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Career Workshops

Our Career Counsellors facilitate workshops for students on a variety of career topics in the workshop room of our centre during the Fall and Winter terms.  We also lead workshops in departments and around campus, by request.

Regular workshop topics run from September to April (but can be arranged by special request during the summer).

NEW!  Design Your Life Workshop (Winter)

Applying Design Thinking to your career to create a life worth living​

To find out more about this innovative new session, scroll down to the Career Exploration section or download the entire schedule:

Download the Schedule

The 2017-18 Workshop Schedule will be available in August.  

Workshop Signup

Sign up for workshops in MyCareer.

Disability?

Queen’s is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. To request accommodation or alternate formats (e.g. powerpoint slides, in-class worksheets, topic tipsheets) in advance of a workshop, please contact us at mycareer@queensu.ca or 613-533-2992 or 74 Union Street (Gordon Hall, 3rd floor).​

Workshop Topics

Workshops are slotted into major topic areas: 

Career Exploration

Design Your Life Workshop (Winter)
Applying Design Thinking to your career to create a life worth living​
Are you unclear about your career direction? Feeling stuck, confused or overwhelmed just thinking about it? Learn how to apply the step-by-step Design Thinking process to find solutions to the problem of "What's Next?". You will leave this intensive and interactive 2.5-hour session with a clearer sense of where you want to go, and how you can begin taking immediate action to make your dreams a reality. Learn more about Design Thinking at https://www.fastcompany.com/919258/design-thinking-what

Skills and Experience That Employers Want​  (Fall/Winter)
Identify skills you have, and need, for your cover letter, resume and interviews
Being able to articulate your skills can help you draft your cover letter and resume and can help you prepare for your job interview. Don't think you have any skills? Think again! This hands-on workshop will help you to identify what skills employers are looking for. Then, you’ll work on understanding which skills you have and how to prove them. It will also get you thinking about what skills you need for your target work and how you might get them.

 

Job Search - Career Fair Prep

Career Fair Prep (Fall)
Make a good first impression at the Career Fair!

Wondering how to make a great first impression at the Career Fair on September 27, 2016 in the ARC?    This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Career Fair Prep - for Arts and Science Students (Fall)

Make a good first impression at the Career Fair! 

Wondering how to make a great first impression as an Arts & Science student at the Career Fair on September 27, 2016 in the ARC?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the thing you’re wondering about.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Career Fair Prep - for Graduate and Professional Students (Fall)

Make a good first impression at the Career Fair! 

Concerned about making a great first impression as a graduate or professional student the Career Fair of September 27, 2016 in the ARC?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about. It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Career Fair Prep – for Engineering and Technology Students (Fall)

Make a good first impression at the Career Fair!

Concerned about making a great first impression at the Engineering and Technology Career Fairs?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Engineering and Technology (Fall & Winter) Career Fair Prep (Fall)
Make a great first impression at the Engineering & Technology Career Fairs!

Concerned about making a great first impression at the Engineering and Technology Fall Career Fair on October 18 & 19 and Engineering and Technology Winter Career Fair on January 25, 2017 ?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Engineering and Technology Career Fair Prep - for Graduate Students (Fall/Winter)

Make a great first impression at the Fall Engineering & Winter Technology Fairs!

Concerned about making a great first impression as a graduate student at the Engineering and Technology Fall Career Fair on October 18 & 19 and Engineering and Technology Winter Career Fair on January 25, 2017 ?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

Summer Opportunities Fair Prep (Winter)
Make a great first impression at the Summer Opportunities Fair!

Curious about what questions to ask representatives at the Summer Opportunities Fair on January 24th, 2017?  Concerned about making a great first impression?  This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about before you attend career fairs.  It will also help you learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.

 

Job Search

From Panic to Power (Fall/Winter)
Overcome anxiety in interviews, networking, and career fairs

Does your heart pound at the thought of a job interview? Do you get weak in the knees at the idea of networking with successful professionals? If so, this workshop is for you. In this informal 50-minute session you will learn about how anxiety works and strategies to conquer it as you build your own personal toolkit for facing pressure-packed career situations.

Conquer the Cover Letter (Fall/Winter)
Does writing a good cover letter mystify you or fill you with dread?​During this workshop you will learn about key components and strategies that make the most difference when writing a cover letter. You will also work on exercises designed to get you started on customizing your cover letter.

Ramp Up Your Resume (Fall/Winter)
Get your resume ready for those upcoming job applicationsDuring this workshop you will learn about key components and strategies that make the most difference when writing a cover letter. You will also work on exercises designed to get you started on customizing your cover letter.

