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Summer 2012| Vol. 5, Iss 6
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 Samantha Goldberg
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.
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 Summer Edition of the CaPSScoop for Graduate Students

Summer has officially arrived and CaPS is open all summer long to serve graduate students and post docs.

Congratulations to all those who have convocated. Many doors will be opening for you as you take the next steps in your career. McGill Alumni who graduated with either a Masters or Ph.D. degree have access for life to the “myFuture” job search and career tools suite free of charge.  We hope you link up to us on our CaPS Linked In site and consider becoming a mentor.

We are offering 2 new workshops in July and a company presentation by McKinsey on Thursday, July 5th.

Should you be interested in joining the Graduate Peer Educator program contact Susan Molnar at susan.molnar@mcgill.ca for more information.
We look forward to serving you soon!

Susan Molnar & Lorna MacEachern
Graduate Student Career Advisors

Inside this issue:

CaPS Summer Hours
Graduate Career Month
Read the McGill Grad Life Blogs
Workshops and Information Sessions
Labour Market Information
Networking For Shy People

CaPS Summer Hours

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Graduate Career Month

Graduate Career Month hosted a number of panel discussions and events – many of which were taped and available for viewing in our resource library.

If you missed the Pharma Careers 101 Presentation: An Overview,  go to http://www.universityaffairs.ca/careers-available-in-the-pharmaceutical-industry.aspx to view the tapped video and hear Janice Albert’s presentation on positions available in clinical research, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilence, compliance and medical information will be described.  Day-to-day tasks and skills required to perform in these positions will be discussed.  As well, tips on how to prepare for the interview and what to expect in the first 100 days on the job will be presented.

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Grad Life features the musings of McGill graduate students. The bloggers here write about the experience of devoting a few years of their lives to study things that fascinate them.

In addition to writing about academia, the Grad Life bloggers share their thoughts about life on campus, life in Montreal, and what they dream of doing next. They share with you their aspirations and triumphs, as well as their frustrations and challenges.

At its core, Grad Life showcases the amazing graduate experience here at McGill, and the incredible people who make up our graduate student body. Join them on their journeys.


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Workshops and Information Sessions
  • McKinsey Presentation
    July 5th Thomson House Ballroom 6-7:30 p.m.
    (Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Information Sessions tab and keyword McKinsey)

    Please join McKinsey & Company on July 5th to learn about 2013 full-time hiring opportunities for PhDs, Postdocs, medical students, Residents, Interns and Fellows:

    McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that advises senior management of the world's leading organizations on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. People join us from a wide range of disciplines, and you'll find that we're more interested in your achievements than your particular area of studies.

    If you like the idea of a career alternative that will stimulate and challenge you, along with the opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a supportive, team-based environment, please visit our website to for details on eligibility and to submit your application:


  • What to say after “Hello”? for Introverts and other people who hate ‘networking’.
    July 24, 2012 10-11:30 Brown 3001 Presenter Susan Molnar
    (Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab)

    This workshop will identify and explore key components of effective in-person communication throughout the job search process. The impact of non-verbal communication will be the focus of this session in the North American context.  

  • Lost and confused about planning your career future?
    July 25, 2012 3-4:30   Brown 3001
    (Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab)

    This workshop was designed to start the thought process about how your values, interests, personality, skills and family history determine your next steps in the career planning process.

    Looking to help fund an applied research project with industry, don’t forget to checkout some of Mitacs programs! McGill has a strategic partnership with Mitacs, a national non-profit organization who helps connect and support university-industry collaborations”? http://www.mitacs.ca/accelerate

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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 caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • Canada gained 58,000 jobs in the month of April 2012
  • A million young Canadians were neither in school nor holding down a job last year
  • Employers less likely to grant interviews to ‘ethnic’ applicants
  • Occupational highlight: Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
  • And more!

The good news

U.S. jobless claims falls slightly
The Globe and Mail, 24 May 2012

Latest figures suggest U.S. labour market continued to expand at moderate pace.

Canada’s job growth soars above forecasts
The Globe and Mail, 11 May 2012

Canada’s economy gained 58,999 jobs in April, way above economists’ estimates of 10,000.

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Networking For Shy People

Have a look at Sacha Chua's presentation on networking for shy people. Sascha is a consultant at IBM and a shy networker. This version of her presentation is fairly self-explanatory, but if you want some supporting text to go with it, head on over to her blog for two different versions and a full text commentary.

Click here to see the presentation.

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