Are you a Queen's alum looking for help with a career decision or transition?  Career Services can help with: 

  • Job Postings - to view and apply to job postings, sign in to MyCareer using your Queen's NetID. 
  • Job Search Help - need some help with job search strategy or resources? Wondering if your resume or interview skills are still current?  Check out the Available Jobs and Job Search Tips sections of our our website.
  • Networking & Events - such as Career Fairs and Education Fairs where employers and educators connect with students and alumni in the Queen’s community.  Also, remember to check the networking opportunities through Queen's Connects and at Queen's alumni branches all over the world!
  • Career Advice - through our drop-in career advisingcareer coaching appointments (available to alumni within 1 year of graduation) and a Queen's affinity agreement with Career Joy.  Also, check out the Queen's Alumni Career Support section of the alumni website.
  • Additional Kingston-area Employment Resources - we’ve put together a list of local resources for alumni and other job seekers who do not have direct access to our services.

Roadmap Shortcuts

Arts & Science

  • Devon  - Senior Strategy Manager at TELUS
  • Liz - Head of Revenue at Raftr
  • Rico - Engagement Manager
  • Stacy - Non-profit Executive
  • Hannah - Medical Student
  • Colin - Consul, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service
  • Andrea - Academic Obstetrician & Gynecologist
  • Allison - Staff Lawyer


  • Robin - VP of Finance at Upfeat

Engineering & Applied Science

  • Galvin - Alliances Manager at Stellar Cyber
  • Kevin - Product Manager

Rico Garcia

Rico Garcia

Engagement Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

  • Get involved! You develop multiple skills from extracurriculars.
  • Quality over quantity. Choose one or two things you are passionate about and excel at them.
  • If you are passionate about something that isn't on campus, go ahead and create it.
  • Be disciplined and keep a routine.

  • Hosted the CRFC 101.9 FM Weekly Radio Show.
  • Worked as a Residence Life Don and a Senior Don.
  • Chaired the Alma Mater Society Board of Directors.
  • President of Arts & Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS).
  • President of the Queen's Student Alumni Association.
  • Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QISCI) entrepreneurship program.

Get involved in student government!

After his undergrad, Rico started as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. He travelled across the globe for projects and gained experience working in diverse cultures.

Rico also joined the Queen's University Alumni Association (QUAA) immediately after graduation. 7+ years since his graduation, he’s had several different roles.

Check out the QUAA Website!

During his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Rico developed technical skills. He then pursued a Master of Public Policy, where he advanced his transferrable and quantitative skills and gained subject matter expertise.

During his studies, Rico was involved in different student leadership roles where he gained transferrable skills like negotiation, public speaking, leadership, and communication.

Visit the club directory to explore 300+ AMS student clubs!

Rico complemented his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Queen’s University with a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Several of Rico's peers hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Explore credential requirements for prospective careers using the Canada Job Bank’s Job Profiles.

  • Know who you are working with to provide personalized suggestions when consulting.
  • Say yes to opportunities beyond your comfort zone.
  • Focus on fostering human relationships, not a social media presence.
  • Be ready to put in the work, stay open-minded, and don’t be afraid to try new paths when one doesn’t work out.

Kevin Semple

Kevin Semple

Product Manager

Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

  • Get outside of the university bubble.
  • Try new things – don’t be afraid to fail and learn from your mistakes.
  • Build a strong network.
  • Find something outside of school that you enjoy, like a subculture, club, and/or activity.
  • Read textbooks before class.

  • The Queen's Mostly Autonomous Sailboat (QMAS) team.
  • The Queen's African Caribbean Student Association.
  • An Intramural basketball team.
  • The Kinetic Crew.
  • QUIP Internship – Systems Designer at Ericsson.

Learn about Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP)!

While working for Ericson, Kevin joined a small team of engineers on a 4-month assignment in Stockholm, Sweden. Later, he spent a year with Actua, engaging youths across Canada in STEM workshops.

Kevin went on to work in Vancouver as a Customer Success Manager and Solutions Consultant in the “software as a service” field, before joining Microsoft as a Product Manager.

Book a career appointment to explore options for post-grad.

Kevin’s coursework during his Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering helped him develop problem solving, communication, and writing skills.

As a dancer and head of operations for Queen’s Recreational Breakdance Club, Kevin honed his ability to present himself and engage with an audience.

Review the list of skills and competencies developed during a degree in the “What will I learn?” box of the Major Maps!

Kevin's Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering was coupled with on-the-job training and self-learning.

Educational backgrounds in the Tech industry are diverse and include bachelor, master, or PhD degrees in computer science, engineering or other related fields.

