Happy New Year! Get started on your career!
Welcome back to another semester and Happy New Year. We wish you all the best and much success in 2009.
January is promising to be a busy month, full of career-related activities. We encourage you to take full advantage of what is being offered. For those of you looking for summer jobs in the areas of Consulting, Finance and Information Technology, keep in mind that recruitment is taking place now. Log-in to myFuture to see the firms that are recruiting.
At the end of the month, CaPS will be organizing the Federal Public Service Career Week. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about working for the Federal Public Service and its new “Public Service Renewal Agenda.” See below for more details.
In this issue:
New Year, New CaPS
Federal Public Service Career Week
Working for the Feds
Looking for a Summer Internship in Consulting, Financial Institutions or IT?
Advertising Yourself: 5 Steps for 2009
Company Info Sessions
New Year, New CaPS
CAPS has a new name for the new year. The McGill Career & Placement Service (CAPS) will be changing its name to the:
- McGill Career Planning Service in English
- Service de planification de carrière de l’université McGill in French
This new name better reflects the terminology at peer institutions as well as the new mission of CAPS which is:
“to inspire McGill graduate and undergraduate students in the exploration of their career options and to increase their employability through the development of lifelong career management skills.”
The acronym “CAPS” is being kept in order to build on the brand equity that has accrued since CAPS came into existence in 1992. The one small change is from CAPS to CaPS to better reflect the new name. As well as changing its name, CaPS has launched a completely redesigned website with sections for students, faculty and employers. It can be found at www.mcgill.ca/caps. You will be automatically re-directed from the current website.
There is no better time than now to visit the website, learn more about the kinds of services offered at McGill and start planning your future. Do not wait until one month before graduation to start thinking about your options, seeking out work experience opportunities and acquiring the skills that can lead you to graduate school, a summer internship, a stint teaching abroad or your dream job.
Once you have visited the website, stop by the office and check out the library of career resources available, or book an appointment with an advisor who can personally help you conceive and develop your goals. 2009 is a brand new year, and the perfect opportunity to take control of your goals.
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Federal Public Service Career Week - Register Now
Working for the Federal Public Service ranks first among Canadian university students
When Canadian university students were asked in a survey which employer they would prefer to work for after graduation, the Canadian Federal Government ranked first. At the same time, the Federal Public Service is looking to “re-new” its workforce and is actively recruiting thousands of graduates from Canadian universities this year.
Therefore, for the first time, CaPS, in coordination with the Principal’s Office and the Public Service Commission, is organizing a series of events to inform McGill students about the career opportunities available within the Federal Public Service.
We encourage you to attend the events listed below in order to help you understand whether working for the Federal Public Service would be right for you. They include a career fair and panels of speakers ranging from senior public servants to recent McGill graduates from a variety of disciplines (both graduate and undergraduate) who are now working for the Federal government.
Also, please read Susan Molnar’s article below for more details about opportunities available for you in the Federal Public Service.
Finding a Summer Job or Internship in the Federal Public Service
Tuesday, January 27, 12h30 -14h00: Brown, Room 5001
This talk will describe the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) which provides full-time returning students with work experience (mainly in the summer) related to their field of study. The possibility of doing an internship in the Federal Public Service will also be discussed.
Public Service & Non Profit Career Fair
Wednesday, January 28, 10h30 -15h00: Shatner Building, Ballroom
This career fair will have booths from different departments within the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as NGO’s and non-profit organizations. It will allow students to talk to representatives about how to find a job in the public and non profit sectors.
For an up-to-date list of employers attending, please log-in to myFuture and click on the "Events" tab.
Opportunities for Graduate Students within the Federal Public Service “Café”
Thursday, January 29, 12h00 -14h00: Thomson House, Ballroom
This Federal Government Grad Cafe is set up to facilitate graduate students who are considering a career within the public service to meet representatives from various departments who are looking to hire graduate students. Representatives will be asked to talk about how they got their job and what the work is like that they are doing.
“High-level” Panel of Speakers from the Federal Public Service
Monday, February 2, 12h00 -14h00: Leacock, Room 232
Senior public service officials will discuss the “Public Service Renewal Agenda” and why students should consider a career with the Federal Public Service.
Opportunities for all Students within the Federal Public Service Panel
Monday, February 2, 17h30 -19h00: Brown, Room 5001
This panel will allow students from across the university to meet McGill alumni who have recently been hired to work in the Federal Public Service as well as middle managers from various federal departments.
Environment and Agriculture Career Fair 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 10h00 -15h30: Macdonald Campus
The Annual McGill Environment and Agriculture Career Fair will take place on McGill's beautiful Macdonald Campus. Employers from the agriculture, nutrition, environment and pharmaceutical industries will be present to talk about opportunities in their organizations. There will also be a series of targeted Panel Presentations.
In order to attend these events, you must register. Please click here.
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Working for the Feds - Great Career Opportunities
The Federal Public Service is Canada’s largest employer with 230,000 employees and over 1,600 points of service across Canada. It is also Canada’s most international employer with a presence in 115 countries around the world.
Almost 10% of public servants today are close to retirement, which means significant public service renewal opportunities for students interested in joining the public service as a career.
The structure of the government and its 23 departments are clearly summarized in the following chart as well as here. A list of departments and agencies can be found here
and organized by subject here.
The Structure of Canada’s Research System, which includes the various non-profits and NGOs that are considered the federal government’s arms or agencies, can be viewed here.
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Looking for a Summer Internship in Consulting, Financial Institutions or Information Technology?
Have you started looking for your summer job or internship? Are you doing all you can to start positioning yourself for career success once you graduate? U2 is the ideal time to develop a plan of action that starts with securing a relevant summer internship in areas of Consulting, Financial Institutions & Information Technology. Don’t procrastinate as positions are up on myFuture and deadlines to submit are in January with interviews usually in February.
