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Volume 12, Issue 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
BIG RETURN-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE
Welcome to the first CaPSScoop for 2010/2011. Around the 1st of each month of the school year, you will be receiving this CaPSScoop e-newsletter sent to you by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS). We are your source of information for career planning and job finding.
Whether you are just beginning your university career and looking for a part-time job or you are getting close to graduating and want to know about companies come to McGill to recruit students, or whether you should go to grad school, we have the resources to help you.
If you have any questions, drop by one of our offices. We are always happy to help you!
In this issue:
*New for 2010-2011*-CaPS Lounge
Want some career advice in a relaxing environment given by both knowledgeable and approachable advisors?
Look for our CaPS Lounge (C-Lounge) in front of the Shatner Building on the following dates: Sept. 14th, 15th, and 16th, and Oct. 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Stop in and see us! We would be more than happy to meet you.
Are you looking for a job in the Federal Government, Consulting, Financial Institutions, Engineering or Information Technology? If you're graduating in 2010/2011, now is the time when these industries recruit on campus. Find out more by attending company presentations, career fairs and reading our brochures on Campus Recruitment (ie how to search, upload documents, apply, sign up for interviews, etc.) and Career Fairs.
Click here for a schedule of recruitment campaign's deadlines and interviews. You may also want to check out the following events:
Career Fair season is coming up. Some students miss this valuable opportunity to take a peek into the world of work.
Should I go to a career fair?
Why would I want to go?
The Public Service Commission will launch the fall 2010 Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) Campaign on September 23, 2010
Various departments and agencies across Canada will be recruiting post-secondary graduates to fill entry-level positions within their organizations. There will be a number of information sessions given to the general public this fall, around the time of the annual Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) campaign. The sessions will be posted on www.jobs.gc.ca in the "calendar of job events" and details concerning PSR will be posted in the "post-secondary graduates" section of the site come mid-september.
As a service to students considering internationalising their study possibilities, McGill and the Australian Consulate bring 8 of Australia’s top universities, many with linkages to McGill, to the McGill campus. Hear from these visiting experts about their education programs and discuss your internationalisation opportunities.
I knew that coming to McGill as an International student would be quite a financial investment on my part. The idea of working full-time while going to school was never appealing to me. Instead, I decided to find a part-time job that would supplement my student loans and still allow me the time to focus on my studies. Looking for an on-campus job at McGill, however, did prove to be more cumbersome than I had anticipated. On-campus jobs can be difficult to find because so many students need one yet the spots are limited. I only started my search in September soon after arriving. Starting earlier would have been much more beneficial!
For more information on how to find a part time job on campus, click here.
[from The New Yorker]
A member of the Class of 2010—who this season dons synthetic cap and gown, listens to the inspirational words of David Souter (Harvard), Anderson Cooper (Tulane), or Lisa Kudrow (Vassar), and collects a diploma—need not be a statistics major to know that the odds of stepping into a satisfying job, or, indeed, any job, are lower now than might have been imagined four long years ago, when the first posters were hung on a dorm-room wall, and having a .edu e-mail address was still a novelty. Statistically speaking, however, having an expertise in statistics may help in getting a job: according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates with math skills are more likely than their peers in other majors to find themselves promptly and gainfully employed.
The safest of all degrees to be acquiring this year is in accounting: forty-six per cent of graduates in that discipline have already been offered jobs. Business majors are similarly placed: forty-four per cent will have barely a moment to breathe before undergoing the transformation from student to suit. Engineers of all stripes—chemical, computer, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental—have also fared relatively well since the onset of the recession: they dominate a ranking, issued by Payscale.com, of the disciplines that produce the best-earning graduates. Particular congratulations are due to aerospace engineers, who top the list, with a starting salary of just under sixty thousand dollars—a figure that, if it is not exactly stratospheric, is twenty-five thousand dollars higher than the average starting salary of a graduate in that other science of the heavens, theology.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue
Do you have a LinkedIn profile yet? We think it's a good idea for you to get one as you get close to entering the world of work.
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Dozens of company information sessions and tours are taking place throughout September. 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."
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."
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