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October 2010

Volume 12, Issue 2


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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.


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 15 students, so register soon to ensure that you get a spot!

To register, please go to the Career Planning Service office at either campus.


Studying Abroad in Winter 2011?

Be prepared! Attend a University-wide pre-departure orientation session on Wednesday Oct 13 at 10:00 am and Tuesday, October 19 at 10:00 am

For more information and to RSVP, 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.


Check out the Vault Guide

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).


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.


C.V. 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.


Nursing Open House at the Jewish General Hospital

-Meet nursing leadership
-Have on-the-spot interviews
-Tour clinical units

Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 16:30 to 19:30
Room A-102 (Côte-des-Neiges Entrance)

Please register with:sbouhari@jgh.mcgill.ca


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.

 

 

Is grad school right for you?

This edition of McGill's CaPSScoop highlights opportunities for undergraduate students to continue their studies in graduate or professional schools.

Not sure if grad school is right for you? Don't know which grad school to apply to? Need help with the application process? This edition of CaPSScoop provides articles, workshops and events that will help you navigate your way to the right graduate or professional school.

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

In this issue:

Considering grad school? Attend these events!
CaPS Podcast: How to Apply to Grad School
IRSAM Presents "Careers in the US & Canadian Foreign Service"
Applying to the Faculty of Law at McGill
My Experience with the P.A.C.E. Program
Labour Market Information Report
Company Info Sessions
Workshops, Panels, and Events
Career Fairs
Contact Us


Considering grad school? Attend these events!

  1. Is Grad School for You?
    Oct. 4th, 12:00 pm: Leacock 232

  2. Your Application to Graduate School
    Oct. 5th, 12:00 am: Leacock 232

  3. Sneak Peak into Grad School
    Oct. 6th, 12:00 am: Leacock 232

Log in to myFuture for more information or to register.

If you are planning on applying to grad school, you should attend these events as well:

The Graduate & Professional School Fairs are a great way to connect with a large number of schools right here on campus! Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines, who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information. Login to myFuture to view the list of participating schools.

Both the AUS and the SUS collaborated with CaPS once again to bring you these fairs. All students are invited to both fairs. Both will be held in the Shatner Ballroom.

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CaPS Podcast: How to Apply to Grad School

To view this podcast, click here.

We also have other podcasts that might interest you. For the CaPS podcast directory, click here.

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IRSAM Presents "Careers in the US & Canadian Foreign Service"

Interested in foreign affairs?  Don't know what to do with your degree in political science or foreign languages?  Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30PM in the Lev Bukhman room as IRSAM and CaPS welcome representatives from the Canadian and United States foreign service departments.  Representatives will speak about their own career experiences and how to pursue a foreign service career path.  Canadian and American citizens are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome!

This year, IRSAM is also coordinating an internal international relations simulation for any McGill student who is interested in getting involved with the club and learning more about international affairs.  IRSAM has also been recognized for its outreach programs and its students’ contributions to the local and international communities; the organization is accredited as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.  Every year IRSAM students volunteer in classrooms from Montreal to Santiago, serve food to those in need at a local shelter, participate in the Commission on the Status of Women, and much more.  As McGill’s International Relations club, IRSAM has the opportunity to welcome guest speakers from prominent professors to UN representatives.  This October, IRSAM, in collaboration with CaPS will welcome panel of Canadian and American foreign service employees who will speak with McGill students about their own experiences and the potential paths to a foreign service career.

http://www.irsam.ca/

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Applying to the Faculty of Law at McGill
By Shiyan Liu, U2 Student, McGill Faculty of Law

At the beginning of every academic year, while the biochem students entering their last undergrad year are applying to med school, the political science students entering their last undergrad year are applying to law school. This is just a trend. In fact, all students, regardless of their field of study, can apply to law school.

How do you apply? I went through the application process as a Quebec CEGEP student two years ago, and I would like to share some insights with you, the prospective law student.

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My Experience with the P.A.C.E. Program

By Erryl Taggart, U1 Faculty of Arts

I took part in CaPS’s P.A.C.E. program in winter of 2010, and I loved the experience! I went into the program as a first-year student who had no idea what to choose for my major, and little time left to figure it out. The first day of P.A.C.E. we walked into a bright, sunny classroom and were greeted by our facilitators. The facilitators were outgoing, approachable people, who made it easy to ask them any kind of question, be it “Why didn’t I feel satisfied in the other jobs I’ve worked in?," “What is a soft skill?”, or “How do you spell entomologist?”

Our group took part in two personality tests which were really helpful in getting to know ourselves better. The tests helped us identify strengths and weaknesses, and where our real interests lay. I realized that my role as the shrink-friend among my peers could be translated into work in psychology.

The program also gave us a workshop on building our CVs which helped me find a job at a Municipal Government Office this summer. The facilitators also took us to the CaPS library to research and discover all the different types of careers that are out there. Who knew that you can be a Whiskey Ambassador (someone who drinks good whiskey and tells other people about it) and get paid for it? How about that somebody called a Scientific Illustrator who actually drew the pictures in your physiology textbook? Or that the term “nose” doesn’t just refer to the thing that sticks out in the middle of your face, but is also the word for someone whose job it is to design the numerous scents that go into perfumes?

