Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Careers in mind

Already just a few weeks into a new school year, and recruiters are making their way to campus to start hiring students for next summer!  It does seem to be a bit of a mis-fit, but careers and employment are both things that all students should keep in mind. Yes, we go to school to learn, but ultimately we also attend school to make ourselves more employable. This issue brings some ideas related to careers and thinking ahead, as it's never too early to start the exploration!  If you know of Aboriginal youth interested in engineering as a career option, or are simply wanting to learn more about the exciting opportunities associated with this profession, please contact us for additional information about our program. Education is a journey of a lifetime, and we aim to help support that journey.  Please follow us on facebook and twitter for regular updates in Aboriginal STEM initiatives.

I'm a Chemical Engineer

New series for students 8-14 years
Aboriginal Access to Engineering is proud to introduce I'm a Chemical Engineer, the first in our We're Engineers series of publications.  I'm a Chemical Engineer introduces chemical engineering to youth through the narration of Siobhan Dooley, Sc'12. Written in an accessible comic-book style, I'm a Chemical Engineer aims to engage young Aboriginal readers with the possibility of a future in science and engineering.  Click here to order your copy today, and preview online at Issuu.

For Parents and Teachers

Career Awareness in Elementary School

While students in the primary grades may be nowhere near thinking about the end of their school days, they have often started dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up! Anyone who has worked with young children know that they begin to role play different careers as early as 3 years old.  Introducing children to a wide variety of career options in elementary school isn't that far fetched, and in fact, helps them begin to develop self awareness.  They start to see themselves for their strengths and interests and how that could relate to future employment. Some ideas in this pamphlet help start the conversation with your children!


Career Talk for Teens

Quick Fact: Parents are the greatest influence on teens' career choices!  Teenagers are much closer to the workforce than younger children...they may even be started on part-time jobs in areas that interest them.  How can a parent help guide a teen through a seemingly endless variety of choices when it comes to careers?  The BC government has put together this great resource for parents of teens when it comes time to talk work. 

On Campus Events

Four Directions welcomes all to their cultural and social programming events.  Most events are free.
Oct 18  7:00 pm
Song of the North: Tanya Tagaq Inuit Throat Singing at St. Andrews Church (Princess & Clergy)
Oct  25  3:00-4:00 pm
Frybread Fryday
Oct  25  7:00 pm
Student Trip to Fort Fright
tickets ($17) from Mary at 4D
Fridays in November  4:00 pm
Moccasin Making
Nov  6  5:00-7:00 pm
Nov  8- 9
15th Annual Symposium on Indigenous Research

For more information contact Vanessa McCourt 613-533-6823
Four Directions Aboriginal Centre

Community Career Fairs

Aboriginal Access to Engineering hits the road!  On the subject of careers, AAE knows that many Aboriginal communities and organizations across Ontario host their own career fairs.  Thanks to new funding, we are now available to attend more career fairs in 2014 and beyond!  If you'd like a representative from AAE to attend your community career fair in order to share information about engineering, please let us know!  We'll do our best to come and see you and your students, wherever you may be. We are also available to attend larger out-of-province career fairs, all it takes is an invitation.

Students' Section

Career Conferences
As we get ready to attend the Soaring Youth Career Conference in Edmonton in a few weeks, we realize not everyone is able to attend a career fair IRL.  Why not check out an online version?  Indspire has a section just for youth, to help guide your choices as you start thinking about your future.

Aboriginal Lynx
This past Month, Cyndy Bermingham came to visit the Queen's campus to introduce the Aboriginal Lynx program.  Lynx is an online job search board, where employers interested in Aboriginal recruitment post their available positions. Aboriginal Post-Secondary students from across Cnaada are encouraged to register, regardless of whether your university or college is a partner of Lynx or not.  Last year, over 1400 jobs were posted to Lynx!  It's prime hiring season for summer internships....check Lynx out today!

Upcoming Conferences

Power of Water Canada
Ontario Waterpower Association
October 20-22, 2013
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Soaring Career Conference

November 6, 2013
Edmonton, AB

Diversity: vive la différence!
Ontario School Counsellors' Association

Keynote speaker Susan Aglukark
November 10-12, 2013
Toronto, ON

Igniting Curiosity
Science Teachers Association of Ontario

November 14-16, 2013
Toronto, ON
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