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Sense of Purpose

Sense of purpose is defined as the motivation to achieve your academic goals. The following resources are available to support your sense of purpose during your academic career at Ontario Tech University.


Stride is a learning skills program to help you develop learning strategies and study skills. Various topics are offered to help you reach your full potential, including:

  • Academic literacy (note taking, reading textbooks and journal articles)
  • Learning strategies (study strategies, mind mapping, memory techniques)
  • Time management (goal setting, exam preparation, procrastination)
  • Self-awareness and resilience (growth mindset, presentation skills, exam anxiety)

Learn more about Stride workshops

The Career Centre offers a range of events, opportunities and support to guide students in their career preparation and exploration, including:

  • Job fairs, workshops, and information sessions
  • Internships and co-ops
  • Job preparation
  • One-on-one support with Career Counsellors and Employment Advisors

Learn more about Career Readiness

Experiential learning is your chance to apply the skills learned in class to real scenarios. Some forms of experiential learning are optional for students (e.g., co-ops) while some are mandatory (e.g., clinical placements). Experiential learning opportunities include:

  • Co-op
  • Internship
  • Practicum

Students can also participate in various experiential learning opportunities outside of their program of study, including:

  • Brilliant Catalyst
  • International Exchange
  • Student Ambassadors

Learn more about Experiential Learning

If you would like to learn more about your program and the courses within your program, you are encouraged to:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Academic Calendar
  • Visit your Faculty website
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor
  • Learn about the career opportunities within your program

Learn more about programs and courses

The following are additional resources to support your sense of purpose at Ontario Tech University:

In addition to these resources, the university has also created the MySuccess Plan to help you find services quickly and conveniently. We invite you to visit and add this site as a bookmark so you can return to the site regularly.