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Vol. 14, Issue 6
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

Check out the latest discussions on our CaPS Linkedin group!



The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and Alumni Exchange group invites McGill students and alumni to connect with one another within this forum.

Join us online as we help you build a solid career-focused network and exchange job search experiences.

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!
Get the Most out of University !

Thinking about what you need to do to get the most out of school? This is a must-read article that busting three very common myths that affect your university success.

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

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

CaPS Advising Drop-In

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.

CV Drop-In Times

Monday:2:30-3:30
Tuesday:1:30-2:30
Wednesday: 2:00-3:00
Thursday: 10:00-11:00
Friday: 11:00-12:00

Please note space is limited.

General Drop-In Times

Monday:10:00-11:00
Tuesday: 3:00-4:00
Wednesday: 3:00-4:00
Thursday: 11:00-12:00
Friday: 2:00-3:00

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.


February CaPS Scoop: Diversity

Welcome to the Diversity issue of the CaPS Scoop. Included in this issue is an employee profile about embracing diversity in the workplace and an LGBT student group that is promoting a new “OUTlook on Biz” both in the classroom and the boardroom. In addition it showcases some of the resources and services CaPS offers to distinct student groups on campus.

Inside this issue:
Innovative LGBT Business Club Gathers Steam
Embracing Diversity in the Work Place: A TD Canada Trust Employee Profile
CaPS Working with and for Students with Disabilities
Upcoming Career Fairs
Job Finding Club
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information
Information Sessions
Workshops



Innovative LGBT Business Club Gathers Steam
Julian Kosma, Bachelor of Commerce U2

“Bring your whole self to work.”  This mantra has emerged as an approach to balancing professional life with personal life – it has implications for both employees and employers.  OUTlook on Business was founded under the Management Undergraduate Society last year to help gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning students, as well as “allies” (friends of LGBTQ-identifying students), in the management faculty (and beyond!) learn to explore and understand workplace sexual diversity concerns.

Our first semester went by so fast!  OUTlook kicked off the year by starting a new monthly social initiative: Ally Night OUT.  We found that while the core of OUTlook’s membership is LGBT, we have an even larger contingent of straight allies who champion the club’s goals.  Each month OUTlook takes a group of students out to the Village for a night of fun and dancing.  Last semester, students attended three rhythm-pumping nights at Sky and Unity!  (More of these social events are in the works so if you’re looking for an introduction to the club this is the perfect way to start!)

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Embracing Diversity in the Work Place: A TD Canada Trust Employee Profile
Susie Mangar, Specialized Human Resources Associate

My name is Susie Mangar and I currently work in Talent Management and Diversity, Corporate Human Resources as a Specialized Human Resources Associate, Campus Relationship Manager.

Over the past 21 years I have been fortunate to work with many great leaders in many areas and capacities of our organization including: Commercial Banking, Retail Banking, e.Bank, TD Waterhouse, Region Office Human Resources, TD Securities and now Corporate Human Resources – from the sales environment to human resources.

To read my résumé, you would gather I have a lot of work experience. To see me, you would conclude I am a woman and a visible minority. But do you know what a piece of paper or first impression wouldn’t tell you? I am also a person with disabilities.
In 1997 I was in a snowmobile accident where I lost the functional use of my left leg and ankle due to a compound crushed bone injury.


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CaPS Working with and for Students with Disabilities
CINDY MANCUSO, CaPS CAREER COUNSELLOR & DIVERSITY ADVISOR

Did you know that CaPS has an advisor dedicated to working with students with disabilities? Over the years, CaPS has worked in collaboration with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) to offer a wide variety of services with regard to career exploration and job search strategies.

We continue to hold panel discussions with employers and employees with disabilities from a variety of industries. For example, this past semester TD Canada held an information day at CaPS specifically for students with disabilities. TD is one of the most progressive organizations when it comes to their hiring policies and their commitment to accommodate all of their employees’ needs. This type of event is an excellent opportunity to talk to professionals about their career paths and job opportunities.

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Upcoming 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."




McGill Public Service Fair (for all students)
February 2, 12:00-3:00pm, SSMU Building (Shatner) 202


See a list of participating organizations here.




