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April 2009

Graduate Career Advisors @ CaPS

Susan Molnar and Lorna MacEachern are available to meet with you to discuss your career options and job search strategies.

To book an appointment, call 514-398-3304, x0321.


Advising & CV Drop-In

Advising and CV Drop-In will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15h00-16h30 and Fridays from 10h00-11h30 and does not require an appointment. First come, first served.

Job Finding Club

Work with fourteen other students all looking to find a job. You will have each other for support, with the assistance of the CaPS facilitator, Janice Tester, and career advisors. It is a two-week intensive program designed to empower you to find work in your field and in a job you will love.

There is no administrative fee to participate. The only cost to the student is for the purchase of the Job Search Handbook ($8).

You need to apply and we consider people on a first-come-first-served basis.  You will register at the CaPS reception by filling out an application form and submitting your CV. After which, we will contact you for a selection interview with an advisor. 

The dates of the next Job Finding Clubs are:

May 4th to 15th, 2009
May 25th to June 5th, 2009
August 17th to 28th, 2009

Are you ready for this wonderful opportunity?  Check out the program on our website for full details and/or come to our office.

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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

Thank you to all those who participated in Grad Career Week 2009!

Grad Career Week was attended by hundreds of students and was a big success. It included presentations on “What Not to Wear”, “Public Presentation Skills: and “Salary Negotiations” as well as a host of “speed career mentoring” opportunities for students interested in exploring careers in communication, consulting, science and international development arenas.

For a complete listing of the events that took place and presenters, click here.

Next year we will organize similar events for grad students.

In this issue:

Networking and the Art of Receiving
The Non-Profit Sector - A World of Opportunity for Meaningful Careers!

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Networking and the Art of Receiving

by Susan Molnar, CaPS Graduate Career Advisor

Grad students have many misconceptions about networking. This article (which appeared last month) has 9 important tips about networking and why you should embrace it, rather than fear it.


Think about how you got to where you are today. Likely your decisions have been influenced by a few key people along the way. Perhaps it was a high school teacher who inspired your love for biology, and here you are pursuing a PhD, or maybe a parent who discouraged you from following in their footsteps and so you didn’t, or potentially even a rejection letter led you to your second choice, which ended up being a perfect gift. Maybe it was a complete stranger, who gave you some great advice that you acted on, or the person she introduced you to which led to a successful marriage! Many people touch our lives in ways we can’t predict or quantify. Naturally and inadvertently, our environment has a lasting impact on our careers. If we view the process of meeting people as a mystery novel unfolding, never really knowing who will lead us to our next adventure, perhaps we can greet our encounters with a heightened sense of curiosity and excitement. We really have no idea when someone will share useful advice, make a helpful introduction or spare us future heartache.

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The Non-Profit Sector - A World of Opportunity for Meaningful Careers!

by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Music and Arts Career Advisor

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Confucius said a lot of things right, and the above quote resonates profoundly with the many job seekers who strive to create careers and lives that are about more than just the paycheque, searching for ways to combine their interests, skills, passion and values into a meaningful career. The nonprofit sector can be an ideal fit for those looking for more than “just a job” but there are a lot of misconceptions and a general lack of understanding about the kinds of organizations the sector encompasses and the range of opportunities available. Read on for more information about this dynamic and varied sector, the rewards and challenges of a career in non-profit work and tips for entering the field.

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Workshops for Grad Students

Registration for all of the following workshops is available through myFuture. Click on the "Workshops/Events" tab and select the "Workshops" tab.

  • Job Search Intensive Workshop for MAC Students
    April 3, 10h00-12h00: Room CC-150

    This intensive 2 hour workshop, offered on the first Friday of every month, covers the essentials of preparing for a non-academic career. Topics include: Job search strategies, Self assessment, Networking, CV writing, and Interviewing.

  • Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started: Intensive “One Stop Shop” for Grad Students
    April 9, 10h00-13h00: Brown, Room 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Compose a more effective and tailored cv.
    2) Define the essential components of a cover letter.
    3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    4) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview.
    5) Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

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The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • International Teaching Opportunities for Certified Teachers (K-12)
    April 3, 11h15-13h15: Currie Gym, Room 305/306

    This 2 hour presentation on International Teaching given by Alan Travers from Queen’s University will discuss the motivation for going abroad, pros and cons, job search resources, main routes for securing a job, including information on international development, overseas projects through the Canadian Teacher Federation.  The presentation will end with a 15 minute visual tour of overseas schools and information about the International Recruitment Fair.  Although this workshop is for certified teachers, grad students without teacher certification who have either an interest in teaching English as a second language or in international development work in Education are welcome.  For more information please visit http://educ.queensu.ca/careers

  • Festival de l'Emploi de la Rive-Sud
    April 4, 10h30-18h00: 325, av. des Pensées, Bécancour

    La CCIB et Emploi-Québec souhaitent vous annoncer qu’un nouvel événement d’envergure, aura lieu... Découvrez pourquoi il est avantageux pour vous de participer au Festival de l'Emploi de la Rive-Sud.

  • Immigration Info Session for International Students
    April 6, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 5001
    April 8, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    International Student Services is hosting two “open” information sessions in which international students can comer and ask any questions they may have about immigration documents (CAQ, Study permit, Work Permits).

  • Salon Carrières et Emplois
    April 15-16, Palais des congrès

    For more information, please consult their website.

  • The 12th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference
    April 18, Société des arts technologiques (1195 Saint-Laurent)

    Make Your Move – Entrepreneurship Today, the 12th Annual YES Montreal Entrepreneurship Conference takes place on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Société des arts technologiques (1195 Saint-Laurent). The conference provides practical advice from seasoned experts and it all kicks off with an inspiring  keynote address by Tatiana Londono.  This year’s conference pioneers a new   format focused on informal round-table discussions with some of Quebec’s most savvy entrepreneurs, lawyers and accountants including Pino Di Ioia (Beavertails) and Mitch Joel (TwistImage, The Gazette). Cost for this  conference is $50.00 (includes lunch). Registration is currently underway.

    To register online right now, click HERE.

    For more information or to register call 514-878-9788 or go to www.yesmontreal.ca.

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