If you are unable to view this page, please visit: http://caps.mcgill.ca/scoop/online/2011-2012/November/Scoop-Nov2011.html

Vol. 13, Issue 3
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!
NEW: 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.

November 2011: Going Worldwide

Welcome to the November issue of the CaPS Scoop! Are you looking to expand your horizons? Are you interested in traveling, working or studying in another part of the globe? The November issue of the CaPS Scoop is dedicated to opportunities around the world.

Inside this issue:
Worldwide Careers Week
Diversity Week 2011
Upcoming Career Fairs
Academic Exchange to Singapore
Working in the United Kingdom
Kick Start Your Job Search Now!
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information
Information Sessions for Undergraduate Students

What allows you to speak face-to-face with an advisor without an appointment and provides you with answers to all your career questions as you travel around campus? It’s the 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 you 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:

Burnside Building basement – 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm – Nov 8
Leacock Building in front of main floor elevators – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Nov 9

Worldwide Careers Week
Nov. 21, 2011 to Nov. 25, 2011
CaPS is pleased to bring you Worldwide Careers Week focusing on the advantages of engaging in new and exciting opportunities working and volunteering abroad.  Take this chance to expand your awareness and interest in global opportunities. 

US Working Visas for Canadians
Monday, November 21, 2011
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Brown 5001

SWAP Presentation
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Brown 5001

Getting a Job in the UK (and some tips for Europe)
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Brown 5001

Worldwide Teaching English Panel

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Brown 5001

Worldwide Organizations Fair
Thursday, November 24, 2011
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Lev Bukhman (Shatner bldg.)

International Career Resources: Going Global and Big Guide Online

Friday, November 25, 2011
10:30 am - 12:00 noon, Brown 5001

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

[back to top]

Nov. 15, 2011 to Nov. 17, 2011
Diversity Week 2011:  The Intersection of Careers and Disability

Tuesday  November 15th 3:30-5:00 (CaPS Resource Centre - Brown Building
Working for and within the Disabilities Community

Come and listen to our interesting panelists who work in different areas of disability. Learn about their career paths, their successes and challenges.

Wednesday November 16th 11:00-3:00 (CaPS Resource Centre - Brown Building)
Meet TD Bank- One of the Top Diversity Recruiters

  • Meet recruiters (Drop in any time between 11:00-3:00)
  • Demonstration of assistive technologies available to TD employees with disabilities (Ongoing between 11:00-3:00)
  • Panel Discussion (Employees with disabilities talk about their experiences working at TD (1:30-2:30)

Thursday November 17th 3:00-4:30 (CaPS Resource Centre - Brown Building)
Creating Your Action Plan:  Career exploration and Job search strategies

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

[back to top]

Upcoming Career Fairs

The Graduate & Professional School Fair is a great way to connect with a large number of grad schools right here on campus! Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines, who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information. SUS collaborated with CaPS once again to bring you this fair.

ALL students are invited to the fair which will be held in the Shatner Ballroom.

Click here for a list of exhibitors

[back to top]

Academic Exchange to Singapore

For many students, venturing beyond the ‘McGill bubble’ is a rare occurrence, never mind leaving behind the city we know and love to embark on a journey overseas. The thought of stepping outside our comfort zones is oft a daunting task – be it exploring off the beaten path in Montreal or abroad.

In July 2010 I packed my bags, said my goodbyes to my family, friends, and boyfriend, and landed in Singapore as a bilateral exchange student – not knowing a single soul in Asia. Little did I know at the time that my adventure would constitute more than merely study and travel- it would leave a profound mark on how I saw the world around me. My decision to do to Singapore was based on the travel opportunities it offered as the hub of Southeast Asia, as well as its linguistic comfort as an English-speaking country.

[continue reading]

[back to top]

Working in the United Kingdom

As a U3 student at McGill, I am now finding myself in the daunting position of many others: how to find myself a job once I graduate. The difference is that I am a British International student, and will most likely be returning to the UK. McGill has so much practical advice to students who will be beginning their graduate careers in North America, but what about Europe? Where can I find the information to help me?

With this in mind, I went to the CaPS offices and proposed that we work together to help any student (including myself!) that might be thinking of working in the UK. As President of the British Appreciation Society (BAS), I know that many of us here at McGill would welcome any kind of information to help make the jump between North American higher education and either graduate school or just simply, a job in the UK.

[continue reading]

[back to top]

Kick Start Your Job Search Now!

As a student about to graduate during an economic recession with record-high unemployment rates, I knew that finding a job with “just” a Bachelor of Arts would be a challenge. But I was determined not to let that deter me.

When I entered my final year at McGill, I started looking for a job in September – eight months before I graduated, even though most graduates only start job searching in their final month of studies. I persisted, ignoring the confused looks and laughs from my friends, because I knew that most employers hire new graduates in September. I kept an eye out for any interesting job opportunities, internship programs and government jobs and began following job sites on Facebook and Twitter and I started blogging about my experiences for CaPS. I wrote down all the programs and jobs I was interested in, listing their deadlines and application requirements. I was spending almost as much time writing cover letters and editing my resumes as I was on my studies. Was it a bit too much? Maybe. It’s obviously important not to neglect your studies but too many students neglect their career search and then wonder why they have no job lined up when they’re set to graduate in a month. I didn’t want that to happen to me.

