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Music Career Drop-In Hours
Reminder: CaPS and your Career Advisor for Music Students are here to help!
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable and productive summer, whether you spent it working, interning, studying, travelling, practicing or some combination of all of the above!
There is a great deal to think about and organize during the first weeks of September, but once the dust settles remember that McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS) and myself, Jan Bottomer, the Career Advisor for Music Students, are here to help you out with career questions and concerns. If you are wondering about career options both inside and outside the music industry, trying to figure out whether a performing career is for you, applying for grants, in need of job search strategies or resources, looking for internship or volunteer opportunities, or to have your C.V. or promotional materials reviewed, please feel free to make an appointment at CaPS (Suite 2200 in the Brown Student Services Building), to come by Music Career Drop-In (see below), or to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue:
I encourage you to stop by my office in Suite 2200 in the Brown Students Services building this year to:
CaPS also has a subscription to “Bridge – Worldwide Music Connection” a fabulous online resource which allows you to search over 2000 opportunities in music. For log-in information, please contact me.
You will also want to familiarize yourself with myFuture - CaPS' job search and career tools suite. It contains hundreds of jobs and internship opportunities, as well as links to many different resources.
People volunteer their time and energy for many reasons. Volunteering is a fantastic way to make use of your talents, to learn and develop useful and marketable skills, to meet new people in your field, to explore new interests, to try out or observe potential jobs and careers, to gain experience, to give back to your community and to have a great time in the process. Employers and graduate schools alike view the skills and experience gained from volunteering very positively – unpaid experience is still valuable experience.
As a musician, you can volunteer your music-related talents in a number of ways, from performing to teaching to organizing concerts or coordinating music programs and sing-alongs. You could also approach volunteering as a way to expand your skill set and range of experience, by trying out a new activity or field. This is critical whether you are considering a career inside or outside of the Music Industry. You can volunteer in sectors as diverse as arts and culture, the environment, community development, health and social services, sports and recreation and education. You can work with kids, the homeless, seniors, immigrants, people with special needs, hospital patients and teenagers…the opportunities are many and often limited only by your own imagination!
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, a great place to begin your search is the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal. This organization has an excellent website where you can search for opportunities, and placement counsellors are also available if you are not able to find exactly what you are looking for on the website. Tips for first-time volunteers can be found here: http://cabm.net/en/First.
The CaPS website has a Volunteering section with extensive resource listings including ideas for volunteering at and around McGill.
The Students Society of McGill University (SSMU) holds Volunteer Fairs every fall. Mark Thursday, September 24th on your calendar!
The Montreal Heart of the City Piano Program is a branch of a great national initiative which provides free piano lessons to inner-city kids by bringing volunteers into their schools.
Design: Owen Ripley