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November 2007

In this issue

Finding Work as a Visual Artist: An Interview with Veronica Gray
Getting the 'Inside Scoop' on Networking
Upcoming Events
Career Development Workshops
Career Fairs
OptimalResume Soon to Be Offered to McGill Students
Mock Interviews for BCom and MBA Students
Finding Your Way into the Pharmaceutical Sector
Career-Related Experience Off the Beaten Track
L'Oréal E-Strat Challenge
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Finding Work as a Visual Artist: An Interview with Veronica Gray

by Lucy Armstrong

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Visual Art – one of the most powerful mediums which humans have used to express themselves for thousands of years. It has played the role of spiritual mediator, scientist, historian, and story-teller, tracing the paths we have made for ourselves, immortalizing the time in which we live, and establishing a legacy for the future. Many of us dream of being an artist, but are often hesitant to embark on such a challenging journey in this day and age where we place the greatest value on monetary attributes.

Veronica Gray is a Virginia artist who is well-aware of the demanding pressures of the art world, both creatively and commercially. She has successfully devoted the past 5 years of her life to establishing her own distinctive style – a vivid fusion of the abstract, profound, and emotional, who draws inspiration from space, spirituality, the 20th century, and faith-based artists such as Makoto Fujimura and Anselm Kiefer, to rock groups such as The Fixx. Also artistic mentor to me, I took the opportunity to interview her for this month's edition of Caps Scoop.

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Getting the ‘Inside Scoop’ on Networking

by Natalie Jewit

Every summer, I would send out resume after resume, and grow increasingly frustrated.  I searched websites for job postings, scoured the newspaper classifieds and personally visited every establishment I wanted to work for.  Yet, I always ended up finding jobs that just seemed to pay the bills.  None of them really advanced my career goals, nor did I find them particularly exciting or rewarding.  I couldn’t figure out why all of my friends seemed to land those ‘dream jobs’ that not only paid well but helped them gain valuable experience.  Finally it hit me.  All of these ‘dream jobs’ seemed to be the result of some sort of connection.  The classic phrase, “its not what you know but who you know” seemed regrettably, very applicable to my life. 

Therefore, it wasn’t a big surprise when I learned that 80% of jobs are found on the hidden job market.  They are not advertised online, in newspapers or on job-postings, but are found through word-of-mouth.  I realized if I was going to put an end to this stream of temporary jobs I needed to get the inside scoop.  And so, without even knowing it, I began NETWORKING.

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Upcoming Events

Below are selected events of interest. A complete listing can be found on the CAPS Events Calendar.

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Career Development Workshops

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Career Fairs

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