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Volume 12, Issue 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Welcome to the "Final Year" edition of the CaPs Scoop. Your final year at McGill can be a stressful time for students who are searching for their first job after university. Luckily CaPS has the resources to help you find the right position to start your career.
Enclosed is some information to help make sure you can take full advantage of your final year and hopefully it will make the job search more manageable. While you’re here don’t forget to check out this month’s workshops and keep your eyes peeled for more CaPS opportunities throughout the summer.
If you're graduating now - Congratulations! Consider joining our Job Finding Club!
If you have any questions, drop by one of our offices. We are always happy to help you!
In this issue:
Heather’s Picks: Top Five CaPS Services You Should Take Advantage of Before Graduating
When it comes to social networking, university students have it mastered; using blackberries, Facebook, and Twitter as a way to connect with old friends, share interests, and plan events. It seems we’ve got our social life under control, but come graduation and suddenly texting while having a conversation and proving friends wrong by using Google on an iPhone do not seem to cut it for the skills section on your CV. The transition from student life to the “real world” may seem daunting, but finding the ideal job doesn’t have to be so stressful if you are prepared and well informed about the realities of the job market before graduation.
If Facebook has taught us anything it’s that networking plays a fundamental role in the spread of information and the same goes on the job market. Not many realize that 75% of jobs are never advertised but rather obtained through personal connections on the hidden job market. It is never too early to start building a web of contacts in your field with professional experience and helpful advice. The more you network the more opportunities you will find that present themselves when you graduate without spending the time flipping through newspaper ads and posting resumes online.
Une nouvelle session tire à sa fin. Les travaux sont remis, les examens complétés, et les derniers résultats seront bientôt compilés. Chacun peut exhaler un soupir de soulagement. On retrouve avec plaisir le loisir des temps libres et l’on planifie déjà les activités de la période estivale. Bref, l’heure est finalement à la détente et aux résolutions. N’est-ce pas également le bon moment pour songer au recommencement des cours, et surtout à leur fin? À ce fameux moment où tous auront enfin leur diplôme en poche?
Il peut sembler précipité de penser à la prochaine année scolaire lorsque celle-ci s’achève à peine. Sans doute, pour la plupart des étudiants de premier cycle, la première ou la deuxième année du baccalauréat ne nécessite pas de planification particulièrement poussée. Il suffit généralement de s’inscrire aux cours le plus tôt possible pour s’assurer une place dans les classes qui les intéressent. Il en est toutefois autrement pour les étudiants qui s’apprêtent à commencer leur dernière année d’études (U3), car ils doivent se préparer pour l’obtention de leur diplôme et, si possible, s’assurer de ne pas retarder inutilement le moment tant attendu de la collation des grades.
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