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Summer 2011| Vol. 5, Iss 3
Published by McGill Career and Planning Service (CaPS)
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
Check out the latest discussions on our CaPS Linkedin group!

Join us online as we help you build a solid career-focused network and exchange job search experiences. CaPS also invites McGill faculty, advisors and other staff members interested in helping students with their career-related endeavors
Become 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!
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).
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.

For other career centres on campus, click here.
Join the McGill Mentor Program

The McGill 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.

With the McGill Mentor Program, advice is free. Sign up or get more information online at caps.mcgill.ca/ci2 or contact the Mentor Program Coordinator
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 Advising Drop-In

Graduate 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.

Drop-In Times

Tuesday: 15h00-16h30
Thursday: 15h00-16h30
Friday: 10h00-11h30

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.

Welcome to the Summer Edition of the Graduate CaPS Scoop

Just convocated? Congrats! You have free access to CaPS for one year after graduation!

Wishing you were convocating?
Use what time you have remaining constructively and drop by CaPs this summer.
We are open all summer long from 9-5 with a few Friday exceptions.

You have 2 graduate student career advisors to serve you, Lorna MacEachern and Susan Molnar, both well versed in the trials and tribulations of graduate student career prospects and dilemas.

Inside this issue:
Grad Career Month Resource Centre
Grad Spring/Summer Programming
Online Resources
The Economic Impact of Graduate School
Networking & the Art of Receiving
Labour Market Information
Of Interest to Grad Students

Grad Career Month has come and gone. Eight hundred students attended 13 events that had  over 30 speakers share their take on graduate training and the employment opportunities open to higher degree holders. Check out the presenter's bios here and also don't forget to take a quick look at some of the Powerpoints and favourite websites from the presenters below!

Grad Career Month International Day Outline

Grad Career Month International Day List of Important Websites

Getting What You Want: The Art of Negotiation (Powerpoint)

Pharma Careers 101 (Powerpoint)

Pharma Career 101 (Extra Information)

We also have video copies of several presentations available for viewing in the CaPS library including:

  • Pharma Careers 101: An Overview by Janice Albert,
  • Managing your Finances as a Graduate Student and Beyond by BrendaShanahan
  • The Art of Negotiation by Jay Hewlin

If you are interested in learning more about government careers or careers in international development, Robin McLay, Executive Director of the International Institute, is taking one on one or small group apopintments. To book an appointment email Sherryl at sherryl.ramsahai@mcgill.ca. Ideal meeting times 2 to 3:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments will be held in Peterson Hall.

If you've recently graduated and are looking for employment in a specific field, consider joining our Job Finding Club.

If you have any questions, drop by one of our offices. We are always happy to help you!

Spring into action! Attend one of our intensive job search workshops or participate in a new self-assessment program specifically designed for graduate students.

Workshop: One Stop Shop: Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started

This intensive workshop covers the essentials of preparing for a career outside academia. Topics include job search strategies, self-assessment, networking, cv writing and interviewing.

Wed June 8th One Stop Shop  10am-12pm Brown Room 5001
Wed July 20th One Stop Shop 10am-12pm Brown Room 3001
Fri Aug 26 One Stop Shop 2pm-5pm Brown Room 3001

New workshop:  Career Investigation

If you are a graduate student wondering what you have to offer potential employers and how to transition out of academia, this 3 part workshop is designed for you. Using the narrative framework to career assessment, spend 6 hours focused on you discovering your desires and talents, a recommended springboard for successful interviews and career satisfaction.

2pm-4pm on June 3rd, 10th and 17th. Thomson House Room 403. Attendance on all three days is mandatory.

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Online Resources

CaPS has many on-line subscriptions available to all McGill students to help you with your career exploration and job search. You can access these subscriptions on myFuture.
Sign into your myFuture account

  • Go to Documents/Career Resources, then Career Resources. On the "Type" drop-down menu, select "CaPS" and "subscriptions"
  • Click on "Apply Search"

Here is a sample of the subscriptions that are available to you:

DEVEX – International Development Job Board and more

Career Advice - Devex maintains an important connection with hundreds of development organizations who use devex.com to seek qualified candidates for their respective job vacancies.  We conduct interviews with development recruiters that focus on questions key to finding the right international development job for you.

