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November 2008

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Keep on top of things!

Even though November brings worries about midterms and final exams, it is also the time to start thinking about summer jobs and internships, particularly if you plan to participate in on-campus recruitment in January: get your C.V. ready, practice your networking skills and keep your eyes open for job postings.

In this issue:

Finding a Job in a Tough Economy
What do I want to do when I grow up?
Experience Outside the Classroom: the McGill Mentor Program
Earn Money and Travel with the JET Programme
Career Fairs, SWAP, Study Abroad Fair and Internship Info Sessions
Grad School Recruitment Events
Federal Government Info Sessions
Career Development Workshops
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Finding a Job in a Tough Economy

by Gregg Blachford, Director, CAPS

We’ve all been shocked by the dramatic changes in the stock market over the last month as well as the economic downturn, especially in the resources sector on which Canada relies heavily.  

At CAPS, we have not yet noticed a major downturn in job and internship offers from employers interested in hiring McGill students.  But we expect this to change and you need to be ready for it. 

Many students are concerned about their job prospects given this new situation.  I want to talk about what you need to do to make sure you still have the best chance to get the best job after you graduate from McGill.

Seven tips for you...

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What do I want to do when I grow up?

by Blinds To GO

 “What do I want to do when I grow up?” It is a question all university students come to as the near they end of their academic career and start contemplating their professional career.  If you are lucky, you already know. If you are like most other graduates, it is an anxiety-filled question and an important life decision.

For many the answer to this question is a management training program. Management training programs have the appeal of integrating you into an organization where you hopefully can grow and advance and build a career. Most training programs start you off in an entry level position and allow you to learn the business from the ground floor. Today, many companies offer management training or development programs for recent graduates.  But which one? Which management training program is right for you?

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Experience Outside the Classroom: the McGill Mentor Program

by Corina Sferdenschi, U3, Psychology

McGill is known for its wide array of programs dedicated to providing resources for students through its numerous departments and offices. The Career and Placement Service (CAPS) offers a diverse selection of programs that benefit students. The Mentor Program came into existence more than ten years ago and it has been one of the highlights of the centre ever since.  The program matches current McGill students with McGill alumni around the world.  Any graduate or undergraduate student can apply for this program. 

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Earn Money and Travel with the JET Programme

by Marshneill Abraham, CAPS Peer Educator Program Coordinator

After four years of grueling courses, endless papers and dreaded exams, kick-starting a career or pursuing further education is often the least desirable option post-graduation. Traveling is a productive and illuminating way to spend a year or two, and provides endless opportunities for self-discovery, new revelations and a clearer understanding of which direction you’d like to head towards.

Teaching English abroad is an ideal way to earn money while also discovering a new part of the world. The JET Programme allows for local school authorities in Japan to employ foreign youth to enhance foreign language education, and to encourage international exchange on a local scale.  Various positions are available, the most popular being the Assistant Language Teacher (ALTs),  where participants assist local Japanese teachers in teaching English to elementary, junior, and senior level students. 

If working outside the classroom in an administrative capacity is more enticing, JET also offers Coordinator for International Relations positions (CIRs) that involve working in communities on international exchange activities. This position requires fluency in Japan. Placements are not limited to city centers; participants are also placed in small and medium-sized towns, and rural farming and fishing villages. Regional diversity encourages participants to lead a life within the community that extends far beyond the classroom walls.

The ideal JET candidate enjoys working with children and is not afraid to take risks and tackle the culture shock that is inevitable when relocating to a new environment. Candidates must also have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution.

The JET Program has garnered tremendous acclaim for its fostering of cross-cultural appreciation. Participating in the program will not only broaden your own perspective, but will also make a significant contribution towards advancing mutual understanding between cultures.

For further details, please visit www.jetprogramme.org.

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Career Fairs, SWAP, Study Abroad Fair and Internship Info Sessions


Grad School Recruitment Events

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" or "Information Sessions" tab. Click on the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

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Federal Government Info Sessions

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" or "Information Sessions" tab. Click on the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

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Career Development 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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