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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).To learn more about the workshops we run, scroll down for a complete list of our offerings. 

Workshop Schedule

The most current workshop schedule is always in MyCareer (check the calendar under the Events/Workshops tab). Signup for workshops is in MyCareer

Workshop Sign-up

Sign up for workshops in MyCareer.

Are you a student with accessibility needs?

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 tip sheets) 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

Owning Your Strengths  
Discover your skills and talk about them with confidence! ​

Curious about what types of jobs suit you? Applying to opportunities, but not sure how to stand out? In this workshop, we’ll be using the new Queen’s Skills Cards to guide you through the process of identifying your skills and describing them on cover letters, in interviews, and while networking. Knowing your strengths will help you figure out which career paths could be a good fit; being able to explain how you have developed and demonstrated these strengths will ensure your applications shine.

Job Search

Jump Start Your Job Search
Learn about resources and strategies to amplify your job seeking efforts

Are you struggling to find the “right” opportunities? How are you locating opportunities? In this workshop, we share tips and resources to effectively search job boards, locate companies of interest, and access labour market information. With this information we will establish a strategy for your next job search. While networking is incorporated in your job search planning, attend the Effective Networking workshop to learn more about effectively building relationships.

Ramp Up Your Resume 
Get your resume ready 

This 50-minute session will help you use key strategies in your resume/CV for highlighting your unique skills, knowledge and experience. To get the most benefit from this workshop, it is helpful to have a specific opportunity that you are targeting. Please bring a draft copy of your resume to work on, if you have it.

Conquer the Cover Letter 
Create a tailored cover letter that will help your application stand out

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.

Winning Interviews 1 - Fundamental Strategies (Remote Focus)
Get ready for an interview

Attend your next interview feeling confident and prepared – whether it is remote (by phone, Skype, Zoom, etc.) or in-person. Learn how to handle the "Tell Me About Yourself" opener, typical behavioural questions, difficult questions, and prepare questions for you to ask the interviewer. Come prepared to practice and leave feeling more ready for your next interview. For more practice, consider attending the Interview 2 workshop as well.

Winning Interviews 2 – Advanced Practice (Remote Focus)
Tell better stories in your interviews  

Practice can help you succeed in the interview.  In Interview 1 you were introduced to the basics for structuring your responses, including the STAR method. In Interview 2, improve your interview skills by talking about relevant experiences and competencies. Develop confidence as you hone your messages and become more convincing as you talk, listen and learn in a supportive environment.

We highly recommend attending Interview 1 Workshop before the Interview 2 workshop.

LinkedIn 1 – Building Your Profile 
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 – Networking Strategies
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 During COVID-19
Advance your career with authentic relationships​ during times of social distancing. 

Wondering how to develop the career skill of networking while self-isolating?

In this workshop, you will:
1) Get remote strategies for how to approach networking, get organized, and solidify your connections;
2) Be prepared to introduce yourself effectively in a virtual context and ask intelligent questions;
3) Boost your confidence when talking to new people through knowledge and practice.

Summer Job Search During COVID-19
Learn how to find "hidden" and advertised summer jobs 

Things have changed a lot — and quickly. If you are looking for a summer job, even in these uncertain times, there are still strategies you can use to increase your chances of success. In this session, a Career Counsellor will guide you through the process of identifying your goals, the sectors and types of organizations that are still offering summer opportunities, and concrete action steps you can take to secure those leads.

Preparing for Virtual Career Fair and Employer Information Sessions
Make a good first impression at Career Fairs and Employer Information Sessions!

Wondering how to make a great first impression at the Career Fair, Summer Opportunities Fair or Engineering & Technology Fairs? This 50-minute session will give you an opportunity to ask all the things you’re wondering about. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and be successful at these high profile events.
This year’s fair dates can be found at: https://careers.queensu.ca/events-workshops

 

Further Education
Grad 1 – Thinking of Further Education
Researching further education options and general timelines details in the application process.
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.
Grad 2 – Writing Personal Statements
Wondering how to stand out in personal or research statements?
Wondering how to stand out in personal or research statements?  This 50-minute session will help you understand the difference between the two, teach you some helpful strategies to communicate with impact, and help you clarify your main messages of what motivates you to apply, why you will be successful, and your career goals beyond grad school.