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Vol. 14, Issue 8
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

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Looking for post-graduation advice? Wondering what job search strategies and tips other McGill grads have found helpful? Check out CaPS Career Stories.

If you would like to share your own “Career Story” please contact Linda Cicuta

Vault Guide (Career Insider)

Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. 
Going Global

The leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country.

The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

The authoritative guide on international careers.

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 by 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.

Summer is approaching, and for many individuals, the break from campus life is an optimal time for some self-reflection.  Are you unsure about your career trajectory? Are you looking to build your skills in a real-world environment? Whether you are looking to engage in some international experience after graduation, or simply considering a break from your undergraduate career, this issue of the CaPSScoop can get you informed about taking a gap year.

Inside this issue:

Job Finding Club
External Upcoming Fairs
Come and Knock on Our Door
Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Our Dean of Arts, Christopher Manfredi
What Are You Waiting For? – The Advantages of Studying Abroad
Tackling the Gap Year Question
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Info Sessions & Workshops

Have you heard about the Job Finding Club?

This is an intensive two week program for students who will be graduating this spring.   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.

Click here for details.

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External Fairs in Montreal

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from noon to 7 p.m
Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Palais des congrès de Montréal

Bring several copies of your resume!



Le Salon Entrepreneur de Montréal, une initiative de la Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, se veut un guichet unique destiné spécifiquement aux entrepreneurs montréalais.

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Come and Knock on Our Door

April typically means one thing to university students: finals season.  The libraries become 24-hour museums (or zoos, depending how one looks at it) where students perch themselves in a comfortable position and stay put for long lengths of time, armed with blankets, slippers, and snacks.  Yet for the rest of society, life continues.  The Yellow Door is no exception, as this door is always open.

Founded in 1904 by McGill students, the Yellow Door gives people within the community a chance to expand their horizons by promoting exposure, expression, dialogue, and personal growth.  With a close link to the McGill student body, the organization attempts to burst the McGill bubble by enabling student activity within the larger Montreal environment.  The Yellow Door hosts a variety of projects for which students can volunteer

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Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Our Dean of Arts, Christopher Manfredi
By Winnie Hu, U3 Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and English Literature) & CaPSScoop Journalist

Decked out in a suit and tie, Christopher Manfredi lives up to his reputation as one of the best-dressed professors on campus. However, there’s no doubt that he is better known as an outspoken critic of judicial activism in the Supreme Court of Canada. Having caught his first break as a student at Claremont Graduate University, Professor Manfredi reminisces, “I could very well have gone to law school, had I not found the intersection between law and politics so interesting”.

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What Are You Waiting For? – The Advantages of Studying Abroad

It is almost time for graduation and you have yet to figure out what your next step in life is. With the overload of last-minute work required from your undergraduate studies, you probably are in a panicked frenzy—and, as if that is not bad enough, your applications for grad school or for a job are just added to your endless to-do list! It seems almost impossible to get everything done on time, and the mountain of work is just stressing you out even more. Stop for a second; take a step back and just take a deep breath. No matter what situation you are in there is hope, and you can get through it!

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Tackling the Gap Year Question

Gap year, sabbatical, year out, drop year… No matter what you call it, taking a year off between major life stages can be a great way to reflect on previous experience and explore new possibilities. Typically, a gap year occurs with the transition between important life chapters (such as between high school and university, or after finishing university). This can be an opportunity for contemplating the correct next step to make in life, especially if you are unsure whether you want to pursue further education or begin professional employment, or still need to figure out what direction you want to take with your education or career.

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Lisa's Corner

Student Conservation Association (SCA) http://www.thesca.org/ is an expense-paid internship provider.  Every year, the SCA offers up to 2000 internship opportunities to students to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities.  The internships last from 12 weeks to 12 months and cover many benefits - housing, round trip travel, weekly living stipend.  The internship database is searchable by skills and interests at http://mysca.force.com/member/MemberPositionsScout

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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 creates greater than expected jobs
  • U.S. jobless rate drops to lowest in 4 years
  • Montreal top employers 2013
  • Occupational highlight: Physiotherapists

The good news

Canada creates greater than expected 50,700 jobs in February, StatsCan says
Toronto Star, 08 March 2013

Canada’s economy created a better than expected 50,700 jobs in February, 2013, with most of the gains in full-time work, the private sector and Ontario, according to Statistics Canada

U.S. jobless rate drops to lowest in four years
The Globe and Mail, 08 March 2013

U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February, pushing the unemployment rate to a four-year low and suggesting the economy has enough momentum to withstand the blow from higher taxes and deep government spending cuts.

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Info Sessions & Workshops

The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all events offered and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Information Sessions" or "Workshop" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP".

  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
    April 4th, 10:00am-12:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Electrical, Computer, Software
  • Where to Find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    April 3rd, 10:00am-11:30am – 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.

  • Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal (JCCM) - Networking Event
    April 3rd, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    This will be an excellent opportunity to network alongside 12 young professionals in a variety of sectors, including companies such from L'Oréal, BMO, les Alouettes de Montréal and RCGT. The night will start with a cocktail and will be followed by a three course dinner. Each service will last 40 minutes and will enable participants to talk to the professional of their choice about their career path, their professional life and different issues related to integrating the workforce. The ticket is $25 and includes dinner. For more information on the 12 young professionals and to register, please visit : https://www.jccm.org/fr/activites/activite_659.asp

  • ThoughtBasin Live Case Competition
    April 5th, 12:00pm-3:00pm - Madeleine Parent Room (formerly known as Breakout Room) – 2nd Floor

    RSVP by email to - roger.huang@thoughtbasin.com

    ThoughtBasin will be a live problem solving session with Movember Canada. The national director, Quebec director, head of parternerships, and head of public relations/communications will be heading to campus to hear your ideas on a strategic problem they have!

    ThoughtBasin is a new platform that combines elements of community engagement, talent recruitment, and collaborative case-solving. It is a place where one can practice case skills with real-life problems, and be recognized and rewarded for doing so.

    The event is free to attend for all, and prizes will be handed out for the best ideas. First prize involves speaking with the Movember team about the possibility of implementing the idea. Come out and practice your case skills, and be recognized and rewarded for doing so!

    Follow us on Facebook search ThoughtBasin for the latest updates.

  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started
    April 24th, 10:00am-1:00pm – Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand the steps in the job search process.
    2) Clearly define the essential components of a CV and cover letter.
    3) Understand the importance of networking.
    4) Define what is involved in thorough interview preparation.

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