Explore Queen’s Grad Maps!

  • Be prepared to tell your story.
  • Engage with others to connect personally and professionally.
  • Learn to admit when you don't know something.
  • Find something meaningful in your work. I am part of a group focusing on diversity & inclusion at Microsoft.

Andrea Mosher

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Academic Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences

  • Find your personal style of learning.
  • Find a core study group and help each other.
  • Find a good group of friends for support.
  • Undergrad is an opportunity to create great memories and build a strong foundation for your career.

  • Volunteered with ASUS Lost Paws and at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston.
  • Chaired the Queen’s Women in Science and Engineering organization.
  • Worked as server and caregiver throughout the summer.

Explore the “Summer Job Search Links” tipsheet.

After moving to Calgary for medical school, Andrea joined the Calgary Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) branch where she was able to meet diverse Queen's alumni from various fields.

Through QUAA, Andrea met a local pediatrician and was able to shadow them in order to learn more about being an MD.

Find your local QUAA branch!

During her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, Andrea honed her own personal style of acquiring knowledge, which served her well throughout the rest of her academic career.

Andrea's coursework also provided a strong foundation for studying medicine.

Check out Queen’s Student Academic Success Services!

After her undergrad, Andrea pursued the Leaders in Medicine MD and PhD program at the University of Calgary. She then completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at McMaster University.

All physicians need a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD).

Learn more from our “Applying to Medical School” Tipsheet.

  • Seek contributions from all team members as diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable.
  • Do not wish away where you are; soak in the present moment and be grateful.
  • The vision you have for yourself evolves over time. You may reach the same endpoint through a different journey than you anticipated.

Stacy Kelly

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Non-profit Executive

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy

  • Be open to opportunities as your path is not always linear.
  • I wish I had done an overseas adventure, like an exchange.
  • Take mixed electives in other subjects to broaden your knowledge base.

  • President of the Kingston Student Housing Cooperative and sat on the Main Campus Residence Council.
  • Joined Model UN.
  • Joined Ontario Public Interest Research Group.
  • Joined the Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA).
  • Founded the Adventure Camp at the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society.

Review current job postings with the job board on MyCareer.

Stacy worked as a Program Manager and later as an Advancement Officer for Smith School of Business, before becoming a Senior Campaign Officer for Queen’s. Next, he moved to Toronto for 11 years to lead Alumni Relations & Development for OCAD University, followed by taking on the role as Director of Philanthropy for The 519. He is back in Kingston as Executive Director of Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

Explore Queen’s Alumni Chapters!

Stacy's community involvement outside of the classroom helped him develop his transferable skills. At Queen’s, Stacy published in the peer-reviewed The Undergraduate Review and the Queen's Anti-Racism Review which improved his research, communication, and writing abilities.

Check out the Queen's Journal and the Undergraduate Review!

Stacy complemented his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy with graduate studies in Education at Queen's and a "Leading with Foresight" certificate from OCAD University.

Educational backgrounds vary and may include post-secondary degrees or certificates in a related field.

See the workshops Career Services offers in the MyCareer events calendar, including their Graduate School workshop!

  • Always be ethical, stand up by voicing your concerns, and lead by example.
  • You need wisdom to know what you need to accomplish, so seek out advice from experts.
  • Know yourself, your goals, and your aspirations.
  • Your boss may not always be your leader and mentor.

Allison Williams

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Staff Lawyer

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies, Women's Studies

  • Prioritize your personal well-being and be kind to yourself.
  • Take advantage of everything the university offers that is of interest to you.
  • Be open and willing to change your academic path as you develop and discover your interests

  • A Queen's Residence Don.
  • A Clark Hall Pub staff member.
  • The Alma Mater Society - Food Bank Manager.
  • The Alma Mater Society - Social Issues Commissioner.
  • President of the Queen's Student Alumni Association.
  • Summer internship with Countdown to Queen’s.

Check out the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).

  • A yearlong TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowship.
  • Summered as an Ian Scott Public Interest Intern for the Grand Council of Treaty #3 Women's Council.
  • Participated in Immigration & Refugee Intensive Program.
  • Completed articles at the Office of the Children's Lawyer and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. 
  • Worked in private practice for a few years before joining Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY).

Through her coursework, Allison enhanced her skills in critical thinking, scenario analysis, time management, and organization.

She was also exposed to a variety of perspectives, which helped her reflect on important societal issues, like gender equity.


Allison completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Women's Studies at Queen’s, and a Master of Political Studies at the University of Toronto. Allison then went on to pursue her Juris Doctor (JD) degree at Osgoode Hall Law School.

