To quote the song by The Clash, “Career opportunities are the ones that never knock.” Getting on the right career path can take perseverance, self-reflection, and often, guidance from others.
In this issue, we showcase two stories about breaking into the job market. In the first, we meet some of the people who came together to help create career opportunities for new Queen’s grads. Their pilot project in Kingston has become a model for other Canadian communities. In the second, we get a first-person account of life after graduation, picking up short-term work and valuable life experience that all pay off in the end. As well, we get some good advice on dealing with challenges, both in the workplace and in everyday life.
In our last issue, I promised a story to come on the history of Camp Outlook, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020. The camp for Kingston-area teens was started in 1970 by Ron Kimberley, then a Queen’s medical student. Over the last 50 years, many of our alumni have been involved in Camp Outlook, and they have some great stories to tell about the impact of the program. The story is well underway, but you’ll have to wait until our May issue to read it. It will be worth the wait.
Are you a former staffer or camper at Camp Outlook? You won’t want to miss the 50th-anniversary reunion, held on the August 29 weekend in Kingston. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to facebook.com/campoutlook .
The Queen’s Alumni Review was recently honoured by CASE District II with a bronze award for staff writing. CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is a global organization dedicated to educational advancement – alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services – who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. It’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers at District II, which comprises 700 universities and colleges across Ontario, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. You can read our stories from 2019 that were honoured by CASE here: