Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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Career Building

Career Building Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

The Academic Job Search

CV’s and Cover Letters for Academia (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS and faculty

Did you know that the terms “résumé” and “CV” are often used interchangeably, but are not the same thing? These next two workshops (CVs and Cover Letters: Academic Positions and Résumés and Cover Letters: Positions in Sectors Outside Post-secondary Education) will help you understand the difference and learn to produce effective CVs and résumés, as well as provide strategies for writing successful cover letters for positions within and beyond academia.

Learn the purpose and components of a CV, effective ways of presenting and organizing information about your educational, employment, and community service achievements, and strategies for writing informative, engaging, and persuasive cover letters for academic positions. To get the most out of the workshop, please bring your draft CV to work on, as well as a particular job ad you would consider applying for. In the workshop, you will have an opportunity to customize your CV and cover letter for this particular position as well as learn general strategies that can help your application stand out. 

Preparing for your academic Career (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty

If you are seeking an academic career as a university professor, what can you do now to prepare? A panel of professors at various career stages from disciplines in STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences will give you their top strategies for increasing your chance of success in securing an academic job and succeeding in it. Topics include networking, publishing, teaching, research, service, and the job search. 

Mock Interviews for Academic Positions 

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty & students

Learn how interviewing in academia is similar to and different from other job interviews. Practice a strategy for dealing with behaviour-based interview questions and staying focused when talking about your past experiences. Identify key messages about yourself that you want to convey during an often multi-day interview. Get tips on how to: prepare for the interview, develop a list of questions that reflect your interest in the position and the organization, stand out from other candidates, and demonstrate the strengths that you bring to the position.

This workshop also provides students with the opportunity to observe academic interviews in action as several graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are on the job market will be interviewed for 15 minutes by faculty members acting as the hiring committee (provided with students’ CVs and cover letters in advance). Workshop facilitators will then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate's interview in discussion with workshop attendees. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the interview process and leave with practical tips and strategies for effective performance in an academic interview.

How to find a post-doctoral position (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS - & faculty & post-docs

Postdoctoral fellowships are an invaluable bridge between graduate study and a post-graduate career. Opportunities for these competitive positions are limited. This workshop will help you find out where to find post doctoral opportunities, how to complete applications, and how to make the most of the opportunities provided by post-doctoral study.

The Business Job Search

Résumés and Cover Letters for Business, Government and non-profits (Career Week)

Host Presenters: Career Services

Are you interested in working outside academia?  Learn how to translate the skills and expertise from your academic CV to a resume that is more suited to non-academic applications.  You will also learn about key components and strategies that make an effective cover letter and work on exercises designed to help you customize it.  To gain the most benefit from this workshop, it is helpful to have a specific opportunity/sector in mind. Please bring a draft copy of your resume or CV to work on (if you have one). 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the key differences between a CV and a resume and when to use each
  • Identify key sections of the resume that help convey my career identity/match
  • Use at least one new strategy to write a compelling cover letter

What Employers Want and the Employable You - 2 sessions: STEM & Health Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS, alum, professionals

<p>Panelists will outline their own career pathway and address the following questions:&nbsp; How do I begin to identify skills gained in my graduate program; How do I translate these skills into a non-academic setting?; What are employers looking for? - theory and practice; How employers hire.&nbsp; Panelists will then offer some tips on how to present yourself when looking for work and highlight what employers look for when they are hiring.</p>

Interviewing for Business, Government & Non-Profits

Host Presenters: Career Services

Preparation for an interview can help you succeed. Develop an overall strategy for succeeding in an interview and improve your ability to convey key competencies in answers. Gain insight into ways in which interviews may vary by sector and by organization. Pinpoint relevant experience and competencies, plan your stories and practice telling them. Develop confidence as you hone your messages and become more persuasive as you talk, listen and learn in a supportive environment. In order to get the most out of this experience, bring along your resume and a list of competencies you want to focus on. Consider making an appointment for a career consultation at Career Services for guidance as you prepare.   

  • Practice developing and delivering a response to a behavioural question using the STAR method
  • Be able to differentiate strong from weak responses and explain your choice
  • Understand ways in which interviews vary by sector and organization
  • Assess your storytelling abilities using four criteria
Other Career Development

Jump Start Your Career in Grad School (Orientation week)

Host: Career Services and SGS

 How to deal with the Top Four Career Challenges faced by grad students. In this informative 1-hour session, you will learn about graduate career pathways and helpful resources, as well as get started on an action plan to integrate career development with your academic studies from the beginning of your program.

The Versatile Graduate:  What do I want to do with my life/degree?     (Career Week)

Host Presenters: Career Services

Are you wondering what career you might pursue after graduation? Join us in a guided and interactive workshop for graduate students and post-docs and discover the 5 questions that unlock your career future. Come with an open mind — leave with a list of career possibilities.

Learning Outcomes:  Students will

  • Be able to identify at least one career “theme”
  • Have created a short list of career options to explore
  • Clarified at least one strategy for researching ideas

Preparing a Teaching Dossier

Host Presenters: Centre for Teaching & Learning

Teaching dossiers are increasingly required as part of the application process for academic positions and are often required for consideration for promotion within the academy. This session will provide an introduction to the essential elements of a teaching dossier. It is designed to assist you in highlighting your teaching accomplishments, strengths and instructional initiatives. Activities and discussions will focus on the process of writing a teaching philosophy statement as well as on a variety of ways to seek and interpret feedback on the effectiveness of your teaching.  

Learning Outcomes: by the end of this session participants will

  • Identify the components of a TD
  • Develop an approach to writing their own teaching philosophy
  • Describe their own teaching experiences
  • Create a plan to collect and analyse their evidence of teaching effectiveness

Use LinkedIn to Find Great Work (Career Week)

Host Presenter - Career Services

In July 2017, 56% of millennials reported in a LinkedIn survey, that they were introduced to a new job through a casual conversation. Using LinkedIn effectively in your job search could save you time, energy and money.  Come to this workshop to learn how to discover common career paths and unique opportunities that exist for you, learn how to start career-related conversations, and other important skills. Please bring a laptop to use during the workshop and have an existing LinkedIn Profile. For help creating a Profile from scratch, see LinkedIn Tipsheet 1 at www.careers.queensu.ca/LinkedIn.

  • Use the Alumni Tool to research the career paths of alumni from your discipline and explore options based on your unique interests
  • Prepare a career-related question for alumni in LinkedIn Queen’s Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni
  • Learn how to improve the impact of your Profile and how to design an effective job search strategy for yourself using LinkedIn tools


Host Presenter - Dr James Reynolds (SGS)

More details to come