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Vol. 14, Issue 7
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

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

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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.


March CaPSScoop: Volunteering

Welcome back! CaPS hoped you had a wonderful reading week! This issue of the CaPS Scoop is dedicated to volunteering. Please read below for the importance of volunteering, student experiences with volunteering on and off campus, and ways that you can get involved in the upcoming months!

Inside this issue:
Why Volunteer?
The McGill Rotaract Club
Timeraiser 101
HCPP: Planting the seeds of hope, one lesson at a time
Green Careers Week
Upcoming Career Fairs
C-Lounge
How to Survive at McGill as an International Student
Labour Market Information
Information Sessions
Workshops



Why Volunteer?
Andrew Tozer, Bachelor of Science, Earth & Planetary Sciences, U2

Don't you wish there was something that was free, entertaining, helpful to others, and looked great on your CV? Lucky for you, I just invented this new event. Wait for it - it'll be on Facebook any minute now - it's called volunteering.

Volunteering? Yes, volunteering. That ancient thing you had to do in high school to graduate, remember it? Not only is it a great experience within itself, it's the best and easiest way to build up your CV. Lacking experience? Volunteer. Can't find a job? Volunteer. Trying to enter a new industry? Volunteer. 

For a long time this was a foreign concept to me. I thought volunteering was only invented to either: a) help seniors; or b) keep convicts busy. While helping seniors is all well and good, they aren't the be-all-end-all of my life; and becoming a convict just to volunteer requires far too much planning. Fortunately, it can be so much more than those things - you can do it virtually anywhere, it’s easy to start, and it may even lead to a better job in the future. It has been shown that the return to volunteering amounts to 6-7% of annual earnings (Day and Devlin, 2001). If you do the math, that’s already worth more than your part-time job during the term. 

Where can I volunteer?

  • You can volunteer almost anywhere you could get a job (plus some). It’s that simple. Pick something you love or something you’ve always wanted to learn about but never had the time. First-hand experiences are often the best way to learn so just jump in!

But how do I start?

  • McGill is a great place to start with an eclectic source of clubs to join. But don’t stop there! You’re lucky enough to be in one of the largest cities in Canada, the opportunities are endless. 
  • Take this chance to practice your job-searching skills. Networking works just as well with volunteering.

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The McGill Rotaract Club: “Rotaract can change your life. Rotaractors can change the world!”
Paula Zalba, Bachelor of Commerce U1

I joined the McGill Rotaract Club in 2010, a year before actually attending McGill University, and I have been involved in it ever since! Rotaract is the Youth division of the organization Rotary International. The organization consists of 1.2 million members, making up to 34,000 service clubs scattered in over 200 countries. Rotary’s goal is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. With a “Service Above Self” motto, Rotary focuses on service in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the globe. Rotary International works closely with several governments and the United Nations in order to respond to improve health as well as education and reduce poverty in both their communities and the world. The organization’s most ambitious project is “End Polio Now”, an initiative to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs take part in international service projects to promote peace and international understanding either through Rotary or by working directly with other charities. For instance, every Rotaract Club organizes at least one Polio fundraiser every year to be a part of Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication.


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Timeraiser 101
EDITED BY JAN BOTTOMER, CaPS CAREER ADVISOR

Interested in volunteering in the Montreal community, but don’t know how to get started?

Check out Timeraiser, an innovative event that’s part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part “night on the town”. It’s kind of like speed dating for volunteerism!
Intrigued? Read on for further details…

Getting involved in your community isn’t always easy, so we’ve made it simple for you to find relevant and meaningful opportunities that fit your busy lifestyle.  The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening, meet with different local agencies and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches, you are eligible to bid on artwork. The big twist is that rather than bidding money, you bid volunteer hours! If you have the winning bid, you have 12 months to complete your pledge before bringing the artwork home as a reminder of your good will.

At the end of the night, everyone wins! Participants are helped to find meaningful volunteer opportunities, and agencies are introduced to skilled volunteers. Local artists are supported and paid fair market value for their work, and sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing that their funding both invested in the arts community, and helped inspire volunteerism.


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HCPP: Planting the seeds of hope, one lesson at a time
Sarah Hanafi, Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience U2

The Heart of the City Piano Program (HCPP) is what you get when you combine a love for music, social justice, education, and children. Founded in 1995 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this grassroots organization has since sprouted up in cities across Canada: Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. The Montreal chapter, composed entirely of McGill students, provides free piano lessons to kids in disadvantaged sectors of the city. In addition to sharing music, their mission is to build self-esteem and foster an interest in school in children who are all-too-often marginalized by society.

