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Vol 14, Issue 6
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)

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Going Global

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The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas


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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.

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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.


Now that it's February, it's time to get serious about finding that summer job or internship! It may seem early, but employers have already begun hiring students. Take the time to check out the current listings on myFuture and consult the resources on our website.

As always, if you have questions or need help along the way, our staff is here to assist you. Drop by our office to get your CV and cover letter reviewed, or make an individual appointment with one of our Career Advisors.

Inside this issue:

Work Your B.A.
Green Careers Week
Upcoming Career Fairs

“Solidarity in Action” at Alternatives

Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: Talking Coke with Monica Jaielka
Voulez-vous apprendre le français?
The McGill Mentor Program
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Info Sessions and Workshops



Work Your BA

Jan. 28, 2013 to Feb 7, 2013

So…“What are you going to do after you graduate?!
The question is no doubt familiar, and potentially anxiety-provoking, to any student or soon-to-be Arts graduate, and it can be a challenging one to answer. The possibilities are many, and career paths and transitions often make much more sense in hindsight that they do when you are right in the midst of them.

Learning about the routes that others have followed can often be helpful when you're thinking about your own options, so if you're looking for ideas, inspiration, motivation and advice, come to Work Your BA organized by McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS).


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
CaPS and AUS are organizing a buffet of events to feed your career curiosity from the public service fair to career panel discussions to a networking event to help you hone your schmoozing skills to access that ever elusive hidden job market.

Workshop: Social Media as a Job Search Technique

February 4, 2:00pm – 3:30pm - Brown 5001
Find out how social media can be used to your advantage to create networks and find job opportunities.


Working in Business with a BA
February 6, 5:30pm–7:00pm - Brown 2200 (CaPS Library)

Hear from those with BAs who "made it" in the private sector at this panel and learn the special, analytical touch that a BA can add to the business realm.

Panelists:

  • Stephanie Gutnik, Account Associate, News Marketing
  • Xavier Van Chau, Director, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, Resolute Forest Products
  • Myriam Gafarou, Manager – Consulting, Ernst & Young

Quartier de L’innovation (QI) Info Session and Meet, Mingle & Network Event
February 7, 5:30pm–8:00pm - Brown 5001
Please join us for an exciting presentation on the Quartier de l’ innovation (QI). The QI is a collaboration between ETS and McGill which integrates training and innovation, SMEs, Arts and Culture, and community. The QI, which will be located in the heart of Montreal, in the Griffintown area, will be a living laboratory for social and technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn what role the students and SMEs will play in this project that will shape the future of Montreal.

Immediately following the QI presentation, join us in a unique opportunity to network with your peers, alumni, and employers.

Guest Speakers:

  • Isabelle Péan, Project Director, Quartier de l’innovation, Office of the Vice-Principal, research and international relations, McGill University

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

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Green Careers Week
Feb. 26 - 28, 2013

Three days of events to help you learn about environmental career options. If you're looking for ideas, inspiration, motivation and advice, then Green Careers Week is for you!
Proudly organized by McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) and McGill School of the Environment (MSE).


SEMINAR: Graduate Studies in the Environment
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Macdonald Campus: Faculty Lounge, MS Building

This session will hopefully answer your questions about the “Where”, “What” and “How” to apply to graduate studies in the environment. 


SEMINAR: Career Options in the Environment
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Macdonald Campus: Faculty Lounge, MS Building

This seminar will explain the various environmental career options within a variety of industries


PROFESSIONAL PANEL
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5:30 pm
Downtown Campus: Brown 5001

Come and listen to environmental professionals talk about their experiences and the skills they have developed as a result of their career path.

Panelists:

  • Leila Goulet – Red River Zoo
  • Benoit Lamarche – EnGlobe
  • Lucio DeMartinis – Saputo
  • Jean Paquin - Sanexen

ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER FAIR
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Downtown Campus: Lev Bukhman

This career fair targets organizations that offer environmental-related career opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Participating Organizations: (more to come)


INFORMATION SESSION : SCA (Student Conservation Association):
Thursday, February 28, 2013
10:00 am
Downtown Campus: Brown 5001

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states. SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Come to this presentation to learn how you can get involved!


