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August-September 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 (limited space).

Support Group for Doctoral Students

The Support Group formed last year will start meeting again Sept 9th and is open to new members. 

Group discussions address students' concerns about motivation, time management, balancing doctoral work and personal life, relationship with supervisors, preparing to defend, future career plans etc. Particularly useful for students looking for support, encouragement, ideas, and a sense of connectedness.

Meetings are held every second week at the Counselling Service, 3600 McTavish 4th floor.

Limited space available. For more information or to register please call 514-398-3601.

Save the dates - Life Sciences Career Conference

McGill Life Sciences Career Conference is coming to campus Fall 2009.  Be sure to mark your calendars and take in these two great events:

Professionals On Campus
October 7th, 2009
Listen to what the pros have to say about their jobs

Employer Exhibition
October 8th, 2009
Meet recruiters working in all areas of the life sciences industry

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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

Greetings from CaPS!

Welcome to the new academic year. For those of you who are new here McGill, I want to give you an extra special welcome and let you know that CaPS is McGill’s central career centre and we’re here to help you in your search for a fulfilling career after you graduate.  We, at CaPS, care about what happens to you after you graduate and want to make sure you get as much help as possible. CaPS has two career advisors (introduced below) dedicated to helping grad students with their career questions.

You will be receiving this CaPScoop Newsletter which is especially targeted to PhD and Masters students at the beginning of each month.   It will tell you about the upcoming events organized by our office: workshops, Academic Career Week, career fairs, etc. It will also contain articles concerning your career options and how to improve your job search strategies. 

We also encourage you to become familiar with myFuture - our job search and career tools suite. Using myFuture, you can review the hundreds of jobs and internships posted at any given time, as well as review CaPS' career resources and subsciptions to periodicals.

CaPS services and resources are paid for by you through the McGill Student Services fee and we want to make sure you take full advantage of us. As well, we welcome any feedback you might have about how we can improve our services to you.

Please come to see us and/or participate in the activities and events we have planned for you.    

Gregg Blachford
Director, McGill CaPS

In this issue:

CaPS Career Development for Graduate Students
What Helps New Ph.D.s Land Jobs in Academia? A Passport
T-PULSE Graduate Teaching Workshop - next week
Workshops & Events
Contact Us

CaPS Career Development for Graduate Students

CaPS' line-up of events and workshops for graduate students is set for the 2009-2010 academic year. Click on the image to view a PDF.

What Helps New Ph.D.s Land Jobs in Academia? A Passport

by ERICA ALINI, Wall Street Journal

The scramble for faculty jobs is prompting graduate students and newly minted Ph.D.s to look overseas.

While hiring freezes and budgets cuts pervade U.S. higher education, universities in Asia and the Middle East are hungry for candidates, often amid a dearth of native applicants. Although most advertise their faculty openings all over the world, the schools see U.S. doctorates as prestigious and useful in recruiting students as they build their reputations.

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T-PULSE Graduate Teaching Workshop - next week

T-PULSE Graduate Teaching Workshop registration is open and space is stil available!


The Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (T-PULSE) is proud to announce the Fall 2009 edition of our Graduate Teaching Workshop for science graduate students.

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own approaches towards teaching, to develop skills for demonstrating in laboratories & discussion sections, and to provide a foundation for future academic positions.

We will provide strategies for ensuring that there is a close relationship between teaching & learning and explore learner-centred approaches to teaching that can be easily used in the lab or classroom.

This workshop is designed for Faculty of Science graduate students, especially those who are TA-ing or considering careers in academia.

  • Section 1: Tuesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 27th: 8:45am-3:00pm
  • Section 2: Wednesday, August 26th and Friday, August 28th: 8:45am-3:00pm

To apply of for more information, visit http://www.mcgill.ca/science/tpulse/workshop/

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Workshops and Events

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

  • Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started: Intensive “One Stop Shop” for Grad Students
    August 26, 13h00-16h00: Brown, Room 3001

    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.
  • Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working!
    September 21, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 5001

    This is an overview on how to find a job outside academia, followed by an in-depth look at networking as the most effective job search strategy.
  • Self Assessment & Careers Outside Academia
    September 30, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 5001

    Wondering what career path is right for you, but don’t know what you have to offer? In this highly interactive workshop you will explore your interests, values, and skills.

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