To become a lawyer, one must complete a JD or a Bachelor of Law and pass the barrister and solicitor examinations.

Check out the ‘Applying to Law School’ tipsheet.

  • Never underestimate the importance of networking with people in your field.
  • It is okay to change your professional course.
  • Seeking out a professional career coach is a helpful resource.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and be willing to take on different opportunities.

Book a resume or cover letter appointment today!

Hannah Lee

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Medical Student

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences

  • Always ask for feedback. Constructive criticism is truly the best way to learn and grow.
  • Be intentional with your time and dedicate some to your passions and interests.
  • Pulling an all-nighter is never worth it.

  • ASUS – Community Outreach Commissioner.
  • Peer Support Center Volunteer.
  • Summer Jobs – daycare employee and hockey instructor. 
  • Research with Queen’s Public Health Department.
  • Internship with Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Learn about student research opportunities, funding and resources online.

As a medical student, Hannah worked on a qualitative research project with local physicians and the Indigenous Wellness Council to describe how COVID disproportionately impacted marginalized groups in Kingston. She is also combining two interests in neonatal care and palliative care with a research project in the Department of Pediatrics.

Check out Queen’s Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni on LinkedIn to build your professional network!

While balancing her course load and extracurriculars, Hannah gained time-management skills and learned how to delegate and prioritize tasks. She also gained conflict resolution skills in her leadership roles.

Reflect on your transferrable skills with the Queen’s Skills Cards.

While completing her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, Hannah completed student courses from the Human Rights and Equity Office on positive space, anti-oppression, and suicide prevention.

Explore courses for students from the Human Rights and Equity Office.

  • Remind yourself that you deserve your place and that your mentors were once where you are. 
  • Many people will experience imposter syndrome. It is often challenging to seek out opportunities or ask to be included, but it’s always okay to advocate for yourself.
  • It is okay to make mistakes because mistakes are one of the best ways to learn. Making a mistake is better than not trying.

Colin Mcleod

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Consul, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and Biology

  • It is ok not to know what you want to do while you’re in University. Life is not that clean-cut and doesn’t always follow a straight path. 
  • Take advantage of your time at Queen’s to take courses that are outside of your comfort zone or career.  
    • Colin entered university thinking he wanted to be a marine biologist but realized he couldn’t see himself working in a lab.  
    • He took a couple of political studies courses as electives, really enjoyed them, and decided to change majors.  
  • Be kind to yourself and give yourself flexibility 
  • Use your time at Queen’s to develop your soft skills such as conversation, presentation, and critical thinking 

  • QSAA, where he led the organization, attended workshops, learned how to network, and how to communicate with different stakeholders. 

  • SOAR, where he was a peer leader. This experience helped him develop his presentation skills 

  • AMS, he was part of Walkhome and a server at Queen’s Pub. Here, he gained the ability to work with diverse groups of people. 

Colin has made quite a few key transitions in his career. He started in trade policy, where he worked on free trade negotiations with countries in Asia. He then transitioned to climate change negotiations at Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2015. He returned to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as he wanted to become a diplomat, and worked on economic sanctions and as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy. He chose the position in Minnesota to gain experience, as there were a lot of opportunities available there to advance the Canada-US relationship..  

He recommends waiting 3-4 years before transitioning, as doing so too often can raise questions about why you’re moving around so much.  

  • Critical thinking, problem analysis, and research interpretation 
  • Transferable soft skills are very important 
  • Networking: one can gain experience in university by signing up for conferences, volunteering with the QSAA  
  • Communication and writing: practice being clear and concise, the ability to dissect main points 
  • Presentation skills 
  • Part-time jobs: Colin worked part-time at Walkhome and as a server at the Queen’s Pub, where he got to interact with people with various personalities. Here, he learned conflict management and resolution skills.  

After his undergraduate at Queen’s, Colin took a year to explore his options before committing to grad school.  

He chose to pursue a Masters in Public Administration at Carleton.  

The program also had co-op, which helped him gain work experience and grow his network, eventually leading to a position in the Federal Public Service. 

Note: Many senior policy government jobs require having a masters degree.

  1. Take advantage of your position as a student/recent graduate to make cold calls to employers you may want to work for.  

  1. Use your alumni network, people have a lot of patience for students and new graduates, and are willing to help.  

  1. Being a generalist opens a wide range of fantastic opportunities and a high degree of career flexibility.

Devon Aransevia

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Senior Strategy Manager at TELUS

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies  

  • When you put yourself outside of your comfort zone, you will be pleased more often than not.  
  • Remain flexible: you change and learn so much during your university years, so stay in a position where you can continuously learn more.  
    • Try new clubs, take different courses 
    • When you are open to more things, your life is more vibrant.  

