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In this issue:

Grad Workshops

Other Workshops of Interest

External Events and News

Contact Me

News from ISS: Off-Campus Work Program for International Students

The new Off-Campus Work Program for International Students was launched by Immigration Canada in May 2006.

The OCWP (Off-Campus Work Permit) allows an international student to work 20 hours per week while attending classes and 40 hours per week during any school breaks (i.e. spring break). Your OCWP will have the same validity period as your Study Permit.

More importantly if you have a valid Off-Campus Work Permit (period of study plus 90 days) and you will be graduating in May, you will be able to start the job for which you have received an offer while awaiting the Work Permit you applied for under the Post-Graduation Employment Program.

Apply for an OCWP now if you are planning to work during the summer!

For all the details on the OCWP and the Post-Graduation Work Permit requirements and conditions please refer ISS' website.

If you have any questions about working opportunities for international students please stop by ISS.

Applying for Teaching Positions at Cégeps?

Those students applying to French CEGEPS for teaching positions, do so through a centralized website managed by the Federation de CEGEPS. You can view job postings and make an application.

Graduate Student Art Exhibition

Friday, March 16th
Thomson House, 15h00-17h00

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

March 2, 2007

Graduate Career Week is coming up (March 12th through March 16th)! Be sure to register by clicking on the link above.

Sign-up for the Science and/or Arts Cafés (part of Grad Career Week)
To make the most of Grad Career Week, our office encourages you to sign up for the Science or Arts Café. The primary concern grad students have is that they know few people outside of McGill. Here is your chance to branch out. Even if the person sitting at a table is not directly related to your field of interest, meet them anyhow, find out who they know and get a referral. Practice the art of informational interviewing. Networking is a slow process but most effective in leading to employment opportunities. If you are not sure who would be best for you to sign up with, email us and we will guide you.

Workshops Exclusively for Grad Students

  • Making the Most of Graduate Career Week: Networking Made Easy
    Get some last minute tips on how to maximize your networking opportunities in the week ahead & for future contact building activities. Learn how to make the most of career fairs, the networking cafe, panel discussions & presentations.

  • 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.
  • C.V.'s 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.
  • "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.

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Workshops of Interest to Grad Students

  • Careers and Queers
    This workshop is targeted at lesbian, gay and bisexual students who want to examine how being queer affects career decisions and the job search.
  • Cold Calling as a Job Search Skill
    Afraid of making that cold call? You will learn how to effectively prepare your cold call to obtain a successful outcome. Not too much theory, but lots of practice.

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External Events and News

The T-PULSE Science Graduate Teaching Fellows are hosting a lecture on Teaching Tips for Effective Science Lectures on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 from 4:30 - 5:45 pm in the Redpath Museum Auditorium. Below is a summary of the lecture or check out their website.

  • Teaching Tips for Effective Science Lectures
    Concrete Strategies to Engage Students and Increase Learning

Research has shown that increasing student interaction in science lectures significantly increases conceptual learning. We will demonstrate simple teaching strategies, using science content, that can be incorporated into lectures to improve student learning and discuss some key aspects to planning a lecture or conference session.

The focus on lecturing and the application of learner-centered teaching strategies is complementary to the 2-day T-PULSE graduate teaching workshop.

  • Wednesday, March 21st, 16h30-17h45
    Redpath Auditorium, Redpath Museum (followed by wine & cheese)

For more information contact:
David Syncox
Grants Officer
Tomlinson Project
in University-Level Science Education
Faculty of Science
McGill University
Redpath Museum, Room 202
859 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6
Phone: 514-398-3034
Fax: 514-398-3185
Email: david.syncox@mcgill.ca

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