by Karen Richardson
There are many diverse opportunities in the field of labour relations, says Stacey-Ann Augustin, who is currently enrolled in the Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) program at Queen's. The leading, 12- month professional program has a practitioner focus and is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities.
"I feel ready to enter the workforce with background knowledge in everything from labour law and organizational culture and design, to the important role of unions," says Ms. Augustin. "I now have a critical understanding of how these factors relate to influence the way decisions are made within organizations. I feel very prepared to enter the workforce in the labour-relations field, and feel confident in my ability to succeed in the workplace knowing I have a Queen's MIR degree."
Ms. Augustin is currently researching how organizations can successfully recruit minority applicants, and is specifically looking at recruitment advertising. "I entered the program with the goal of pursuing a career in human resources. However, after being exposed to both the human-resources and labour-relations aspects of the MIR program and meeting professionals who have taken both of these career paths I can see myself pursuing a career in either field."
Recently, she attended the MIR Alumni Conference 2008 hosted by Queen's for current MIR students, alumni and experts across the country.
"The conference provided an opportunity to meet people who have already completed my program and to get a feel for what people with the degree are doing out in the field. There is definitely a very strong MIR alumni network which is a great resource."
In addition to the strong curriculum of the MIR program, one of the reasons Ms. Augustin enrolled in the program was because she enjoyed her experience as an undergraduate student at Queen's and the city of Kingston, Ont.