During Devon’s time at Queen’s, she was the Co-Chair of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI). In this role, she developed her leadership skills, and made a mark in addressing issues of race on campus. During her 4th year, she was the head manager of Studio Q (AMS), where she worked while doing school full-time.

She has been President of the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter since February 2023, where she supports alumni in engaging with the university, and encourages mentorship and giving back.  

After studying and taking her LSATs, Devon chose to maintain her options, later applying to and accepting a master's program in global governance at the University of Waterloo. 

At the end of her master’s, rather than applying to work in Ottawa, Devon wanted to stay in Toronto, where she gained experience via internships before working at TELUS as a sales representative part-time. From there, her career progressed within the company to her current role as senior strategy manager.

  • Soft skills are invaluable (collaboration, leadership, thinking on the spot, being flexible, etc.)
    • Working customer-facing jobs can provide you with the skills to quickly develop a relationship with someone. 
  • Leveraging my design and PowerPoint skills has been very successful; learning to present a compelling and effective story is invaluable. 

Devon found that her master’s program was instrumental in her current career. Not only is the content similar to her current role, but it has equipped her for presenting and reporting to a variety of audiences. However, she also agrees that having a degree is not the only method to demonstrate your knowledge of a subject. If traditional forms of learning aren’t your cup of tea, Devon advocates for looking into alternative avenues to continue learning (volunteering, job shadowing, etc.).

  • Build your brand: find out your strengths that make you stand out 
    • Rely on skills that can differentiate you 
    • Decide on the things that you make you who you are and what you want to be known for 
    • Once you build a brand, it is easy to establish boundaries. 

Galvin Niu

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Alliances Manager at Stellar Cyber 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering  

  • Queen’s alumni is a very close network, and people are very willing to help. So don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with them.  
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors and ask for help.  
    • In the workforce, you are not going to know everything, so get into the habit of reaching out and asking for help → companies prefer you to know your limitations.  
    • Through these experiences, you will learn what kind of questions you can ask and how you can get the answers you need.  
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself and be different. It can initially be difficult to find friends but hold onto things that are important to you and things that make you happy. 
  • Work harder, play harder 
    • Focus on work so you can really enjoy your time off.  
  • Grades matter, but they also don’t once you leave an academic setting.  
    • Soft skills are definitely more important in the workforce. 
    • Caveat: grades do matter for grad school!  
  • Be strategic about the clubs you are part of (especially if you have limited time) → it’s quality over quantity  

In his first year, Galvin was the elected section representative to sit on the Engineering Society. He was also a Freck and part of the external relations committee, where he worked on outreach and collaborated with other faculties.  

He also was the co-chair of Queen’s Global Innovation Conference and had the opportunity to go to India. In partnership with Western, he organized some pitch competitions such as the Global Innovation Challenge.

  • After graduating from Queen’s, Galvin went backpacking in South America for seven weeks. For him, travelling was a nice transition that provided him with the opportunity for introspection, to decompress, and to see the work differently.  

  • Out of Queen’s, he prioritized staying connected with his friends

  • Communication! Be part of different clubs and committees, learn how to talk to diverse people and what to say 
  • Time management: your degree and heavy course load will prepare you for this. Use calendars and schedule in personal time to prioritize and protect your well-being. 
  • Active listening: listening to other people’s experiences and journeys can help you gain more insights and inform your decisions.  

  • Electrical Engineering + Innovation Stream (entrepreneurship)  

  • During his time at IBM, he attended their six month onboarding training program, which provided him with a solid technical foundation.  

  • Prestige does play a factor: his work experience at IBM, his degree at Queen’s. All of these opportunities represent (to a certain extent) a baseline standard.  

  • Work-life balance is very important. There’s always more work to do so find a job where you enjoy most of it, but protect your time outside of work.  
    • Enjoy the little things in life, appreciate the small things, and be grateful and happy 
  • Don’t take opportunities for granted 
  • Say yes to everything:  
    • Through the process of elimination, he was able to narrow down his interests 
    • Don’t turn down opportunities that allow you to establish more credibility 
    • Take these opportunities to show your abilities and to find a mentor to advocate for you 
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things: 
    • Take a risk/chance 
  • Be able to recognize what stress looks like for you and how you can manage/overcome it.  
    • You can take a vacation, spend time with your friends, or even find a new job

Liz Boag

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Head of Revenue at Raftr

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Psychology subject of specialization  

  • In your first year, keep your options open, take the time to try out different tracks, and take any courses you think you might be interested in 
  • Join clubs, develop different mentors 
    • Within the Arts & Science faculty, there are so many opportunities that it can be daunting post-graduation; therefore, having mentors to talk to is very helpful during the transition period. ​ 
    • It is key to network and look for ‘ins’ at an organization versus applying to jobs blind ​ 
  • Don’t do something that only looks good on a resume or purely for the resume 

  • She was a basketball coach at the Queen’s summer camp. 

