Career Workshops

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

Workshops are available year-round, with the highest frequency occurring at the beginning of the Fall and Winter terms. To learn more about the workshops we offer, open the menus below and read the descriptions of our typical workshop topics.

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: 

What can I do with my degree?

Start exploring your options and connecting your degree to the world of work.

Whether you’re studying English, engineering, or anything else, your degree can take you plenty of places! However, exploring your options can be confusing and big goals can be overwhelming. This workshop will show you some tools commonly used to learn about career paths and help you connect your degree and to the world of work. You can expect to leave this workshop knowing how to learn about jobs, where to find labour market information like sample job titles and salaries, and what you can do during your degree to prepare for potential career paths. Participants are encouraged to bring a device to access the internet.

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

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

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? This workshop will help you to develop judgement about how to effectively communicate your authentic career story for the LinkedIn community. We will review major components of your profile, brainstorm key elements of your career story, and begin creating content. We will help you to create an account/profile if you don’t currently have one. If in person, please bring your own tablet or computer to the session

To learn more about the tools and resources LinkedIn has to offer, and how to build your own brand, consider attending the LinkedIn 2 workshop as well.

LinkedIn 2 – Networking Strategies

Learn how to use LinkedIn to network​

Are you looking to establish yourself in a specific field? Need to gather more information about careers of interest? LinkedIn has become a popular social media platform and has a lot to offer for those looking to network and establish themselves in a field of interest. In this workshop you will learn about tools and resources on LinkedIn, how to effectively communicate your authentic career story, and begin to develop a strategy for building your own brand within the LinkedIn community. Please ensure you have already created a LinkedIn account. If in person, please bring your own tablet or computer to the session if possible.

To learn more about how to effectively communicate your authentic career story with your profile, attend the LinkedIn 1 workshop as well.

Effective Networking 

Advance your career with authentic relationships

Wondering how to develop the 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 

If you are looking for a summer job, 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 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

Graduate School – Researching Programs and Writing Applications

Gather key info about further education options and stand out with a personal or research statement.

Overwhelmed with all the details involved when researching further education programs? Not sure how to make a strong impression with your personal statement or research statement? Researching further education options and deciding which programs will align with your career aspirations can be a daunting. Once you decide which programs to apply to, you’ll need to communicate why you should be accepted into it. In this workshop, you will receive an overview of details about further education programs, ways to research them, how to create a short list of programs to apply to, and write a strong personal or research statement that complements the rest of your application.

Book a career consultation appointment if you’d like to review a draft of your personal or research statement.