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November 2009

Volume 11, Issue 3


Meet Jean-Marc Hachey, renowned author of The Big Guide to Working and Living Overseas

As part of CaPS Worldwide Careers Week later this month, Jean-Marc Hachey will be the keynote speaker and talking about the importance of international experience and how to make the most of it.

Meet Jean-Marc Hachey in person on Monday, November 23 from 5PM to 7PM in Leacock 232.

Please register on myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops" tab and keyword search "WWCW."


Advise the Advisors! CaPS Focus Group

November 5, 12h00-13h30: Brown 3001

CaPS Feedback Session for Undergraduate Students 

Come to tell us what you think or our services and help us better understand your career related needs. Help us make CaPS a better service!

Please register for the feedback session by logging-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops" tab. Keyword search "Advise the Advisors."



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.


Student Journalism Week

The Daily Productions Society (DPS) is proud to announce its second annual Student Journalism Week, to be held from November 9-13, 2009 at McGill University in Montreal. The week will feature four panel presentations in French and English, a half-dozen workshops, and an open production night. All events will be open to every McGill student. 

Student Journalism Week opens students’ understanding of the possibilities in journalism, and allows students not already involved in campus or community media to gain tangible experience in the production process. 

For more information, check out their event on Facebook.


Are you graduating? Take advantage of this networking opportunity

This event provides university graduates in the Montreal area the opportunity to share ideas and gain tips on joining the professional world with established business professionals who wish to share their experience.

This event takes place on Tuesday, November 17 from 6pm to 9pm and is presented by Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal. Admission is $20.

To register, click here. For more information, please contact Ursula Dumon at 514-845-4951 x 26.

Please note the event will be conducted in French, but Q&As can be asked in English.


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.


McLean's OnCampus Virtual Fair

Visit campuses from coast to coast.

No travel, no lineups, no expenses.

The fair takes place on November 12th. Register today!

For more information, click here.


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.

 

The Working Abroad Edition

The month of November offers you a number of opportunities to explore the possibility of working abroad after graduation. Specifically, we are planning 6 events associated Worldwide Careers Week, which runs from November 23 -27.

This edition of the CaPSScoop also contains three articles that highlight different ways you can find employment and internship opportunities abroad, including The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas, the JET Programme and an exposé on overseas teaching jobs.

Also in this issue:

Worldwide Careers Week
NEW - Introducing The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas Online
Consider the JET Programme
Overseas teaching jobs: a lesson in supply and demand
Don't miss "We Can Do It! Women in the World of Work"
“Test Driving” Your Career Ideas: The Importance of Experiential Learning

Labour Market Information for November
Considering grad school? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fair
Upcoming Career Fairs
Information Sessions
Workshops and Events
Contact Us


Mark your calendars: Worldwide Careers Week is coming up!

For the second time at McGill, we are organizing for you the Worldwide Careers Week from November  23rd to 27th, 2009.  If you are dreaming of having a positive international experience, this is the week to attend.  To kick off the week, Jean-Marc Hachey, the renowned author of The Big Guide to Living And Working Overseas will be our keynote speaker. We will host many events including a “Worldwide Organizations Day”, a “Cultural Awareness Poster Presentation”,  a Panel on “Teaching English Abroad for All”,  a Workshop on “Going Global: a Country Specific Jobs Resource”, and a presentation on “U.S. Working Visas”.

Do you want to live of your dream of having international experience?  We are confident that you will find the events useful and interesting and that you will gain insight on some of the resources available to you. 

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NEW - Introducing The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas Online

On behalf of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the McGill Library, CaPS is delighted to announce that the The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas On-Line has been added to our vast collection of career resources at McGill University.

Jean-Marc Hachey, the renowned author of The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas will be our keynote speaker on Monday, November 23, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Leacock 232 which is part of Worldwide Career Week from November 23rd to 27th, 2009.  Registration is required through myFuture: from your homepage click on the events tab followed by the workshop tab and keyword search "WWCW."

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Consider the JET Programme - be a teacher's assistant in a Japanese school

by Carrie Armistead, CaPS Mentor Program Coordinator and Ex-JET Participant

Have you always wanted to visit Japan and see other parts of Asia? Are you interested in learning Japanese so that you can effectively communicate? Would you like to try some traditional Japanese arts such as ikebana (flower arranging), kendo (martial arts), koto (musical instrument) and taiko (musical instrument). Are you interested in learning how to become a team-player in a different workplace and society and in helping Japanese children improve their English language skills?

Being part of the JET Programme could possibly be one of the best experiences of your life; it depends on how much you put into it in order to help make it a memorable experience. Everyone’s experience is different, so I will share mine with you. I lived in a town of approximately 4000 people. Most of the people in my town were 50 years and older as well as some young families. I worked at the Board of Education where I was assigned to three Elementary Schools and 1 Junior High School. I also worked at the Community Centre where I taught two Elementary English and 1 Adult English class to children and adults who were interested in studying English afterschool or in the evenings. Other things that I participated within were writing a newsletter for the Board of Education in English and Japanese as well as giving presentations about Canada to interested groups within my community.

