November is Canada Career Month, a coast-to-coast celebration of the importance of accessing meaningful work and all those that help us in connecting with our preferred futures. Throughout the month, King’s will be highlighting the range of curricular and co-curricular programs and services that assist our students to transition to meaningful careers as evidenced by the success of our alumni and students.

Such programs include:

  • The King’s Job Shadow Program gives students the chance to observe a professional in a role of interest, learn about a particular company or organization in the London community, and make connections to build their professional networks.
  • The King’s Promise is a signature co-curricular program that helps students to develop skills and competencies through activities and programming created or supported by King's. Students who complete the program but do not find employment within six months of graduation can return to King’s for up to one year, tuition-free.
  • Career Counselling at King’s is offered by professionally trained counsellors specializing in career development. Students can discuss career decision-making, choosing a major, job search, and future school planning.  By visiting Career Connect, students will find a hub of curated self-help career resources for exploring career choices, building experience and skills and launching an effective job search.

“Students need to be able to speak to their competencies and to articulate why they are relevant to their goals and aspirations. Programs like the King’s Promise will ensure that students develop this ability to identify and articulate their holistic skills and competencies in meaningful ways,” says Jenny Richmond-Bravo, Experiential Learning Coordinator / King’s Promise Developer.

During the week of November 14-18, King’s will be hosting King’s Career Week, a series of events and presentations to help prepare students to launch their careers and make a difference in London and beyond. This will be a chance for students to learn from mentors in various fields.

Some of the highlights of King’s Career Week will include:

  • From November 15-17, Susan Ackland, Career Counsellor, and Miriam Love, Manager, Academic Advising, will have a table set up in the King Student Life Centre for drop-in Q&A sessions about career counselling and academic advising.
  • The Life After King’s Entrepreneur Panel will bring together King’s alumni who have started their own businesses. This will take place on November 16 in the Kenny Theatre from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and is an excellent opportunity to be inspired and explore different career paths as panelists share their stories of turning their dreams into viable businesses.
  • The King’s Career Fair will also be held on November 16, in the King Student Life Centre from 1-4 p.m. This on-campus Career Fair gives our talented students a chance to connect with London’s diverse community of employers. Students can drop by to meet employers, learn about local companies, and make lasting professional connections.
  • The School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics will host Career Readiness Events throughout the month of November. Students can attend sessions on networking skills, cover letter and resume writing, the Software in Data Analysis and CORS Diploma, becoming a Certified Financial Planner and coffee time with Andrew MacNeil, ’17, BMOS Finance, and sales manager at Financial Horizons Group. Enrolment for these sessions is limited, so students are encouraged to sign up early and secure their spot.

“King’s is dedicated to helping students explore their career options and develop skills to support future employment as well as to become well-rounded individuals with a wide range of holistic competencies. We know that transferable and holistic competencies such as communication, problem-solving, time management, and self-confidence are so important when it comes to finding a job. These are the qualities that students are developing while they engage in higher education, no matter what degree program they are in,” says Richmond-Bravo.

A full list of events and more information for King’s Career Week can be found on our website.