CLOSING SPEAKER: “Green Building” by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Thursday, February 28, 2013
5:30 pm
Downtown Campus: Brown 5001


This exclusive presentation by Benjamin Teitelbaum, Program Manager at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, will reveal upcoming projects and potential opportunities within the three nations the Commission serves (Canada, Mexico and USA).


Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab and keyword “Green Careers”.


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Upcoming Career Fairs


“Solidarity in Action” at Alternatives
BY STEPHANIE GUTNIK, BACHELOR OF ARTS (2011) AND CaPSSCOOP JOURNALIST

For those of us who still use paper calendars, the flip to February brings a uniform thought to mind: Valentine's Day.  The 14th day of the month evokes numerous emotions, ranging from excitement and anxiety to cynicism and indifference; but this year, why not think of the holiday in an alternative way?  In addition to showering your special someone with affection and candy, spread the love with a bit of volunteering.  It's what Alternatives is doing across the world.

Alternatives is a non-profit organization that seeks to harness global respect for issues pertaining to international solidarity, democratic and environmental rights, as well as human dignity and empowerment.  Since its establishment in 1994, Alternatives has come to host projects in over 35 countries throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.  The movement sees itself not only as a charity organization, but as a “community of communities” boasting international credibility through training, informing, and mobilizing. 

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Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: Talking Coke with Monica Jaielka
BY WINNIE HU, U3 BACHELOR OF ARTS (POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE) & CaPSSCOOP JOURNALIST

Although finals have come and passed, the academic marathon isn’t quite over just yet. And no, I’m not referring to plunging into that new course-pack from the Bookstore. Feburary is a particularly important month for internship recruitment. This is the period where corporations and organizations are hauling in CVs and applications. You want to look your best on paper and in person so what better way than to take some advice from someone who has recently done it all?

Monica Jaielka graduated from McGill in 2010 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She is one of four Canadian candidates chosen by Coca-Cola’s University Talent Program to complete a two-year rotational program. This Coke package includes one-on-one leadership training, mentoring, and exposure to multiple sales functions. In two years, Monica effectively developed revenue-increasing strategies, sold in new brands, and managed account development. Now that her training is almost over, she’ll head back to Coca-Cola’s head offices in Atlanta in May. She doesn’t have to worry about job security; Monica’s set to step into a new role as a district sales manager.

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Voulez-vous apprendre le français?
BY CASSANDRA MA, U3 BACHELOR OF ARTS (PSYCHOLOGY) & CaPS MENTOR PROGRAM AND PEER EDUCATOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR

As known by many Anglophones in Montreal, it can be difficult to find a job in the city without some knowledge of French. Most job postings will list an ability to communicate in French as a necessary qualification; even if you are simply searching for summer or part-time employment, having this skill will allow you to become a more competitive applicant. So, why not bolster your networking and job-searching by learning another language?
Some great French language learning programs include:

  • Explore
    This popular program is administered by the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) to promote the study of Canada’s official languages. This 5-week language bursary program takes place in the spring or summer, with most of expenses covered; applications are usually due around the end of February.

  • Commission scolaire de Montreal
    These courses are designed for adults who want to better integrate into Quebec society by learning French. The learning centres are located all over Montreal; however, note that the language of instruction is French.

  • Immigration et Communautés culturelles
    Organized by the Québec government, these French courses are available free of charge. Individuals may register for full-time, part-time, or workplace courses; specialized courses also allow for the development of specific language needs.

You may also consult our CaPS “French Language Courses” handout, or visit our in-office Resource Centre, to find more information about the best French course for you!

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The McGill Mentor Program
“Branch out and explore your possibilities”

Looking for a chance to learn more about your dream career and how to get there? CaPS is here to help! The McGill Mentor Program connects current McGill students with McGill alumni who have navigated their way to fulfilling careers; these professional volunteers share their first-hand knowledge of the working world to help their mentees achieve the same successful trajectories. If you would like the opportunity to gain valuable advice about career options, organizations, and industries, sign up for a mentor today! Visit http://caps.mcgill.ca/ci2/ to apply, or email mentor.caps@mcgill.ca for more information.

