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Career Services Peer working with a Queen's studentCareer Services Peer Program

Peers work with undergraduate and graduate students one-to-one on resumes and cover letters and focus primarily on strategies for improving resumes rather than proofing or editing. We are seeking individuals who would be interested in developing or furthering their coaching skills, in particular, learning how to guide interactions in appointments so as to lead to transformative learning (“Aha” moments) for clients.

Get Experience

Career Services Peers provide 6 half-hour appointments at Career Services per week during office hours (at times suited to their schedule).  Peers are provided with extensive training on coaching skills including: active listening, the ability to ask good questions, providing effective feedback, explaining options and strategies, and helping clients assess options and form their own goals. While these skills will focus on career strategies, they would be transferable to professional work that requires an advising or coaching skill set (such as consulting, law, counselling, teaching or academia, or work with any clients).  

The amount of supervision (some of it based on direct observation) available throughout the program makes this opportunity a significant one for a student seeking professional development in this area. 

Recruiting for 2018-19

Career Services is actively recruiting Career Services Peers with a focus on graduate applicants.  Please consult the volunteer position description titled Career Services Peer in myCareer or download the following pdf.  

Download the Job Description (PDF, 134 kB)

Deadline for applications:  11:59 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Please send your cover letter and resume as a single document (PDF is ideal) to cspeers@queensu.ca

Interviews: January 31, 2019 (am) and Monday, February 4 (pm) (or by mutual arrangement)

Training: Sat. Sept 7, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm, and Mon. Sept 9, 2019, 6-9 pm (mandatory)

For Questions and Information:

Julia Blackstock,  Career Counsellor and Career Services Peer Program Coordinator
Tel:  613-533-6000 X78350 
Email: cspeers@queensu.ca

Where Are They Now? 

Christina Lamparter

Christina Lamparter Ph.D.

Forensic Scientist, Toxicology Section, Ontario Centre for Forensic Sciences, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

"The skills I developed in the Peers program to constructively evaluate a document, ask good questions, and effectively explain options to clients have not only contributed to my successful job search after graduate school but continue to be valuable in my professional work with the Ontario government.

The Peers program provided me with a continued sense of community and support because of the wonderful Peer volunteers and positive interactions with other Queen’s students. After my appointments, I was always left with a sense of accomplishment and confidence that helped me to tackle the difficult hurdles of graduate school."

Peter Ballyk - MScAH 

CaseWorker, Vermont Council on Aging

"The Career Peer program was the single most important extra-curricular I was involved with in regard to my employability after school. I use the communication skills I acquired in the training program and practiced as a Peer every day in my current work."