QYF - I plan to do more education and/or take a break – what strategies can I use?

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Many graduating students are not heading directly into jobs, but are exploring attending a next education program, or want to take a bit of a break between career endeavors. Here are some resources as you explore your options and strategize for applications.

How do I search for further education programs?

  • Career Cruising (email mycareer@queensu.ca for login and password info) – Explore program options with the database of Canadian postsecondary education programs. You can search by school subjects, career clusters or keywords. Profiles will provide information on the role of education and specific credentials when pursuing that career, as well as links to relevant programs in Canada. Workshops Grad 1 – Thinking of Further Education & Grad 2 – Writing Personal Statements these workshops help you to efficiently research education programs that relate to your career goals, and write an effective personal or research statement.
  • Grad Maps: See what graduate programs Queen’s has to offer
  • Tipsheets: Graduating Job Search

How do I stand out in my program application documents?

Are there examples that demonstrate how to stand out throughout the program application process?

  • Queen’s Best Resumes Magazine – Strong examples of students in their graduating year can be found on pages 1819, 26, 34, and 44
  • Queen’s Best Cover Letters Magazine – See how Alina improved her cover letter as a student in her graduating year on pages 1921
  • Queen’s Best Interviews Magazine – Review examples from new graduates on pages 1213, 18, 20, 28, 38, and 42
  • Books available at the Queen’s Library (Online):
    • “Mastering the Personal Statement” – John Richard
    • “How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School” – Richard J. Stezler

How do I request accommodations or decide when to disclose something personal when applying to programs?

  • Tipsheet: Disclosure and Accommodation in this tipsheet, you will learn about why, when, and how to disclose private, personal information and to request accommodations related to a variety of areas including disability, religion, and age.
  • Career Consultation Appointment: We provide a safe space to explore how to approach your unique situation.

I’m wondering about the career implications of taking a gap year, who can I talk to?

  • Career Consultation Appointment: Connect with a career counsellor to discuss how your efforts in the next year might relate to or impact your career aspirations and establish some next steps.

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