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Calling all Science Students – Destination Kingston: building an innovation cluster through talent growth and retention

Over the course of the last year, the Gradifying team has dedicated a considerable amount of attention towards employment-related resources including the non-academic job search, networking, personal branding, etc. In fact, since Sept. 2014, we have published 16 blog posts tagged under the ‘Jobs and Careers’ banner. In these posts, we discuss pertinent strategies and resources to align our readers with successful navigation of the non-academic job search; but if we’re being honest with each other, simply reading a topical post does not translate to getting a job.

Forget the job cannon Charlie, start attending more events!

Attending events like Career Week provide excellent opportunities to become familiar with career opportunities beyond academia and, most importantly, to connect with industry professionals in the process.  These events also afford you the opportunity to hone your networking skills and practice selling yourself to prospective employers.

On Monday June 22nd, the Science to Business Network (S2B) and Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) are hosting an event called ‘Destination Kingston – Building an Innovation Cluster through Talent Growth and Retention’.  This event intends to highlight job and training opportunities in industries that are otherwise hidden or not readily displayed in Kingston.

If you are a science student and you are considering a job outside of academia, this is a must attend event!

About the Event (taken directly from the event page)

Every year, Queen’s University graduates thousands of highly qualified personnel from its STEM and life science programs. Of these graduates, just over 90% leave Kingston to seek employment and academic opportunities elsewhere.  The large exodus of this talent pool presents a lost opportunity to the local economy. This would suggest that students may be unaware of the employment opportunities available at small to medium sized enterprises as well as other favourable supports and infrastructure available to budding entrepreneurs in Kingston.
This Science to Business Network event, in partnership with the LSO, will explore some of the issues and opportunities for Kingston to retain this talent, as well as strategies to better communicate the area’s value proposition to students and other young professionals who may be considering opportunities elsewhere.


The night will be divided into two main components:
an informal panel discussion and a networking reception

Panel Discussion
The panel discussion is intended to provide students with an appreciation for the many industries and innovative companies that reside in Kingston.  As well, to provide students with an understanding of what innovation clusters are, how innovation clusters are grown, and the career opportunities that exist within specific innovation clusters.  This moderated discussion will prompt panelists with questions designed to facilitate dialogue between the audience and panel members, thereby highlighting strategies for engaging with these opportunities.

The selected panelists for this event have very diverse backgrounds and promise to deliver an insightful and thought provoking discussion.  A biography of the panelists can be found HERE

Networking Reception
The networking reception is designed to be a laid back atmosphere for students to engage with PhD graduates across a wide range of disciplines who are currently working in industry-related careers. These individuals will be readily identifiable and are in attendance for one reason… to engage with you, the student!

The networking reception holds fantastic potential for students to gain insights into career opportunities, career-planning strategies, and to develop meaningful connections with industry professionals. Also, (shameless self-promo) this is a chance for our readers to put into practice the networking and personal branding advice from previous posts.

Registration Info
The event is being held on June 22nd at Robert Sutherland Hall rm. 202 at 6pm. To register for the event, click HERE. There is an $8 registration fee for the event.

If you plan on attending this event, take the time to practice your elevator speech, review some networking tips, and come with an open mind.

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