King's Promise for Students
The King’s Promise – Program Overview for Students
The King’s Promise (KP) Program is a 4-year co-curricular program which guarantees students a meaningful job within 6 months of graduation. If this is not achieved, the student can return to King’s for one additional year of courses and campus-based support, tuition-free.
What constitutes a “meaningful” job? This means that the role is aligned with the skills, competencies, and aspirations the student has developed at King’s, as well as their articulated career and life goals. This job may or may not be directly related to the subject matter of their degree, but more importantly, it will be related to the totality of their experience at King’s.
Throughout their 4 years of undergraduate study, students complete 15 co-curricular activities to support their career development, enhance pre-employment skills, engage in experiential learning opportunities, gain tangible workplace experience, and develop the language necessary to identify and articulate the value of transferrable skills and holistic competencies. The King’s Promise Program empowers students to achieve their education, career, and life goals in line with King’s mission as “a Place to Be, Become, and Belong”.
Learning Outcomes for the King’s Promise were developed with reference to the Outcome-Based Experiential Learning (OBEL) Framework (Hoessler & Godden, 2021), which provides recommended outcomes for EL and WIL to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including students, parents, schools, community partners, governments, and employers.
Following completion of the 4-year King’s Promise Program, students will be able to:
- Gain meaningful employment within 6 months of graduation
- Explore multiple career options
- Apply networking skills and effectively build professional networks
- Demonstrate experience and awareness of workplace contexts and norms
- Demonstrate strong pre-employment skills in resume writing, interviewing, job searching, etc.
- Integrate theoretical knowledge developed in the classroom with practical applications
- Engage with the local community
- Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and self-confidence
- Demonstrate strong time management and goal setting skills
- Demonstrate competency in skills articulation (effectively articulate skills to potential employers and/or graduate schools)
Program Structure (*please note this is subject to change)
Students in the program complete 3-5 activities per year across 5 categories (described below). Before graduation, students must complete 3 activities in each category for a total of 15 activities. Some example activities are provided below but students are encouraged to work with the King’s Promise Coordinator to identify activities (either on campus or in the community) that are personally relevant and related to individual goals and aspirations. The five categories are as follows:
- Career Development (i.e. working with a campus-based or community-based Career Counsellor to support self-exploration, goal-setting, and awareness of a variety of career options and paths)
- Experiential Learning (i.e. practical experiences that include guided reflection. This may be curricular, co-curricular, or extra-curricular, and might involve joining a club or student association, completing a community-engaged learning project, attending a workshop, etc.).
- Work Integrated Learning (i.e. experiential learning that integrates academic studies with experience within a workplace or practice setting through internships, practicum placements, or job shadowing opportunities).
- Pre-employment Skills (i.e. development of skills and abilities related to resume writing, interviewing, and job searching).
- Networking and Relationship Building (i.e. building connections to professionals at organizations of interest by attending career fairs, info sessions, or other networking events on campus or in the community).
How do I register and maintain enrollment?
To be eligible for the King’s Promise Program, you must:
- Be enrolled in a 4-year degree program at King’s
- Have NOT completed more than 5 credits at the time of registration in KP
- Maintain an average of 70% or higher in your courses
- Commit to completing the required activities per year
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form online here or click the button above. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to:
King’s Promise Developer / Experiential Learning Coordinator - Student Affairs
King's University College at Western University
266 Epworth Avenue London, Ontario, Canada N6A 2M3
P. 519-433-3491 ext. 4722| P. 1-800-265-4406 | F. 519-963-1013