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Queen's Skills Cards recognized as innovative practice

Graphic for best student program award at the Global Career Services Summit 2021

Queen’s students have many skills and strengths, but they may not always know how best to articulate them, especially as they prepare for job interviews.

To help students learn how to talk about themselves with confidence and clarity, Career Services, a unit in Student Affairs, developed the Queen’s Skills Cards, which have now received international recognition: at the Global Career Services Summit 2021, the Skills Cards received the Best Student Program Award.

The Skills Cards are a set of 44 cards describing skills that Queen’s students can develop during their studies, both in and out of class, that correlate with skills employers are looking for.

The Best Student Program Award recognizes practices that are designed to best serve students. The Global Career Services Summit recognized the Queen’s Skill Cards as a creative and easy-to-implement tool for lessening the skills awareness gap for students and recent graduates.

In addition to physical cards, and to ensure access to students and new alumni wherever they are located, there is a pdf version and the interactive Skills Cards Sorter.

The new online Skills Cards Sorter allows users to move cards into categories based on whether they find the skills draining or energizing, and whether they have higher or lower proficiency in that skill. Skill assessment helps students make more informed decisions about which careers they most want to pursue and improves their ability to pursue those roles with stronger resumes, cover letters, and interviews.  

These cards are another tool that assist students and new grads as they begin to navigate their careers and are free and available to everyone. Educators who wish to use them in classrooms may choose to read more about the project and contact Career Services Counsellors who will be happy to facilitate Skills Cards workshops.

Learn more on the Career Services website.