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.
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:
Participating in the Graduate group of Queen’s Connects – a discussion group on LinkedIn to facilitate career conversations between students and alumni.
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.
The commitment we are seeking is primarily volunteering time for a particular event such as Graduate Career Week (Oct 19-23, 2015), 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 (to be developed, anticipated time commitment for this program is a couple of hours per month) as well as in the Queen’s Connects LinkedIn discussion group.
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 email@example.com