Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Professional Development

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Networking

Networking

Network (noun)
A group of people who keep in contact with each other to exchange information.

Network (verb)
Keep in contact with other people to exchange information.

(Oxford Dictionary)

With the increase in technology usage, social media platforms and old fashioned magazines, there is a plethora of resources out there to help you network and get career advice, share your thoughts and just keep in touch. And don't forget opportunities on campus to network and learn more about job opportunities and how to prepare.

At Queen's and within the Kingston community, there are also groups looking for help whether that be a paid position or voluntary. This is your chance to not only get some work experience and networking opportunities but also support Queen's and the Kingston community.

Resources

Alumni Mentorship

Sign up for Ask an Alum - an innovative way to connect graduate students and alumni.

The School of Graduate Studies is seeking volunteers to engage with current graduate students and recent grads virtually on various topics that centre on career preparedness and opportunities. The objective is to enhance graduate student success.

Alumni Career Mentors support graduate student success

  • As alum of Queen’s graduate or professional programs you can share valuable insight, perspective, and encouragement to current Queen’s graduate and professional students and recent alumni. You are also welcome to share the twists and turns of your career path and what you’ve learned along the way.
  • Ask an Alum allows you to upload your profile so that students can find a way to contact you for mentorship requests.
  • Ask an Alum enables you to choose the types of interactions you are willing to engage in. Typical interactions include requests for informational interviews, review of a resume, sharing your career story (and the bumps along the way), and general career advice.
  • For questions or comments, please email sgscomms@queensu.ca.

Registering for Ask an Alum is easy and takes only a few minutes:

  1. Please go to the Ask an Alum registration page and register under “Alumni”.
  2. Fill in your profile with some basic information: your name, degree, current job title, and a way to contact you (email or LinkedIn).
  3. If you wish, you can add a profile picture or additional comments.
  4. You can update or disable your profile at any time.

Looking for further opportunities to support graduate students?

The School of Graduate Studies is seeking volunteers to engage with current graduate students and recent grads virtually and in person on various topics that centre on career preparedness and opportunities. Ways to get involved include:

  • Attending the annual Career Week and being part of a panel on marketing your graduate skills and training for the job market
  • Being part of a panel on the lived experience (bridging your graduate studies experience with career success)
  • Speaking about your road to success (and the bumps along the way)
  • Participating as someone whose career path we profile on our website

Find out more about alumni volunteer opportunities.

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Conferences

Queen's & Kingston host many conferences and other speaking opportunities. As we hear of any that may be relevant to you the graduate student, we list them on this page.​

Social Media

School of Graduate Studies Social Media

Queen's University Social Media

Queen's Student Alumni Association Social Media:

Council of Ontario Universities (COU)

LinkedIn Tip Sheets

Compliments of Career Services

LinkedIn (1) Profiles (1.2MB)

LinkedIn (2) Strategy (1.8MB)

Kingston Networking Opportunities

Did you know that Kingston has numerous opportunities for graduate students to network via the many events held? Take a look at some of these groups.