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May 2008

Last Scoop of the year!

Sadly, this is the last CAPSScoop of the academic year; but remember that CAPS is open all summer to help you with your job search and career exploration.

If you are graduating this Spring, this edition is full of information for you! If you are anxious about your future plans, take the time to read Degrees of Anxiety or sign up for the Mentor Program or participate in the CAPS Job Finding Club.

Happy Summer from the team at CAPS!

In this issue:

Degrees of Anxiety: "Now what? What do I do with my life?"
Careers in the Environment
The Last Minute Summer Job Search : It Is Possible!
"I don’t speak French – what can I do to find a job?”
A Museum to Unleash the Young & Creative Mind: An Interview with Ms. Jayne Griffin
Graduating in Spring 2009? Prepare Over the Summer for Campus Recruitment
McGill Mentor Program
Events
Career Development Workshops
CAPS Job Finding Club
Contact Us


Degrees of Anxiety: "Now what? What do I do with my life?"

by Barbara Moses, Globe and Mail Columnist

"I spent my twenties obsessing about what I should do. But the career and life choices were more limited then, and there weren't as many suffering from career confusion - most of my friends had a clear plan. Today, confusion is much more widespread."

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Careers in the Environment

by Lorna MacEachern, CAPS Career Advisor

Environmental issues are increasingly at the forefront of the major concerns facing the world today. Many students have recognized the importance of environmental issues, and are looking for ways to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in university to help solve the problems we are now facing. One of the most exciting things about this sector is the incredible variety of options available within it: the choices range from becoming political activist with an organization like Greenpeace to advising municipalities on the best way to engineer a new waste removal system. As a result, it is easy to feel overwhelmed!

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The Last Minute Summer Job Search : It Is Possible!

by Andrea Puhl, CAPS Career Resource Consultant

Have you just put all those nasty final exams behind you and suddenly realized that you do not have a summer job yet? Although the deadline for many government grants and summer job placement programs (March 31, 2008) has passed, there are still ways to secure work for the summer.  In short, there is no need to panic yet, but it is time to start your search now. A summer job is not only a way to finance your education, but also a good way to gain invaluable work experience that could put you ahead of the game once graduation rolls around. These first-hand experiences and practical skills will help pad your resume and, in the long run, a summer job can also be a way to build up your contacts and network. Most importantly, working while you’re in school acclimatizes you to the working world and gives you a real sense of what you do and do not enjoy.

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"I don’t speak French – what can I do to find a job in Quebec?”

by Nicholas Calamatas, CAPS Student Recruitment Coordinator

Without question, French is required to find a job in “La Belle Province”.  However, learning French is not as difficult as one might think.  Most students are able to understand basic French in their first year, yet are still unsure of their ability to converse at even the most rudimentary level.  What is needed is to improve one’s confidence in speaking French - which is best accomplished with a little practice.  It is also helpful to realize Montrealers are pleased to assist a novice, especially when an honest effort to communicate is being made. 

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A Museum to Unleash the Young & Creative Mind: An Interview with Ms. Jayne Griffin

by Lucy A. Armstrong, B Music in Performance (Clarinet), U3

Dr. Jayne Griffin is Director of Education at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Providing a wealth of informative and inspiring programmes to cultivate knowledge and imagination, I have often thought that working at such a museum would be an interesting and intriguing profession – so I called up Dr. Griffin for an interview and she sated my curiosity about what really is one of the most exciting careers anyone could possibly pursue!

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Graduating in Spring 2009? Prepare Over the Summer for Campus Recruitment

Every September companies come to McGill to recruit students who will be graduating in the spring and are interested in the areas of Consulting, Finance, Sales  and Information Technology. The competition is fierce and you should be prepared to alter your schedule to better suit that of the employer.   Don’t wait until September, get a heads up and work on your resume and cover letter as well as learn about Case Interviewing. 

Cover Letters and resumes should be updated and ready to go. Always, always tailor your resume and cover letter by emphasizing the match between your skills and the employers’ needs.  We strongly urge you to attend the CAPS CV and Cover Letter workshops, as well as make an appointment with a Career Advisor, before submitting your application. 

Read up on Case Interviewing and attend a Case Interviewing workshop which is an interactive workshop that walks you through case examples and provides tips on how to survive a case interview.

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Graduating?
Looking for a Job?
Thinking of Applying to Graduate School?  
You Have Questions About What to Do Next?
The Mentor Program Could Be Just What You Are Looking For!

The McGill CAPS Career center offers you a tool to better prepare you to take the next step after graduation that classes and books can not: We invite you to take advantage of the voice of experience from our unique mentoring program that is tailored to the individual needs of the student.

Whether you are looking for a job, thinking of going back to school, or simply unsure of what to do next, speaking to someone who has been in your shoes may be just what you need.

Mentors are a group of volunteers from the McGill alumni, staff and professors that want to help you prepare for your future by educating you about today’s workforce and by providing you with helpful tips on how to find your ideal career. Our friendly mentors are mostly from Montreal but are also located around the world. You can communicate with them via email, telephone or meet over coffee. 

Thinking of graduate school? Over 70% of our mentors have graduate degrees from various universities and can help you make the right choice.

During the past academic year, over 100 successful matches were created and many others continue to blossom.  

Speak to a mentor now and get on the road to success! For more information on how to apply visit www.caps.mcgill.ca/ci2 or email mentor.caps@mcgill.ca.

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Events

For a full listing of all events offered in May and throughout the summer and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

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Career Development Workshops

Some of the workshops featured this month:

The above workshops are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all workshops offered in March and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

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