Workshop: Career Planning – the versatile graduate (what is your grad story? how would you tell it to a potential employer, in an application, for networking)
For grad students, the key to finding a job:
How to translate your skills into a job position that doesn’t relate much to your degree.
Before looking for a specific job, create space to just focus on you. Forget about all the advice that you heard from your parents, professors, friends, and others, and answer the following Five Big Questions:
- What were your earlier career dreams?
- Who were your earliest role models?
- What are you favorite magazines, TV programs, books?
- What do you want to do during free time?
- What is your dream job looks like (don’t have to be based on a specific title)?
Also, access your skills:
(these are especially tailored for grad students):
- Information synthesis
- Critical thinking
- In depth knowledge of …
Three steps of starting off your career pathway:
- Learn more about the world of work & career options:
- Collect information
- Assess options
- Make decisions
- Learn more about yourself:
- Pay attention
- Keep developing:
- Try new things
- Go deeper
- You can benefit from the Career Service within 2 years after your graduation
- Inspiring books in Career Service book shelf (3rd floor, Gordon Hall)
- CareerCruising website: provides a wide variety of job options (titles & descriptions)
User name: career
- Drop-in Career advising (no appointment required)
Time: Monday-Thursday 1:30-3:30pm
Workshop: Building Skills and Experience (internships, volunteerism, student government, community engagement). Working on Graduate Program Maps
Four panelists–Justin Moores, Carey Bidtnes, Alicia Boutillier, Erin Clow–who were graduate students at Queen’s, talked about their personal experience after stepping out of the academia.
And here are some useful tips they offered:
- Have an early taste in jobs you want to apply, starting with those
opportunities near you such as volunteer/part-time positions on
- Keep a sustainable professional network is the key.
- Passion is necessary. But don’t be over-committed in the wide variety of job opportunities on campus. Choose those ones that you are really interested in, and be strategic.
- Always have the desire to learn and improve. Step out of your comfort zone.
- Equip yourself with the ability of “translation” (professional knowledge to “grandma”, skills developed in grad school to skills in the workplace, i.e., “transitional skills”).
- Learn your audience.