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Vol. 13, Issue 2
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

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.


"Thinking About Graduate School?" Edition

Welcome to the October edition of the CaPS Scoop! It is that time of year to begin thinking about graduate schools. This issue will include resources, advice and upcoming events to help you explore and plan your decision about graduate school!

If you have any questions, drop by our office on the downtown or MacDonald Campus. We are always happy to help you!

Inside this issue:
Thinking About Grad School?
AUS Grad School Fair
Macdonald Campus Career Fair
The Graduate School Application Process as an International Student
Heather’s Picks: Top Three Things to Do When Applying to Grad School!
Thinking of Post Graduate Study in the United Kingdom?
Labour Market Information
Lisa's Corner
Information Sessions for Undergraduate Students
Workshops




Is Grad School for You?
Oct. 4th, 12:00 pm: Leacock 232

Your Application to Graduate School
Oct. 5th, 12:00 am: Leacock 232

Sneak Peak into Grad School
Oct. 6th, 12:00 am: Leacock 232

Log in to myFuture for more information or to register.

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The Graduate & Professional School Fairs are a great way to connect with a large number of 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.

Both the AUS and the SUS collaborated with CaPS once again to bring you these fairs. All students are invited to both fairs. Both will be held in the Shatner Ballroom.


Login to myFuture to view the list of participating schools.

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Macdonald Campus Career Planning Service (CaPS) invite you to attend the Macdonald Career Fair on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

Located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science is only a shuttle bus ride away.   This event will be open to students from other institutions, we welcome all to participate.

This fair is hosting organizations in the following industry sectors:

• Nutrition, Food science and technology
• Agriculture, agri-food, and agro-forestry
• Environmental services and consulting

The firms coming are encouraged to post their offerings to the CaPS website for your convenience. If you are interested in jobs in the above fields come and see what our career fair is about. 

Log into myFuture, click on events to view a list of participating organizations.

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The Graduate School Application Process as an International Student
EVE ALLEMAND, MASTERS OF COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY & CaPS INTERN

I am an International graduate student from Switzerland entering my second year of Counseling Psychology (Internship stream) and would like to share my application experience with you. The application process in this program was very competitive (only 10% of the applicants were accepted). I had to be evaluated on various criteria that were not always easy to get from a Swiss perspective. Indeed, I had to get an average GPA of 3.2 which converted to the Swiss grading system is quite difficult to reach. I was lucky to have been able to do an exchange at Concordia (Montreal) the year before entering grad school which allowed me to significantly raise my grades and finally reach to the required GPA at the end of my Bachelor.

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Heather’s Picks: Top Three Things to Do When Applying to Grad School!
HEATHER MCTAVISH, U3 POLITICAL SCIENCE, BACHELOR OF ARTS

  1. Research: Make sure you have considered all of your options. Graduate school programs are much more tailored than most undergraduate programs, so it is important to look at what program you want to pursue and how different universities structure those programs. I recommend attending a series of CaPS workshops on “Thinking about Grad School?” coming up on October 4th, 5th and 6th, Check out the myFuture events tab for times, location and RSVP. Also, don’t underestimate the CaPS Resource Center; there is a ton of great information on graduate schools, programs, application processes, standardized testing, writing personal statements and scholarships. Lisa Lin, our Resource Consultant will be more than happy to recommend some books for you.

  2. CaPS Advising: Make an appointment with a CaPS advisor to discuss Grad School options and interests. Once you are completing the application process CaPS advisors can be very helpful with reviewing your CV, Cover Letters, Personal Statements and Letters of Intent. Come by our office or call us to make an appointment in advance as space fills up quickly.

  3. Breathe: Applying to Grad School can be a very stressful experience, especially on top of your final year of your undergrad. But just remember to breathe and if you are not sure what program to apply to or feel you want to gain some more experience in the field, maybe consider a Gap Year, recent graduates have access to CaPS for one year after graduation. Regardless, good luck to everyone!


