Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Professional Development

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Suites & Workshop Descriptions

Expanding Horizons offers workshops in six suites, with a number of workshops available in each. Not for credit Certificates will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 12 workshops (with at least one workshop from each suite). Upon graduation a Supplemental Training Record will be issued with the Queen's seal as documentation of the professional skills training you have completed.

Suite One: Health, Wellness and Community

  • Refine and develop knowledge and skills that assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
  • Understand the intercultural nature of both workplace and academic environments and the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop skills in time management and financial management.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of laws and policies concerning interpersonal conduct in the university setting and in society at large.
  • Develop as global citizens.

Suite Two: Research Skills

  • Develop an understanding of academic integrity, citation practices, and issues of intellectual property.
  • Learn how to work collaboratively and successfully manage the supervisory relationship.
  • Develop the ability to explain or teach complex concepts related to your discipline or research area.
  • Build skills in the effective presentation, description, and contextualization of research in applications for grants and scholarships and in submissions to journals and publishers.
  • Learn how to increase research impact and knowledge mobilization beyond academic settings.

Suite Three: Communication - Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

  • Enhance written, oral and visual communication skills.
  • Develop the ability to tell your research story to diverse audiences, including media, decision-makers, employers, and the general public.
  • Develop critical thinking, listening, and reading skills.
  • Learn to identify and articulate professional skills learned in graduate school.

Suite Four: Management and Leadership Development

  • Learn how to work effectively in a team and manage collaborative projects.
  • Develop the skills to set goals and objectives and provide leadership to achieve these goals.
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the principles of teaching and learning in diverse settings.
  • Develop self-awareness about your leadership capacity and potential.

Suite Five: Career Building

  • Explore and envision yourself in diverse career paths, including academia, industry, government, private and public sectors.
  • Learn how to write job-appropriate cover letters, resumés, and CVs.
  • Learn about professional etiquette and how to perform optimally in interviews for various types of jobs.
  • Develop strategies and apply planning tools to determine what career path to take and how to navigate it.

Suite Six: Setting Ideas in Motion

  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned in graduate school by active participation in outreach, information dissemination, and knowledge transfer.
  • Engage in experiential learning opportunities to apply academic knowledge and skills to situations and issues in other disciplines and/or outside academia.
  • Mobilize ideas, strategies for ideation, and creative thinking to increase research impact.

Career Week

These workshops are also part of the Expanding Horizons workshop series covered under the Career Development theme. Registration is still through this site.

See details under the main Career Week page.

Get credit for these activities too:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. You will be awarded a certificate upon completion. This training can also be credited to the Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • Intercultural Competence Training is offered by the Queen's University International Centre. Completion of this training can also be credited towards your Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • Volunteering  on campus or within the Kingston community (minimum 4 hours) can also to go towards your Expanding Horizons certificate. Documentation must be provided to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Volunteering at Homecoming you can get credit towards your Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • You may also get credit towards your Expanding Horizons certificate by completing any of the online workshops hosted by Mitacs STEP program or MyGradSkills.ca.

Documentation for any of the above must be sent into the School of Graduate Studies to the attention of Colette Steer - grad.recruitment@queensu.ca.

Supplemental Training Record - did you know?

Any Expanding Horizons workshop attended including Career Week, Special events as listed above, Mitacs STEP workshops and MyGradSkills.ca workshops will also be listed on your Supplemental Training Record which will be available to you upon graduation.


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