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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS), formerly Career & Placement Service (CAPS)

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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
Contact Us

New Year, New CaPS

by Marshneill Abraham, Peer Educator Coordinator

CAPS has a new name for the new year. The McGill Career & Placement Service (CAPS) will be changing its name to the: 

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.

In order to attend these events, you must register. Please click here.

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Working for the Feds - Great Career Opportunities

by Susan Molnar, CaPS Graduate Career Advisor

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.

[continue reading about ways to work for the Federal Public Service]

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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:

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:

  1. Start with a self-assessment: you need to know what your skills interests, values and abilities are.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

by Natalie Coyle, U2, Biology

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."


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."


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."

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