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Volume 12, Issue 8
NEW: Student Career Stories on the CaPS Website!
Looking for post-graduation advice? Wondering what job search strategies and tips other McGill grads have found helpful? CaPS recently launched a new section on our website designed to showcase inspiring Career Stories from McGill students and recent alumni: "Career Stories."
This section is a work in progress and will be updated regularly – so check back often!
If you would like to share your own “Career Story” please contact Jan Bottomer email@example.com
Graduating? Looking for work? Consider joining the CaPS Job Finding Club
May 2 - May 13
The premise of the CaPS Job Finding Club (JFC) is that finding employment is in itself a full-time job, which may be easier if done with a group of people. The JFC consists of a group of ten to fifteen graduating students, all of whom are seeking employment. You will have each other for support, with the assistance of a CaPS facilitator and the career advisors. It is a two-week program designed to teach you the most effective means of finding work in the field in which you want to be employed.
To apply, please present yourself at the CaPS office (Brown Building, Suite 2200) with a hardcopy of the registration form and your C.V.
What do you think of the CaPSScoop?
We are rethinking the look and content of this monthly e-newsletter, written by students, for students. We want it to meet your needs! If you have any suggestions or ideas, please email them to our Editor, Christine Herr: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our CaPS Linkedin group is designed to help you build a solid career-focused online network and to exchange job search experiences. You will also benefit from the career education expertise of the qualified staff at CaPS and have the opportunity to view information regarding job search strategies and networking events. CaPS also invites McGill faculty, advisors and other staff members interested in helping students with their career-related endeavors.
Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!
Vault Guide (Career Insider)
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).
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.
For other career centres on campus, click here.
Pick up the P.A.C.E.
Do you need help choosing a major or a career path?
CaPS, in collaboration with Counselling Services, offers the Program for Advancement of Career Explorations (PACE). This amazing series of four workshops includes vocational testing and a complete self-assesment. Upon completion of PACE you will be able to understand your personality type, identify your skills, interests and values, and how they relate to various occupations. As well, you will have a better understanding of the available resources and be able to create a realistic action plan with measurable goals.
P.A.C.E. is available to undergraduate and graduate students, both at the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.
There is a fee of $20 to cover the cost of vocational testing. Each session is limited to only 25 students, so register soon to ensure that you get a spot!
To register, please go to the Career Planning Service office at either campus.
Join the Mentor Program
The Mentor Program links current McGill students with working McGill alumni. It gives you the rare opportunity to enter into a professional relationship that can help shape your career path by giving you insider information. You will have the opportunity to receive advice, build professional networks and ask any and all questions about the realities of work and life beyond the classroom.
myFuture Resume Builder
myFuture has within it 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.
CaPS CV 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.
'Will you take a Gap Year?' Edition
The CaPS website has a detailed section on “Taking a Year Off”: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/experience/gap-year/ Check it out for an extensive list of FAQs and resources! The key to a successful Gap Year is planning, and there are tons of books, websites and organizations to help you along the way. Also, visit the “Engage in New Experiences” section of the website for ideas on what you can do during a Gap Year: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/experience/
If travelling from the Cape to Cairo or saving sea turtles on the Galapagos Islands isn’t your thing, not to worry, you can gain Gap Year experience by staying in your home country! Volunteer or work experience in Canada can be valuable experience, the goal is to build life experience and learn something new – regardless of where you are.
Need more convincing? Check out this article in Verge Magazine on “How to Plan Your Gap Year”: http://www.vergemagazine.com/articles/40-departments/73-how-to-plan-your-gap-year.html or this article by the Harvard College Office of Admissions on the importance of taking a year off: http://www.admissions.college.harvard.edu/apply/time_off/index.html
If you are considering taking a gap year and want to discuss your options with a CaPS Career Advisor, drop by our office to make an appointment or call 514 398 3304.
In this issue:
Heather’s Picks: Top Two Gap Year Books
Thinking about taking a year off? Or have you decided to take a year off and haven’t the slightest clue what to do with it? These two really great books will give you endless possibilities, ideas and great advice to make the most out of your gap year!
The first book I checked out is titled Your Gap Year: Everything you need to know to make your year out the adventure of a lifetime by Susan Griffith. What is great about this book is that it easily lays out sections for not only world travel but for gap year placements with tips and first hand accounts of student’s experiences. If you are worried about your bank account before jetting off around the globe, this book offers several programs and employers throughout Europe that hire seasonal labor. If you are looking to volunteer in the Costa Rican rainforest or work with children in Thailand there are numerous organizations and contact information. What I found great about this book is the first hand accounts; I thought they were a very honest and accurate portrayal of individual experiences. The only drawback of this book is the layout. But definitely a good book to check out!
The second book is my favourite, titled The Big Trip: Your Ultimate Guide to Gap Years and Overseas Adventures by Lonely Planet. This bright and colourful book is exciting and easy to read! From going over travel smarts and tailoring your trip to where you want to go, this book has it covered! This book takes you through step-by-step planning including what to pack, money, costs and culture shock. “The Big Trip” helps you plan who to travel with, where to stay, how to get there, options for adventure, festivals or courses! There are great visual maps of regional trips and information at each destination of where to stay and what to expect. All in all a fantastic book!
Both books are available in the CaPS library so please feel free to take a look for yourself!
International Development undergrad Alicia Bruce meeting with her mentor at the UNICEF headquarters in New York City.
Mentors offer career planning that you can only expect from someone in your field!
This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the Québec, Canada and U.S. labour markets. Your feedback is welcome email@example.com.
In this issue:
Alberta is back as a “job-creating machine” for its notable employment gain
Canada’s job creation is slow but the outlook of the manufacturing sector continues to look good
The U.S. job machine is finally moving out of its low gear
It takes more than a computer science degree to secure a hi-tech job
Occupational highlight: Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
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. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."
“Thinking of going to grad school? Make your application as competitive as possible by applying for federal and provincial funding”
This workshop is designed to assist you in your planning for graduate funding by focusing on the basic information required to apply. After attending this session, you will be able to answer the following questions:
•How does graduate funding work at McGill?
•What are the resources to help me understand, and apply for, funding?
•How should I prepare to apply for graduate funding?
Other questions that will be addressed during the session include:
•What is the difference between ‘external’ funding and ‘internal’ funding?
•What funding is available and what are the major sources of funding?
•What are the general eligibility requirements?
•What timeline should I follow for funding applications?
Open to all Undergraduates (U2s U3s encouraged especially).
NOTE APRIL 25 IS EASTER MONDAY AND McGILL IS CLOSED. HOWEVER, SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, PLEASE CONTACT CHAD DUMOND (firstname.lastname@example.org) TO SET IT UP. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN A DOWNTOWN MONTREAL HOTEL.
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