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

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Take advantage of the countless networking opportunities this month

March promises to be a busy month with lots of activities and workshops in which you can participate. Be sure to check ou the many events associated with Backpack to Briefcase, a joint initative between CaPS and McGill Alumni Association. Many of these events are a great opportunity to meet McGill Alumni now working in diverse areas and industries.

In this issue:

Backpack to Briefcase 2009
Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA Defies Recession
The Nonprofit Sector – A world of opportunity for meaningful careers!
Going Global: Exploring International Career Options
Job Finding Club - Starts in May

Career Fairs
Events
Workshops
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Backpack to Briefcase 2009

Get ready for this year’s BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE 2009! This incredible event is brought to you in collaboration with the Career Planning Service (CaPS) and McGill’s Alumni Association.

Backpack to Briefcase will be a series of career events held throughout the month of March that should help you make the transition out of McGill to the workplace or graduate school.  There will be career fairs, special events, panel discussions, workshops, and guest speakers to address a variety of topics related to career exploration, job search strategies and “real-world” life skills.

Keep your eyes peeled on the CaPS website and the Alumni Association website for up-to-date information.

All events are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. You must register for the events through myFuture. To bring up all events associated with Backpack to Briefcase, keyword search "B2B" in the Workshops tab.

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Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA Defies Recession

As graduating students cope with an impending era of fiscal constraint, Dalhousie’s School of Business director reminds us that hard times call for wise investments. “Senior HR executives have to manage not just for the present but for the future of their organization,” says Peggy Cunningham, the new director of the School. “Having the right people being groomed now to face the leadership challenges of tomorrow is a wise strategy. Our Corporate Residency MBA delivers highly employable self-starters to organizations who can then partner with the student to tailor the academic, professional development and work experience components of our program to meet their leadership needs.”

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The Nonprofit Sector – A world of opportunity for meaningful careers!

by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Music and Arts Career Advisor

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Confucius said a lot of things right, and the above quote resonates profoundly with the many job seekers who strive to create careers and lives that are about more than just the paycheque, searching for ways to combine their interests, skills, passion and values into a meaningful career. The nonprofit sector can be an ideal fit for those looking for more than “just a job” but there are a lot of misconceptions and a general lack of understanding about the kinds of organizations the sector encompasses and the range of opportunities available. Read on for more information about this dynamic and varied sector, the rewards and challenges of a career in non-profit work and tips for entering the field.

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Going Global: Exploring International Career Options

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

Going Global is a subscription web service that provides international employment and career information. If you are interested in working and living abroad, then Going Global is an indispensable resource. CaPS offers you unlimited access to Going Global’s extensive database of international employer profiles and job and internship listings. In addition, Going Global provides country- and U.S. city-specific information for jobseekers. With over 35,000 resources, the country and city guides include information on local industry and employment trends, professional associations, staffing agencies, recruiters, work permit regulations, and salaries, in addition to advice on local cultures, CVs, cover letters and interviews. The 27 country guides span all continents (except Antarctica, of course!) and the 40 U.S. city guides cover cities coast-to-coast. Of special interest to those considering working in the U.S. is their list of H-1B visa companies. There is also a forum open to users to make connections, find housing, get job search advice, and more.

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Job Finding Club

Work with fourteen other students all looking to find a job. You will have each other for support, with the assistance of the CaPS facilitator, Janice Tester, and career advisors. It is a two-week intensive program designed to empower you to find work in your field and in a job you will love.

There is no administrative fee to participate. The only cost to the student is for the purchase of the Job Search Handbook ($8).

You need to apply and we consider people on a first-come-first-served basis.  You will register at the CaPS reception by filling out an application form and submitting your CV. After which, we will contact you for a selection interview with an advisor. 

The dates of the next Job Finding Clubs are:

Are you ready for this wonderful opportunity?  Check out the program on our website at http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/jfc/ for full details and/or come to our office.

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Career Fairs

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Events

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."

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Workshops

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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