School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Career Support

Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need for a successful transition to the professional workplace through a series interactive programs.

This program initiative engages adjunct faculty and career specialists.  Panel presentations are offered by executives and alumni from the public, private, non-governmental organizations and non-profit sectors.  We also provide workshops and one-on-one coaching opportunities.

Career Coaching

Got career questions? Career Services has extensive experience working with graduate/professional students. For fastest help, try:

Drop-in Career Advising

Location: Gordon Hall, 3rd floor
Queen's Career Services offers drop-in career advising hours frequently throughout the week and year. No appointment required.
More information and a schedule.

For lengthier questions/issues or for resume/CV review, please book:

Career Coaching Appointments

Location: Gordon Hall, 3rd floor
Appointment bookings and information
Maximum – due to capacity limitations, students are eligible for a maximum of three, 30-minute appointments per academic year


During individual career appointments, the career counsellor can help you explore questions central to managing your career. Topics can relate to any area of career planning and decision-making and typically range from the general, "Where do I go from here?" to a discussion of the fine details that make up a carefully crafted résumé or preparation for an interview. Whether your question involves career direction, job search or further education, the career counsellor is here to help with career strategy. For sector-specific questions and details, the career counsellor may refer you to complementary programming and people in the School of Policy Studies.

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Your career direction and job search is unique to you because, although your program of study may be the same as your colleagues, your interests, skills, values and location goals are likely different. The most successful job searches are tailored to your unique needs. The following list is comprised of general resources relating to your MPA/PMPA program and might be a possible starting point for your research into options and opportunities.

Career Direction

Are you trying to figure out how to get from here to...somewhere? This SPS online career resources module includes:

  • Common (and not-so-common) career options for MPA and PMPA students
  • A process for helping you figure out what you love to do
  • Career FAQs
  • Interest Inventories/career assessments
  • Alumni profiles
  • Information about accessibility/disability in the workplace

Queen's Career Services maintains a list of the "Employment Opportunities" sites for major Canadian governments. We recommend that you check these sites regularly to locate jobs posting to which you may want to apply now or in the future. The link to this site is:

Enter Career Direction module now.

Application & Interview Tools

Useful Web Links

This list is not comprehensive and is being improved on a continuous basis. If you have any links you would recommend (or notice any broken links), please let us know.


  • Canadian Management Consulting Directory
  • List of Consulting Firms in Toronto
  • List of Consulting Firms in Canada

PolicyJobsTO - Sign up for this newsletter for bi-weekly policy/government job opportunities, focusing on the GTA.

Federal Government:

Department of Finance Canada: University Recruitment campaign for 2013-14 - Ministère des Finances du Canada: campagne de recrutement universitaire de 2013-14):

The Department of Finance Canada has launched its annual University Recruitment campaign for 2013-14. As one of the 2013 top employers in the National Capital Region, we are encouraging all university students that are graduating this year with a Master’s degree in economics, finance, public policy/administration, or international studies to apply to the Economist and Policy Analyst stream.

As you may be aware, at Finance Canada we provide leadership in helping the Government of Canada develop the economic and social policies that will improve the standard of living and quality of life of Canadians, their families and their communities. Our six policy branches provide unparalleled opportunities to work on issues like economic and fiscal forecasting, the federal budget, G-20 and G-7 meetings, federal transfers to the provinces and territories, tax policy, and financial sector regulation. We work on challenging policy issues and are able to influence important public policy decisions. We believe that diverse backgrounds, perspectives and approaches are essential to the development of the best public policies. As such, we encourage applications from Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Individuals can apply to the Economist and Policy Analyst stream through the Department of Finance website between October 2 and November 7, 2013. Applications submitted after this deadline or by other means (e.g., mail, fax) will not be considered. For more information on Finance Canada and on how to apply, please visit

Also, please note that senior officers will be visiting university campuses in the fall to give a presentation and to answer questions about career possibilities at Finance Canada. If you would like to find out if or when we will be visiting your campus this year, please contact:

Public Service Campus Ambassador (2012-13 Ambassador at Queen's: Anukriti Palia):

The Deputy Minister Champion Program was intitiated in 2002. It is aimed at strengthening linkages between the Government of Canada and Canadian Universities. As a part of the program, a department head of the Government of Canada is assigned as Deputy Minister Champion as each Canadian university. In September 2012, Malcolm Brown of the Canada Border Services Agency was appointed as Deputy Minister Champion of Queen's.

As a part of this program, the University of Ottawa, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Queen's University all have individual Student Ambassadors available on campus. The Student Ambassador serves as a resource to students on campus about recruitment programs such as the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR), Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL), Research Affiliate Program (RAP) and Federal Summer Work Experience (FSWEP). During the early Fall semesters, Career Services and the Student Ambassador work together to offer workshops on these programs. The Student Ambassador is also available throughout the year during drop-in office hours in the Career Services Information Area (Gordon Hall, 3rd floor) on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and by appointment at 

  • Public Service of Canada Jobs Site
  • Post-secondary Recruitment 2013-2014
  • Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL)
  • Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS)
  • Information about Testing
  • Index of departments and agencies
  • Index of separate agencies
  • Accelerated Economist Training Program (AETP)
  • Facebook group with HR folks from the Federal Government that post Government of Canada jobs available to students, entry-level employees, recent grads, and mid-level employees.  Opportunities could be permanent (indeterminate) or casual/term/co-op.

Provincial Government:

Municipal Government:

Jobs and Work with Canadian Municipalities


  • Charity Village (community and human services jobs)
  • Goodwork (environmental jobs)
  • Work Cabin (environmental and eco-jobs)

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Employment Opportunities

You can find the most up-to-date career opportunities at the following links:

Queen's Policy Connect

  • use your LinkedIn, Facebook or Email to sign up.  This is available to current students and Alumni only.

Queen's MyCareer

  • use your Queen's NetId and Password to sign in.

Queen's Career Services

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