The competition is fierce and you should be prepared to alter your schedule to better suit that of the employer. This is the time to take advantage of their availability.
Before you opt to participate, ask yourself two questions:
- Is your candidacy strong enough to propel you to an interview?
- Can you dedicate the time required to compete?
To help you better prepare to successfully participate in the on-campus recruitment for these positions and be asked for an interview, consider these recommendations:
- Start with a self-assessment: you need to know what your skills interests, values and abilities are.
- Research the industry and life style: These industries require long hours and others require you to be constantly up-to-date. TIP: Informational interviews are a great way to find out about the culture in these industries.
- Create a resume and cover letter; without a shining application how can they see what a great candidate you are? TIP: CAPS has CV Drop-in daily or make an appointment with a Career Advisor to go over your CV & cover letter.
- Practice your interview skills: your amazing application has their interest - now you need to keep them interested. Can you answer the question, “Tell me about yourself?”? TIP: CAPS offers workshops on interview skills, and you can book an appointment for a mock interview.
- Don’t forget that you will probably have to do a case interview. Are you familiar with what a case interview is? TIP: Research and practice case interviewing in order to become more familiar with the process. Case examples are available at various consulting firm websites, including The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Co. Check out the Vault Guides as well and see an advisor.
CLICK HERE for a schedule of recruitment campaign's deadlines and interviews. For up-to-date information on information sessions and workshops, please login in to myFuture and click on the Events tab. Check out the Quick Guide on myFuture's OCR (i.e. how to search, upload documents, apply, sign up for interviews, etc.).
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Advertising Yourself: 5 Steps for 2009
As the New Year kicks off, there is no better time than now to put yourself first and to take responsibility for your career goals. Whether you are seeking a summer internship, a stint upon a cruise ship, or that pivotal first job, you can take matters into your own hands this year.
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Company Info Sessions
The info sessions below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all info sessions offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Info Sessions" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."
January 12, 11h30 -13h00: Faculty Club
January 12, 17h30 -19h00: Faculty Club
BMO Capital Markets
January 12, 17h30 -19h00: TBA
Ernst & Young
January 14, 11h30 -13h00: Bronfman, Room 620
McKinsey and Company
January 15, 17h30 -19h00: Faculty Club
Blinds To Go
January 26, 11h30 -13h00: Bronfman, Room 625
January 28, 11h30 -13h30: Bronfman, Room 600
The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all events offered this month 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."
Faculty of Arts Internships Awards Information Session
January 13, 12h00 -13h00: Leacock, Room 307
Arts Internship Awards have been established through the generous support of McGill alumni to help students gain practical experience through an internship. Administered through the Dean's Office in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office, these awards are designed to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their internship. The awards are open to U2, U3 undergraduate, and graduate students who will be returning to McGill the semester following their internships. Students are selected based upon the quality of their internship proposal and their own academic and personal accomplishments.
SWAP Info Session
January 22, 18h00 -19h00: Voyages Campus
Swap talk with a focus on USA.
Please rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling to the USA
January 27, 14h00 -15h30: Leacock, Room 232
Are you an international student who wants to travel to the USA? International Student Services has organized a “Travelling to the USA” information session, on January 27, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in the Leacock Building, Room 232. International students and staff are welcome to attend. A guest speaker from the US consulate, US Consul Tracy Naber, will be facilitating the session.
Please note: If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by completing the Registration form by January 23: http://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/publications/.
The workshops below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all workshops offered this month 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."
“One-Stop-Shopping”: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
January 12, 11h30 -13h00: Brown, Room 3001
Looking to acquire lots of valuable information in a short span of time? If so - our “One-Stop-Shopping” workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn how to create a professional CV using action verbs and understand what employers are looking for. You will also learn to write a tailored cover letter that is customized to a position, department and/or a particular industry. In the interview component of the workshop you will understand what is involved in interview preparation. You will learn to identify relevant skills and experiences that you have to offer an employer and to articulate them with confidence and professionalism. The workshop will end with understanding of the importance of an action plan. Participants will learn about the steps that guide the career planning process. You will also identify your goals for each of these steps as well as the resources/tools available and any potential barriers you may encounter.
Finding & Obtaining the Ideal Internship
January 20, 10h30 -12h00: Brown, Room 3001
Doing an internship is a good way to test the waters in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life" experience and a way to decide on - or opt out - of a certain vocation. This workshop will provide you with the steps necessary in looking for an internship.
January 21, 12h00 -13h30: Brown, Room 5001
An interactive workshop that walks you through case examples and provides tips on how to survive a case interview.
Princeton Review - Practice MCAT
January 21, 17h00 -12h00: Education, Computer Lab 341
The Princeton Review is hosting a free practice MCAT. This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to take a practice MCAT in a proctored environment and familiarize themselves with the content of the MCAT. Students should be aware that this will be a full length practice test, including the writing samples. Students will also be provided with detailed score reports outlining their strengths and weaknesses on the test.
Med School Interview Preparation
January 28, 13h00 -14h30: Brown, Room 5001
Gain detailed insight on how to prepare for your medical school interview. Topics covered in this workshop include what to expect during the interview, typical and atypical questions most often asked as well as the general practices of some major Canadian Faculties of Medicine.
International Students: Finding a Student Job
January 29, 13h00 -14h30: Brown, Room 5001
As an international student, this workshop will provide you with the tools and resources to find a summer/part-time job that every student needs. This will help you to improve your chances of getting experience for your post-graduation job.
Researching the Employer
January 30, 12h30 -15h00: Brown, Room 3001
Learn how to and why you need to research the employer of your choice.
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