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Queen's University

Alumni Career Liaison in English Literature


The Department of English at Queen's University is seeking Alumni in diverse occupations to consult with current Queen's English students about the relationship between literary studies and the workforce. To aid current students in attaining fulfilling careers upon graduation, we are looking for Alumni who would be willing to liaise with students over email (and/or potentially over the telephone, skype, or in person) regarding how their degrees prepared them for the work that they do and about best practices for marketing one's skills and expertise on the job market.


Major Duties & Responsibilities

Alumni will be asked to fill in a brief biographical form to be included in promotional material by the department that guides current students toward career options relevant to their interests. The form will include the alumni volunteer's name, graduate year, job title, organization/company, a 50-word biographical statement, one or two sentences about their experience of Queen's English, and an image (either of the alumni volunteer or pertaining to the career that individual is engaged with) suitable for inclusion in promotional materials. This information is crucial for alerting prospective and current students of English to the diverse career opportunities available to them with a Queen's degree in English. Potential involvement in Career Day, Majors' Night, Homecoming, and other Departmental Events as a career consultant and guest speaker.


Skills Required

  • Communicator
  • Influencer
  • Relationship Builder
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Skills Acquired

  • Experience working with technology
  • Leadership skills
  • Strategic thinking skills
  • Volunteer board experience


Volunteers are expected to identify to the English Departmental office on a yearly basis the Queen's English students with whom they have consulted within the previous twelve months


Time Commitment

We ask that Alumni Volunteers commit to such consultation for a three-year period, with a possibility of renewal. The estimated hours of consultation would be less than one hour per month for correspondence with students, and potentially up to three hours for individually arranged event attendance (like Homecoming, Majors' Night, etc).


Staff Partnership

Please contact the Head of the English Department with regard to this volunteer work at or by telephone at 613-533-6000 ext 74412.



Alumni Volunteers will the opportunity to connect with inspired Queen's students and to help them navigate the at times opaque world of the contemporary workforce; they will have the genuine opportunity to make a difference in students' lives. Also, those who attend and participate in events like those described above will be granted free entry in the events as well as offered a free meal, if meals are being served.


Additional Information


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.