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Volume 11, Issue 5
"Work Your BA" Careers Week
Are you a BA student who is wondering what kind of job you can get when you graduate? Then you’ll be interested in attending the “Work Your BA” Career Week events from January 25 to February 4. There will be workshops on Job Search Strategies for BA students along with panels that will include McGill alumni who have graduated with a BA and who are now working in a wide variety of fields.
- Writing, Journalism and Editing
- PR, Marketing & Communication
- Volunteer, Activist & Community Work
- Working in International Development
- Creativity, Design & Technology
- And more
Organized by the AUS, CaPS and the Arts Development Office, we look forward to providing BA’s from all years with ideas and strategies about how to tackle “life after your BA”.
Details to be on myFuture shortly as well as sent to you by email.
SUS Academia Week
SUS is having its annual Academia Week starting January 25th, 2010.
Check their website for workshop and event details at www.mcgillsus.com.
Now is the time to start thinking about that summer job or internship
It may seem early, but as the old adage goes: "the early bird gets the worm."
Now is the time to start thinking about your summer job or internship. Watch out for CaPS' workshops on Summer Jobs. This month's workshop takes place on January 20th from 14h30 to 16h (search myFuture for details and to register).
Also consider checking out the information and resources on the CaPS website pertinent to finding a summer job.
AIESEC is the world’s largest student run organization, operating in more than 107 countries. AIESEC offers diverse opportunities for young adults from leadership development to international internships. There are two ways to become involved with AIESEC.
a) Become a member of AIESEC McGill
Whether you are interested in developing your personal, professional and leadership skills, or just want to make some cool new friends, come join our crew! We have information sessions on:
January 12th 7:30pm in Bronfman Room 647
January 13th 7:30pm in Bronfman Room 647
January 14th 5:30pm in Bronfman Room 647
b) Participate in our Internship Exchange Program
We are currently recruiting for motivated students to send off abroad for development, education, management or technical internships. If you are interested in this amazing experience, our information sessions are on:
January 21st 7pm in Bronfman Room 599
January 25th 5pm in Bronfman Room 011
January 26th 11:30am in Bronfman Room 422
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 next Job Finding Club runs from January 18th to 29th.
Are you ready for this wonderful opportunity? Check out the program on our website at for full details and/or come to our office.
New “Position Type” in myFuture
While you were looking for jobs recently in our myFuture database, you may have noticed that there is now a new “Position Type” listed. The new type is “Commission/Franchise Opportunity”. These are the kind of jobs that do not pay a salary; instead your earnings are based on commissions you receive for sales. As well, there are others that offer you the opportunity to have a franchise in order to be able to sell a particular product or service.
We created this new section because we wanted you to be clear that these opportunities are not regular salary type jobs. Although some students have had great success with these types of opportunities, others have had very unsatisfactory experiences and have lost money. We want you to be aware of the advantages and potential pitfalls with these organizations. If you have any worries or questions about these opportunities, do not hesitate to contact CaPS so that we can give you our advice.
If you would like to see the policy that we have for employers regarding these kinds of opportunities, please click here.
Check out the Vault Guide
Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.
Vault also has a ton of material on finding summer jobs and internships.
McGill subscribes to this service and you can check it out today (you must be connected to the McGill VPN).
myFuture Resume Builder
myFuture has now incorporated a resume builder which you can find in your Documents tab. This new feature provides all the resources you need to create and submit your resume. It's quick and easy to use and produces high-quality, professional-looking resumes you can access anytime, from any computer. Check it out by going to your Document tab from your myFuture homepage and click on the Resume Builder tab.
Click here for a quick training guide.
(But remember, CaPS also holds a daily C.V. drop-in where you can have your C.V. reviewed.
C.V. Review and Advising Drop-In
Undergraduate students can drop in to CaPS, where a Career Advisor or Peer Educator will provide basic feedback and suggestions regarding your CV. Should this revision period prove insufficient, we would recommend you make an individual appointment. Please know we unfortunately cannot review cover letters during this time.