The chapter is currently set-up in four Montreal schools, three Anglophone and one Francophone. Each volunteer has between one and two students from September to April, to whom they provide piano lessons for a minimum of half an hour a week. Volunteers are free to design their own lesson plans, with the program offering much pedagogical flexibility, though lessons books are provided as a guide. Due to limited resources such as time, money, and space, teaching must be approached in an innovative way; schools are provided with multiple keyboards and headphone sets, allowing other children to practice while volunteers provide lessons. With the program’s mission statement in mind, students are selected by teachers from each school based on interest, potential, and need for character development. The hard work and effort of the year is honoured with the annual recital in mid-April, where each child is given the opportunity to perform for his/her family and friends. In so doing, the children are able to share their accomplishments with their peers and develop their self-esteem.

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March 13th Event

Keynote Speaker - University Centre (Shatner) Building, Room 203, 12pm

  • Katia Opalka, B.A. (History) '92, B.C.L. & LL.B. '97 (McGill University), Counsel, Environmental Law

March 14th Events

Environmental Career Fair - University Centre (Shatner) Building, Room 203, 11am – 2pm
Meet representatives from:

  • Four Green Steps
  • L'Autre Marche
  • Environment Canada: Canadian Meteorological Centre
  • SCA: Student Conservation Association
  • SUCO

Gain employment information from:

  • Peace Corps
  • Operation Wallacea
  • Parks Canada

Professional Panel - University Centre (Shatner) Building, Room 203, 2:30pm
Professionals include (bios coming soon):

  • Will Vanderbilt - Researcher Climate Change Adaptation Research Group, McGill University
  • Sonia Voicescu - Intern, SUCO
  • Geneviève Paquin - Environmental Technical Counselor, Enviro-Access
  • Sabrina Feddal - Environmental Specialist, ECO Canada
  • Sophie Daubisse - Director,  L'Autre Marche 

March 15th Events

Labour Market Report: Where are the Green Jobs? - University Centre (Shatner) Building, Room 203, 12pm

  • Details:  A special presentation by ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization) on how and where to find "green jobs". Do not miss this eye opening seminar to find out where you can start your career.

Professional Panel - Macdonald Campus Centennial Centre, Room 1-162, 4pm
Professionals include (more to come and their bios):

  • Loic Didillon - Environmental Specialist, ECO Canada Quebec Chapter Leader
  • Jennifer Dumoulin - Environmental Agent: Urban Planning, Town of Hudson
  • Karla Ekdom-Delorme - MSE 2011 Graduate

Registration for all events is on myFuture.  Keyword search "Green Careers" in the Workshops/Events tab




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."



Study in Australia Career Fair
March 5th , 11:00am -2:00pm, University Centre (Shatner) Ballroom


For a list of participanting organizations, click here.




Canadian Law From Abroad Career Fair
March 9th , 10:00-3:00pm, Brown 5001

For a list of participanting organizations, click here.



McGill School of Information Studies Career Fair
March 15th , 2:30pm-4:30 pm followed by a 5à7, Grande Bibliothèque, 475 De Maisonneuve Blvd. E

For more information, click here.

Physical Therapy & Occupation Therapy, Speech, Language & Communication Disorders Career Fair
March 19th, 10:00am - 2:00pm, University Centre (Shatner) Ballroom

For a list of participanting organizations, click here.




What allows you to speak face-to-face with an advisor without an appointment provides you with answers to all your questions and travels around campus? It’s CaPS’ C-Lounge.

The C-Lounge is our travelling tent outfitted with three knowledgeable and friendly career advisors ready to answer all of your career-related questions. C-Lounge can be found on McTavish Street and on main campus during the months of September and October. Through the winter months C-Lounge will find its way indoors.
C-Lounge provides students with the opportunity to pop in and ask any question that comes to mind. Some examples of questions often asked are:

  • What can I do with my degree?
  • How do I write a CV and Cover letter?
  • How do I find a part-time job?
  • Where can I find out about volunteer opportunities?
  • How do I figure out what I should major in

Upcoming Dates for C-Lounge:

Tuesday, March 6 - 10am-1pm – Strathcona Music Bldg.
Tuesday, March 13 – 10am-1pm – Leacock Bldg.
Thursday, March 22 – 2pm-4:30 pm – Burnside Hall
Wednesday, March 28 – 10am-1pm – Leacock Bldg.

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How to Survive at McGill as an International student: A Guide towards Success
EVE ALLEMAND, CaPS CAREER ADVISOR INTERN

Are you sometimes homesick, lonely, worried about your future career or just feel you cannot bear poutine anymore? If the answer to one of these questions is yes, this 4 session workshop will help you get useful tools to make your international student experience a great success!

