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Vol. 13, Issue 5
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

Wednesday: 2:00-3:00
Thursday: 10:00-11:00
Friday: 11:00-12:00

Please note space is limited.

General Drop-In Times

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.

January CaPSScoop: Summer Jobs

Welcome back and we hope that everyone had a restful and wonderful holiday. Now that the holidays are behind us we can start looking ahead to…summer jobs! This entire CaPSScoop is dedicated to summer jobs and internships. Please see below to get the inside scoop on resources, tips and previous experiences.

The CaPS Office will open at 9am on Monday, January 9th, 2012. Come see us!

Inside this issue:
Heather’s Picks: Where to Look for Summer Jobs
Summer Internship with Imperial Oil
Getting your Summer Job Search Off the Ground!
Work Your B.A.
Mini Job Finding Club
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information
Information Sessions

Heather’s Picks: Where to Look for Summer Jobs

Eager to find a great summer job, but not sure where to start looking? CaPS has done some research for you. Check out our “Resources for Summer Jobs: Where to Find them handout”: http://www.mcgill.ca/files/caps/SummerJobs.pdf. As well. see below my top three choices for where to start your summer job search!

  1. Service Canada: Service Canada has a Student/Youth Employment job bank that is broken down into provinces. Easily searchable, you can specify what sector you would be interested in working, region of the province and type of employment that you are looking for. Check it out for yourself at:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/prov-eng.aspx?OpPage=50&Stdnt=Only. Click on the province or territory that you are want to work in.

  2. FSWEP: Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is a great way to gain some hands-on experience with the Federal Government and perhaps live and work in a new part of Canada. Jobs ranging from clerical, to field to lab work offer students dynamic opportunities to build skills in their area of interest. How does it work? Go to: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/index-eng.htm and fill out the application. Once you have completed the application you will be put into the PSC inventory and various employers will be able to view your application and contact you.

  3. Emploi Québec – Interprovincial Exchange Program:  This program enables students from Quebec universities to obtain summer work related to their field of study in another Canadian province. http://emploietudiant.qc.ca/programmes-services/index_en.asp

  4. Network - Don't forget that most students find summer jobs through friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues.

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Summer Internship with Imperial Oil

Summer internships are valuable opportunities to get a taste of new functions, new industries and new cities.

Last summer I had a four-month internship at Imperial Oil in Calgary. I worked in the planning team of the Procurement Services Department. As a planner, I calculated the budget outlooks and the actual expenses for the department to report to both Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, the parent company. During the internship, I learned basic financial reporting flows of multinational firms. I also learned about the oil industry and the procurement process. It was a great chance for me to develop my analytical skills and communication skills.

There were not typical days for planners. The planning cycle, May to August, is a constructive and adaptive process every year, due to internal restructuring. At the beginning of each week, the team usually sat together to divide the goals of the week into parts for individuals to conquer. Thus every week I spent some time working alone on Excel models, sometime communicating with other employees or managers for additional information, some time working with teammates reconciling discrepancies, etc. I usually start my day at eight thirty. Lunch hour varied with my job obligations. My day usually ends between five and seven.

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Getting your Summer Job Search Off the Ground!

Starting to consider jobs and internships for the summer? Here are some tips and ideas to think about:

  • Identify your goals. Are you focused on making money? On gaining career-related experience? Expanding your network? Trying something new? Having fun? Knowing what you want to get out of a summer position will help you focus your search.

  • Focus your search. Where are you looking geographically? What type of organization do you want to work for? What industries interest you? Are there any particular job titles or activities you would love to try out?

  • Make sure your CV is up to date and professional. Take a look at the resources on our website: https://home.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/cv/, come to a CV drop in session or make an appointment with an advisor to have your CV reviewed.

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Jan. 23, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2012

So..."What are you going to do after you graduate?!"
The question is no doubt familiar, and potentially anxiety-provoking, to any student or soon-to-be Arts graduate, and it can be a challenging one to answer. The possibilities are many, and career paths and transitions often make much more sense in hindsight that they do when you are right in the midst of them.

Learning about the routes that others have followed can often be helpful when you're thinking about your own options, so if you're looking for ideas, inspiration, motivation and advice, come to Work Your BA organized by McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Arts Undergraduate Association (AUS).