McGill Education Career Fair (for education students)
February 6, 10:00-2:00pm, Shatner Ballroom


See a list of participating organizations here.



McGill University Technology Career Fair (targeting Engineering, Physical and Computer Science students)
February 8, 9:30-3:30pm, New Res


See a list of participating organizations here.


M.U.S.E.

Start Up Career Fair

February 10 , 11:00 - 3:00pm, Bronfman 2nd Floor

The Start-Up Career Fair is a yearly event held by the MUSE which allows students across all faculties to connect with start-up companies looking to recruit summer interns or even full-time employees. This year, the event is taking place early February so check myFuture often for further details as they become available!



Graduated? This is for you!

Have you heard about the Job Finding Club? Click here for details.

This is an intensive one week program for students that have graduated. It is designed to teach you effective means of finding work in your field of interest faster than if you were on your own.  The group is composed of 10 to 15 graduating students, all of whom are immediately seeking employment.  You will have each other for support with the assistance and guidance of a Job Finding Club Facilitator and all our Career Advisors.


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Lisa's Corner
BY LISA LIN, CaPS CAREER RESOURCE CONSULTANT

Are you interested in volunteering?

CharityVillage.com (http://www.charityvillage.com/) is a website that allows you to find jobs, volunteer opportunities, event listings and educational materials related to the nonprofit sector in Canada.  The “Jobs” link contains more than 10,000 opportunities.  The website also offers a listing of nonprofit organizations by category, which can be found on the “Links to NPOs” web page.

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Labour Market Information

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 mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • West Canada will lead the country’s economic growth
  • Canadian unemployment rate creeps up
  • Internship is rising in popularity
  • Occupational highlight: Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
  • And more!

 

The good news

L'Ouest canadien sera au sommet de la croissance du pays
La presse, 11 January 2012
http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/economie
/canada/201201/11/01-4484861-louest-canadien-sera
-au-sommet-de-la-croissance-du-pays.php

The Conference Board of Canada forecasts Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina to be the engine of growth and prosperity in Canada for the coming years.

Mining, manufacturing set to power U.S. job growth
Financial Post, 11 January 2012
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/11/
mining-manufacturing-set-to-power-u-s-job-growth/

Manufacturing and mining are set to power U.S. job gains again this year, from auto assembly plants in Ohio to the oil and gas fields of North Dakota.

Survey hints at positive year for job growth
Montreal Gazette, 10 January 2012
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Bryan+
Survey+hints+positive+year+growth/5970102/story.html

According to a new national survey, 54 per cent of firms across Canada plan to boost hiring.


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Information Sessions

  • RIM (Research In Motion)
    February 1st, 5:00 - 7:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

    Desired Majors: Math & Statistics,Computer Science, Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, Software, Marketing, Finance, Administration, Human Resources

  • Enercon Canada
    February 6th, 12:00 - 2:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Engineering


  • Cisco Company Presentation and Q&A
    February 7th, 5:00 - 6:30pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Electrical, Computer Software

  • Target
    February 7th, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Faculty Club, Heritage Room

    Desired Majors: Arts, Science, Management, Engineering

  • Microsoft Corporation
    February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

    Desired Majors: Computer Science,Engineering

  • Schlumberger Oilfield Services
    February 8th, 5:00 - 6:30pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Computer

  • Vigilant Futures
    February 9th, 5:30 - 7:00pm - Faculty Club, Heritage Room

    Desired Majors: Economics,Management of Information Systems

  • Morgan Stanley
    February 9th, 6:00 - 7:30pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

    Desired Majors: Computer Science,Electrical,Computer,Software


Workshops
  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    February 1st, 1:30 - 3:00pm - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Identify and modify their individual style of networking for various situations.
    2) Practice their networking approach in a series of simulated scenarios.
    3) Create a checklist for future networking telephone calls and / or meetings.


  • Workshop #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    February 3rd, 2:00 - 3:30pm - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough case interview preparation.
    2) Identify the skills an employer is assessing during a case interview.
    3) Understand and experience the process of a case interview.


  • TimePlan Information Session
    February 6th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Brown 3001

    This will be an overview information session about the internship for students interested in applying for this valuable experience in radio broadcasting.  For more information, please see the website here.

