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In this issue:

Campus Events


News and Tips

Contact Me

Need a winter coat?

There is a Winter Coat Program for international students run by the Chaplaincy Office.

Need a laugh?

Check out www.phdcomics.com.

University Affairs

For those of you who had the pleasure of working with Jeff Osweiler (Graduate Career Advisor), and wondered where he went since leaving McGill, this is the scoop: he has been working as a careers editor and project coordinator on a new website on career development for Canada’s higher education sector, with the primary emphasis on graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty.  This project is offered under the umbrella of University Affairs magazine.  Their new careers website is now live (or in French), and populated with a range of career development content and features, including monthly articles written by careers experts, an online career advice column, and a comprehensive academic job search database that contains virtually every academic job in the Canadian market (around 500 postings/month on average). 

Graduate Student Career Week 2007 Interest Survey - 10 short questions!

The annual Graduate Student Career Week will run from March 12-16, 2007. In order to cater to your career interests and needs, the PGSS/CAPS Advisory Board needs to know what you want and expect from this event.

Please fill out our short survey.

Public Service Commission of Canada

Student Ambassador Lauren Walshe-Roussel is here at CAPS on Tuesdays from 11h-12h to answer your questions about applying for federal government jobs. For more information about working for the federal government, visit www.jobs.gc.ca.

Sign up for the Scoop today!

Have you heard about CAPS' monthly publication, the CAPS Scoop?

The Scoop is a great source of employment tips, trends and events, delivered to your e-mail the first week of every month.

Check out previous issues of the Scoop online and be sure to REGISTER to receive it monthly!

Contact me

If you have any suggestions about how we can better serve you, don't hesitate to contact me.

Susan Molnar, M.Ed.
Graduate Career Advisor
(514) 398-3304 x0759

December 1, 2006

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Season's greetings! There are numerous events and workshops taking place before the holidays. I encourage you to check out them out below. From all of us at CAPS, I wish you a very restful break.

Campus Events

  • CEGEP Panel Discussion
    Friday, December 1st
    Registration is now closed due to an overwhelming response. However, the Panel Discussion will be recorded. The audio component will be available online and the CD will be available from our Resource Centre.

  • McKinsey & Co. Recruitment Presentation (Masters and PhDs)
    Why should a PhD be interested in McKinsey & Company?  We offer the most exciting opportunity for PhDs looking to transition from academia to management.  We are management consultants working with senior executives of corporations, governments and non-profits to solve their most critical business and management issues. We encourage you to visit our website.  We will be on campus on December 7 at the Faculty Club to meet you and answer your questions.  We look forward to meeting you all.
  • PhD Support Group
    Working toward a PhD and completing a dissertation can often be a frustrating, isolating experience, but making progress and pursuing your objectives is often easier when you can draw positive strategies, advice and support from other doctoral students. A new 15 week PhD Support Group starts in January.

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  • Workshop: New Beginnings: Taking Action
    Are you a recent immigrant? Will you be entering the job market soon? Are you looking for information on job search strategies? This workshop is for you. Join us for this intensive 2 hour workshop focussing on the special needs and concerns of new immigrants to Canada with regard to job search strategies. NOTE: This workshop is specifically designed for New Permanent Residents and New Citizens studying at McGill.
  • Workshop: Successful Interview Techniques for Graduate Students
    Monday, December 4th, 15h00-16h30
    Thompson House Ballroom
    Registration is required

  • Workshop: Successful Interview Techniques for Graduate Students
    Monday, December 18th, 15h00-16h30
    Thompson House Ballroom
    Registration is required

  • Workshop: Make a Profit from your Creative Pursuits
    Do you paint? Take photographs? Dance? Have you ever wondered how to turn your art into a part-time business? Come to this workshop to find out how to turn your creative pursuits into self-employment opportunities! Learn about basic business skills (marketing, accounting, and legal tips) and turn your expensive hobby into a secondary source of income. Business Skills for Creative Souls - The Montreal Artists Handbook ($19.95) is optional.
  • Program for the Advancement of Career Exploration (P.A.C.E.): Graduate Series
    P.A.C.E. is a workshop series designed to help you make decisions related to your field of study and eventual career path. Each workshop is two hours long. The four workshops are spaced one week apart to allow time for vocational testing and occupational research. This is the best self-assessment deal in town! The cost is $5.00. Sign up while you can! Spaces are limited.
    • April 13th, 20th, 27th and May 4th
      Sign up in the Counselling Office (Brown Building, Suite 4200) or by calling 514-398-3601

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News and Tips

  • Arts Internships
    Gain relevant work experience in your field of study! Did you know that Arts Internships are available to graduate students? For more information, contact:
    • Anne Turner
      Faculty of Arts Internship Office, Arts Building 110
      Tel: 514-398-2916

  • English Pronunciation Course
    The English and French Language Centre offers two courses for graduate students whose first language is not English. See their website for course descriptions and details. Note that the main objective of ESLN 650, Pronunciation and Communication, is to help students become more effective presenters of their research at conferences and at seminars. It will also help with job interviews! For more information, contact:
    • Carolyn Samuel
      English and French Language Centre, Office 282
      688 Sherbrooke West.
      Tel: 514-398-4172, x. 00032

  • www.canlearn.ca
    Have career-related questions that need some answers? www.canlearn.ca gives you access to an online counsellor who will research and respond to your questions within 3 days for free! Ask as many questions as you like, limit your question to 1000 characters or less, describe your situation in detail (degree, province, objectives) so that the answer will be as relevant to your specific situation as possible. If you have multiple questions, be sure to divide them into several questions so that you can maximise the information you receive.

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© 2006 Career and Placement Service
Content: Susan Molnar
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