Cultivate Your B.A: Working in the Creative Sector
Monday, January 23, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

After years of creative analysis to attain your degree, you can undoubtedly use your BA in the creative sector! Museum curators, creative writing, and the fine arts are just some of the fields that will benefit from your creative energies. Come to this exciting panel to learn just what it takes.

Changing with the Times: Technology, Environment and Health Care
Monday, January 23, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you on the cutting edge? This panel will feature panelists with those "hot jobs" and will introduce you to those who have used their BAs to work in the industries that are changing our world day-by-day. While this panel will focus on the technology, environment, and health industries, all attendees will be interested to learn about what it means to be at the forefront of our changing times.

Communications: Working in PR, Journalism and Media
Tuesday, January 24, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Even though McGill does not have a journalism program, this should not preclude you from using your BA to make it in the PR, Journalism, and Media world. Come to this panel to learn from those working in this fast-paced industry who used their BAs to "see the big picture."

Working in Government: Diplomacy and Public Service
Wednesday, January 25, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Learning about governmental institutions in lectures is a lot different than government in action. Come to this panel to learn from those working in these institutions - and see where you can take your BA!

Borderless B.As: NGOs and Non-Profits Abroad and at Home
Thursday, January 26, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Work that BA outside North America and use it to change the world! This panel will feature panelists who have worked across the globe in non-governmental organizations and non-profits. Learn exactly how to work your BA in this exciting field and how the skills you have learned will help you effect change across borders. 

Management and Your B.A: Delving into the Private Sector
Thursday, January 26, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

There's no reason you can't fit in with your BA when you go into the Bronfman Building! Hear from those with BAs who "made it" in the private sector at this panel and learn the special, analytical touch that a BA can add to the business field.

ARTS CAFÉ Speed Mentoring Event
So..."What are you going to do after you graduate?!"
Friday, January 27, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learning about the routes that others have followed can often be helpful when you're thinking about your own options, so if you're looking for ideas, inspiration, motivation and advice, come to the Arts Café, a speed mentoring event. Mentors will be seasoned professionals, all with Arts degrees, working in a variety of settings and specialties from the private sector to government to the non-profit world.

Over the course of the event students will have an opportunity to meet in small groups with all 8-10 mentors to learn about their career paths and ways to get involved in these lines of work. There will also be time for general mingling at the end of the event. So bring your questions, concerns and ideas and let the conversations flow!
*Space is limited. Register through myFuture to secure your spot!
*Questions? Email CaPS Career Advisor Jan Bottomer

Workshop: One Stop Shop for Arts Students
Monday, January 30, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Compose a more effective and tailored cv.
2) Define the essential components of a cover letter.
3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
4) 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.
5) 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.

Beyond the BA: Pursuing Professional and Graduate School Panel
Tuesday, January 31, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Don't want to leave the classroom? Don't worry; we understand. Looking to use your BA as a foundation for study, or interested in law or med school? Come to this panel to learn more about the graduate and professional school process and how you can use your BA to get exactly where you want to be.

Public Service Career Fair
This career fair targets organizations that offer career opportunities in the public service (federal, provincial and municipal).

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Lev Bukhman, room 203 (Shatner Bldg)

Participating Organizations: (more to come)

Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab and keyword ARTS/B

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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 are graduating soon or who recently 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

Looking for part-time or seasonal jobs? 

Part-Time.ca (http://www.part-time.ca/) is a collection of part-time jobs in Canada. The website is founded and maintained by jobWings Careers, which also offers other specialized job boards including jobs in administration, retail, sales, paralegal, healthcare, finance, project management, Engineering, HR, IT and more. To search jobs from the specialized job boards, choose a specialization from the drop-down box under the section “Other domains” on the left-hand-side menu.

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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

  • American unemployment benefits applications fell to lowest level since late February
  • Quebec lost 44,000 jobs in October and November 2011
  • Since the recession, employment rates surged for older women
  • Occupational highlight: Authors and Writers
  • And more!

The good news

Job outlook in Canada could be brightening
Montreal Gazette, 13 December 2011

There’s a hint of improvement in Canada’s job market as Manpower survey results offer reasons for optimism.

U.S. jobless claims drop to nine-month low
The Globe and Mail, 08 December 2011

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits falls to lowest level since late February.


