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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

Ready, Set, Career!  
Start uncovering your future possibilities while playing the “Who You Are Matters” game​

Are you unclear about your career direction? This workshop takes the stress out of thinking about your future by providing easy first steps. Using the popular “Who You Are MATTERS” game structure, assess your skills, interests and values by reacting to presented possibilities and gain a better understanding of what makes you, YOU!  Develop an action plan and leave energized and confident to take your personalized next step.

Job Search

What’s Your Story? 
Take your job search to the next level with storytelling

​The ability to tell your story well results in getting a job or interview. We will help you understand how stories work, how to use them effectively, and what the key parts of your story are. This active session will help you to reflect on your skills and strengths, and what you might include in your story. We will look at examples of how stories show up in resumes, cover letters and interviews. This session will also help you to get the most out of other Career Services workshops.

Ramp Up Your Resume 
Get your resume ready for those upcoming job applications 

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
Get ready for an interview

Walk into your next interview feeling confident and prepared. Learn how to handle “Tell Me About Yourself”, typical behavioural questions, difficult questions, and questions for you to ask. Come prepared to practice and walk away feeling more ready for an interview.

For more practice, attend Interview 2 workshop.

Winning Interviews 2 – Advanced Practice
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 
Advance your career with authentic relationships​

Wondering how to get started with the all-important career skill of networking?

In this workshop, 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.

Summer Job Search 
Learn how to find "hidden" and advertised summer jobs 

How do I get a summer job?  Where and when should I start? This session will help you start developing a personalized summer opportunities search plan.  Learn strategies to connect with opportunities in the locations and sectors you are aiming at.

Career Fair Prep
Make a good first impression at the Career Fair, Summer Opportunities Fair or Engineering & Tech Fairs!

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

From Panic to Power
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.

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 and give you an opportunity to practice writing why you want do this.