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In this issue
Communications and Media – “B.A. Friendly!”
A Little Research Goes a Long Way
The Importance of Hobbies
Important News for Students Who Want to Work for the Government of Canada!
Career Development Workshops
OptimalResume Now Offered to McGill Students
Did you know that fields such as advertising, publishing or broadcasting look for people with an Arts degree to fill their positions? These industries, collectively often referred to as the communications industry, seek driven individuals who have demonstrated research and analytical skills, have the ability to think critically, can synthesize information from various sources, as well as have the capacity to clearly convey ideas in both speaking and writing; all skills that a Bachelor of Arts program attempts to impart to its students. Granted that working in the media is not the only avenue open to Arts students, but if you enjoy a dynamic and varied work environment, are very interested in communication and people, and know a lot about pop/world culture and current affairs, these are industries you may want to explore.
You are in the hot seat. With only a mahogany desk separating you from your potential employer, your mouth is dry, your palms are sweating, and you are pretty sure your cheeks are radiating the brightest shade of red. Job interviews are nerve racking to start with. But to make matters worse, the interviewer just posed the most awkward question you can think of, “What kind of salary would you expect to make if you were hired for this position?”
The interviewer isn’t trying to make you squirm, despite all of your intuitions otherwise. They are simply trying to gauge how much you really know about their company, the industry, and the position you’ve applied for. In their mind, the best job candidate is often the person who REALLY wants the job, and your interest is reflected in your knowledge base.
If you walk into an interview armed with your own job research, any anxieties about interview questions can be avoided. If you know your stuff, sweaty palms, and red cheeks will be a thing of the past.
Following graduation I landed a full time job as a human resources assistant. From 9 to 5 in my little cubicle I see resumés pass under my nose on a regular basis. I discovered something quite unexpected and interesting; the importance of hobbies on a personal and professional level.
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), which hires students who are studying full-time now and will be returning to full-time studies next year, has just been revamped! So, for students who filled out an application before November 1st, you must resubmit your application to the new and improved campaign.
For those of you who have never applied to FSWEP, this is a great opportunity to check it out and put your name in the system! Over 8000 jobs are up for grabs, including positions within some very interesting departmental programs such as “Student Border Services Officer”, “Science Research Assistant”, “Policy and Research Analyst”, “Student Guide Program in France”, “Parks Canada Student Employment Program” and many more! It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible because many departments start hiring early.
Best of luck!
So you finally get an invitation to a job interview. What will you say? What kind of gestures will you make? How will you dress? The answers to these and other questions will be addressed here.
Networking, schmoozing, bonding... whatever you call it, an effective job search involves meeting people who work in your target career area. This workshop will demonstrate techniques to help you get started.