[continue reading]

[back to top]

Lisa's Corner

Thinking to work, volunteer, intern, teach or study abroad for next year?
Verge Magazine (http://www.vergemagazine.com/program-search.html) is North America’s premier magazine for exploring opportunities to study, work and volunteer abroad.   On the website, Verge offers a comprehensive directory containing programs that can help you to find right opportunities to enrich your life experience and make you a better global citizen.  You may also check out their Go Abroad resource e-guides for planning your time abroad:

[back to top]

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

  • Alberta continues to lead gains with fifth straight monthly increase
  • Unemployment in the U.K. has jumped to its highest level since 1994
  • Occupational highlight: Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants
  • And more!

The good news

Le Congrès américain approuve trois accords de libre-échange
La presse affaries, 13 October 2011

According to the White House, the agreement with Korea will increase exports and support jobs for American workers.

Bright news on the job front
Montreal Gazette, 08 October 2011
Job markets produced a nice Thanksgiving-eve surprise, with Canada showing a surge of nearly 61,000 new jobs. 

Alberta on five-month jobs streak
Edmonton Journal, 08 October 2011

Alberta's labour market continued to shine in September, gaining 8,600 jobs from August.

Post-secondary education a sound investment
Montreal Gazette, 19 September 2011

A TD Economics report says graduates of universities and colleges have a built-in advantage when they look for jobs.

[continue reading]

[back to top]

Information Sessions for Undergraduate Students

[back to top]

  • How to Write Personal Statements
    November 1 , 12:00pm - Brown Building, 5001

    Facilitated by Kaplan, this workshop will provide you with an overview of how to write personal statements for your grad school or professional school applications. Whether you're planning or just thinking about making a future applications, this is a great place to start.

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview
    November 1, 1:00pm- 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.

  • 2011 Immigration Quebec Information Sessions for Permanent Residency
    November 1 , 2:00pm - Brown Building, Room 5001
    November 8, 10:00am - Brown Building, Room 5001
    November 10 , 1:00pm - Brown Building, Room 5001

    There is no registration for the event, sessions are FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED!
    Session is limited to 75 participants.
    Students registered in the Intensive ESL/FSL Program and Postdocs are not eligible to attend
    Please be on time! Late students will not be allowed entry.
  • Writing Your Internship CV (Internship Offices Network)
    November 2 , 10:30am - Leacock 232
    November 3 , 1:30pm - Leacock 232

    During this workshop students will learn to identify their skillset and how to incorporate it into a CV. They will learn the different styles of CV and what would work best for them, as well as how to apply the 5 P system.

  • Writing Your Internship Cover Letter (Internship Offices Network)
    November 2, 11:30am - Leacock 232
    November 3 , 2:30pm - Leacock 232

    Cover Letter: During this workshop students will learn how to compose a customized cover letter for their internship application. They will also be able to develop a checklist for preparing future cover letters.

  • LGBT Students: Heterosexism, Career Choice and the Workplace
    November 2, 3:30pm - 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.

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

  • 2011 Annual McGill Internship Information Session
    November 3 , 5:00pm - Leacock 232

    You are cordially invited to the 2011 Annual McGill Internship Information Session, which will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 5pm to 6pm in Leacock 232.

    The annual event for the Internship Offices Network gives students an overview of the diverse internship opportunities offered by McGill, both on campus, in Montreal, and internationally. Come listen to a panel presentation on current internship opportunities, as well as hear from past interns about their experiences. Refreshments will be served!

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    November 8, 10:30am - Brown 3001
    November 28, 2:00pm - 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.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    November 8 , 2:30pm - 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.

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    November 9 , 2:00pm - 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 #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    November 10, 1:00pm - 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.

  • BioConnect 2011 - Bridging the Gap Between Industry and Academia
    November 15, 2:00pm - New Residence Hall

    The BioConnect Symposium is based on the need for the interdisciplinary interaction of students, thinkers, researchers and learned individuals from industry, institutions and society.

    For more information, go to http://bioconnect2011.mcgill.ca/

  • Expo-FIHOQ: Evénement horticole
    November 16, 9:00am - External to McGill

    For a twenty-seventh year, the FIHOQ invites you to its annual Trade Show which will take place at the Hôtel des Seigneurs in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec on November 16, 17 and 18, 2011.

    An exhibition dedicated to professionals:
    The professionals and managers of the horticultural industry are eager to visit Expo-FIHOQ. They come from all sectors of the industry:
    -Production (nursery, sod farm, greenhouse)
    -Marketing, (florist, garden center, superstore, whole-saler)
    -Services (arboriculture, landscape architecture, landscape entrepreneur, green space maintenance, horticultural irrigation, golf superintendence, municipal green space management)
    -Others (teaching, research, student, media).

