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March 2010

Volume 12, Issue 7

Backpack to Briefcase

Every year during the month of March, the McGill Alumni Association partners with the Career Planning Service CaPS McGill to host Backpack to Briefcase; our career transition seminar series for students and Young Alumni.

This year’s series features a Dinner in Residences with Alumni hosts, Networking for Success, and Soft Skills in the Workplace. Keep an eye out for 4 great events starting on March 9, 2010.

Check out these resources in your summer job/internship hunt

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.

To access Going Global, click here. You must be connected to the McGill VPN.

Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas is a comprehensive and interactive website designed to help you prepare for an international career. With over 800 resources and 2200 international organization profiles, the Big Guide gives practical advice on how to start an international career and acquire international work experience.

To access the Big Guide, click here. You must be connected to the McGill VPN.


Have you heard of ProNet, a new networking tool in myFuture?

ProNet enables current McGill students and alumni (both undergraduates and graduates) to get in touch with more experienced students and recent alumni in order to get help with their search for an internship, job, grad school or career.

For more information, click here.

* Note that ProNet is different than the McGill Mentor Program, which you might also be interested in.

YES Montreal Career Workshops

YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses.

They hold a number of workshops on various topics for job seekers, artists and entrepreneurs.

To view upcoming events, 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 into 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.

Permanent Residency Information Sessions

International students need to register online for one of the 4 sessions facilitated by Immigration Quebec.

For more information, please visit the ISS website.

University Graduates : Launch Your Career !

Dinner hosted by the JCCM that will allow participants to discuss with professionals from different backgrounds.

The concept of the evening will allow each participant to meet in small groups three professionals in the area of their interest. For every meal service, participants will be invited to move to another table to meet a different professional. The professionals invited will describe their careers and answer questions from participants on issues related to integration in their field of activity.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Job Search Webinars for Japanese-speaking Students

DISCO International, organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilingual students, the Boston Career Forum, will be holding webinars (online seminars) for Japanese-English bilingual students this March and April!

Anyone who is bilingual in English and Japanese can participate in the webinar.  Webinar will be held in Japanese.  Registering to CFN and participating in the seminar is free.

Click here for more information.

Become of a fan of CaPS

Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!

Contact Us

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.


This month, don't miss the chance to explore careers in the Environment!

If you are interested in working in the Environment, be sure to check out Green Week which runs from March 2nd to 4th.

Now is the time to start thinking about your summer job or internship. Watch out for CaPS' workshops on Summer Jobs. This month's workshops take place on March 4th & 24th (search myFuture for details and to register). Get organized before you get bogged down with exams and papers!

Also in this issue:

Green Week - Working in the Environment
Different Roads Lead to Rome

Exploring the World of Teaching Abroad
Why Volunteer in Montreal?
Labour Market Information for March
Upcoming Career Fairs
Information Sessions
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

Green Week - Working in the Environment

Green Week is your opportunity to meet people working in the environmental sector, including professionals, alumni, and labour market specialists. Learn about the issues and employment needs in this growing sector.

  • Keynote Speaker: Henry Sauvagnat, Vice-President, Sustainable Development CASCADES INC.
    March 2, 16h00: Redpath Museum, Downtown Campus

    Henry Sauvagnat is a decorated professional with over 25 years experience. His talk will include highlights of his career in the environment, specifically within the realm of sustainable development and how he has been involved with some turnkey decisions. Mr. Sauvagnat will address the upcoming concerns and action plans within the environmental industry and more specifically, how Cascades Inc. plays a major role.

  • Where the Jobs Are: Labour Market Brief
    March 3, 12h00: Ceilidh, Centennial Centre, Macdonald Campus

    EcoCanada and BioTalent Canada will each provide an overview of the current employment trends in the environment sector and identify the expected areas of growth. Come learn what jobs will be in demand.

  • Environmental Professionals on Campus
    March 3, 16h00: Raymond 4-047, Macdonald Campus

    Learn about various careers in the environmental industry by listening to the professionals. Come find out how they got to where they are today and what they are doing.

  • Mini Employer Fair
    March 4, 12h00-15h00: Brown, Room 5001, Downtown Campus

    Meet and mingle with organizations in the environmental sector and uncover how to get your foot in the door. Participating organizations include: Environment Canada, Ecostage, Ecometrica and Natural Resources Canada.

