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October 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.

New Arrivals:
Career Education and Mentoring for new Immigrant Students

Are you a graduate student looking for an interesting and rewarding leadership experience?

Become a mentor to a New Immigrant studying at McGill!

Training on October 2nd from 10AM - 12PM in the CaPS Office (3600 McTavish, Suite 2200).

For more information contact Prof. Ada Sinacore (398-3446) and/or Cindy Mancuso (398-3304 x0766) or contact us at diversity.caps@mcgill.ca.

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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

Get ready for Academic Career Week!

McGill Academic Career Week promises an insightful array of panels and discussions for graduate students considering a career in academia.

To register for the events below, you must log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Keyword search "ACW," which will bring up a list of all events associated with the week. Click on the events you would like to attend and "RSVP."

  • Going on the Market: Science & Engineering
    Monday, October 5, 12h00-13h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Hear what faculty have to say about the academic job market, get tips on the application process, how to best position yourself to get interviews and job offers, and what to do if your luck is running out. The format will be brief presentation followed by Q & A.

  • Going on the Market: Humanities & Social Sciences
    Tuesday, October 6, 12h00-13h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Hear what faculty have to say about the academic job market, get tips on the application process, how to best position yourself to get interviews and job offers, and what to do if your luck is running out. The format will be brief presentation followed by Q & A.

  • Networking at Academic Conferences
    Tuesday, October 6, 14h00-15h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    “It’s who you know and not what you know” – come find out if this is true and what you can do about it. Learn how to make the most of networking, before, during and after Academic Conferences. Find out how to leave a positive impression and network your way to your first offer. The format will be brief presentation followed by Q & A.

  • The Hiring Committee Panel
    Wednesday, October 7, 12h00-13h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Faculty will take you behind the scenes and reveal what it takes to impress a committee, get an offer and what and how you can negotiate. A Q & A will follow brief presentations.

  • Understanding Tenure Track
    Wednesday, October 7, 14h00-15h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    A discussion of the tenure process and its relationship to academic careers. A Q & A will follow brief presentations by the panelists.

  • Strategies for a Winning Thesis Defense
    Thursday, October 8, 12h00-13h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Hear from faculty on what to expect, how best to prepare, and the key elements of a successful defense and the major pitfalls to avoid. The format will be brief presentation followed by a Q & A.

  • Managing Your Relationship With Your Supervisor
    Friday, October 9, 12h00-13h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Learn ways to manage one of your most significant relationships in graduate school & beyond. Learn how to:

    - clarify your own responsibilities and those of your supervisor
    - have a constructive interaction with your mentor and minimize and manage conflicts - present your ideas to an individual or a team for the best outcome
    - manage the interaction as it matures over the course of graduate studies and carries forward as you become colleagues..

    The format will be brief presentation by panelists followed by Q & A.

  • Building Your Teaching Portfolio
    Friday, October 9, 14h00-15h30: Thomson House Ballroom

    Why is it important, how to put one together & what resources are available.
    The format will be brief presentation followed by Q & A.

Also in this issue:

Hundreds of Jobs Available Through Government of Canada Post-Secondary Recruitment - deadline October 9th
Doctoral Candidates Anticipate Hard Times
Hot Academic Jobs of the Future: Try These Fields
SPARK Pilot Program
Upcoming Career Fairs
Workshops & Events
Contact Us

Hundreds of Jobs Available Through Government of Canada Post-Secondary Recruitment - deadline October 9th

If you are a graduate student and are interested in working for the Federal Government, do not miss out on the following:

You may also want to check out the following programs for students and graduates:

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Doctoral Candidates Anticipate Hard Times

by Patricia Cohen, New York Times

Chris Pieper began looking for an academic job in sociology about six months ago, sending off about two dozen application packets. The results so far? Two telephone interviews, and no employment offers.

“About half of all the rejection letters I’ve received mentioned the poor economy as contributing to their decision,” said Mr. Pieper, 34, who is getting his doctorate from theUniversity of Texas, Austin. “Some simply canceled the search because they found the funding for the position didn’t come through. Others changed their tenure-track jobs to adjunct or instructor positions.”

“Many of the universities I applied to received more than 300 applications,” he added.

Mr. Pieper is not alone. Fulltime faculty jobs have not been easy to come by in recent decades, but this year the new crop of Ph.D. candidates is finding the prospects worse than ever. Public universities are bracing for severe cuts as state legislatures grapple with yawning deficits. At the same time, even the wealthiest private colleges have seen their endowments sink and donations slacken since the financial crisis. So a chill has set in at many higher education institutions, where partial or full-fledge hiring freezes have been imposed.

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Hot Academic Jobs of the Future: Try These Fields

by Lee Roberts, The Chronicle of Higher Education

At a time when the academic job market is looking bleak, we asked career experts and economic forecasters to predict where faculty job growth could come in the next decade. Many agreed that job prospects will be dim because of budget cuts and diminishing faculty pension funds that have made professors less likely to retire. In addition, the growing use of graduate students and adjuncts to teach classes means fewer jobs are available that are secure or financially rewarding.

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SPARK Pilot Program

It is with great enthusiasm that we write to provide you with information on the Canada School of Public Service’s Student Providing Aligned Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Pilot Program. SPARK is operated in partnership with the Public Service Commission, as part of their Research Affiliate Program (RAP).

Under the program, selected graduate students work from their campus location; are paid for research projects in the field of public administration and public policy; gain knowledge and experience addressing practical, real-life issues; and can potentially be hired into an indeterminate position upon graduation. Students can also receive course credit for their SPARK project if the following requirements are met:

  • The student is enrolled in a course that is scheduled concurrently with their employment under SPARK;
  • The research being conducting under SPARK is of applicable subject matter; and
  • The course professor and the hiring organization are aware of and in agreement with the arrangement.

Examples of projects undertaken to date include researching:

  • Selected economic trends in Canada’s economic regions from 1996 to 2006; and
  • International experiences in addressing the misuse of alcohol, and addressing the misuse and diversion of pharmaceuticals.

Students can view and apply for jobs at: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/rap-par/index-eng.htm. SPARK opportunities are clearly indentified in the title of the posting under the link “Current opportunities”, and will be made available on an on-going basis – so it is important for students to check the site regularly.

For more information on the program and application process, please consult the SPARK website. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the program in general, please let us know via spark-eclair@csps-efpc.gc.ca.

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Upcoming Career Fairs

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

  • McGill Management Career Fair
    September 24, 10h00 - 16h00: Centre Mont Royal

    Open to non-Management students after 13h.

  • McGill Technology Career Fair
    September 28 & 29, 9h30 - 15h30: New Residence Hall

    Open to all McGill students with ID card. For more information, visit www.mcgilltechfair.com.

  • Federal Public Service Job Fair
    October 6, 9h00 - 20h00: Palais des congrès

    Over 30 federal departments and agencies will be represented. For more information, visit http://salon.emplois.gc.ca/index_eng.htm.

  • Macdonald Campus Career Fair (Agriculture, Environment & Nutrition)
    October 29, 10h00- 14h00: Macdonald-Stewart Building

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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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Your Graduate Experience
    October 2, 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.

  • Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia
    October 14, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    This workshop will help you prepare for your non-academic CV and cover letter.

  • One Stop Shop: Everything You Need to Get Your Job Seach Started
    October 16, 10h00-12h00: MS 2084 (Mac Campus)
    October 22, 13h00-16h00: Brown, Room 3001

    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.

  • Interviewing Theory
    October 19, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

    This popular workshop covers what to do before, during and after a job interview.

  • Interviewing Practice
    November 2, 10h00-11h00: Brown, Room 3001

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

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