Come join us!
From 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Tuesdays - March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Room RM 2007 in the Brown building (First Year Office)

To register, please contact eve.allemand@mail.mcgill.ca or come by the CaPS office.

Places are limited!



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

  • U.S. jobless claims fall unexpectedly
  • Global companies cut jobs as they brace for EU recession
  • Immigrants struggle in finding jobs in Canada
  • Occupational highlight: Editors
  • And more!

                                         
The good news

U.S. jobless claims fall unexpectedly
The Globe and Mail, 09 February 2012
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/why-new-canadians-struggle-to-find-jobs/article2333942/
New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, a government report showed on Thursday, further evidence the labor market was gaining traction.

Tapping into foreign-talent pool
Montreal Gazette, 04 February 2012
http://www.montrealgazette.com/jobs/Tapping+in
to+foreign+talent+pool/6101281/story.html

Recent changes to limited student visas allow post-grad students to find work off-campus in their respective fields while completing their postgraduate degrees.


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Information Sessions

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."
  • DTI Software
    March 6th, 4:30pm-5:30pm - FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Electrical, Computer

  • Air Liquide
    March 8th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Engineering

  • Investors Group/Groupe Investors - Montreal
    March 22nd, 12:00pm - 1:15pm - Brown 5001
    Desired Majors: All Majors

Workshops

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."


  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    March 2nd, 10:00am - 11:30am - Brown 3001

    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.


  • Employment Services Centre in Hawkesbury Job Fair
    March 3rd, 9:00am - 5:00pm - 850 McGill Street, Hawkesbury

    The Employment Services Centre in Hawkesbury, Ontario is organizing a Job Fair in Hawkesbury, Ont. on March 3, 2012. A variety of employers who plan on hiring in the next few months will be present.


  • Study and Go Abroad Fair
    March 3rd, 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Montreal Convention Centre 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle (Free Seminars: 12:00pm - 5:00pm)

    Meet with universities and colleges offering a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate programs all over the world. Visit our Travel Pavilion to find out about exciting travel opportunities; semesters abroad, work programs overseas, internships, volunteer programs and adventure travel. Check back on a regular basis to see the full list of exhibitors and their profiles at http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/montreal.html

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    March 6th, 10:00am - 11:30am - 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.

  • FREE GMAT practice test
    March 10th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Bronfman - Room 205

    Interested in doing an MBA? Kaplan Test Prep and McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management MBA admissions are hosting a FREE GMAT practice test! Come write a real Computer Adaptive GMAT test under proctored conditions and receive a detailed report of your score immediately after the test! You will have the opportunity to speak to a Kaplan instructor about your results and to a McGill MBA Admissions Advisor to answer any questions you have about the program. You will also find out everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to the GMAT being introduced on June 5, 2012. Plus, Kaplan will be raffling off a free On Demand GMAT prep course (valued at $475) to all attendees!

  • International students: adapting to the Canadian job market
    March 13th , 2:00pm - 3:30pm - Brown 3001

    As an international student, learn how to make the cultural transition to the Canadian job market.

  • Three Minutes to Change the World: Discover Graduate Research at McGill
    March 14th, 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Thomson House Ballroom

    This event is an opportunity to hear how the research initiatives of McGill graduate students are benefitting our society. One hour of presentations followed by a light lunch and networking. Register here.

  • LGBT Students: Heterosexism, Career Choice and the Workplace
    March 15th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Brown 3001

    By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) List the ways in which a person’s minority sexual orientation and/or gender expression identities can influence how they choose a career.
    2) Describe not only how internalized homo/transphobia and shame can negatively affect one’s ability to contribute successfully in the workplace but also how being queer can give LGBT people advantages and additional skills at work.
    3) Develop suitable strategies for successfully “coming out” at work and for dealing with any discrimination that might be encountered.
    4) Find employers who actively welcome LGBT diversity in their organization.


  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    March 16th, 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.

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    March 20th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm - 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 #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    March 22nd, 10:00am - 11:30am - Brown 3001

    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.


  • International Students: Summer and Part-Time Jobs
    March 23rd , 10:00am - 11:30am - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student.
    2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a part-time or summer job.
    3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, networking. 4) Identify at least 3 leads of opportunities on and off campus.

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    March 26th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm - Brown 3001

    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

  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    March 27th , 2:00pm - 3:30pm - 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.


  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    March 28th , 11:00am - 12:30pm - Brown 3001

    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.


  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    March 28th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm - 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.

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    March 29th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Brown 3001

    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.

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