Erika Bailey

Erika Bailey
Lead Coordinator, Career Exploration
Career Exploration and Education
University of Toronto

Erika is the sort of person you stop on the street to ask directions. As first-born to immigrant settlers, and growing up across from a chicken and fruit farm in a small Niagara town, her wisdom is rooted in a lifetime of trying to figure out where to go, how to get there, who to talk to, and how to make it easier for others.

Her passion for supporting people through ambiguity has led her into this role – one of three team leads within Career Exploration & Education at U of T. She supervises a nimble group of intelligent, resourceful, passionate and talented career professionals. The heart of Erika’s current work? To innovate career exploration programming processes and systems. Why? Because students feel more hope, more resilient when they talk to professionals outside of the university.

Although relatively new to PSE career services, Erika’s own career at U of T spans seven roles over 17 years: central and academic administration, student coaching and advising in both international and career spheres, managing a 200-student mentorship program, and more. Over the years, she also volunteered with the U of T staff development office as a guest speaker, panelist, mentor, employee group representative, and a career connection.

Erika earned her BA (Italian and History) and MA (Adult Education) from U of T. In 2013 she published her arts-informed thesis on experiential learning, investigating how adults’ narratives on experiences impact identity formation.

Other passions include coaching, editing, writing, and most importantly, canoeing.