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Volume 12, Issue 7
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Virginie Crouy-- U3 - BSc en sciences infirmières
Elizabeth Lenz--Graduated - BSc in Computer Science, Minor in History
JaeHyung Sheen-- U0 - BSc in Psychology, Minor in Anatomy & Cell Biology
Vicky Tobianah-- U3 - BA in Honours Political Science, Minor in English
Our bloggers have agreed to write about their job search experiences with their triumphs and failures and their emotional ups and downs - be it for a summer job, an internship or a full-time position after graduation. As well, they will talk about how they discovered (or not) their career passions and what they would love to do for the rest of their lives. They will give you tips that could help you with your job search and tell you how CaPS did or didn’t help them along the way. We invite you to follow them and comment on their blogs with your thoughts and/or questions.
Our 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.
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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).
Apply for Summer Government Jobs NOW!
by Emma Williams, McGill BA, 2010
Hello everyone! I represent Public Service Canada on campus and want to inform you about the variety of jobs that students can apply for within the Government of Canada.
For those of you who are currently full-time students and will be returning to full-time studies next year, it is possible to work for the government throughout the year or over the summer. Over 8000 students are hired each year through The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) to work for different federal departments and agencies. There is a tremendous variety of jobs located all across Canada. All you have to do to be eligible is fill out the on-line FSWEP application.
If you would like to know more or have any questions at all, feel free to contact me or come to my office hours in CaPS on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
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.
Redpath Library CV Drop-In
Location: Redpath table, first floor entrance (by the computer lab).
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 Volunteering Edition of the CaPSScoop: Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and network in your field, while doing something meaningful and fulfilling! While you're here, don't forget to check out this month's listings of company info sessions, career fairs, and workshops to get an idea of what we have to offer.
If you have any questions, drop by one of our offices. We are always happy to help you!
In this issue:
The Importance of Volunteer Experience
Volunteer experience is one of the biggest sought after assets in graduate school and the work force. Doing volunteer work shows that you are so passionate about something that you are willing to do it for free. It shows that you care and that you are capable of carrying responsibilities on your shoulder. Volunteering provides you with experience and it can be the make or break point when it comes to getting accepted into graduate school or getting the job you applied for.
There are many places on campus where you can volunteer and put yourself ahead of other candidates. McGill has many clubs that are involved in numerous activities on campus and off campus, as well as the Student Services offices that are in constant need of volunteers. All you have to do is ask for it or attend the various events that are planned at the beginning of each semester. Look out for Activities Night in September and January which is organized by the Student Society of McGill University. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about over 200 McGill clubs.
Volunteering can make a huge difference in your life and it can also be a deciding factor when choosing your future career. Last but not least, volunteering can help you meet new people and make new friends, which is called networking. Networking is one of the best ways to promote yourself and to find out new information about things that matter to you.
For resources on volunteering please visit this section of the CaPS website: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/experience/volunteering/.
1. Volunteer Bureau of Montreal
3. Engage McGill
For more awesome sites check out our CaPS website and come in to browse our library resources for fun ideas!
Interested in making a difference? This week will provide you with the opportunity to hear from people who work in "Green Careers." Come to the Panels and the Career Fair.
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