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Spring 2012| Vol. 5, Iss 5
Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) for Masters + PhD students
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? Check out inspiring Career Stories from McGill students and recent alumni: Career Stories.

If you would like to share your own “Career Story” please contact Jan Bottomer
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 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).
Going Global

The leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country.
Expert advice for finding jobs abroad. 80,000+ country and city career resources. Worldwide internship and job listings.
Website: Going Global
Must access the site via McGill's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

The authoritative guide on international careers.
3,000+ career building resources. Career directories. International skills inventory.
Once you are logged in, click on the “The BIG Guide” menu link to access information.
Website: The BIG Guide to Living & Working Overseas
Registration with your McGill email is required.
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 McGill Mentor Program

The McGill 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
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 Advising Drop-In

Graduate 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.

Drop-In Times

Tuesday: 15h00-16h30
Thursday: 15h00-16h30
Friday: 10h00-11h30

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 Spring Edition of the CaPS Scoop for Graduate Students

If you are considering a career outside of academia then our Graduate Career Month is for you!  April sees a packed schedule of events, panel sessions and workshops covering working in think tanks, careers in commercialization of university research, fundraising, the pharmaceutical sector, management consulting, international development and  CEGEP teaching.  Learn how to negotiate anything and get a paid internship!  If you still don’t know what you want to do then come to ‘What to do with a PhD in Anything!’, and if you are a post doc transitioning out of academia we have a three part workshop series just for you! 

You’ll find everything you need to know, including how to register for all of our events here: http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/events/item/?item_id=215522

Inside this issue:

Graduate Career Month
Upcoming Events and Workshops
Online Resources
Reminder: Artists Among Us participant registration
Ten Things They Don't Tell You Before You Start Your PhD
Labour Market Information

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Life as a Post Doc (for PhDs)
May 9th, 3:00pm-4:30pm - Thompson House Ballroom

Are you considering pursuing an academic career and want to do what life is like in those next career steps?  Then don’t miss this interactive session where you can hear from and network with McGill post docs who can tell you about what life is like as a post doc, how to find and apply for post doc jobs and get tips on pursuing this career path.  The event will comprise a short presentation from each speaker and opportunities for informal discussion.

How to develop your academic career and secure a faculty position (for post docs and PhDs)
May 9th, 4:30pm-6:00pm - Thompson House Ballroom

Are you considering pursuing an academic career?  Then don’t miss this interactive session where you can hear from and network with faculty members.  Find out what academic life is like as a faculty member, what the job really involves, how to find and apply for academic jobs and how to develop yourself as a post doc to succeed in this career path.  The event will comprise a short presentation from each speaker and opportunities for informal discussion followed by wine and networking with the speakers.

Interviewing Theory (Module 4)
May 14th, 10:00am-11:30pm - Brown 5001

Module 1 + 2 (Self Assessment and Careers Outside Academia and Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working?)
May 14th, 10:00am-12:00pm - Macdonald Campus, MS084

Module 3 + 4 ( Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia and Interviewing Theory)
May 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm - Macdonald Campus, MS084

Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia (Module 3)
May 18th, 3:00pm-4:30pm - Brown 5001

Academic Applications and Interview Skills (for PhDs and post docs)
May 22nd, 3:00pm-6:00pm - Thompson House Ballroom

This interactive workshop will equip you with the skills to maximise your chances of gaining academic employment. Emphasis will be given to understanding the processes which universities use to select staff, the importance of tailoring CVs and cover letters accordingly and developing other effective academic application materials. We will discuss and practice the skills required for effective performance at interview; preparation

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Online Resources

CaPS has many on-line subscriptions available to all McGill students to help you with your career exploration and job search. You can access these subscriptions on myFuture.

Sign into your myFuture account

  • Go to Documents/Career Resources, then Career Resources. On the "Type" drop-down menu, select "CaPS" and "subscriptions"
  • Click on "Apply Search"

You’ve probably heard us tell you all about how essential networking is for you career. But perhaps you worry about being shy and whether you can succeed.  This fun and informative slideshow will show you how you can turn shyness to your advantage and build successful relationships to enable you to develop your career:  http://manchesterpgcareers.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/networking-for-shy-people/

UK Resources for Researchers:
We currently have Claire Conway, Careers Adviser for Researchers at the University of Oxford Careers Service, here with us until June.  Claire is on a professional exchange here at CaPS and can help those of you interested in an academic career in the UK and Europe, and is also experienced at helping PhDs and post docs transition outside of academia.

We’d like to share some useful UK based resources with you which you may find interesting and useful even if you’re not from, or looking to work in, the UK.  If you are interested in what people do after their PhD then check out this website which has data on ‘what do PhDs do?’ and career stories of researchers: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1341/Career-stories.html  This website has excellent resources specifically for arts and humanities PhDs: www.beyondthephd.co.uk  These websites may give you ideas of the broad range of careers you could embark on after your graduate studies or post doctoral research!

New Academic Careers Webpages:
We’ve recently launched a new section on our website which covers everything you need to know for your academic job search, how to apply, and what to do before, during and after an interview!  To get started take a look at this list of resources for beginning your academic job search! http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/grad-students/academia/job/

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Calling all visual artists. Do you want to exhibit and sell your work? The Campus Community Committee and Career Planning Service (CaPS) cordially invite you to participate in the upcoming Artists Among Us art exhibition and sale on Tuesday, May 1, in the McConnell Engineering Building. Artists working in all mediums are welcome. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to showcase your talents in a great venue to a large audience of McGill faculty, staff, students and graduates. To reserve your spot, please send a digital photo of your art to Susan Molnar at susan.molnar@mcgill.ca no later than March 30. Participating artists will be asked to donate a minimum of $25 to support the Campus Community Bursary Fund, one of the Campus Community Campaign’s featured projects. For more information, call 514-398-2940 or visit www.alumni.mcgill.ca/aoc/events-travel/EventDetails.php?id=MTExMTE%3D.

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Ten Things They Don't Tell You Before You Start Your PhD

1. Getting in is not a means to the end

Being a PhD student does not mean you may be awarded a PhD, perhaps nowadays it is getting easier but there have been cases when in the middle of your 2nd year the research does not appeal to you any longer, or other groups have published breakthrough results thus belittling your research, or you seem to have lost the motivation to continue. It happens, so make sure that once you are in the PhD candidature you have the motivation to sit through thick or thin for at least 3 years until you are there defending your thesis. It pays off!

2. You are in the driver's seat now

When you meet your PhD supervisor, advisor or tutor for the 1st time, did you think they were going to spoon feed you until you submit? No. They are there to assist and advice you when you need professional advice or when you cannot see eye to eye with either your supervisor or advisor, either one may serve as a mediator. You will need to have some idea where your research is taking you. You will also have to be able to see the big picture of your project in order to draft it into a comprehensive thesis which reads well. If not you may find yourself being pushed about in your final year trying to fill gaps in your research to make sense of your thesis. Not a pretty picture. Some may get frustrated and worse still - burnout and lose interest in their PhD. So make sure you know where you are driving your research and know what you want to do after the PhD

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Labour Market Information

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 mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • Experts say new technology responsible for one in six hires in next three years
  • The hiring climate in mining and energy sectors is booming in the West
  • Occupational highlight: Pharmacists
  • And more!


The good news

Employment bright lining in cloud computing
Montreal Gazette, 14 March 2012

Cloud computing will be responsible for one in six hires in the next three years.

Canadian hiring outlook warmest in the West
The Globe and Mail, 13 March 2012

Canadian employers see a steady hiring climate in the coming quarter, led by upbeat expectations in the mining and energy sectors.

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