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career week reception

Current campus-wide events can be found in the Queen's Event Calendar. Below are recent and upcoming events.

Career Week Workshop: What Employers want and the Employable You

Panelists will outline their own career pathway and address the following questions:  How do I begin to identify skills gained in my graduate program; How do I translate these skills into a non-academic setting?; What are employers looking for? - theory and practice; How employers hire.  Panelists will then offer some tips on how to present yourself when looking for work and highlight what employers look for when they are hiring.


Career Week Workshop: Mock Interviews for Academic Positions

Learn how interviewing in academia is similar to and different from other job interviews. Practice a strategy for dealing with behaviour-based interview questions and staying focused when talking about your past experiences. Identify key messages about yourself that you want to convey during an often multi-day interview. Get tips on how to: prepare for the interview, develop a list of questions that reflect your interest in the position and the organization, stand out from other candidates, and demonstrate the strengths that you bring to the position. This workshop also provides students with the opportunity to observe academic interviews in action as several graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are on the job market will be interviewed for 15 minutes by faculty members acting as the hiring committee (provided with students’ CVs and cover letters in advance). Workshop facilitators will then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate's interview in discussion with workshop attendees. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the interview process and leave with practical tips and strategies for effective performance in an academic interview.


Career Week Workshop: Interviewing for Business, Government & Non profits

You already know that a successful interview can be critical to achieving your career goals. Learn how to conduct yourself and communicate in an interview so that, when given the opportunity, you are able to to demonstrate to employers that you are the one to hire. Also learn about how to gather the information you need to decide whether the position suits your interests and abilities. Our interviewing workshop is all about communicating—starting with you and what is important to you.
Gain skills in conveying key messages and responding to questions such as: “Tell me about yourself” and “What additional training would you most benefit from?” Learn from experienced alumni working in business, industry, and government and leave better prepared to present and market your abilities to prospective employers.


Career Week Workshop: CVS and Cover Letters for academic job applications

Did you know that the terms “résumé” and “CV” are often used interchangeably, but are not the same thing? These next two workshops (CVs and Cover Letters: Academic Positions and Résumés and Cover Letters: Positions in Sectors Outside Post-secondary Education) will help you understand the difference and learn to produce effective CVs and résumés, as well as provide strategies for writing successful cover letters for positions within and beyond academia. Learn the purpose and components of a CV, effective ways of presenting and organizing information about your educational, employment, and community service achievements, and strategies for writing informative, engaging, and persuasive cover letters for academic positions. To get the most out of the workshop, please bring your draft CV to work on, as well as a particular job ad you would consider applying for. In the workshop, you will have an opportunity to customize your CV and cover letter for this particular position as well as learn general strategies that can help your application stand out. 


Career Week Workshop: Preparing for your academic career

If you are seeking an academic career as a university professor, what can you do now to prepare? A panel of professors at various career stages from disciplines in STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences will give you their top strategies for increasing your chance of success in securing an academic job and succeeding in it. Topics include networking, publishing, teaching, research, service, and the job search.


Career Week Workshop: Resumés and Cover Letters: Positions in Sectors Outside Post-secondary Education

Learn how to articulate and present your transferable skills and your disciplinary expertise to employers outside the academic sector. To gain the most benefit from this workshop, please bring your CV or draft resumé (both if you have both) to work on, as well as the ad for a specific position you are interested in. You will learn about the purpose and organization of a resumé as opposed to a CV, as well as key components and strategies that make an effective cover letter for job applications outside academia. You will work on exercises designed to help you customize your cover letter to the specific position you wish to apply for.


Career Week Workshop: Career Planning: The Versatile Graduate

The session aims to help students understand the value of experiential learning and of applying and refining their skills through community engagement (in all its forms). Alumni & professionals will outline how they have built their skills to complement their graduate training, and to share tips on getting started with experiential learning opportunities. This will be followed by an informal Q&A.