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January 2009

Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS), formerly Career & Placement Service (CAPS)

Hello Grad Students and Post-Docs:

Welcome back to another semester and Happy New Year. We wish you all the best and much success in 2009.

January is promising to be a busy month, full of career-related activities. We encourage you to take full advantage of what is being offered. At the end of the month, CaPS will be organizing the Federal Public Service Career Week, including a café event specifically targeted to grad students on Jan. 29. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about working for the Federal Public Service and its new “Public Service Renewal Agenda.” See below for more details.

In this issue:

New Year, New CaPS
Federal Public Service Career Week
Working for the Feds
Career Development Workshops for Grad Students
Contact me


New Year, New CaPS

by Marshneill Abraham, Peer Educator Coordinator

CAPS has a new name for the new year. The McGill Career & Placement Service (CAPS) will be changing its name to the: 

This new name better reflects the terminology at peer institutions as well as the new mission of CAPS which is: 

“to inspire McGill graduate and undergraduate students in the exploration of their career options and to increase their employability through the development of lifelong career management skills.”

The acronym “CAPS” is being kept in order to build on the brand equity that has accrued since CAPS came into existence in 1992.  The one small change is from CAPS to CaPS to better reflect the new name. As well as changing its name, CaPS has launched a completely redesigned website with sections for students, faculty and employers.  It can be found at www.mcgill.ca/caps. You will be automatically re-directed from the current website. 

There is no better time than now to visit the website, learn more about the kinds of services offered at McGill and start planning your future. Do not wait until one month before graduation to start thinking about your options, seeking out work experience opportunities and acquiring the skills that can lead you to graduate school, a summer internship, a stint teaching abroad or your dream job.

Once you have visited the website, stop by the office and check out the library of career resources available, or book an appointment with an advisor who can personally help you conceive and develop your goals. 2009 is a brand new year, and the perfect opportunity to take control of your goals.

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Federal Public Service Career Week - Register Now

When Canadian university students were asked in a survey which employer they would prefer to work for after graduation, the Canadian Federal Government ranked first.  At the same time, the Federal Public Service is looking to “re-new” its workforce and is actively recruiting thousands of graduates from Canadian universities this year.

Therefore, for the first time, CaPS, in coordination with the Principal’s Office and the Public Service Commission, is organizing a series of events to inform McGill students about the career opportunities available within the Federal Public Service. 

We encourage you to attend the events listed below in order to help you understand whether working for the Federal Public Service would be right for you.  They include a career fair and panels of speakers ranging from senior public servants to recent McGill graduates from a variety of disciplines (both graduate and undergraduate) who are now working for the Federal government. 

Also, please read Susan Molnar’s article below for more details about opportunities available for you in the Federal Public Service.

In order to attend these events, you must register. Please click here.

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Working for the Feds - Great Career Opportunities

by Susan Molnar, Graduate Career Advisor

The Federal Public Service is Canada’s largest employer with 230,000 employees and over 1,600 points of service across Canada. It is also Canada’s most international employer with a presence in 115 countries around the world.

Almost 10% of public servants today are close to retirement, which means significant public service renewal opportunities for students interested in joining the public service as a career.

The structure of the government and its 23 departments are clearly summarized in the following chart as well as here. A list of departments and agencies can be found here
and organized by subject here.

The Structure of Canada’s Research System, which includes the various non-profits and NGOs that are considered the federal government’s arms or agencies, can be viewed here.

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Other resources:

You may also wish to consult this informative handout on "Tips to Help You Find a Job in the Public Service of Canada."

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Career Development 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.

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