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Overseas teaching jobs: a lesson in supply and demand

by Jennifer Yang, The Globe and Mail

Once a failsafe option for aimless twentysomethings, a record number of applicants have now made these positions more coveted and harder to come by

At first, Grace Kim wasn't too worried about getting that overseas job.

In June, the 27-year-old Edmontonian applied for a position teaching English in South Korea, something she'd been considering for a year. As a Korean-Canadian with two university degrees under her belt, Ms. Kim felt pretty good about her chances.

She found a recruiting agency with several job openings and submitted her application 10 days before the posted deadline.

But she was already too late.

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Don't miss "We Can Do It! Women in the World of Work," a week that will explore the journeys of successful women in the workplace

During this week you will have the opportunity to hear about the journey of several amazing women as they share their stories and fascinating careers.  You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable tips and learn about the key skills needed to be successful in your job search.

This is an excellent opportunity to network and meet successful women working in a variety of industries, including academia, the non-profit sector, business, human resources and entrepreneurs.

For more information on the events and how to register, click here.

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“Test Driving” Your Career Ideas: The Importance of Experiential Learning

by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Career Advisor

Lavalife. eHarmony. Yahoo! Personals. JDate. Match.com. Online dating is now both mainstream and easily accessible with sites like those listed above, and many others, providing singles with forums to learn about each other, chat and send messages. Some sites require users to complete in-depth questionnaires before providing a list of likely “matches,” while others allow subscribers to browse and search all available profiles. Through detailed profiles and photos, site subscribers can learn a great deal about possible matches before they ever meet in person, but the idea of committing to any particular match prior to meeting them (usually many, many times!) rarely occurs to most. Before making such an important long-term commitment to a relationship most couples go on tens if not hundreds of dates, meet each other's family and close friends, and observe each other in a variety of contexts. It just makes intuitive sense to “try out” the relationship before making any big decisions.

One's career is an important relationship. Most of us will spend at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with our careers for several decades, often more than we spend with family and friends. Thus it makes sense not only to research possible career options thoroughly, but also to “try out” different career paths, to “date” a little, before making a long-term commitment to a particular occupation.

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Labour Market Information for November

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:

The bad news:

Other news:

Occupational highlight:

  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NOC code 3141
    Audiologists and speech-language pathologists diagnose, evaluate and treat human communication disorders including hearing, speech, language and voice disorders. For 2006-2008, unemployment was well below average. Trends for 2008-2012 predict 5.9% growth with good potential. This profession is not vulnerable to recessions and enjoys a 100% placement rate. There is currently a shortage of professionals, with high demand for work with children and seniors.  

    For a more complete occupational profile, including interviews with practitioners, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx. Contact us for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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Considering grad school? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fair on Nov. 4

Considering Graduate School? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fair (SUS) to start researching potential graduate schools or programs. The Graduate & Professional School Fair (SUS) is a great way to connect with a large number of schools right here on campus!  Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines, who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.

  • McGill Graduate & Professional Schools Fair (SUS)
    November 4, 2009, 9h00-15h00: Shatner Ballroom

    For a list of participating organizations, click here.

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Upcoming Career Fairs

  • McGill Nursing Career Fair
    November 1, 2009, 10h00-15h00: New Residence Hall

  • McGill Social Work Career Fair
    November 13, 2009, 11h00-14h30: Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall

    For a list of participating organizations, sign-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Career Fairs" tab.

  • McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Career Day
    November 14, 2009, 11h00-16h00: Lachine Campus, Montreal Children’s Hospital; and Montreal General Hospital.

    For more information, click here.

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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 Corporate Residency MBA
    November 17, 12h00-13h30: Brown 3001

    Dalhousie University is building Canada's only corporate residency MBA. It's a 22-month program integrating North America's top employers into the academic process, providing students with exceptional paid work experience, innovative curriculum, and leadership development skills to launch their careers. With numerous residency positions available from top private and public sector organizations and a maximum enrollment of 50 of the country's best and brightest students, successful applicants will have fantastic career options.

    Please RSVP by emailing mbacr@dal.ca or call 902.494.2707.

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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."

  • Advise the Advisors! CaPS Focus Group
    November 5, 12h00-13h30: Brown 3001

    CaPS Feedback Session for Undergraduate Students 

    Come to tell us what you think or our services and help us better understand your career related needs. Help us make CaPS a better service!

  • How to Apply to Grad School
    November 6, 14h00-15h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to identify the process and application components of applying to grad school; describe how to research potential schools and programs they would like to apply to; and use the general tips provided to enhance their future applications.

  • One-Stop-Shopping: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
    November 10, 10h00-11h30: 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.

  • International Students: Adapting to the Canadian Job Market
    November 11, 15h00-16h30: Brown 3001

    As an international student, learn how to make the cultural transition to the Canadian job market.

  • Business Etiquette: More than Just Eating with the Right Fork
    November 20, 15h00-16h30: Brown 3001

    Etiquette is about properly handling social and business situations. Develop skills to feel more confident and know what to do.

  • Finding and Obtaining the Ideal Internship
    November 24, 13h30-15h00: 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.

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