King's Promise for Students
The King’s Promise – Program Overview
The King’s Promise (KP) is a four-year co-curricular program that guarantees students a meaningful job within six months of graduation. If you don't accomplish this, you can return to King's for one additional year of courses and campus-based support, tuition-free.
What constitutes a “meaningful” job? It means that the role is aligned with the skills, competencies, and aspirations you developed at King’s, as well as your articulated career and life goals. The job may or may not be directly related to the subject matter of your degree but, more importantly, it will be related to the totality of your experience at King’s. Alternatively, if you are planning to go directly to grad school after King’s, the program will support you to achieve that goal!
Throughout your four years of undergraduate study, you will complete a minimum of 12 co-curricular activities to support your 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 program were developed based on the Outcome-Based Experiential Learning (OBEL) Framework (Hoessler & Godden, 2021), which provides recommended outcomes for experiential learning (EL) and work-integrated learning (WIL) to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including students, parents, schools, community partners, governments, and employers.
Throughout the King’s Promise program, students will be supported to achieve the following outcomes:
- Gain meaningful employment within six months of graduation
- Explore multiple career options
- Engage in professional networking and make professional connections
- 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)
Year 1: Self-discovery
- Complete four Career Fundamentals modules online via OWL (introduction to resume writing, interviewing, job searching, and career decision-making)
- Attend either a one-on-one career counselling session or a presentation led by a career counsellor on self-discovery topics (i.e., what are my interests, skills, goals, and aspirations?)
- Participate in a workshop on concepts related to time management, goal-setting, and self-directed learning
Year 2: Introduction to Experiential Learning
- Complete a Job Shadow placement* (matches are based on articulated interests)
- Complete Devant’s “Get Hired” masterclass online (deeper instruction on resume writing, interviewing, etc.)
- Select and participate in one experiential learning activity (examples include joining a club, taking a course with an EL component, or engagement with the community on or off campus)
Year 3: Experiential Learning and Skills Articulation
- Complete a second Job Shadow placement* (with different employer)
- Participate in a workshop on skills articulation (guided practice to prepare an application to an actual job posting)
- Select and participate in one more experiential learning activity (examples include joining a club or taking a course with an EL component)
Year 4: Making Connections
- Attend a job fair, volunteer fair, or Life After King’s panel discussion
- Build a LinkedIn profile and ePortfolio
- Complete a mock interview with Devant online and an informational interview with a company of choice*
*Companies selected for Job Shadow and informational interviews must be part of the King’s Promise employer partner network. You can direct any questions to the King’s Promise Program Coordinator (email@example.com).
How do I register and maintain enrolment?
To be eligible for the King’s Promise Program, you must:
- Be enroled in a four-year degree program at King’s
- Have NOT completed more than five credits at the time of registration in KP
- Maintain an average of 70% or higher in your courses
- Commit to completing the required activities each 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