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October 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.

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Careers in US and CND Foreign Service
Oct. 5

If you are thinking about a career in foreign service, come to the Careers in US and Canadian Foreign Service.

Oct. 5, 6:30 pm
Lev Bukhman

Cultural Night and Fundraiser for Pakistan
Oct. 8, 2010

In response to the recent flooding in Pakistan, which has affected nearly 20 million people and has already killed thousands, students at McGill organized a cultural night (Miraas) to raise money and awareness for the relief effort.

The event will include a three course sit down dinner and performances by internationally renowned artists such as classical Indian performer Amrita Choudhry, the fusion dance group Bollywood Blast and classical bollywood group led by Hashim Javed, lastly a professional Belly dance artist Marmar Marzban. 100% of the proceeds go to relief efforts.

Miraas - Bollywood Cultural Night Fundraiser, Oct. 8, 2010
Contact Rabia.t.khan@gmail.com

University Affairs Magazine

University Affairs is a bilingual magazine for and about Canada’s university community, printed 10 times a year and updated regularly online. The magazine offers news, commentary, in-depth articles on a wide range of topics, and career advice for academics. Click here for their website.

Be sure to check out the Career Advice page. 

It has been redesigned into three main areas: surviving grad school, the job hunt, and managing your career.

The magazine is available in the library (Code: 3.6  Graduate Students) and as a graduate student of McGill you can receive University Affairs (print and digital) for FREE.  For more info on how to subscribe, click here.

Support Group for Doctoral Students offered through Counselling Service

Limited Space

Do you find it challenging to balance life and academics? Do you feel disconnected from others in your program? Do you sometimes struggle to retain your focus and direction? Join our group for ideas, encouragement, motivation and a sense of connectedness.

Every second Wednesday
starting September 8 at 4:30 p.m.(ongoing)
Register by e-mail only at vera.romano@mcgill.ca

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

Need career direction? Wondering what you are going to do with that graduate degree?

As your graduate student career advisors, Lorna MacEachern and I are here to help you take your next steps. We will identify potential employers, brainstorm, reframe networking so it’s not a dirty word, revise your CV & sharpen your interview skills and provide encouragement along  the way. We offer workshops, individual appointments & events. Be sure to take a look at our website to learn more about our mentorship program, job listings and for those of you pursuing academic careers- attend Academic Career Week at the end of October.

In this issue:

Academic Career Week Events
Articles of Interest for the Academic Career Seeker
Career Workshops for Grad Students
Information Session by Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Accelerated Economist Training Program
IHSP Student Programs
Opportunity for Postdoctoral Scholars Funded by the Azrieli Foundation
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Academic Career Week 2010 [Oct. 25th-29th]

Do you dream of a life in academia? CaPS is happy to present Academic Career Week 2010, a series of workshops intended to help you navigate the world of academic careers.

Dates and times TBA on myFuture

  • Strategies for a Successful Thesis Defense

  • Networking at Academic Conferences: what to say, wear, do

  • Before, During After the Academic Interview (for Science)

  • Before, During After the Academic Interview ( for Humanities)

  • The Application (Health Science): CV & Cover Letter Writing

  • Building Your Teaching Portfolio with Dr. Laura Weiner

  • Negotiating your Job Offer with Prof. Heather Vough

  • The Application:(Natural & Applied Science): CV & Cover Letter Writing

  • The Application(Social Science & Humanities): CV & Cover Letter Writing

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Articles of Interest for the Academic Career Seeker

You can never be too informed when planning your career in academia. Here are a few articles that you might find useful if you are seeking an academic career.

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Grad Career Planning Workshops (for Fall semester)

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

Downtown Campus:

  • One Stop Shop: Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started
    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.

September 30th, 9:00-12:30
December 6th, 14:00-17:00

  • Understanding Your Graduate Experience
    Room 3001

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

November 12th, 14:30-16:00

  • Self Assessment & Careers Outside Academia (Module 1)
    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.

November 5th, 15:00-17:30

  • Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working! (Module 2)
    Room 3001

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.

November 8th, 10:00-11:30

  • Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Acadamia (Module 3)
    Room 3001

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

October 6th, 10:00-11:30
November 19th, 15:00-16:30

  • Interviewing Theory and Practice (Module 4)
    Room 3001

This popular workshop covers what to do before, during, and after a job interview; followed by an interview practice session.

October 13th, 15:00-16:30
November 22nd, 10:00-11:30

Macdonald Campus:

  • Modules 1 & 2 Intensive
    Room: MS2084

See above for description: Self Assessment & Careers Outside Acadamia; Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working!