  • Permanent Residency Information Sessions
    February 6th, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Stewart Biology Bldg, S 3/3
    February 7th, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Leacock Bldg, Room 232


    Immigration Canada and Immigration Quebec will be holding information sessions on the permanent residency application process.

    No registration is required - first-come, first served. For more information, go to http://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/

  • Leading Out Australia
    February 7th, 2:00 - 3:30pm - Education Building, Room 233

    Are you interested in teaching in Australia? TimePlan was the UK's first Supply Teaching Agency. They provide teaching jobs and education jobs for teachers and school support staff in short and long term teaching jobs in England and Scotland.

  • MAC Intensive A: Self Assessment & Networking
    February 7th, 2:00 - 4:00pm - Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

    Modules 1 & 2 Intensive
    Self Assessment & Careers Outside Academia
    Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working!

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1. Identify several hard and soft skills, along with their implications for career choice and job search.
    2. Recognize patterns of note in their past career goals and interests, and how/if they are still relevant today.
    3. Become aware of their most important work related values and how this will help them to target appropriate jobs and employers.
    4. Know the ongoing importance of self-awareness in the context of career planning.
    5. Identify and potentially modify their style of networking.
    6. Create a checklist for future networking calls and / or meetings they plan to make.
    7. Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    February 9th, 10:30am - 12:00pm - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Assess their priorities and set goals for their summer job/internship.
    2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a summer job.
    3) Uncover the hidden job market and understand its particular relevance to the summer job search.
    4) Identify several sectors which often hire summer employees and list at least three resources to effectively research specific companies and opportunities.


  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    February 10th, 10:00am -11:30am - Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1. Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process.
    2. Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship.
    3. List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships.


  • MAC Intensive B: Job Applications & Interviewing
    February 10th, 2:00 - 4:00pm - Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

    Modules 3 & 4 Intensive
    Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia
    Interviewing Theory & Practice

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1. Highlight relevant skills to an employer in a CV and cover letter.
    2. Clearly define the essential components of a CV and cover letter.
    3. Arrange and compose a professional CV and cover letter customized to the position, department and / or industry in which they seek employment.
    4. Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    5. Anticipate possible interview questions and construct suitable responses highlighting their relevant attributes and experiences.
    6. 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.
    7. Develop more confidence in their interviewing skills.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    February 10th, 2:00 - 3:30pm - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Identify and modify their individual style of networking for various situations.
    2) Practice their networking approach in a series of simulated scenarios.
    3) Create a checklist for future networking telephone calls and / or meetings.

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview (MMI)
    February 14th, 2:00 - 3:30pm - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Describe the significance of the interview for the school and for themselves.
    2) List the areas in which they need to prepare for the interview.
    3) Prepare answers to some typical medical school interview questions.
    4) Define the MMI (M3I) and potential scenarios involved.


  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    February 17, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Brown 3001


    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) 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.
    2) Practice their interview skills in a series of simulated scenarios.
    3) Create a checklist to help them prepare for future interviews.


  • Speed Networking- Fast-tracking your Career (Boston McGill alumni branch)
    February 21, 6:00 - 8:30pm - Canadian Consulate, Suite 400, Three Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts

    RSVP: https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/aoc/events-travel/EventDetails.php?id=MTA1NTk

    "Speed Networking" is an informal yet structured networking event designed to connect Boston area McGill graduates and students. The purpose of the evening is to facilitate meaningful conversations between all McGillians; specifically, to learn about possible career connections, uncover new business opportunities, and to meet other like-minded professionals. In addition, students who are home on Winter Break will have a chance to connect with the professional community of Boston. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    February 27, 2:00 - 3:30pm - Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Identify some of their reasons and preparedness for going overseas
    2) List at least 3 international skills they already possess
    3) Effectively research programs such as youth exchanges, internships, professional exchanges, teaching abroad opportunities, volunteer, and independent work and travel programs, and summer opportunities
    4) Understand the steps in the international hiring process


  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    February 29th , 2:30 - 4:00pm- Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Assess their priorities and set goals for their summer job/internship.
    2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a summer job.
    3) Uncover the hidden job market and understand its particular relevance to the summer job search.
    4) Identify several sectors which often hire summer employees and list at least three resources to effectively research specific companies and opportunities.

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