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Information Sessions

  • Credit Suisse
    January 10th, 11:30am - 1:00pm - Bronfman Room 620

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • UBS Securities Canada
    January 11th, 11:30am - 1:00pm - Faculty Club, Heritage Room

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board / L'Office d'investissement du RPC
    January 11, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Faculty Club, Heritage Room

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CIBC)/Banque Canadienne Impériale de Commerce(CIBC)
    January 11, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Faculty Club Ballroom

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • Scotiabank / Banque Scotia
    January 12, 5:30 - 7:30pm - Bronfman, McKee Louge Room 600

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • Rio Tinto/Alcan
    January 12, 6:00 - 7:30pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

    There will be a 1 hour presentation about Rio Tinto. Our guest speaker, Angelina Mehta, will come and speak about the mining industry and Iron Ore of Canada. After the presentation we will have a 30 minute networking with the students.

    Desired Majors: Earth & Planetary Science, Mining

  • J.P. Morgan
    January 13 , 11:30am- 1:00pm - Faculty Club Ballroom

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom
  • TD Bank
    January 16, 12:30am - 1:30pm - Faculty Club Ballroom

    Desired Majors: Math & Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Business

  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
    January 17, 6:00 - 8:00pm - Bronfman, McKee Lounge Room 600

    Desired Majors: BA Economics, BCom

  • IBM
    January 23 , 6:00- 8:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

    Info session advertising coop and internships for May 2012

    Desired Majors: Engineering, Business

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    January 9th , 3:00 - 4:30pm - Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.
    2) Understand the importance of researching employers and industries.
    3) Identify website resources and databases in which they can grow their employer contact base.
    4) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview.
    5) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field.

  • CBC Radio Gzowski Internships Information Session
    January 11th, 2:30 - 3:30pm - Leacock 429

    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.

  • AUCC Students for Development Program Information Session. 
    January 12th, 3:30 – 4:30pm - Peterson Hall Room 310

    This information session will be focused on the specific internships that have been designated as AUCC-SFD internships, and on the details of the Students for Development Program.  The event will be held from For more information, please see the AUCC-SFD page here.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    January 17th , 3:00 - 4:30pm - Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Compose a more effective and tailored cv.
    2) Define the essential components of a cover letter.
    3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    4) 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.
    5) 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.

  • SWAP Info Session
    January 18th , 2:00 - 3:00pm - Brown 5001

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

    It started with 5 Canadians going to work in New Zealand for three months and we now have close to 3,000 Canadian participants working in 12 countries. The centers operated by our overseas partners are there to assist you with your job and accommodation searches and to get you up to speed with daily life in your temporary home city!

    These centers give you the resources needed to make the adjustment into a foreign culture and economy without taking away your independence. You are on the verge of what will likely be the most memorable experience of your life and we want to help you get it right.

    For more information : please visit Voyages Campus Shatner Building or call 514-398-0647

  • Applying for the PFF Community Leadership Program Information Session
    January 18th, 3:30 – 4:30pm - Leacock Room 73

    This info session will be for students who are seriously considering applying for the PFF Community Leadership Program.  The extensive application documents and budget forms will be gone over in detail, and students will be able to ask specific questions about their project applications.  For more information, visit the website.

  • Arts Administration and Music Business Panel: Working Behind the Scenes in Music
    January 19th, 5:00 - 6:30pm - New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West, Room A-832

    Passionate about a career in the arts and interested in non-performing options?
    Curious about opportunities to work “behind the scenes” in Music? Wondering how to get started?

    Come to the “Arts Administration & Music Business Panel” for more information, ideas and inspiration!

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    January 20th , 10:00 - 11:30am - 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.

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    January 23rd , 10:00 - 11:30am - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, presenting yourself professionally in person – through your body language, attitude and communication style – and online.
    2) Identify key elements involved in dressing for success.
    3) Identify key differences involved in the transition from university to work life and know how to prepare for your first day on the job.

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview (MMI)
    January 24th , 10:00 - 11:30am- 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.

  • ION - Interview Preparation Workshop
    January 24th , 1:00 - 2:00pm- Leacock 232

    This workshop, provided by the Internship Offices Network, will be facilitated by a CaPS advisor and will help students prepare and plan for successful interviews.

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