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Thinking of Post Graduate Study in the United Kingdom?
CHRIS LITTLE, EXCHANGE CaPS ADVISOR FROM LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, UK

The UK offers some of the most varied and internationally recognized qualifications of the highest standard in the world. The application processes vary for postgraduate courses and some popular courses may fill up quickly. You may also need to identify and apply for different funding sources. It is therefore sensible to start your research at the start of your final year. Before applying to a course in the UK there are a few things to consider! There is a vast array of post graduate courses to choose from, thus it is important to do your research before applying. Start thinking about what is most important to you, with so many factors to consider when choosing a course, preparation and research is key. Ultimately, we all study at university to enable us to have a better future in an area that interests us, so look at what graduates of your chosen program are doing now. Is there opportunity for work experience, exposure to employers or opportunities for further research?

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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

  • Alberta topped all jurisdictions in North America for labour market performance over the past 5 years
  • As the US economy worsens, more Americans are knocking on Canada's door for jobs
  • Occupational highlight: Metallurgical and Materials Engineers
  • And more!

 

The good news

Canada’s employment outlook down, but still steady
The Province, 13 September 2011
http://www.theprovince.com/business/Canada+employment+
outlook+down+still+steady/5393837/story.html

Canada's employment outlook will get a little bleaker to close out the year, but there is still enough positive sentiment for a steady hiring climate.

N.B. adds 2,200 jobs in August: StatsCan
Telegraph-Journal, 10 September 2011
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1438741
New Brunswick bucked the national labour trends last month, with unemployment levels dropping 0.9 percentage points to 9.2 per cent as the province added 2,200 new jobs in August.

La saison des salons de l'emploi est lance
La press affaires, 06 September 2011
http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/cv/201109/06/01
-4431878-la-saison-des-salons-de-lemploi-est-lancee.php

As autumn approaches, there will be something for everyone in job and training fairs in Montréal and Laval.

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

Interested in finding out what you can do with your chosen career? 

Working in Canada (http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/) is a tool that provides job and labour market information tailored to an occupation and location of your choice.  Simply type in the “Job Title” search box an occupation and choose a location, the tool generates a comprehensive report on jobs, wages, skills, qualifications, and job prospects. 

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Information Sessions for Undergraduate Students

  • Statistics Canada / Statistique Canada
    October 5, 13:00 - Burnside Hall, Room 1024
    Desired Majors: Math & Statistics
    Degree Level: Undergraduate


  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
    October 5 , 14:00 - Brown Building, Room 5001
    Desired Majors: All Majors
    Degree Level: Masters & Grad Dips & Certs,Undergraduate


  • Insight Canada
    October 6, 11:30 - Bronfman, Greeniaus - Room 625
    Desired Majors: All Majors
    Degree Level: Undergraduate

  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    October 6, 12:00pm - Faculty Club, Heritage Room
    Degree level:  Undergraduate

  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
    October 11, 17:30 - Bronfman - Room 647
    Desired Majors: Management
    Degree Level: Masters & Grad Dips & Certs,Undergraduate

  • University of Toronto/Mississauga - The Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) Program
    October 12, 11:30 - Brown Building, Room 5001
    Desired Majors: All Majors
    Degree Level: Undergraduate


  • HSBC
    October 12, 17:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620
    Desired Majors: Management
    Degree Level: Masters & Grad Dips & Certs,Undergraduate


  • University of Toronto/Mississauga - The Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) Program
    October 26, 13:00 - Brown Building, Room 5001
    Desired Majors: All Majors
    Degree Level: Undergraduate

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Workshops

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


  • Opwall: Biodiversity & Conservation Management Research Programs
    Downtown: October 3, 1:30pm - Brown 5001
    Macdonald: October 3, 4:30pm - Macdonald Campus, Faculty Lounge MS-Building

    There are over 40 projects available for research assistants and over 150 individual research projects. So come to the presentation and hear more about what this exciting program has to offer!


