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Queen's Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni

Introduction

Welcome to Queen’s Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni. This LinkedIn group is maintained by Queen’s University (Canada) for Queen’s students and alumni.  Designed to make a difference in the lives of students and graduates, this group facilitates conversations about career experiences and through the sharing of information about industries, fields, or roles.

Alumni members can provide insight, perspective and encouragement on career paths and options. Student members can ask questions in a secure and welcoming platform designed to facilitate interaction with alumni (e.g., asking about how to translate the value of experiences at Queen’s for specific types of work).

How to join this group

  1. Create your LinkedIn profile (if you do not yet have one).  For help with this step see “Help Using LinkedIn” below.
     
  2. Access Queen's Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni from http://tinyurl.com/QueensConnects
     
  3. Request admission to the group by selecting ASK TO JOIN (PDF, 218 kB)
  1. An administrator will review your profile to verify your status at Queen’s University (student, alumni, staff, or faculty status) and then send you an email welcoming you to the group or requesting further information.
     
  2. Please ensure your profile contains all the information necessary to verify that you are a current student or alumni, staff or faculty, or family member of alumni or current student at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.

Eligibility

Please note that this group is vetted which means that your eligibility to join this group needs to be verified according to the criteria laid out below.  For instance, if you use an informal name in LinkedIn, this information must be linked with your record (e.g., as student, alumni or staff) at Queen’s.

Students  registered in a degree program at Queen’s University.  First-year students are eligible after 1 month of successful study

Alumni     alumna or alumnus of at least one degree program at Queen’s University

Staff          have a Queen’s staff number and have worked/employed at the time of request

Faculty     have a current/past affiliation with Queen’s at the time of request as a sessional instructor, lecturer, professor or researcher

(For help in establishing eligibility, please contact Ben Seewald.)

Preferred format for your education qualifications

For alumni Ensure your profile contains the formal title of your degree and the year of graduation:

Bachelor of Arts, Honours -- History (2011)

For students -- the name of your program and the dates of enrollment:

Bachelor of Science, Honours -- Biochemistry – Candidate (2011 - 2015)

How to use the Queen’s Connects Group

This group has been created within the LinkedIn framework to provide a welcoming and secure place for Queen’s students, alumni, staff, and faculty to start conversations, ask questions, and provide encouragement about career development.  Participation in this group can be one piece of your overall online brand and job search strategy.

Queen’s Connects Career Network group members are able to message each other for free through LinkedIn.  It allows for career path conversations, Q&A, and encouragement in a Queen’s-specific forum.  If initiating contact, please introduce yourself within your message request. This helps people on the other end of the request understand what led you to their profile and what type of help you are seeking.

Members

Click on the MEMBER's tab to discover more about group members. This information will help you select fellow members based on relevant career paths.

The kinds of questions students often ask include:

As an alumnus, you can offer encouragement through:

  1. What advice do you have about asking for an information interview?
  2. How soon did you start planning for life after graduation?
  3. Everyone says “Research the employer!”  What does that mean?
  4. What did you do that was helpful in finding work?
  5. When did you get your break?
  6. How did your Queen’s experience shape your current career?
  7. What one experience at Queen’s was most useful in your day to day?
  8. Would anyone be willing to talk about the inverted or flipped classroom?
  1. Describing the career strategies that helped you find work
  2. Discussing how you explained the value of your Queen’s experiences to others when networking or interviewing
  3. Explaining the twists and turns of your career path and what you learned along the way
  4. Explaining how you gained experience and exploring possibilities with a student (such as, internships, co-curricular, paid or volunteer roles)
  5. Expanding on the topic of “soft” skills, and how they manifest in your field or work
  6. Sharing what you notice about successful applicant candidates at your organization
  7. Sharing resources for behavioural competencies important in your field

Reaching out

Group members are able to message each other for free.  If initiating contact, please introduce yourself within your message request. This helps people on the other end of the request understand what led you to their profile and what type of help you are seeking.

Customizing Queen’s Connects updates through email

You can choose how frequently you receive digest emails (daily or weekly) in Settings (upper right corner).

For help learning to use LinkedIn effectively and other resources at Queen’s

For workshops, tip sheets on creating a profile and strategies for using LinkedIn, access Career Services LinkedIn Resource summary

Tipsheets on using LinkedIn