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Queen's University

General Alumni Mentor - Queen's Connects Career Network


Queen's Connects General Alumni Mentors will provide encouragement and support for students and recent graduates by sharing their valuable insight, perspectives, and experiences to encourage career transition. Simply through membership in this group, General Alumni Mentors' LinkedIn profiles can provide insight and guidance to others searching for career options beyond graduation. Behind the scenes, each General Alumni Mentor will be responsible for monitoring the group while also adding to discussions based on individual experience throughout the year on various topics including: common career related questions, alumni branch information, industry, and degree/discipline outcomes.


Major Duties & Responsibilities

Willingness to share your career story and outlining your interests and topics about which you feel comfortable providing expertise or guidance. Welcome and engage with help-seekers in the forum by responding to questions or queries. Encourage people who reach out through private messaging to interact online through the forum so that more people can benefit. Monitor the group regularly and provide responses to new help-seeking posts or queries within 48 hours. Provide guidance and support strategizing, offer encouragement with the goal of helping to normalize the process of career transition and help identify other potential information sources. Providing contacts from your network is not an expectation although Alumni Mentors may choose to offer this at their discretion. Where appropriate, guide and support help-seekers based on your own experience of career development, industry, role, or geography. Consult with Queen's Connects Group Owners (Career Services or Alumni Relations) as appropriate and provide updates (e.g., time spent in online conversations, and offline meetings or calls, if offered).


Skills Required

  • Communicator
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills

Skills Acquired

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Strategic thinking skills
  • Written and oral communications skills


Volunteers report to/consult with the following Staff Partners: Owners of Queen's Connects from Alumni Relations & Annual Giving and/or the Owner of Queen's Connects at Career Services. Keep confidential information shared by help-seekers and colleagues acquired within the role as Alumni Mentor, except where reporting is mandated by law.


Time Commitment

  • 2 - 5 hours per month, depending on activity in the group

Staff Partnership

  • Ben Seewald; Alumni Officer, Students
  • Julia Blackstock; Career Counsellor and Career Services Peer Program Coordinator


  • Mentoring and coaching experience
  • Exclusive and tangible cooperation opportunities within the LinkedIn platform representing the greater QUAA and connecting with alumni, students, and other key stakeholders
  • Deeper appreciation/perspective of career transitions as a result of greater exposure to career development concepts and principles
  • Influencing strategic direction and priorities for a new initiative
  • Building a sense of community through online mentorship and engagement with those in transition
  • Building a positive, professional online reputation in the higher education environment

Additional Information

Volunteers in this role must have an active LinkedIn profile, be familiar with Queen's Connects, and with basic LinkedIn strategies. Prior mentoring experience is an asset but is not required.


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

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