Professional Development

Professional Development

This section contains resources to help marginalized students prepare for and navigate their career paths and the systemic barriers associated with it. The resources below are catered to unique QTBIPoC identities. Click one below to learn more about it!

A resource created by Career Services outlines how to analyze a prospective employer through an EDII lens to ensure that a marginalized student is joining a work environment that is successfully pursuing equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity. This resource also contains a set of criteria that can allow one to determine the extent to which it is safe for marginalized people.

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Celina Caesar-Chavannes digs deep into her childhood and her life as a young Black woman entrepreneur and politician, and shows us that effective and humane leaders grow as much from their mistakes and vulnerabilities as from their strengths.

A repository of quick information on various career-related topics, curated by Career Services. Topics include: Networking, applying to gradate programs, and interview tips. 

Abilities Magazine

"From a practical viewpoint, I don’t know what’s next for my career or whether I’ll ever return to the nine-to-five world. But what I’ve learned this past year is that, sometimes, professional development is not about growing the digits on your pay cheque or having your name glued to a door. Sometimes, professional development is about looking within. It’s about mustering the courage to define what matters and to take a leap into the vast unknown to follow your heart." - Nikoletta Erdelyi, Abilities Magazine
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ByBlacks.com is a top-ranked awarded-winning online magazine that provides insight to Black people navigating their respective careers. 

AAE provides culturally relevant student support to Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Working in partnership with the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, AAE strives to support the academic, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of students. Inquire into this program by contacting Melanie Howard.

Black Beauty Tech is a space for Black Women in Tech to identify with the larger tech community whilst being authentically themselves! On this channel, Nicole Osayande - a Queen's alumni - discusses all things Black, Beauty, and Tech! Some topics of discussion include interracial dating, academics, socializing in a predominantly white institution, mental health, and professional development. 

The Queen's University International Centre has job search advisors to help support international students in obtaining jobs. They can support you in job searching, creating resumes, networking, and in obtaining work despite having Canadian work experience or citizenship. These Drop-In advising hours occur Mondays from 9-11am and Tuesdays from 4-6pm.

Have a question about what it's like being a graduate student at Queen's? Join the World Link Social Activities Coordinator and Queen's University International Centre volunteers to learn more.

This will be a breakout room session where students will be placed in smaller groups facilitated by a current graduate student.

The Queen's University International Centre promotes volunteering opportunities through their own organization as well as through some of their stakeholders off campus. International students can work with QUIC in programs such as the English Language Support Program and the World Link Program. Off campus, international students can volunteer at a range of organizations including: the Agnes Etherington Art Center and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. To keep up to date on volunteering opportunities relevant to international students, check out their website

“In early years you don’t understand the difference but as you grow older, you see how people treat you based on where you live and the colour of your skin but I never let it hold me down. I used it as a motivation to lift myself up,” - Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique, ByBlacks.com
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