    See http://www.fihoq.qc.ca/activites/expo-fihoq-11.html for more information

  • After Your B.A. - What Next? (for Art History Students)
    November 16, 9:30am - Downtown Campus, Arts W-220

    What about Jobs? Internships? Graduate School?

    Post-Degree Planning Workshop for Art History Students Excited about graduation but feeling unsure about what comes next?

    Wondering about careers, internships and graduate school?

    Come to this interactive workshop specifically for Art History students led by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Career Advisor, and Professor Cecily Hilsdale, to learn about options and air your questions and concerns.

  • McGill Law Admissions Info Session
    November 16 , 4:30pm - Downtown Campus, Law Building

    Do you have questions about McGill's law admission process?

    Come meet admission officers and law students Deadline for university and mature candidates: November 30, 2011

  • PFF Community Leadership Program Information Session
    November 17 , 1:30pm - Leacock 232

    Community-based change. Student-led innovation.

    The PFF Community Leadership Fellowships offer extraordinary opportunities to McGill students with innovative ideas, helping them to bring sustainable and positive social change to the communities in which they work.

    Put your ideas for a community project into action – anywhere in the world.

    Successful candidates receive up to $20,000 for an 8-month project or up to $30,000 for a 12-month project. Community projects can be based in any field: social work, public health, business, engineering, education, psychology, the arts, amateur sport – your imagination and vision are the only limits.

    Open to graduating undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students from all faculties and disciplines.

    The PFF Community Leadership Program helps develop the global leaders of tomorrow, while changing communities for the better today.

  • WWCW - US Working Visas for Canadians
    November 21, 3:00pm - Brown 5001

    Interested in the U.S. but don’t know about the visa requirements? This is the session for you, presented by the Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, Consul Ian Sheridan. He will present on the US Working Visas available for students and graduates.

  • WWCW - SWAP Presentation
    November 22, 11:00am - Brown 5001

    Learn from Voyage Campus about the working holiday program that helps Canadians successfully gain international work experience. This is a program that takes care of safety and logistics so that you can focus on working and having fun abroad. We offer these services for a range of destinations, and we maintain an extensive global network to enrich your experience. Live, work, and play with us!

  • WWCW - Getting a Job in the UK (and some tips for Europe)
    November 22 , 2:30pm - Brown 5001

    Hear it from our exchange Career Advisor, Christopher Little, a native from the UK. Learn about the recruitment cycle in the UK, graduate training schemes, vacancies and recruitment methods. The session will include CV’s, employer information, vacancies and selection within the UK and EU graduate market. You will obtain great resources along the way.

  • WWCW - Worldwide Teaching English Panel
    November 23 , 2:30pm - Brown 5001

    Learn about what it takes to teach English overseas. What does it take to get these types of well-paid jobs? Do you need a certificate and experience? Or maybe not. Come find out for yourself from the employers themselves and some participants too. (Please note there are also opportunities for Francophones and to teach in other fields than English.

  • WWCW - Worldwide Organizations Fair
    November 24 , 11:00pm - Lev Bukhman, Room 203

    Come and talk to employers and organizations interested in having you. Learn about several opportunities in various domains such as teaching English, volunteering, teaching in third world countries, international development, cooperant options, and so on. Check MyFuture for updated information on employers participating at the fair.

  • WWCW - International Career Resources: Going Global and Big Guide Online
    November 25, 10:30pm - Brown 5001

    Learn how to use the ultimate online job seeker’s tools for finding employment at home and abroad. Please bring your laptop with you as this will be an interactive and hands-on workshop.

  • Global Leaders Centres
    November 25, 8:30am-4:30 pm - Quebec City

    Get the experience that matters, representing your country on the world stage

    Producer of global leaders since 1991, Global Vision is a national non-profit that has helped youth get the experience that matters through real-world business, leadership, entrepreneurship and civic education on the World Stage. Our flagship program, Junior Team Canada has brought young leaders to represent their region and businesses on international trade missions to over 30 countries, as well as the APEC, Summit of the Americas and G8/G20 Summits. This Summer, a team of 20 young Canadians represented Canadian companies on a JTC trade mission to Indonesia and Malaysia.

    The Global Leaders Centres are the first step in getting involved. A two-day hands-on session on getting the skills necessary to succeed in the global economy while getting involved in your region and your community. Learn the keys to leadership, how to network, gain global knowledge and become a Junior Team Canada Ambassador.

    The Quebec Global Leaders Centre will take place at Laval University in Quebec City November 24-25. The Centre shall be bilingual. Registration for those outside of the Quebec City area is $75, transport, accommodation and meals included.

    Register online at http://www.globalvision.ca today to reserve your spot and get the experience that matters.

    For more information, contact Antoine Pouliot at 613.325.6020 or toll free at 1.888.829.2838.

  • Social Media & Your Electronic Footprint
    November 29, 10:30am - Brown 3001

    As a result of attending this workshop, students will increase their awareness of their online image; be able to define their “Electronic Footprint” and how it can affect their job search success; and learn how to build their career prospects by using their social network effectively”

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    November 29, 1:00pm - 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.

[back to top]

Visit us online at
To unsubscribe from this email, click here, and put "Unsubscribe" in the subject