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|Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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In This Issue:
One Stop Shop: Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started
This intensive workshop covers the essentials of preparing for a career outside academia.
Downtown Campus, Brown building, Room 3001
Dear Counselling Students & Recent Grads:
Whether you are looking for information on a career, scholarship information, tips on resume writing, contact information in the industries, or specifics on a program of study, the CaPS Career Resource Centre is here for you!
CaPS subscribes to a number of publications and online services that may be of interest to counselling students. Here are some examples:
Contact the CaPS Resource Consultant for further information.
Joining a Professional Association is a Worthwhile Investment
I am always surprised when I hear students are spending 95% of their time searching for a job on the web. But, what is the percent of jobs that can be found this way, 5%, 10% or maybe 20% depending on the field? That does not sound like a good investment of their time. It is better to spend 85% of your time networking and to find the job you love this way! A good avenue is to join CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) and QCA (Quebec Counselling Association) so that you can mingle, network, make friends in your area of interest and you will see the results paying off in no time.
Need more tips and motivation on the your search? Come and see your Career Advisor, Janice Tester (514-398-3304), always willing to work with you on the pursuit of your dreams.
The Fees to Join CCPA (which include QCA as well) are:
Please note that if you join now, as a student, your fee after one year will still be that of a student. Take advantage!
Are you thinking of moving to another province?
Find out about some of the considerations regarding certification. CCPA’s website has a section dedicated to provincial requirements: http://www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/theprofession/counsellormobility/
“Private practice is a multifaceted career that allows a great deal of autonomy and flexibility, but requires both clinical and entrepreneurial skills.” (Stenberg, 2000). The best thing about having your private practice, as with having your own business, is that you’d be the boss and you get to determine your time, your system, etc. Plus, you’d be sure to get most of what you earn. You are your own corporation. Isn’t that exciting?
If you’re willing to take the risks of setting up your private practice in therapy, then here are some pointers that would definitely help you out:
As could be expected, my experiences in the two services were quite different from each other. In my one day per week in the Counselling Service I learned how to work individually with students, to conceptualize cases and treatment plans. Specifically, I was invited to participate in the service’s weekly case conferencing, where I not only had the opportunity to bring in my own cases for discussion, but also learned vicariously through the cases of the seasoned counsellors. I also had the advantage of sitting with a smaller client caseload than the full-time counselling interns. Because I only ever saw a maximum of five counselling clients per week, I was able to ease into the counsellor role more slowly, concentrating on fewer cases at a time and building my caseload throughout the year. As a counsellor in the Counselling Service, I took several cases and worked with them in depth. I saw clients grow and improve over time, and witnessed the positive effect of the counsellor-client relationship, in some cases over the course of seven months.
In my two days a week at CaPS, on the other hand, I learned how to be a multi-tasker, and a jack-of-all-trades. I met one-on-one with students for periods of 15 minutes, half an hour, or an hour at a time; sometimes only once, and sometimes for several sessions, as needed. I learned how to review C.V.’s, cover letters, and personal statements to make them stand out, and how to generally help students manage the anxiety involved in choosing a career path. I ran workshops and helped with career fairs and panels, learning firsthand from speakers about how their career paths unfolded. At CaPS, I was as much a student and teacher as I was a counsellor, learning new skills and resources and sharing them with students to help them on their way.
Wearing two “hats” as a personal counsellor in the Counselling Service, and Career Advisor at CaPS had the obvious advantage of exposing me to a diverse range of clients with a diverse range of needs. This clearly helped me in my job search as it provided me with a broad range of skills to transfer to my clinical work, and also helped me personally as I looked for work within the field—after mastering the art of C.V. and cover letter writing I was perfectly set to create my own job search tools! In addition to this, there was a hidden advantage of working in the two services: The exposure I had to so many different counsellors. Above and beyond the direct learning that took place in my shadowing their work and sharing ideas, being personally connected to more than 25 counsellors created for me an invaluable network that eventually led to my finding and securing my current position as a Career Counsellor at YES Montreal. As an intern at CaPS I can’t even count the number of times I have told students how important a network can be in finding a good job. I can now say that I have experienced this firsthand, as my new network of colleagues at McGill were the ones who alerted me to the position, urged me to apply and acted as references even before I had my interview.
I am grateful to the team at McGill student services for all that they have given me: Their knowledge, their time and their support. I know that I will carry with me all that I have learned and will always look back on this experience with fond memories.
Design: Sasha Foster-Andres