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Queen's University

Career Mentor & Resource Person for Graduate Students


In celebration of Queen's 175th birthday in 2016, we are looking for 175 mentors. Will you be one of them?

The School of Graduate Studies is seeking volunteers to engage with current graduate students and recent grads virtually and in person on various topics that centre on career preparedness and opportunities. The objective is to enhance graduate student success.


Major Duties & Responsibilities

Graduate students, particularly in doctoral-stream and PhD studies, often have difficulty contemplating how their training and skills might prepare them for careers in and out of academia and are concerned about job prospects. Alumni from graduate programs have gone on to pursue successful careers in various settings and locations world-wide and those in leadership roles may have advice for new graduates on how to optimize their employability. 

Different volunteer roles require different skills and competencies. Alumni mentors can be accommodated to participate in a role that suits them best. Some examples of volunteer roles:

  • Becoming part of an "Ask an Alum" network (mentoring graduate students as they approach their career)
  • Being part of a panel on marketing your graduate skills and training for the job market
  • Being part of a panel on the lived experience (bridging your graduate studies experience with career success)
  • Becoming an mentor to graduate students for the "PhD-Community Initiative"
  • Speaking about your road to success (and the bumps along the way)
  • Participating as someone whose career path we profile on our website
  • Participating in Queen’s Connects – a discussion group on LinkedIn to facilitate career conversations between students and alumni

Skills Required

  • Communicator
  • Creative Thinker
  • Initiator
  • Leader
  • Public speaking skills
  • Relationship Builder
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Team Player

Skills Acquired

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks/deadlines
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Experience working with technology
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of social media platforms
  • Strategic thinking skills
  • Time management skills
  • Volunteer management
  • Written and oral communications skills


Generally there would be some advance preparation required if participating as a panelist or speaker at an event organized for graduate students. Planning leading up to the event would typically be managed by email or telephone. 


Time Commitment

The commitment we are seeking is primarily volunteering time for a particular event such as Graduate Career Week (Oct 11-14, 2016), or a session offered as part of our Professional and Skills Development workshop series scheduled throughout the year. Volunteers who do not live close to Kingston can also be involved in an online Ask an Alum network on career advice (anticipated time commitment for this program is a couple of hours per month) as well as in the Queen’s Connects LinkedIn discussion group.


Staff Partnership

For support and assistance with any role-related issues or concerns, please contact Rebecca Huegler Coordinator of Communications at the School of Graduate Studies at



  • Increasing one's network of Queen' s graduates
  • Staying abreast of current issues and activities relevant to Graduate Studies

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.