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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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May 2011

Volume 12, Issue 9

Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie

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 jan.bottomer@mcgill.ca

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 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!

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 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.

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 at mentor.caps@mcgill.ca.

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
Networking Pays!
Une année se termine et une autre commence…
Transition from School to Work
25 Things To Do In College to Achieve Success After College
Labour Market Information Report
Upcoming Events
Contact Us

Heather’s Picks: Top Five CaPS Services You Should Take Advantage of Before Graduating

by Heather McTavish, U3 Bachelor of Arts, Political Scienc

  1. Myfuture: An expansive online job and event database where you can apply for positions online, RSVP to events, and find out which companies are currently involved with On Campus Recruitment. Best of all, McGill alumni have access to this resource for life, so it’s a great tool to get into contact with employers, survey the current job market and find out what workshops, presentations and career fairs are happening on campus even after you’ve graduated. Check it out here.

  2. PACE: Facilitated by CaPS & Counseling services, PACE workshops are designed to help you make decisions about your field of study and career options. At the end of PACE you will be able to understand your personality type, identify your skills, interests and values and how they fit in with various occupations. Having completed the program myself, I definitely recommend it for any student unsure of their next career or academic step! Find more information online.

  3. Mentor program: Over 200 McGill Alumni looking to mentor current students, offering advice and information on their educational and career paths in an array of industries. It’s a great way to find out more about a field of interest, discover where your degree can take you, and get advice from someone who has been in your shoes. Sign up here.

  4. CaPS Advising: So you have written 30 page papers, prepared labs, spent countless hours in the library and written finals in the gym, but the task of finding a job appears daunting. CaPS advisors want to make it easier for you; with expertise from several disciplines they can give you the tools to find your dream job. From CV & Cover letter editing to Mock interviews and Mock MMI's (Multiple Mini Interviews), the CaPS team has got you covered.  Call or come into our office to book an appointment! Click for more info.

  5. CaPS Resource Centre: Looking for scholarships? Wondering where to volunteer or intern? Asking yourself what you can do with your degree and where to apply to graduate school? Check out our CaPS Resource Centre at http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/resource-centre. The website features a full book catalogue and website directory, enabling you to search by keyword. Find something that looks interesting in our book catalogue? Come into our Resource Centre and talk to our Resource Coordinator who is more than happy to help you find the resources you are looking for!

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Networking Pays!

By Julienne Kaiser, U3 Microbiology & Immunology

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.

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Une année se termine et une autre commence...

Par Liliana Rizzuto, M. A. Langue et littérature françaises

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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Transition from School to Work

By Corina E. Sferdenschi, BSc. Psychology

The transition from school to work is one of the scariest experiences most people face when they graduate. The school provides shelter from the real world and a relatively relaxed lifestyle consisting mainly of studying, part time jobs on campus, parties on weekends, classes almost every day and hanging out with friends. Not a bad way to spend four years of your life. However, the minute you graduate, things take a drastic turn.

You need to get a job where you are faced with a lot more responsibilities such as being on time every day for work, meeting deadlines and paying off student debt and bills every month. Being an adult requires responsibility, punctuality and dedication towards achieving your life’s goals. This may seem like a lot to go through but a couple of months into your new job will make you feel like a new person. The transition from school to work can be difficult but you can start training yourself throughout your undergrad years by getting a full time job over the summer or doing an internship. This will give you a firsthand glimpse into what it’s like to go to work eight hours a day, five days a week. Working can be very rewarding after four years of studying and can really make you feel like all the countless hours spent at the library are finally paying off, literally!

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25 Things To Do In College to Achieve Success After College

By Pete Leibman, President of Idealize Enterprises

Are you looking for inspiration to make the most of your university years?  Check out this article by Career Expert Pete Leibman from Idealize Enterprises.  The article is based on the principle that success after your college years starts with success in college!  The suggestions range from practicing your public speaking skills to starting a Linkedin account.  A must read for anyone who is preparing for their last year at McGill!

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Labour Market Information Report

by Lisa Lin, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

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 caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • The March job growth in Canada disappoints a little

  • The video game industry looks bright in Quebec

  • The U.S. economy is reaching a pace that helps it pushes through headwinds

  • Both apparel and tech sectors are facing labour shortage in the near future

  • Occupational highlight: Librarians

  • And more!

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Upcoming 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. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Graduating? Looking for work? Consider joining the CaPS Job Finding Club

    May 2 - May 13
    May 24 - June 3

    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.

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