic Advisor Jon Bray provides advice on academic and career related matters, including program and career exploration, graduate and professional school applications, and job search support and strategy. Whether you’re trying to determine what to study, where to work, how to get a job, or what you’re going to do with the rest of your life, a meeting with Jon is a good place to start.
To book an appointment with Jon, contact the Office of the Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon Bray (JB): As the Career & Academic Advisor, I help you identify and pursue your career, academic and personal aspirations, both at and beyond your Trinity and U of T experience. What’s great about this role is that it was designed to recognize how academic and career life are intertwined. My main role is to guide you through the exploration, planning and learning processes that connect what you’re experiencing in the classroom with meaningful expressions of work. Working in the Office of the Registrar, and with the Dean of Students’ Office, the Graham Library, academic departments, student groups, as well as other U of T offices, I feel I have the capacity to create unique career learning experiences, and meet the specific needs of individual students and groups from all parts of the Trinity community.
JB: In working with me, you can explore questions such as: What can I do with my degree? How can I get into the best grad schools? What makes a compelling résumé? What skills do I have and how are they useful? How can I get experience without experience? My goal is to help you productively and confidently engage with questions like this, understanding that you may not be able to arrive a certain answers, and that the processes of academic and career decision-making rely on curiosity in the face of uncertainty.
Important processes I can help you navigate include: program and course planning, academic challenges, job application strategy, research opportunities, career exploration and planning, graduate school options, and everything in between. I can also facilitate small group discussions or workshops on topics related to career and academic success. So reach out if you’d like to arrange a meeting for your group, floor-mates, fellow students in your program, or the general public.
JB: Absolutely. Part of the career education process involves students forming career connections with the material they are exposed to in the classroom. If members of Trinity’s academic community would like to explore career learning strategies suitable to their courses, discipline or learning community, please feel free to connect with me for ideas or support.
JB: Even though I’m technically an “Advisor” I try not to give advice. That being said, here’s something I cannot stress enough when it comes to decision-making: there’s no such thing as a good or bad, right or wrong, better or worse decision. When you’re approaching course and program selection, job search and career exploration, abdicate the responsibility to be certain or to know for sure what you want, and instead look for insight and information that will increase your confidence that you’ll be happy and comfortable with whatever decisions you make. Hindsight is 20/20, and foresight is impossible, but this doesn’t mean the career planning process has to be uncomfortable.