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

Studentawards.com (http://www.studentawards.com/) is a free scholarship matching service.  The site provides information about scholarships, bursaries, grants, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance to students .  To access the scholarship database, you need to create an account and set up a profile.  Based on the information you provide, you will receive a personalized list of available scholarships and awards eligible to apply for. 

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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 caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • Canadian economy exceeded expectations
  • The jobless rate rose to a new record in the euro-area
  • Employment rate for immigrants improved but still lags
  • Occupational highlight: Secondary School Teachers
  • And more!

The good news

StatsCan says economy created 40,000 jobs in December, unemployment rate down
Toronto Start, 05 January 2013
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1310518--statscan-says-economy-created-40-000-jobs-in-december-unemployment-rate-down
New jobs were jumping in December, with the Canadian economy vastly exceeding expectations and creating 40,000 net full-time jobs.

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Info Sessions

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" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP.

  • University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR)
    February 4th, 12:30pm-2:00pm - Burnside 511
    Desired Majors: Oceanic Sciences, Geography, Biology, Physics and Chemistry (geochemistry, organic chemistry, ecotoxicology, photochemistry)

  • Epic Systems Corporation
    February 7th, 9:00am-2:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Engineering

  • Morgan Stanley
    February 7th, 6:00pm-8:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Physics, Electrical, Computer, Software

  • Public Service Commission of Canada
    February 13th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - Brown 5001
    Desired Majors: All majors

    The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides full-time students valuable, hands-on work experience related to their field of study and allows for a wealth of learning opportunities. There are many types of exciting and challenging jobs being offered within the federal Public Service. These opportunities encompass a wide range of duties and responsibilities as they relate directly and indirectly to providing service to all Canadians. This full spectrum includes office and clerical work, field and lab work, information technology work and working outdoors. Come learn more at this info session given by the Public Service Commission of Canada and organized by McGill CAPS.

  • Schlumberger Oilfield Services
    February 18th, 5:00pm-7:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Earth & Planetary Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil

  • Microsoft Corporation
    February 21st, 5:30pm-7:00pm – McConnell 11, 3480 University
    Desired Majors: Computer Science, Electrical, Computer

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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" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    February 7th, 1:00pm-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.


  • Frugal Scholar Express workshops for budget advice and tax tips
    February 6th, 5:30pm-7:00pm - Arts W215
    February 26th, 5:30pm-7:00 – Burnside 179


    Come to our Frugal Scholar Express workshops for budget advice, tax tips and some homemade goodies. Visit www.mcgill.ca/studentaid for more info.

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    February 8th, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 5001
    February 28th, 1:00pm-2:30pm – 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.


  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything you need to get your job search started
    February 11th, 10:00am-1:00pm – Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

    This intensive workshop covers the essentials of preparing for a career outside academia. Topics include networking, cover letter & CV writing, and interviewing. 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.


  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    February 11th, 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.

  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    February 11th, 10:00am-11:30am – 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
    February 11th, 1:00pm-2:30pm – Brown 5001

    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.


  • Effective Job Applications for a career outside academia
    February 13th, 12:30pm-2:00pm – Brown 5001

    This workshop will help you to prepare your non-academic CV and cover letter. By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Highlight relevant skills to an employer in a CV and cover letter.
    2) Clearly define the essential components of a CV and cover letter.
    3) Arrange and compose a professional CV and cover letter customized to the position, department and / or industry in which they seek employment.


  • Workshop #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    February 14th, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough case interview preparation.
    2) Identify the skills an employer is assessing during a case interview.
    3) Understand and experience the process of a case interview.

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    February 18th, 10:00am-11:30am – 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

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview (MMI)
    February 22nd, 10:00am-11:30am – 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.

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    February 27th, 10:00am-11:30am – 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.


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