  • Alumni Panel
    March 4, 16h00: Brown, Room 5001, Downtown Campus

    Find out where your fellow enviro classmates have ended up by attending this alumni panel. It offers you the chance to hear their stories, to learn from their mistakes and to get tips on how to be successful.

To register for these panels and to consult a list of panelists, please log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops" tab. Keyword search "Green Week."

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Different Roads Lead to Rome

by Marguerite Bravay, U1 Psychology

At the end of the first Intergroup Relations lecture of the semester, I got out of my seat, amazed. I had just sat through the entire class without checking my emails, going on Facebook, or reading the Lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal online. I had been so immersed in what the professor was saying that my attention hadn’t wandered to things that, let’s admit it, are generally more entertaining that being in class.

This had never happened to me at McGill before. I’m in my second year, and for the first three terms of my education, I was so intent on majoring in Economics that I ignored other options- and the fact that Econ really wasn’t the right program for me. Things pretty much had to come crashing down around me, academically speaking, for me to realize that I had to do something about it, lest I be miserable for my two remaining years of college.

Switching my major to Psychology was a difficult decision, for several reasons. The Econ classes were small and I knew a lot of people in them. Several of my friends were also majoring in Economics, in my year and in upper years, which gave me guidance and insight into what lay ahead of me. In contrast, I was aware that, in Psychology, I would end up in 600 person lecture halls where I didn’t have any close friends and, even if I knew people, chances are I wouldn’t run into them. 

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Exploring the World of Teaching Abroad

by Lisa Trotto, U4 Secondary Education

The 19th Annual McGill Education Career Fair was a great way to put one’s professional networking skills to the test; however, preparation for this event is what remains crucial in ensuring ultimate success and evidently, a call-back. This exclusive event merges together both English and French boards, educational and camp-based organizations, along with various International school board recruiters, leaving candidates with enough assortment to suit a variety of tastes. Having partaken in this event, the opportunities offered to explore the wide world of teaching abroad undoubtedly drew the most attention and attracted the most candidates. 

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Why Volunteer in Montreal?

by Carrie Armistead, Mentor Program Coordinator

Would you like to meet new people, gain a new perspective, learn more about Montreal’s various cultures, try and learn new things?  Volunteering is an excellent way to do all of these things while beefing up your CV at the same time.  Where do you start?

At CaPS, we have two very good resources that provide you with the location and contact information of a broad variety of hospital and community organizations.  The first resource is a binder called Montreal Volunteer Opportunities and the second one is called the Directory of Community Services of Greater Montreal.  You can obtain these by going to the front desk and requesting them. 

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Labour Market Information for March

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

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.

The good news:

  • Beaucoup d'emplois malgré la crise
    La Presse Affaires, 8 February 2010
    According to the latest survey by Jobboom, certain industries, such as accounting, IT and health services, are offering as many as 25 jobs per candidate.

  • La Ronde offre 1000 emplois pour l'été 2010
    La Presse Affaires, 11 February 2010
    La Ronde is looking to fill 1000 positions across all services for the summer 2010 season. Another 500 positions will be offered by onsite operators.

The bad news:

Other news:

  • Real estate is Canada's employment hot spot
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    Telegraph-Journal (St. John), 30 January 2010
    Real estate weathered the recession well and has emerged as an industry offering a high number of job opportunities.

Occupational highlight:

  • Chemists (NOC code 2112)
    Chemists conduct research and analysis in support of industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, medical diagnosis and treatment, biotechnology and other applications. They also conduct theoretical, experimental and applied research into basic chemical and biochemical processes to create or synthesize new products and processes. For 2006-2008, unemployment was below average. Trends for 2008-2012 predict a 1.8% growth rate and the outlook is good. There is a good placement rate. This profession is slightly vulnerable to recession.

    For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx . Contact us mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca for the username and password or login to myFuture https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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Upcoming Career Fairs

  • McGill School of Information Studies Career Fair
    March 18, 2010, 13h00-17h00: Grande Bibliothèque
    475 de Maisonneuve E.

    For more information, please contact:
    Janice Tester
    Tel: 514-398-8581
    E-mail: janice.tester@mcgill.ca

  • McGill Physical and Occupational Therapy Career Fair
    March 24, 2010, 10h30-14h00: Shatner Ballroom

    For more information, please contact:
    Janice Tester
    Tel: 514-398-8581
    E-mail: janice.tester@mcgill.ca

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Information Sessions

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."