  • Thinking about Grad School?: Is grad school for you
    October 4, 12:00pm- Lev Bukhman, room 203

    This session will give you tips and strategies to help you put your application together. Some topics will include: the prerequisites of getting in; what the typical application procedures are; how to ask for reference letters; and how to find a supervisor.

    If you are unable to attend, or if this event has reached it's capacity, all sessions will be taped and made available on the website Future Graduate Student: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants


  • Pre-Departure Orientation
    October 5, 5:00pm - Leacock 132

    Hosted by the Office of International Education, Pre-Departure Orientation is a university-wide orientation for students traveling outside Canada for University-related bilateral exchanges, internships, independent study-away, graduate work, undergraduate research and other such activities.

    The session on October 5, 2011, is for students traveling during the Winter 2012 term who have not previously attended Pre-Departure Orientation.
  • Scholars At Your Service Presentation
    October 6, 11:00am - Brown 3001

    The opportunity is for students who would like to learn about entrepreneurship and managing a business. We offer an internship program that enables students to garner business experience and differentiate their resume from the other 800,000 university students applying for employment positions upon graduation each year. The program enables students to learn about managing human resources, target marketing, market implementation techniques, sales interactions, and operations management.

  • Thinking about Grad School?: Sneak peek
    October 6, 12:00pm - Lev Bukhman, room 203

    Wondering what grad school is really like? This session will cover topics like the typical workload of a graduate student; the relationship between grad students and their supervisors; attending conferences and writing a thesis. If you are unable to attend, or if this event has reached it's capacity, all sessions will be taped and made available on the website Future Graduate Student: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants

  • Engineers-in-Action:  Energy in Motion..
    October 6, 5:00pm - Faculty Club Ballroom

    Engineers-in-Action and the Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design present:  Energy in Motion...The Future of the Energy Mix.  Guest Speaker:  Gauthier Demeulenaere, VP, Technology & Development of Total E&P Canada

    The future of the world’s energy supply is shifting as our way of life continues to evolve and the demand for energy increases. Canada is rich with natural resources that present both benefits and challenges. How can we deliver top environmental, social, and economic performance while working with local communities and developing our mega projects? Mr. Gauthier Demeulenaere, VP, Technology & Development of Total E&P Canada will discuss the company’s industry partnerships and its role in contributing to a sustainable approach to the energy mix.


  • Fletcher School at Tufts and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Info Session
    October 11, 3:00pm - Brown 5001

    Representatives from two of the world’s leading graduate schools of international affairs (The Fletcher School at Tufts and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) will be visiting McGill on Tuesday, October 11 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Please join them for in Brown 5001 for an information session discussing admissions requirements, academic programs, and career options for those students who elect to pursue graduate studies in international affairs.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    October 12, 10:30am - 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.


  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    October 12, 2:00pm - 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

    If you are unable to attend, or if this event has reached it's capacity, all sessions will be taped and made available on the website Future Graduate Student: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants


  • Global Youth Chat
    October 12, 6pm - Online on Facebook and Twitter

    Are you considering doing an internship with an NGO abroad but don't know what to expect? who better to talk to than our oversea interns.

    Join our facebook or tweet your questions with #globalyouth


  • Social Media & Your Electronic Footprint for Undergrads
    October 13, 2:00pm - Brown 3001

    “Social Networking and Your Electronic Footprint: 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”

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    October 14, 10:30am - 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.


  • McGill Law Admissions Info Session
    October 19, 6pm - Law Building, 3660 Peel

    Do you have questions about McGill's Law Admission Process? Come meet admission officers and law students.


  • Africa Jobs Are Calling Fair
    October 22, 10:00am - Montreal at the Hotel Le Gouverneur

    This first edition of the African Fair, The Africa Jobs Are Calling Fair is an unique opportunity for candidates interested to work in Africa to meet Canadian employers looking for their talent.

    For more information, go to: www.africajobsarecalling.com


  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    October 26, 2:30pm - 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.


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