For a listing of C.V. Drop-In times, please click here. Please note space is limited.
Undergraduate students can also drop in to CaPS to speak with a Career Advisor without an appointment for a quick question as a preliminary meeting to help you set your future goals.
For a listing of Advising Drop-In times, please click here. Please note space is limited.
Don't have time to come by our office in person? Then check out our online "Ask a Career Advisor" service. Click on the icon below.
Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!
CaPS is located in the Brown Student Services Building (3600 McTavish, Suite 2200).
We also have an office at Macdonald Campus in the Centennial Centre.
Check out our website for details on all our programs and services!
For further inquiries, or to book an appointment with an advisor, please email us or call 514-398-3304 or drop into our office.
Make your New Year's resolution to get your career sorted
Welcome back to new classes and a new semester! Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about your summer plans. Do you want to work? Do you want to find an internship related to your studies? Do you want to travel?
If you are graduating in May, start thinking about what you are going to do post-graduation. Do you have a job lined up? Are you planning on going back to school?
If you need help figuring these questions out, CaPS is here to help. With thousands of resources available to you and a knowledgeable staff of career advisors, we can help you develop a job search strategy, point you in the right direction, or just offer moral support.
Stop by for a visit!
Also in this issue:
Your Choices Define You
Waiting to board a flight, sitting beside the former plastic surgeon of Saddam Hussein, or losing your bags at the airport are all experiences that could be allegories for the human condition. Indeed, we are constantly experiencing new events that are unfamiliar to us and usually unexpected. Travelling for 20 hours continuously could make you realize how we are just mere strangers in this life. Nothing is stable or sure. Anything can happen. Making the decision to go to an exotic place for the holidays may alter the way you think of your own culture and possibly make you choose to shift your career goals 180 degrees. When exposed to a very different mentality and environment, you get to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and weight objectively your choices. Decisions shape you: in positive or negative ways. We make decisions, live with the consequences, experience a different condition, and then begin a new cycle over and over again. Hence, dropping out of school, applying for graduate studies, or venturing into the marketplace are all decisions that would shape you for the rest of your life. Therefore, you should choose wisely to avoid regret in the future.
On the plane flying from the Middle East to Canada, I was delighted to meet three beautiful human beings: a lawyer planning to be a US diplomat, a PhD political science student at Georgetown, and 15 year veteran female firefighter who travels the world. Upon asking them the same question: how do you define a right decision that leads you to success? They all agreed on one point: success is driven by the decisions you take that brings about joy, to yourself and your surroundings, and satisfies the accepted morality. Hence, when thinking of leaving your own mark and choosing your primary goal, don’t base it on materialistic and mere short-term gains because they fade away and leave behind pain and boredom. One of my friends pointed out that morality could indeed bring about the contentment you are looking for. Your goal to work in a bank shouldn’t be just for the money you make out of it. Even if you do enjoy the corporate world, try not to just get assimilated in a tight closed box but rather shape it in your own framework of morality.
How can we make the right choices?
McGill has one of the best kept secrets! It doesn’t have to be that way any longer, now is your chance to learn how to get a mentor and get connected with McGill Alumni. Currently we have mentors from very diverse industries such as accounting, biotechnology, government administration and relations, international affairs, law, media, medicine, pharmaceuticals and many more. McGill mentors are past graduates and they volunteer their time to help students make the transition into the workplace. They are friendly and informative and genuinely want to see their mentees succeed.
Are you attending university away from home? Do your parents call several times a day, just to check up on you? Do they remember what time you had your last meal at and constantly know your whereabouts? Do they persistently remind you of your pressing to-do list? These questions can go on if you answered yes to all or most of the previous questions, then you may be experiencing some serious helicopter parenting.
This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the regional, domestic and North American labour markets. Your feedback is welcome.
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Please register for these events through myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops/Events/Panels" tab. Keyword search "MUSA."
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 "Information 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."
Design: Owen Ripley