  • Dalhousie University
    March 3, 14h00-16h00: Brown 5001

    Register both through myFuture and online at http://dalmba.ca/cr/information-sessions. Food & beverages provided.

    Canada’s only Corporate Residency MBA promises to open opportunities for faster career advancement in your chosen field. Through an eight-month corporate residency, you will have the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading employers in an exceptional, paid work experience. This MBA program prepares talented and committed professionals to manage with integrity and get things done. Our 22-month program integrates top employers throughout the academic process, is delivered by award-winning faculty and provides personalized, integrity-based leadership development. 

  • TEKsystems
    March 11, 16h00-19h00: 1801 McGill College, Suite 1100

    TEKsystems identifie plus occasions d'emploi que n'importe quelle autre entreprise grâce à son vaste réseau et ses relations avec ses clients issus de nombreuses industries. Le succès de notre entreprise repose sur les aptitudes et l'intégrité de nos gens, et pour ce faire, nous sommes déterminés à trouver les meilleurs talents sur le marché. Nous travaillons dur pour bâtir de solides relations à long terme avec nos professionnels, en leur trouvant un emploi continu et en leur offrant une formation technique, des avantages sociaux complets, ainsi qu’une rémunération concurrentielle.

    Notre Journée portes ouvertes donnera à des personnes comme vous l'occasion d'explorer les possibilités de carrière au sein de TEKsystems. Vous pourrez interagir par des foires aux questions, des présentations et des conversations avec de nombreux conseillers en recrutement, directeurs des comptes et hauts cadres pour mieux connaître nos activités.

    Pour toute question, veuillez contacter :
    Evelina Golba
    (905) 283-1354

  • Investors Group
    March 18, 12h00-14h00: Brown 5001

    Time… to think about the career opportunity of a lifetime.

    But don’t just take our word for it…

    -Fast Company magazine named personal financial advisor as the #1 job
    -CareerBuilder.com listed financial advisors as the 6th fastest growing occupation
    -Money magazine/ Salary.com named the career as the 9th best for young people and the 4th best for those over 50

    Consider this. The demand for financial planners has never been higher, so join us and learn about becoming an Investors Group Consultant. Find out why Investors Group was rated the #1 Full Service Dealer, and how we can help bring you personal and professional rewards far beyond those associated with a traditional job.

    Join us for an information session * Free lunch provided* Internships available* on the spot interviews*

    Bring you resume and meet with our Consultants

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Workshops and 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."

  • Business Etiquette: More Than Just Eating With the Right Fork
    March 1, 12h30-14h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, presenting yourself professionally through your body language; 2) Appropriately select clothing to dress for success; 3) Apply appropriate meal manners when faced with a potential employer.

  • Researching Employers
    March 3, 11h00-12h30: Brown, Room 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand the importance of researching employers and industries; 2) Effectively research occupation, industry and employer profiles using specialized web services, websites, databases, and directories in both print and digital formats.

  • Lulu Software Info Session
    March 3, 12h00-14h00: Brown, Room 5001

    Come and meet us at the information session and learn about our company and internship possibilities, including a paid internship in Web Intelligence.

    The Company: Lulu Software develops innovative software-solutions that are easy-to-use and consumer-friendly. The products are distributed online, offered in five different languages spanning across various world-markets. Lulu Software is proud to offer value in the advanced technology and simplicity of their products.

  • Summer Jobs
    March 4, 10h00-11h30: Brown 3001
    March 24, 13h30-15h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student; 2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a part-time or summer job; 3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, networking; 4) Identify at least 3 leads of opportunities on and off campus.

  • Tap (and Dial) into the Hidden Job Market
    March 17, 14h00-52300: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation; 2) Identify areas in which they need to expand their list of contacts and ways by which they can grow their contact base; 3) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview; 4) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field of interest. 

  • One-Stop-Shopping: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
    March 18, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Compose a more effective and tailored CV; 2) Define the essential components of a cover letter; 3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation; 4) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview; 5) Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

  • Finding and Obtaining the Ideal Internship
    March 18, 14h00-15h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process; 2) Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship; 3) List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships.

  • Heterosexism, Career Choice and the Workplace
    March 22, 16h00-17h30: Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) List the ways in which a person’s minority sexual orientation and/or gender expression identities can influence how they choose a career;  2) Describe how being queer can give LGBT people advantages and additional skills at work; 3) Develop suitable strategies for successfully “coming out” at work and for dealing with any discrimination; and 4) Find employers who actively welcome LGBT diversity in their organization.

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