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CAPS Scoop is a career related publication that keeps McGill students up to date on Career Tips and the latest CAPS Events. Published three times a year, one printed edition in the fall and two online editions throughout the year.
April 20, 2006
Volume 7, issue 4
Summer Opportunities and Thank You!
In this Issue:
  1. Summer Opportunities and Thank You!
  2. Summer Jobs on Cruise Ships
  3. Teaching English as a Second Language. What’s in it for you?
  4. Young Entrepreneurs: Starting your own Business
  5. The Importance of Sending a Thank-You Note!


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Summer Opportunities and Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the CAPS scoop newsletter. Any plans for the summer? Get active and look into a cool job. Read the Scoop and learn how to get paid to travel, start your own business and what to do after that solid job interview.

Ahoy Matey! Summer Jobs on Cruise Ships

by Alyse Savelson

Professor and Students doing ResearchIn the summer of 2004 I had just finished my third year at McGill and did not want to move back home with my parents. I really wanted to find a job in Montreal.  My daily routine included waking up at noon and crossing my fingers that something new had opened up on the CAPS job bank.  There were a lot of jobs available but nothing that caught my eye right away.

As I was scrolling down the jobs one day I noticed that there was a posting from Miami. This intrigued me, “I love the sun, I love the beach, I have no job, why don’t I see what is out there?” So I looked into the job. The position was for a youth counselor on a cruise ship.  The job position sounded really exciting.  I took the chance and sent in my C.V. to the agency.

(continue reading Ahoy Matey! Summer Jobs on Cruise Ships, 330 more words)

Teaching English as a Second Language. What's in it for you?

by Leila Peacock

The demand for English teachers is rapidly expanding.  An article entitled ‘The World’s 10 Most Influential Languages’ (Language Today, Vol. 2, Dec 97) George Webster placed English at the top of his list of languages which was followed by French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.  He rated the languages based on six factors: number of primary speakers, number of secondary speakers, number and population of countries where the language is used, number of major fields using the language internationally, economic power of countries using the language and socio-literary prestige. It is little wonder that the English Teaching industry is in demand all over the world.

For native English speakers this provides a unique opportunity to find paid work abroad in places where they do not necessarily need to be able to speak the local language before they depart, as long as they have some training in teaching English as a second language.

(continue reading Teaching English as a Second Language. What's in it for you?, 646 more words)

Young Entrepreneurs: Starting your own Business

  by Bhavna Patel

Are you tired of seeing your wearisome job search turn into a full time job?  Let’s face it, landing an ideal job after graduation is difficult for most students to accomplish.  Unemployment is a painful phase and great patience and persistence is required when applying within the competitive job market.  Why not take advantage of the wealth of time you have to spare during the disheartening moments to ponder more about your true inner passions.  For many people, that passion lies in starting up a new business.

For young adults, aged between 18 and 34, there is no better time to start up a small business than now.  According to the Government of Canada’s “Minding your own Business-Becoming an Entrepreneur” brochure, small companies have an advantage over larger enterprises.  “Small businesses are creating most of the new jobs in Canada,” not only do they have more flexibility than large businesses... (continue reading Young Entrepreneurs: Starting your own Business, 510 more words)

The Importance of Sending a Thank-You Note!

by Camelia Herbonnais

Once you have successfully completed a job interview the best thing to do is send your potential employer a quick thank you note by email or mail.  It is important to send it within a couple of days after your interview.   By doing so, you will show your prospect employer you are serious about the position.

Sending a thank you letter is always a nice gesture to show your appreciation.  A thank you note will also demonstrate that you are courteous and professional.  It is the opportunity to emphasize your interest in the position and to reiterate your qualifications.  Finish off the thank you letter on a positive note by letting the employer know that you look forward to hearing from them.

By taking the extra step to send a thank you note you will definitely leave a lasting impression on the employer!

(continue reading The Importance of Sending a Thank-You Note!, 147 more words)

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