  • She was the captain of the varsity Women's Basketball team.  

  • Executive on the Varsity Leadership Council, where she represented the interests of all student-athletes.  

  • She also volunteered at an infant cognition lab within the psychology department. This led to her realization that she wanted to pursue something else, something more dynamic.  

After graduating, Liz had three options: work, pursue a master’s degree, or play basketball professionally for a year. 

She, ultimately, realized that she wanted to gain work experience to provide her the opportunity to explore different industries to find her interests.  

She started applying to many jobs via Queen’s Career Services before accepting an offer at Top Hat, where she stayed for five years.  

She then chose to move to Coursera to change her market vertical, as she wanted to diversify her skill set. After a couple of years, she moved to Raftr, as she was interested in the opportunity of building something​ and being a part of an early stage start up​​Click here to enter text.​

  • Skills gained from university and extracurriculars are relevant to your career 
    • Resilience, grit, hard work → skills Liz gained while playing varsity basketball 
  • Science skills: writing laboratory reports 
    • ​​​Analytical thinking ​​ 
    • Good writing skills 
    • Effectively communicate your ideas 
  • Fundamentals of research: excel, dashboards, business metrics 
  • Sales specific skills 
    • Hiring plans, training
    • Setting quotas, capacity planning  
    • Defining territories, sales rep 
    • ​​Coaching, messaging, unique value edge, pricing and negotiation ​​​ 
    • ​​​Strategy and operations​​ 
  • Interpersonal skills to build relationships

Liz studied biology at Queen’s and added psychology as a subject specialization as she wanted to add a human element. Liz decided to stay for a fifth year partly because she wished to continue playing for the Women’s Varsity Basketball team. During that time, she took many business courses, in which she took great interest.  

Liz did not pursue additional training after graduation. She chose not to pursue an MBA as it was not personally worth it.  

  • When applying for jobs, don’t blindly apply via job boards. 
    • Always see if you can leverage your network (e.g. someone who went to Queen’s) 
  • Never stop learning 
    • The industry is fast-paced, and to stay on top of it, one can take advantage of all the resources online. 
  • Don’t burn bridges 
    • Relationships can take you farther than most skills

Robin Daultani

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VP of Finance at Upfeat

Queen’s Masters of Business Administration (MBA) 

  • Networking is essential. 
    • Rather than trying to connect with others randomly, have a genuine purpose and with the intention of helping the other person. This change in mindset changes the dynamic of the relationship. 
  • Continuous learning and improving your skills will greatly benefit you, especially in the early stages of your career. Many industries may experience large changes within the next 5-10 years, so continuous learning will help you prepare for that.  

Since his MBA was only one year, Robin had less time to dedicate to extracurriculars. Therefore, he prioritized forming relationships and socializing with his classmates. Queen’s MBA program was structured around a team approach, where he worked with one team throughout the whole year, allowing him to form deeper bonds.  

Robin was interested in what education would look like abroad. He never visited Calgary but had a job opportunity and decided based on the location (nature, mountains, animals, and outdoor activities).  

  • Having a technical background taught him how to think logically and break down a problem into smaller steps. 
  • Communication (very transferable regardless of industry and position) 
  • Be comfortable with technology and technological improvements  

An MBA would allow Robin to transition into a business role. A post-graduate degree often helps get a leg-up when trying to breach into an industry.  

  • Talk to other people, alumni, and connections 
    • Interacting with different individuals allows you to learn about different perspectives, information, and experiences.  
    • Career paths are becoming more and more non-linear, so it is important to stay open-minded. 
  • When connecting with someone, the small things can go a long way (e.g. taking the initiative to follow up with someone) 
  • Make the best of what life gives you.

Recruitment & Hiring Help

Career Services offers a range of ways to help you hire for part-time, summer, after-graduation, contract and internships positions.  They include: 

  • Job Postings: Post part-time, summer jobs, after-graduation jobs & contract jobs for Queen’s students and alumni 
  • QUIP (Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program): Hire undergraduate Queen's students to spend 12-16 months in paid, full-time internships with your organization
  • Attend a fair: Join us for one of our annual Career Fairs to meet eager and talented Queen’s University students and alumni
  • Hold an event: Come on campus to connect with, inform and hire students and alumni