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Upcoming Events

Grad Workshops

Other Workshops

News and Tips

Contact Me


Graduate Career Week 2007

CAPS/PGSS has begun planning Graduate Career Week according to your feedback in our recent Graduate Student Survey. Thank you to the 250+ students who responded! To view the results, click here.

To organize the Academic Job Search segment you wanted, I need your help in identifying faculty who:

A) work outside the university-as consultants, on contract, self employed

B) were recently recruited

C) sit on hiring committees

D) are good presenters

E) exceptional in any way (please explain)

Please send me your suggestions. Referrals will make all the difference!

Thank you!


Grad of the Year!

Lina Kalfayan

Recipient of the 2006 Forces AVENIR Personality Award for Graduates of the 2005 Canada Corps Internship Program, Lina Kalfayan is about to graduate from McGill with a Ph.D. in immunology, aspiring to become an ambassador of humanitarian aid.

Promoting determination, solidarity, and social commitment, this citizen of the world has seen her excellent university career honoured by numerous scholarships and awards, in particular from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2005, upon witnessing the ravages caused by the tsunami in India, she actively took part in the country’s reconstruction following a fund-raising campaign in Montreal. As a Youth Speaker of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), she also heightens awareness of international development among youngsters.

"If the youth of today can keep their humanity vibrant, if they can look beyond their personal and academic targets, if they dare to step forward from their daily life and make the choice of contributing to the welfare of this world, then - no matter the socio-economic and political labyrinths we might find ourselves entangled in - the youth of tomorrow will live in a better world.

To all my fellow students I say: dare to take this step today, your very life and that of many others around you will be transformed beyond your wildest expectations." 

Lina appeared in the December 2006 special edition of the magazine L’Actualité as one of 30 people from Quebec under the theme “30 regards sur aujourd’hui, 30 visions pour demain”.  To read an article in McGill Reporter profiling Lina’s social engagement, click here.


CAPS Career Month

CAPS is happy to inform you of our annual CAPS Career Month (Jan 15-Feb 16). It will be full of activities that can help you explore a number of careers or assist you in the actual job search in order to find the job you'd love to do. Check out the schedule of events for details of career fairs, targeted panel discussions, company presentations, career development workshops and more.


Some helpful websites for the academic job hunter:

www.universityaffairs.ca
www.chronicle.com/jobs
www.higheredjobs.com
www.phds.org
www.academic360.com


Contact me

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

Happy holidays!

Susan Molnar, M.Ed.
Graduate Career Advisor
(514) 398-3304 x0759
susan.molnar@mcgill.ca

January 1, 2007

Happy New Year and welcome back! As always, Career and Placement Service (CAPS) is here to serve you in your career education and job search. Check out what's happening in January at CAPS. To book an advising session with either Lorna or Susan, call the front desk at 514-398-3304 x0321. We are available for Grad CV Drop-In on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 14h30-16h00.


Upcoming Events

  • Company Tour: Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal
    You are invited to attend a tour of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM). The tour will consist of 2 or 3 laboratories and the common research services (flow cytoflurometry, micoscopy, molecular biology, genomics, etc.). With over 34 research units, IRCM is seeking highly skilled young scientists who wish to pursue their graduate or post-graduate training in their stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment. They are only able to accommodate 25 students so it is imperative that those who sign up are available to attend. A $10 refundable deposit is mandatory. Registered students are asked to meet in the lobby of the Brown Building for 13h30 on January 31st. At this time, the group will walk over together to the IRCM offices. Anybody not able to register can e-mail Linda Cicuta to be put on a waiting list.
  • PhD Support Group
    Working toward a PhD and completing a dissertation can often be a frustrating and 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 and invited speakers. A new 15 week PhD Support Group starts in January.

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Workshops Exclusively for Grad Students
  • Workshop: Getting a Non-Academic Job with Your Graduate Degree: Sciences and Engineering
    Are you considering a career outside of academia? This workshop will help reveal the opportunities open to you in a range of alternative career areas. Will we show you how to imagine and actively plan for a variety of post-academic career options, provide advice on how to identify relevant skills, and help to get you started on a winning job search strategy.
  • Workshop: Getting a Non-Academic Job with Your Graduate Degree: Humanities and Social Sciences
    Are you considering a career outside of academia? This workshop will help reveal the opportunities open to you in a range of alternative career areas. We will show you how to imagine and actively plan for a variety of post-academic career options, provide advice on how to identify relevant skills, and help to get you started on a winning job search strategy.
  • Workshop: Successful Interview Techniques for Graduate Students (M, PhD, Post Docs)
    A highly interactive workshop that covers what to do before, during and after a non-academic interview.
  • Workshop: CVs for Graduate Students (Sciences and Engineering)
    This workshop will show you how to market your graduate experience to employers beyond the university and to craft a C.V. that will get their attention. This session emphasizes C.V.'s as an active element of your job search, the importance of targeting, and the effective presentation of transferable skills.
  • Workshop: CVs for Graduate Students (Humanities and Social Sciences)
    This workshop will show you how to market your graduate experience to employers beyond the university and to craft a C.V. that will get their attention. This session emphasizes C.V.'s as an active element of your job search, the importance of targeting, and the effective presentation of transferable skills.
  • Workshop: "What Did I Learn in Graduate School Anyway?" Discovering Your Transferable Skills
    Your graduate studies have taught you much more than your might realize. Come learn how to re-articulate your graduate school experience to a wide range of employers. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own CV's to this event.
  • Workshop: Networking Skills for Graduate Students and Post-Docs
    A highly interactive workshop that covers what to do before, during and after an interview.

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Workshops of Interest to Grad Students

  • Workshop: Case Interviews
    An interactive workshop that walks you through case examples and provides tips on how to survive a case interview for management consulting and finance positions.
  • 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.

  • Workshop: Making the Most of a Career Fairs
    Friday, January 26th, 10h00-11h30
    Brown Building, Room 5001
    Registration is required
  • Workshop: Professional Sales - The Rebel Career
    Are you a "people person"? Have strong communication skills? Enjoy helping others and finding solutions to their problems? You can turn your social talents into core strengths for one of the most misunderstood (and highly lucrative) career paths that exist today - the career of a Sales Professional. Come and discover why you are wrong to think that sales is not for you.
  • Workshop: International Students: Adapting to the Canadian Job Market
    As an international student, learn how to make the cultural transition to the Canadian job market.

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News and Tips

  • The Artists Among Us
    Thank you to those who have submitted thus far! Please send your digital photos before January 15th. For more information, click here.

  • CEGEP Panel
    For those of you who were unable to attend the CEGEP Panel Discussion, please note that it is available in our Resource Centre as a DVD. Stop by and check it out!

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