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November 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, but space is limited. First come, first served.

Support Group for Doctoral Students

The Support Group, which was formed last year, is open to new members. Meetings are held every second week at the Counselling Service, 3600 McTavish 4th floor.

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.

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

Student Journalism Week

The Daily Productions Society (DPS) is proud to announce its second annual Student Journalism Week, to be held from November 9-13, 2009 at McGill. The week will feature four panel presentations in French and English, a half-dozen workshops, and an open production night. All events will be open to every McGill student. 

Student Journalism Week opens students’ understanding of the possibilities in journalism, and allows students not already involved in campus or community media to gain tangible experience in the production process. 

For more information, check out their event on Facebook.

Accelerated Economist Training Program

The Accelerated Economist Training Program is seeking up to 12 highly motivated candidates at the graduate level (Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, or any other field) who have an interest in Canadian public policy and governance, and possess good judgment, analytical skills, leadership talents, and the ability to work as part of a team.

This 24-month program offers direct access to the Public Service of Canada and great progression potential through four assignments at the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance and the Treasury Board Secretariat, as well as at one of the participating departments. 

For more information, click here.

Recruiting Event: Sim & McBurney LLP

Opportunity to meet patent
and trademark agents
interested in McGill grads.

November 19, 6PM
Cancer Center, Room 501

Please RSVP to rabia.t.khan@gmail.com.

Are you a graduate student interested in consulting?

Join the Montreal Graduate Consulting Group (MGCG). The aim of this group is to provide graduate students and post-docs with the tools required for making informed decisions about careers in consulting through mentorship and dedicated team-work.

We will provide mentorship opportunities, case analysis practice and networking opportunities.

To join and more information, please email
rabia.t.khan@gmail.com or

Check out the salaries and salary scales of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities

Preliminary data on the salaries of full-time teaching staff at 65 Canadian universities for the 2008/2009 academic year were released in by Statistics Canada on May 14, 2009.

Click here to read more.

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!

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

Don't miss "We Can Do It! Women in the World of Work," a week that will explore the journeys of successful women in the workplace

During this week you will have the opportunity to hear about the journey of several amazing women as they share their stories and fascinating careers.  You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable tips and learn about the key skills needed to be successful in your job search.

This is an excellent opportunity to network and meet successful women working in a variety of industries, including academia, the non-profit sector, business, human resources and entrepreneurs.

Of particular interest to graduate students is:

  • Women and Salary Negotiations: Because YOU'RE worth it
    November 4, 13h00-15h00: Brown 5001 ($5 fee associated with this event)

    Often, once an individual receives a coveted job offer, the hard work really starts. Negotiating the tenets of a job contract can be a stressful and daunting experience. There are a number of reasons that people are unsuccessful in negotiations or even fail to negotiate. In this presentation, Dr. Vough will discuss the what, why and how of negotiation in order to give attendees a head start when faced with job negotiations. The focus will be on learning some basic concepts in negotiation as well as how to overcome some of the barriers to successful negotiations.

    To register, please log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops" tab and keyword search "Diversity Week."

For more information on the events and how to register, click here.

Also in this issue:

Mark your calendars: Worldwide Careers Week is coming up!
Labour Market Information for November
NEW - Introducing The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas Online
Skillsets: Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students
Human Genetics Career Café
Upcoming Career Fairs
Workshops & Events
Contact Us

Mark your calendars: Worldwide Careers Week is coming up!

For the second time at McGill, we are organizing for you the Worldwide Careers Week from November  23rd to 27th, 2009.  If you are dreaming of having a positive international experience, this is the week to attend.  To kick off the week, Jean-Marc Hachey, the renowned author of The Big Guide to Living And Working Overseas will be our keynote speaker. We will host many events including a “Worldwide Organizations Day”, a “Cultural Awareness Poster Presentation”,  a Panel on “Teaching English Abroad for All”,  a Workshop on “Going Global: a Country Specific Jobs Resource”, and a presentation on “U.S. Working Visas”.

Do you want to live of your dream of having international experience?  We are confident that you will find the events useful and interesting and that you will gain insight on some of the resources available to you. 

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Labour Market Information for November

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:

The bad news:

Other news:

Occupational highlight:

  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NOC code 3141
    Audiologists and speech-language pathologists diagnose, evaluate and treat human communication disorders including hearing, speech, language and voice disorders. For 2006-2008, unemployment was well below average. Trends for 2008-2012 predict 5.9% growth with good potential. This profession is not vulnerable to recessions and enjoys a 100% placement rate. There is currently a shortage of professionals, with high demand for work with children and seniors.  

    For a more complete occupational profile, including interviews with practitioners, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx. Contact us for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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NEW - Introducing The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas Online

On behalf of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the McGill Library, CaPS is delighted to announce that the The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas On-Line has been added to our vast collection of career resources at McGill University.

Jean-Marc Hachey, the renowned author of The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas will be our keynote speaker on Monday, November 23, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Leacock 232 which is part of Worldwide Career Week from November 23rd to 27th, 2009.  Registration is required through myFuture: from your homepage click on the events tab followed by the workshop tab and keyword search "WWCW."

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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 will complement the research training provided by the students’ academic experience at McGill. Workshops will provide more general transitional/professional skill development opportunities recommended for training High Quality Personnel.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

  • Knowledge Translation
    November 5, 2009, 18h00-20h00: McGill Libraries
    November 10, 2009, 18h00-20h00: McGill Libraries

    MyResearch. Going deeper: getting the most from the Web.

  • Research Management
    November 9, 2009, 13h00-15h00: Thomson House

    Grantsmanship for graduate students.

  • Teaching Competence
    November 14, 2009, 8h30-16h00: Leacock Building

    Learning To Teach Day

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    November 23, 2009, 12h00-13h00: Thomson House Ballroom

    Communicating your research message simply.

For more information, click here.

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Human Genetics Career Café - Nov. 25

The Human Genetics Students' Society (HGSS) is organizing this roundtable discussion, open to all interested grad students. Come find out about a number of career opportunities available to you when you graduate!

Invited experts:

  • Madjid Hihi, PhD
    Program Manager
    Génome Québec

  • Denis Bourbeau, PhD MBA
    Project Manager - BRI & GHI
    IRB-CNRC / BRI-NRC (National Research Council)

Join us on November 25, 2009 in the Thomson House Restaurant at 6pm for a roundtable discussion. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP NECESSARY: rabia.t.khan@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Career Fairs

Check out the following career fairs taking place over the coming month:

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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.

  • Interviewing Practice Session
    November 02, 2009, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    You've got the theory, need some practice? Come to this small group (max 12) interview practice session to put your knowledge into practice.

  • Self Assessment & Careers Outside Academia (Module 1)
    November 12, 2009, 15h00-16h00: 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.

  • Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working (Module 2)
    November 13, 2009, 15h00-16h00: 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.

  • One Stop Shop: Everything You Neet to Get Your Job Search Started
    November 25, 2009, 10h00-12h00: Macdonald Campus
    November 26, 2009, 10h00-13h00: Brown, Room 5001

    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.

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