LinkedIn 1 - Creating an Effective Profile (Fall/Winter)
Get started with LinkedIn and create your Profile

Are you new or relatively new to LinkedIn? Already have a Profile but not sure how effective it is? Get hands-on in designing your own online profile so that it is relevant for as many options as possible without looking unfocused. Please bring your own tablet or computer to the session. We will help you to create an account/profile if you don’t currently have one.

LinkedIn 2 - Using LinkedIn Strategically​ (Fall/Winter)
Learn how to use LinkedIn to network​Explore the capabilities of Linkedin.com for researching careers and experience how it can support career decision-making and job search, in particular, networking.  Discuss common questions such as: “What do I put in a message when reaching out to someone?” or How do I find alumni to talk with?" or “How can I get someone to respond to my message without bugging them?” Intended for students with an existing LinkedIn Profile. Please bring your own tablet or computer to the session.

Effective Networking (Fall/Winter)
Advance your career with authentic relationships​

Wondering how to get started with the all-important career skill of networking? In this workshops you will: 1) Get strategies for how to approach networking, get organized, and solidify your connections; 2) Be prepared to introduce yourself effectively and ask intelligent questions; 3) Boost your confidence when talking to new people through knowledge and practice.

Winning Interviews (Fall/Winter)
Get ready for an interview

Learn how to handle “Tell Me About Yourself”, typical behavioural questions (e.g., about teamwork experience), off-the-wall questions, and questions for you to ask.  Come prepared to practice – walk away feeling more ready for an interview.

Summer Job Search (Fall/Winter)
Learn how to find "hidden" and advertised summer jobs This session will help you start to develop a personalized summer opportunities search plan.  You’ll also learn strategies to connect with opportunities in the locations and sectors you’re aiming at.

Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) Applications  (Winter)

Get help with your application for the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)!

Thinking of applying for a summer job with the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)?  Come to this workshop to find out more information and for help getting your applications ready.

 

Further Education

Applying to Further Education? (Fall/Winter)
Figure out options and next steps  
In this workshop you will start from your ideas about what you want to research and study, and learn to use strategies and resources to help you find relevant opportunities. You will begin to identify your personal criteria for making choices. You’ll leave with a process that will help you take your master list and narrow it down to programs that are a good fit for you. You will also get a sense of the general timelines that are important and learn to sequence potential steps in the application process so you can use your application time efficiently.

Applying to Law School? - Application Strategy Session (Fall)
ONE DATE ONLY - Check Location
This session includes a panel discussion with Law students, introduction and comments from Law School Representatives and Career Services staff. Gain an overview of strategies for successful applications to law programs (primarily Canadian).

Applying to Medical School? - Application Strategy Session (Fall)
ONE DATE ONLY - Check Location
Are you applying to medical school this year? In this workshop, learn how to make your autobiographical sketch/CV, personal essays, short answers and references really work for you. Get strategies to help you make decisions about what you want to emphasize about yourself and your experiences to show that you are an excellent candidate when you apply (mostly in Canada). Bring draft documents with you.

Applying to Teacher Education?  - Application Strategy Session (Fall)
Are you applying to teaching this year?  In this session, learn how to make your autobiographical sketch/CV, personal answers/essays, and references really work for you.  Get strategies to help you describe your experience and stand out as an excellent candidate when you apply to Faculties of Education (primarily Ontario).

Writing Personal or Research Statements (Fall/Winter) Wondering how to stand out in personal or research statements?  This session will help you understand the difference between the two and give you an opportunity to practice writing why you want do get into these programs.

Medical School Interview Prep (Winter)
In this session, learn about and practice strategies for dealing with panel, one-to-one and MMI medical school interview formats.

Thinking about Law School? (Winter)
Are you considering applying to law school at some point in the future?  Are you trying to weigh your options relative to other possibilties?  Learn about the overall process of applying to law school so that you can incorporate this information into your decision.  Learn how to find primary sources of information about law schools (primarily Canada) and learn about the basic components of most applications (including OLSAS for Ontario applicants).

Thinking About Medical School? (Winter)
Are you thinking about medical school?  Wondering about how to prepare?  Wondering if there are other career options?  This session will give you strategies for exploring medical school (and other options) so you can demonstrate to medical school application committees, yourself, and others, why your goals are a great fit for you.  

Thinking about Teacher Education?  (Winter)
Are you considering applying to teacher education programs at some point in the future?  In this session, learn about the basic components of most applications and how to demonstrate an informed choice for this career.  Understand key qualities Faculties of Education (primarily Ontario) seek and start making a plan to build and describe them.