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February 2010

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.

Grad Advising & CV Drop-In

Advising and CV Drop-In for graduate students is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15h00-16h30 and Fridays from 10h00-11h30 and does not require an appointment, but space is limited. First come, first served.

Skillsets: Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students

SKILLSETS: Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students is a new initiative by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services. This suite of workshops for graduate students and postdocs will complement the research training provided by the students’ academic experience at McGill.

Workshops this month include MyResearch - Cite It! Keeping Track as You Go and Issues in Academic Integrity.

More information here.

Montreal Live Healthcare Career Fair

Wednesday, February 10, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West

For more information, click here.

Become of a fan of CaPS

Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!

Help Support the PGSS Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund

A silent art auction will take place on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7pm. There will also be live music performances at the auction. The venue will be at Thomson House, McGill University, 3650 McTavish.

Since this is a fundraising event, we are looking for people to donate art (their own art, other people's art, art they've bought and are willing to donate...and art of any form: sculpture, painting, sketch, print...). The starting price will be $5 for each piece of art.

The artwork will be displayed at Thomson House for the entire week preceding the auction for people to view. Furthermore, the artwork will be posted online to allow people to have a preview before the event.

Please contact rabia.t.khan@gmail.com for more information. 

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

Mark your calendars - Graduate Career Month is coming!

CaPS, graduate students and post docs are working diligently to bring you Grad Career Month, the annual non-academic careers conference. A series of panel discussions and presentations will showcase careers that capitalize on your graduate training and research skills outside academia. Registration will begin at the end of February through  myFuture.

Also in this issue:

CaPS Diversity Week - Take 2: Working in Communities
Artists Among Us - still time to make a submission
Labour Market Information for February
Looking for a Job Outside of Academe?
Workshops & Events
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CaPS Diversity Week - Take 2: Working in Communities

CaPS Diversity Week this semester focuses on individuals working with aboriginal and disabilities communities. Come hear panelists' stories, experiences and tips on how to find work in these commnunities!

  • Working with Aboriginal Communities
    February 9, 16h00-18h00: Brown 5001

    Are you interested in working with Aboriginal communities? Do you want to work in these communities in the areas of education, health care and/or social services? If so this event is the right one for you. We will have a panel of five guest speakers who have experience working within various aboriginal communities. They will talk about their experiences, their career paths, what they love about what they do and what drew them to working in this area.

  • Working with the Disabilities Community
    February 10, 16h00-18h00: Brown 5001

    Working within the disabilities community is a growing field. There are many career paths within this area. This panel discussion will look at four individuals who work within disabilities community; their career paths, how they came to choose this particular area and what they feel are the rewards of what they do. So if you are interested in working in disabilities through education, social work, community work, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling,…this event will provide you with lots of valuable inside information.

To register for these panels and to consult a list of panelists, please log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops" tab. Keyword search "Diversity Week."

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Artists Among Us - still time to make a submission

We know you are busy with your research, writing your dissertation and managing our extreme climate changes. We hope you can join us  for the 4th Annual Artists Among Us Fundraiser on Feb. 17th from 12-4 at the Redpath Museum. Drop by for some wine and cheese and funky art made by students, staff and alumni. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Feb. 7th. For more information contact rhonda.turner@mcgill.ca.

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Labour Market Information for February

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the regional, domestic and North American labour markets. Your feedback is welcome.

The good news:

  • Belle fin d'année pour l'emploi
    La Presse Affaires, 9 January 2010
    Québec created 8000 part-time jobs in December, and a little over 10,000 per month in the final quarter, above the Canadian average.

  • Plus d'offres d'emploi que de diplômés
    La Presse, 18 January 2010
    Certain industries have more jobs available than candidates, including radio-oncology, chemical and geo-engineering, and chiropractics.

  • Online job ads up for fifth month
    Financial Post, 22 January 2010
    The Conference Board of Canada announces that job postings in Canada have increased for the fifth straight month.

The bad news:

  • Canada's jobs market stalls
    8 January 2010
    Canada lost 2,600 jobs in December, maintaining the unemployment rate at 8.5%. Recovery will likely be uneven.

Other news:

  • Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, December 2009
    Following a large increase in November, employment was unchanged in December and the unemployment rate remained at 8.5%. In the last nine months, employment has stabilized but remains 1.9% below the October 2008 peak.

Occupational highlight:

  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians (NOC code 3112)
    General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat the diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients. They provide primary contact and continuous care toward the management of patients' health. For 2006-2008, unemployment was very low. Trends for 2008-2012 predict a 1.7% growth rate and the outlook is good. There is a 100% placement rate. This profession is not vulnerable to recession.

    For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx . Contact us mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca for the username and password or login to myFuture https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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Looking for a Job Outside of Academe?

an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education

You’ve had enough: You’ve tried as hard as you can yet can’t find a good-enough job in higher education. (You mean, you don’t want to continue driving 30 miles to a campus on which you can’t park to teach three classes a week for 15 weeks to a group of underprepared undergraduates, for which you are paid a total of $5,000, with no benefits? Where’s your dedication to The Cause?) ;-)

What the hell do I want to be when I grow up?

It’s often scary. By the time that most aspiring academics have finished their doctorate and spent a year or three trying to land a sustainable position, they’re around 30, when many of their peers outside of academia are in full career flower: six-figure-income, power and influence, and a job title their parents just love to brag about.

And there you are, still fumbling around, toting a copy of What Color is Your Parachuteor the results of the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Here are some other ways to figure out what the hell you want to be when you grow up, even if you’re already supposed to be a grownup...

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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.

  • Engineers in Action Speaker: Working on Engineering Projects in the Middle East (with SNC Lavalin)
    February 9, 13h00-14h30

    This presentation will be given by Melody Kratsios, Vice-President, Proposals and Health, Safety and the Environment, Socodec Division of SNC Lavalin.

  • Engineers in Action Speaker: A Career Path in Civil Engineering (Raymond Brais, Vice President, Cogerec Consultants)
    February 9, 17h30-19h00

  • One Stop Shop: Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started
    February 12, 10h00-12h00: MS2084, Macdonald Campus

    This intensive workshop covers the essentials of preparing for a career outside academia. Topics include job search strategies, self assessment, networking, CV writing, and interviewing.

  • Tap (and Dial) into the Hidden Job Market
    February 16, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation; 2) Identify areas in which they need to expand their list of contacts and ways by which they can grow their contact base; 3) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview; 4) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field of interest. 

  • Self-Assessment & Careers Outside of Academia (Module 1)
    February 17, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    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.

  • Salary & Offer Negotiation (Engineering Career Centre)
    February 17, 13h30-14h30: FDA, Room 5

    "What kind of salary are you expecting?" Find out how to answer this common interview question. Learn about average salary by location and specialization, as well as common starting work conditions.

  • Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working (Module 2)
    February 18, 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.

  • Understanding Your Graduate Experience
    February 24, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    Wondering if your experience of graduate school is typical? New to graduate school and want to find out what to expect? Find out more about recent research and theories of graduate student development, and some tips on how to stay sane in grad school.

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