Alan Travers, Coordinator, Education Career Services
The office of Education Career Services in the Faculty of Education helps thousands of teacher candidates and working professionals access career advice every year. It holds a distinct position on campus and in Canada, and its success is in large part due to the dedication of Alan Travers.
Mr. Travers spent the past 42 years working in the faculty – 33 of those years as coordinator of Education Career Services, which he founded under the leadership of then-Dean Tom Williams in 1979.
“It’s been a pleasure working all these years with the BEd candidates and helping them get their careers started,” says Mr. Travers, who retired earlier this month. “I’ve always valued the chances I got early in my career and have never taken for granted the importance of having a job.”
Education Career Services delivers career and job-search advice to hundreds of Queen’s teacher candidates every year through its many resources, including What’s Next? A Job Search Guide for Teachers. Mr. Travers co-wrote the guide, now in its 19th annual edition, along with Queen’s alumnus Daniel Lalonde, BEd’93.
Mr. Travers landed in the Faculty of Education as an administrative assistant in 1970 after finishing his Queen’s undergraduate degree in geography and economics. In the mid-’80s, a few years into his work in Career Services, overseas schools began seeking out Canadian teachers. Many international schools wanted the expertise of Queen’s graduates.
Mr. Travers built relationships with schools around the world, visiting more than 70 institutions in 35 countries. He also established the annual Teachers Overseas Recruiting Fair, a major resource for connecting students with international positions. The fair celebrates its 25th year in January.
“The administration has always supported these initiatives and I have always believed if teachers teach abroad and have that experience, they’ll come back to Canada and be stronger teachers as a result,” says Mr. Travers.
In retirement, Mr. Travers plans to blend downtime with work as a career consultant, both in Canada and abroad.