I learned a lot from the P.A.C.E. program about my resume, my career choices, and myself, and I had a lot of fun doing. If you’re a student who is not quite sure what you’re doing with your life, then P.A.C.E. is a great program for you. No matter if you’re in first-year, or if you already graduated, the program has a wealth of information for everyone.

Check out the schedule for the P.A.C.E. program online at:
http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/pace/ 

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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:

  • Canadian employers expect a steady hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2010

  • Western Canada has strong labour markets compared with the East

  • Slow U.S. economy affects Canadian hiring

  • Occupational highlight: Dietitians and Nutritionists

  • And more!

[to view this bulletin, click here]

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Company Info Sessions and Tours

Dozens of company information sessions and tours are taking place throughout October. 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. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Information Sessions" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • AB InBev/Labatt Global Management Trainee information session (Mosaic)
    Oct 5, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Attention graduating students and recent graduates! Are you in Business, Economics or Engineering? Are you looking for a chance to work for one of the world’s top consumer products companies? Would you describe yourself as someone who thinks big and takes on big challenges? If you answered YES to these questions, then the Global Management Trainee program is for you!

    Join us at the Information Session on Tuesday, October 5th at 5:00 pm in the Nabisco Room (Bronfman Room 620). Labatt is so interested in McGill students that the President of Labatt will personally be making a trip to McGill to speak at this information session. Don't miss out on a once in a lifetime career opportunity to network with this great leader!

    Who? We are looking for emerging leaders who are interested in learning the fundamental elements of our business from the ground up.
    What? An intensive, hands-on training program designed to develop the best leaders for the future of our organization.
    When? A 10-month paid training period begins in August 2011, followed by a key junior management role with opportunities to advance within our business.
    Where? A global induction for two weeks before you expand your knowledge in a 10 month training period across North America, gaining experience both within our breweries and sales markets.
    Why? We believe that big challenges help people grow, and the pace of that growth will depend on talent, effort and results.

    Note: We will open this info session up to a small portion of 3rd year students who are interested in applying next year. Please ensure you register ASAP as space is going fast!

  • AIESEC
    Oct. 5, 6:00 pm: Bronfman 647

    The World’s Largest Youth-Run Organization is Recruiting!

    Graduating this December? Don’t know what to do with your degree yet? AIESEC offers internship opportunities in over 110 countries. We are recruiting students who are already graduated or graduating this December to work abroad ASAP. Internship are varied in terms of duration and location. Types of internships are management, development, education and technical. Contact AIESEC at www.aiesec.ca/mcgill or ogx.personnel@aiesecmcgill.ca.

  • Sotheby's Institute of Art
    Oct 6, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

    Learn about the wide range of career options a graduate degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art will enable you to pursue and how to apply. Graduate level programs include Art Business, Contemporary Art, Photography, Fine & Decorative Art, East Asian Art and Contemporary Design.  Sotheby’s Institute of Art is among the world’s leading institutions for graduate art studies offering master’s degree programs, summer study programs and specialized short courses in art scholarship, connoisseurship and art business. Campuses are located in London, New York and Singapore.  RSVP to Lauren Mang at l.mang@sothebysinstitute.com by Tuesday, October 5th.   Find out more at www.sothebysinstitute.com   Download our brochure/catalog: www.sothebysinstitute.com/brochures/brochure.php 

  • SWAP Info Sessions
    Oct. 12, 10:00 am-11:25am: Brown 5001
    Oct. 26, 10:00 am-11:00am: Concordia Univ. Hall Bldg., Rm 771

    SWAP is a non-profit program that offers young Canadians a truly unique opportunity to explore the world through work and travel. 

  • Dalhousie University
    Oct 20, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Canada’s only Corporate Residency MBA promises to provide opportunities for faster career placement in your chosen field whether you have just completed your undergraduate degree or are looking to advance your career. We accomplish this through an eight-month corporate residency that offers you the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading employers in an exceptional, paid work experience.  Starting in July of each year, our 22-month program integrates top employers throughout the academic process, is delivered by award-winning faculty and provides innovative, applied and experiential learning.

    For more information: www.dalmba.ca or 902.494.2707

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Workshops, Panels, and 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. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Careers for Americans and Canadians in Foreign Service
    Oct. 5, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Lev Bukhman

    Interested in foreign affairs? Don't know what to do with your degree in political science or foreign languages? Register through myFuture and join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30PM in the Lev Bukhman room as IRSAM and CaPS welcome representatives from the Canadian and United States foreign service departments. Representatives will speak about their own career experiences and how to pursue a foreign service career path. Canadian and American citizens are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome!

  • Workshop Series #5=Practice Interviewing (prequisite: Workshop Series #1)
    Oct. 6, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    - Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview.
    - Practice their interview skills in a series of simulated scenarios.
    - Create a checklist to help them prepare for future interviews.