Devex Personal Webpage - Membership increases your professional visibility, and the Devex personal webpage allows you to better market your skills and qualifications online.  You can include your Devex.com URL in your resume, and this would allow prospective employers to browse your professional biography and download relevant documents such as your CV, cover letter, web links, and other relevant publications.

Networking Feature - We encourage you to expand your professional network through our online networking feature.  You can invite and send messages to friends, colleagues and potential contacts who can assist you in advancing your career in international development.  Not only could you gain information about the field, the people you contact may also lead you to various opportunities.
Check out the Career Resources section of myFuture for more details, or go to www.devex.com/en/welcome/mcgill

Going Global

"Going Global" career and employment resources include world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information. More than 30,000 pages of constantly-updated content is included on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice, corporate profiles and worldwide job listings... plus much more!

Big Guide Online

The BIG Guide Online is a comprehensive interactive web site that helps students and young professionals build global career skills. "Access the world's best international career guide!"
41 Chapters of Expert Advice, 50 Quick Guides, 2,200 Profiles of International Employers, 800 Annotated Resources in 63 Bibliographies

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When the college labor market slows down, the prevailing wisdom is that new graduates will turn increasingly to applying to and entering graduate or professional school rather than face the vagaries of pursuing employment. The past two graduating classes have faced that decision. With the great recession impacting new college hiring as well as experienced labor, the graduates from the Classes of 2009 and 2010 were confronted with the choice of competing for the decidedly limited job opportunities available or delaying entry into the job market and continuing their education in graduate school.

In the case of the past two graduating classes, the prevailing wisdom was right. A greater percentage of seniors from the Class of 2009 and the Class of 2010 planned to attend graduate or professional school immediately after receiving their bachelor’s degree than had the seniors from the Class of 2007 when the job market for new college hires was at its peak. Data from recent NACE student surveys show that the percentage of seniors planning on entering graduate or professional school immediately after graduation rose from just under 21 percent in 2007 to 25.6 percent in 2009 and 27.4 percent in 2010.

This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of
NACE’s Journal.

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Think about how you got to where you are today. Likely your decisions have been influenced by a few key people along the way. Perhaps it was a high school teacher who inspired your love for biology, and here you are pursuing a PhD, or maybe a parent who discouraged you from following in their footsteps and so you didn’t, or potentially even a rejection letter led you to your second choice, which ended up being a perfect gift. Maybe it was a complete stranger, who gave you some great advice that you acted on, or the person she introduced you to which led to a successful marriage!

Many people touch our lives in ways we can’t predict or quantify. Naturally and inadvertently, our environment has a lasting impact on our careers. If we view the process of meeting people as a mystery novel unfolding, never really knowing who will lead us to our next adventure, perhaps we can greet our encounters with a heightened sense of curiosity and excitement. We really have no idea when someone will share useful advice, make a helpful introduction or spare us future heartache.

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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

In this issue

  • The number of unemployment applicants falls sharply in the U.S.
  • Canada added 58,000 jobs in April
  • The employment rate in Saskatchewan has dropped compared to that of last year
  • Occupational highlight: Pharmacists
  • And more!


The good news

U.S. jobless claims fall sharply
Globe and Mail, 12 May 2011


The number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped sharply by 44,000.

Canadian jobs, quality recover, report says
Financial Post, 10 May 2011


Both the amount and the quality of employment in Canada have climbed back to roughly pre-recession levels.

Canada adds 58,000 jobs
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2011


Canada added 58,000 jobs to its workforce in April, bringing the unemployment rate down to 7.6 per cent.

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Of Interest to Grad Students

Social Equity and Diversity Internship Opportunity

The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office is committed to fostering a fair and inclusive environment that respects the dignity of each member of the McGill Community. As part of this commitment, SEDE produces an annual Equity Research Calendar. The content of the calendar focuses on topics related to social equity and diversity, and the calendar serves as both an educational tool and as a promotional product. In past years, the calendar has profiled research initiatives, community engagement initiatives at McGill, and community organizations in Montreal. The successful applicant will conduct research on thematic concepts and on initiatives/programs/groups that may be featured in the 2012-2013 calendar.
Click here for full job description.

IGSF (Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies) Graduate Student Conference

IGSF is pleased to announce our upcoming interdisciplinary graduate student conference:  “The Body: New Paradigms, Perspectives, and Practices”, November 3rd, 2011.   We are currently accepting abstracts for graduate student paper presentations.  Due date is July 15th, 2011.   For details please see the IGSF website:

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