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January 2008

Welcome back to another semester and the beginning of 2008. If your New Year's resolution was to find a job, make more money or be better prepared for graduation, we're here to help. Check us out.

In this issue:

Backpack to Briefcase
Interested in the Finance Industry?

Finding Work as a Freelance Musician: An Interview with Regan Toews
Making the Call (Cold Calling)
Company Information Sessions (Summer Recruitment)
Career Development Workshops
Career Fairs
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Backpack to Briefcase 2008

Get ready for this year’s BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE 2008! This incredible event is brought you by, in collaboration for the first time, McGill’s Career Centre (CAPS) and McGill’s Alumni Association. 

Backpack to Briefcase will be a series of career events held throughout the months of February and March 2008 that should help you make the transition out of McGill to the workplace or graduate school.  There will be career fairs, special events, panel discussions, workshops, and guest speakers to address a variety of topics related to career exploration, job search strategies and “real-world” life skills.

Samples of what is to come include:

All events are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Sign-up for events is required.

Keep your eyes peeled on the CAPS website (caps.mcgill.ca) and the Alumni Associations website (www.mcgill.ca/alumni/) for up-to-date information.

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Interested in the Finance Industry?  Read On…

by Anie-Claude Lamarche, CAPS Career Advisor

The finance industry is one of the nation’s largest employers.  In Montreal, the employment growth for this industry is expected to be higher than average at 2 to 3% over the next 4 years; the average is 1.5% for all sectors.  In light of these statistics, it is not surprising that several students hope to work in this industry.   However, what many fail to realize is that the finance industry includes various types of employers and numerous types of jobs, all of which require different sets of skills and offer different work environments.   While most jobs require some knowledge of finance, accounting, and/or economics, graduates from other departments can still work within this sector, namely in the customer service side or in departments common to any organization such as human resources and marketing.  It is therefore important, before you start soliciting employers, that you learn about the various opportunities offered to you so that you can target your resume and your “elevator pitch” more specifically (see our documents on Networking caps.mcgill.ca).   

Normally, when we think of the finance industry, we think of commercial banks.  However, finance professionals are also found in the finance departments of corporations, investment banks, and in insurance companies.   Let us look at each of these sectors separately focusing on the career opportunities available and specific recruitment practices. 

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Finding Work as a Freelance Musician: An Interview with Regan Toews

by Lucy Armstrong

Regan Toews is a freelancing musician and orchestral player, whom I have had the wonderful fortune of knowing for a couple years since my time in the music department at McGill. For her final recital in 2004 I found myself enraptured and thrilled by her intuitive and passionate performance. A commanding stage presence, and a compassionate and inspiring friend, I am delighted to feature her in this month's interview.

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Making the Call (Cold Calling)

by Natalie Jewit, U3, BA Psychology

COLD-CALLING. The name seems appropriate, as the thought of calling a complete stranger as part of the job-search is chilling for many of us.  When I realized I would be writing an article about cold-calling I decided I should actually experience it first hand in order to write with any kind of authority on the practice.  However, in all honesty, it was not something I was looking forward to.  In fact, I put it off until the last possible minute, because the uncertainty of the whole thing just made me uncomfortable.

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Company Information Sessions (Summer Recruitment)

For a full listing of all company information sessions offered in January, click here.

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Career Development Workshops

For a full listing of all workshops offered in January, click here.

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Career Fairs

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