October 12th, 9:00-12:00
November 29, 9:00-12:00

  • Modules 3 & 4 Intensive
    Room: MS2084

See above for description: Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia; Interviewing Theory & Practice

October 15th, 13:00-16:00
December 2nd, 13:00-16:00

Remember, additional workshops are available to you through Skillsets. See below for description.

As a graduate student, teaching competence is an important, multi-facetted skill that includes being able to:

  • explain complex, discipline-related concepts in various workplace contexts

  • provide clear explicit instructions, which then facilitate others’ understanding and learning

  • inspire, motivate, mentor, and develop others (CAGS, 2008).

These skills are helpful whether you are TAing or teaching a class, or preparing yourself to teach in the future.

SKILLSETS workshops will help you develop your teaching competence by modeling good teaching, integrating learning centered-teaching theories, and presenting specific pedagogical skills & strategies. Many of our offerings will provide you with tips and advice on building your teaching portfolio and applying for teaching positions in higher education institutions.

Upcoming Workshop: Learning to Teach Day November 13, 2010

Description: This one-day workshop is designed for graduate students and post doctoral fellows who are presently teaching, or who would like to prepare for their future teaching roles. Through interactive small and large group sessions, participants will develop pedagogical knowledge and skills. Registration opens October 20.

Contact skillsets@mcgill.ca for more information.

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Information Session by Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Sotheby’s Institute of Art invites prospectives to an information session on Wednesday, October 6th in the Brown Student Service Building, Room 3001.

Learn about the wide range of career options a graduate degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art will enable you to pursue and how to apply. Graduate level programs include Art Business, Contemporary Art, Photography, Fine & Decorative Art, East Asian Art and Contemporary Design.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is among the world’s leading institutions for graduate art studies offering master’s degree programs, summer study programs and specialized short courses in art scholarship, connoisseurship and art business. Campuses are located in London, New York and Singapore.

To begin your pathway to a career in the international art world, please join us on Wednesday, October 6th from 4.30 - 5.30pm.

RSVP to Lauren Mang at l.mang@sothebysinstitute.com by Tuesday, October 5th.

Find out more at www.sothebysinstitute.com

Download our brochure/catalog: www.sothebysinstitute.com/brochures/brochure.php

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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 and testimonies of current and past participants, please visit www.aetp-pfae.gc.ca  

  • How to apply? Complete the on-line application form between September 23 and October 18, 2010 on the Public Service Commission website (http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/index-eng.htm).  You will need to provide your CV, all university transcripts, information on the required courses (see below), and a 500-word essay on a public policy issue.

AETP Description:

The AETP offers four challenging assignments in central agencies and various other departments in the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau) where participants will have an opportunity to contribute to a variety of social, economic, and international policy issues, and gain a strong understanding of the Government’s decision-making processes. Upon completion of these assignments, participants are eligible for intermediate-level positions in the Public Service of Canada. The combination of hands-on work experience and training provides participants with a unique introduction to a challenging and rewarding career, and a chance to serve Canada and Canadians.

Required Courses (could have been completed either at the undergraduate or graduate levels)

  • A full-year course (or two-half courses) in Micro-Economics/Macro-Economics;

  • A third half-year course in statistics OR quantitative analysis OR research methods

  • A full-year course (or two half-year courses) in economics such as Canadian economy, international economics, social economics etc;

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IHSP Student Programs

McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) was created in 2005 to conduct and support world-class research into how social conditions impact health. IHSP is dedicated to translating research findings into policies and programs that improve the living conditions of the worst off.

The Institute offers two programs- Policy Fellowships and Internships- for McGill students who wish to learn about global health and social policy and become engaged in translating research into effective public policies. For more information, please visit us at our website: www.mcgill.ca/ihsp/futureleaders

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Opportunity for Postdoctoral Scholars Funded by the Azrieli Foundation

I am delighted to announce a research opportunity for postdoctoral scholars funded by the Azrieli Foundation.

The Azrieli Fellows Program welcomes the best and brightest postdoctoral scholars who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in Israel. Scholars may undertake research in any field of study. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have completed a doctorate at a Canadian university.

The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Candidates are assessed on their potential to make cutting-edge contributions to their respective fields. Aspects of personal merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or age.

We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.azrielifoundation.org/fellows. Please feel free to pass along this information to interested scholars and others.

For more information, please contact the Azrieli Foundation at fellows@azrielifoundation.org .

Susan Roitman
Azrieli Fellows Program

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