School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

SGS Career Week Provides Support for Careers in Academia and Beyond

21 October 2014

From October 14th to 17th, Queen’s graduate students and post-doctoral fellows were invited to attend Career Week – a series of workshops designed to provide support for career exploration and preparation. The topics of the sessions ranged from entrepreneurship and social innovation, best practices for LinkedIn profiles, CVs and cover letters, to discussion panels with employers and alumni from various sectors, such as academia, government, non-profit and business.

Students and post-docs learned how to translate the knowledge they are acquiring in their academic training into the skills that employers look for when hiring. During the panel “The Employable You. Identifying your Program Specific Skills”, participants had the opportunity to meet experts in their cognate disciplines, such as representatives from the Science to Business Network, Dr. Jim Banting from PARTEQ Innovations, Dr. Jennifer Polk, who writes for "From PhD to Life" and Dr. Chad Gaffield, past president of SSHRC. One important takeaway message, according to Dr. Gaffield, is “the need for socially legible ways for students to demonstrate academic acquisitions" – the importance of communicating the many skills acquired in graduate programs to potential employers.

The final event of the week was a networking reception to which students, post-docs, alumni and representatives of local businesses and organizations were invited. Kelsie Jagt, a Masters student in Public Health says she enjoyed the atmosphere of the reception and found it easy to network: “I met a couple of graduates in my field who gave me some very good advice for finding jobs after graduation.” Jessica Hiscocks, PhD student in Materials Engineering agrees that Career Week was a positive experience: “I found both the workshops and the reception valuable in terms of experience and connections. The workshops introduced me to new techniques and approaches for furthering my career.  The networking session was valuable and pleasant, and I enjoyed a chance to chat informally with the professors I talked to, and make a personal connection with them.”

The School of Graduate Studies thanks all the presenters during the week, as well as Queen’s Career Services and Alumni Relations, and last but not least all the graduate students and post-docs who attended sessions, asked important questions and helped make the inaugural Career Week a success.

  • Career Week Panel 1

    "The Employable You" Panel
    Greg Black Photography

  • Career Week Panel 2

    Representatives from Science 2 Business Network at "The Employable You" Panel
    Greg Black Photography

  • Career Week Panel 3

    Students and Post-Docs at "The Employable You" Panel
    Greg Black Photography

  • Career Week Reception 1

    Career Week Networking Reception
    Greg Black Photography

  • Career Week Reception 2

    Career Week Networking Reception
    Greg Black Photography

  • Career Week Reception 3

    Career Week Networking Reception
    Greg Black Photography

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