Announcing a free non-credit course at King’s to help you understand the possibilities, dig deeper into your values and interests, and frame your abilities for potential employers.
This course will be your passport to the changing landscape of work, helping you to chart a course towards your goals, speak the language of this foreign land, and unlock opportunities you didn’t even know existed.
A special emphasis will be placed on the compatibility between a liberal arts education and opportunities in the innovation space. For us, this includes small to medium sized not-for-profits, social enterprises, and businesses that are trying something new and creative and are driven by a desire to make an impact on the world. These enterprises, and business in general, value the “human skills” that a liberal arts education cultivates. Liberal Arts Passport to Innovation will help make the connection between what you have to offer and what employers need.
Participants who have fully completed the course and demonstrated readiness for the workplace will have the opportunity to follow the course with a paid ten-week summer internship in the innovation space arranged with support from the program coach and funded through KELP.
Liberal Arts Passport to Innovation is a hybrid program (part online and part on-campus) that consists of six online modules (asynchronous) and six on-campus group coaching sessions of one hour each.
You’ll come away from the program able to:
To make it easy to fit the program into your schedule, you’ll have two weeks to complete each online module, which includes about 90 minutes of short videos, tools, tip sheets, and activities.
The on-campus coaching sessions will take place on six Tuesdays throughout the term from 11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Feb 7, 14, 28, and Mar 7, 14, 21). No class during Reading Week.
“I would definitely recommend Liberal Arts Passport to Innovation! I think it is a minor time commitment that I got a lot out of. Being a liberal arts student there is often a sense that we are less likely to be hired, so having a program that made me feel like I will be valued alongside my education was really reassuring! This program can be really useful for students in similar educational programs to understand their potential as an employee and know how to market themselves.”
Anna Carsley-Jones, Foundation Year Program
“I think that there is a big fear in graduating liberal arts students around not having any hard skills or courses specific to the industry they want to enter. Above all this course boosts confidence.”
Savannah Charbonneau, Classics and Contemporary Studies, final year
Online modules are led by King’s alum Dr. Dawn Henwood, a former English professor who is now an entrepreneur serving the startup ecosystem. Dawn’s company, Clarity Studio, helps innovators express complex ideas clearly and simply, in ways that connect with their audience and make great things happen. Dawn was the Manager of Experiential Learning at Mount Allison University before founding her company.
In-person coaching sessions will be led by Joanna Sheridan, Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Public Humanities. Joanna developed the King’s Experiential Learning Program and has helped many students start begin their journey towards fulfilling careers over the past decade.
All King’s students are invited to enroll in this non-credit course regardless of year of study or program. Enrollment is absolutely free. Reserve your spot today! Registration ends January 31, 2023.
Read more about the origins of the course in this article by student journalist Josh Neufeldt.
For more information, contact Joanna Sheridan, Public Humanities and Experiential Learning Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King’s Experiential Learning Program (KELP) is made possible with assistance from the RBC Foundation through its Future Launch initiative.
*The enrolment cap of eight students refers to the offer of completing the course and securing funding through KELP for a summer internship. The course itself (without guaranteed internship funding) is unlimited enrolment.