  • Grad School Applicants: Learn how to apply
    Oct. 13, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    - Identify the process and application components of applying to grad school
    - Describe how to research potential schools and programs you would like to apply to
    - Use the general tips provided to enhance your future applications

  • Workshop Series #2=Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    Oct. 14, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    - Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.
    - Understand the importance of researching employers and industries.
    - Identify website resources and databases in which you can grow your employer contact base.
    - Formulate questions you would ask at an information interview.
    - Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in your field.

  • Workshop Series #6=Practice Case Interviewing (prequisite: Workshop Series #1)
    Oct. 19, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    - Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, case interview preparation.
    - Identify the skills an employer is assessing during a case interview.
    - Understand and experience the process of a case interview.

  • Workshop Series #1=Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    Oct. 19, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    - Compose a more effective and tailored cv.
    - Define the essential components of a cover letter.
    - Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    - Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct yourself in a professional manner before, during and after an interview.
    - Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

  • Where to Find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    Oct. 26, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    - Identify some of their reasons and preparedness for going overseas
    - List at least 3 international skills they already possess
    - Effectively research programs such as youth exchanges, internships, professional exchanges, teaching abroad opportunities, volunteer, and independent work and travel programs, and summer opportunities
    - Understand the steps in the international hiring process

  • Where to Find Internships: Test the Waters
    Oct. 27, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    - Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process.
    - Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship.
    - List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships

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Career Fairs

For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Career Fairs/Career Days" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Study Abroad Fair
    Oct. 6, 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Shatner Ballroom

    Come to meet students from partner universities who are currently at McGill on exchange and McGill students who have been on exchange.

    - Do you want an education with a difference? Are you ready to travel and discover other cultures as you work towards your McGill degree?
    - The McGill Study Abroad Fair is your best entry into the world of study abroad! Find out about the numerous exchange options open to McGill students.
    - Meet exchange students from McGill’s global bilateral partner universities. They’ll be ready to answer your questions about their home universities, the cities and countries you can visit, and the whole exchange experience.
    - Learn more about what McGill has to offer, inside and outside the classroom!

  • Vermont 3.0 Tech Jam
    Oct 15, 10:00 am–5:00 pm and Oct 16, 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Burlington, VT

    The Tech Jam is just the place where McGill students can meet Vermont employers looking for their unique skills. The Tech Jam is a two-day career fair and technology expo showcasing Vermont's tech and bioscience companies-- a sector which is reinvigorating Vermont’s economy. More than 50 Vermont companies will be present at the fourth annual jam, many of them looking to meet and potentially hire the northeast’s brightest job-seekers as interns and employees. If you want to work in computer science, media and technology-related fields in Vermont, you will want to attend this popular free event.

    The Tech Jam is a great opportunity for out-of-state students to visit Vermont and learn about the array of businesses in the state, as well as a chance for you to network and make connections you can use after graduation. Over the two-day jam, students will be able to speak with and set up future meetings with representatives from Dealer.com, Brandthrolpology, Green Mountain Antibodies, Union Street Media, Competitive Computing (C2), Logic Supply and dozens more. Students will get a chance to talk with companies that are hiring.

    If you are interested in visiting Burlington for the Tech Jam and need a place to stay, couch surfing is popular around town, and a hostel just opened a few blocks from the Tech Jam’s 2010 location.

    www.vermont3.com

  • B.A.S.E. Career Fair (Biology and Agriculture in Science and Engineering)
    Oct. 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Macdonald Campus

    Macdonald Campus Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Bioresource Engineering Association (BEA), as well as their partners proudly invite you to attend the Biology and Agriculture in Science and Engineering (BASE) Career Fair on Tuesday October 26th, 2010.

    Located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science is only a shuttle bus ride away.   This event will be open to students from other institutions, we welcome all to participate.

    This fair is hosting organizations in the following industry sectors:

    • Nutrition, Food science and technology
    • Agriculture, agri-food, and agro-forestry
    • Environmental services and consulting

    The firms coming are encouraged to post their offerings to the CaPS website for your convenience. If you are interested in jobs in the above fields come and see what our career fair is about.  Log into myFuture, click on events to view a list of participating organizations.

  • Career and Job Fair in collaboration with La Presse
    Oct. 27, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm: Palais des congres

    The Career and Job Fair in collaboration with La Presse includes the following Pavilions and career opportunities:

    Retail opportunities;
    Insurance, Banking & Financial Services;
    Public Service;
    General opportunities;
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

    For more information go to  http://www.ecarrieres.com/en/salons/montreal-presse/

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Future editions of CaPSScoop will feature:

  • November: Worldwide Career Opportunities Edition

  • December: Start thinking about Summer Jobs Now Edition

  • January: Career Fairs & Career Weeks Galore Edition

  • February: Diversity in Careers Edition

  • March: Volunteering Edition

  • April: Should I Take a Year Off? Edition

  • May: Going into your Final Year in September – Start to Get Ready Now

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