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December 2008

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CAPS to launch new name and new website!

December is set to be an exciting month here at CAPS as we prepare to officially launch a new name and new website. Over the coming month, you can expect to see a couple of changes:

  1. Our name will officially change to McGill Career Planning Service;
  2. Our nickname will change from CAPS to CaPS; and
  3. We will launch a completely revamped website at a new address: www.mcgill.ca/caps.

Our new name better reflects our mission statement and our ongoing commitment to providing you with high quality service. As well, we hope that you will find our new website an improvement and we are always willing to hear your feedback.

From all of the CAPS staff, here is wishing you and yours a happy holiday season.

In this issue:

Notes from the Career Resource Centre: Finding an Internship
Career planning…over the holidays?!?!
Breaking Into Journalism: Words of Wisdom from the Field
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity McGill
Events
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Notes from the CAPS Career Resource Centre: Finding an Internship

by Vanessa Franco, Career Resource Consultant, CAPS

The CAPS Career Resource Centre offers many tools and resources to help you find an external internship. Before we go further, however, let us examine what is meant by internship as the word has many different meanings.

An internship is a short-term, supervised opportunity to obtain practical work experience. There are different types of internships:

Once you have identified the type of internship that interests you, follow the guidelines below.

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Career planning…over the holidays?!?!

by Jan Bottomer, CAPS Career Advisor

I know what you’re thinking – you’ve worked and played hard all term and definitely need the break that the end of classes and exams represents – career planning is not foremost in your mind at this point! But the holiday period can be an excellent time to take stock, research options and proactively launch yourself into the New Year career-wise – read on!

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 Breaking Into Journalism: Words of Wisdom from the Field

by Shea Sinnott, U3, Cultural Studies

For an aspiring writer, entering into the world of journalism can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. In a recent panel discussion entitled “Breaking Into Journalism: Employment, Internships, and Freelancing” held during the Daily Publication Society’s “Student Journalism Week,” three young journalists chatted about the difficulties and opportunities they have encountered in their careers so far.

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Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity McGill

by Alysha Kassam, U1 IDS

Early on a cloudy Saturday morning in late October, Habitat for Humanity McGill volunteered at Accueil Bonneau, a soup kitchen for the homeless, located in Old Montreal. Accueil Bonneau was founded in 1877 and is open year-round. We were given a tour of the historic establishment and learned the ins and outs of how it runs. Some of the products and services provided by the organization include clothes, blankets, shoes, haircuts, foot care, soap and other hygienic products. Since September 2007, it has been deemed illegal for anyone to sleep in parks or on benches in Montreal, causing the homeless to spend their nights walking the city. Foot care is offered to treat their wounded feet. This community centre is efficiently run by numerous volunteers and is always looking for more help, from students and adults. 

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Events

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