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Vol. 14, Issue 5
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

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

Vault Guide (Career Insider)

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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.

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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

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.

Welcome back! After such a restful winter break, it is time to get back into the swing of things on campus. While the wintry Montreal winds rage recklessly outside, keep in mind that summer is just around the corner. Dreaming of securing that perfect internship opportunity? Searching for your ideal summer job? This edition of the CaPSScoop can help you find all the information you need!

Consider stopping by the CaPS office to check out the many resources available to you, or to speak with an advisor about your career exploration. We are happy to help!

Inside this issue:

Work Your BA
Public Service Career Fair

Resources for Summer Internships
Family Matters at Service à la famille chinoise du Grand Montréal

The McGill Mentor Program
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Info Sessions and Workshops

Work Your B.A.

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).


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.


Public Service Fair
January 28, 12:00pm-3:00pm - Brown 5001

This career fair targets organizations that offer career opportunities in the public service (federal, provincial and municipal).

Participating Organizations: (more to come)


Roy A. Norton, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, Michigan
January 28, 5:30pm–7:30pm - Brown 5001


Student Leader Panel
January 29, 12:00pm–1:30pm - Lev Bukhman

How can you develop the leadership skills that employers are looking for?
Come and listen to student leaders at McGill talk about their experiences and the skills they have developed as a result of their involvement on-campus.

Graduate and Professional School Panel
January 30, 12:00pm–1:30pm - Brown 5001

Don't want to leave the classroom? Don't worry; we understand. Looking to use your BA as a foundation for study, or interested in law or med school? Come to this panel to learn more about the graduate and professional school process and how you can use your BA to get exactly where you want to be.

NGOs and Non-Profits Panel
January 31, 5:30pm–7:00pm - Brown 2200 (CaPS Library)

Love the idea of working for an NGO or a Not for Profit?  Come and listen to professionals who are passionate about making a difference. Find out how they got to where they are and what they love about what they do.

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.

Guest Speaker
February 7, 5:30pm–6:30pm - Brown 5001

More to come.

Networking Event
February 7, 6:30pm–8:00pm - Brown 5001

This evening is a unique opportunity for you to network with your peers, alumni, and employers. (More to Come)

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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Public Service Career Fair

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Resources for Summer Internships

The time is here to start planning for the summer. Consider using this time to test out potential career paths in a manner that enhances and compliments your academic experience! Internships are temporary positions that do just that (they can range from 8-weeks to 16-months depending on your program). Completing an internship is a great way to build your professional network and to gain skills and experience. Your internship experience is all about learning new things, seeing concepts in action, and exploring career options; to ensure that your experience is successful, set yourself some goals—define what it is that you want to learn and achieve.

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Internship Program
Students at MacDonald campus have several internship options to choose from, for students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. These internships will vary in length according to your program.

For detailed information visit: www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/programs/internships

Faculty of Arts Internship Program
The Arts internship office helps undergraduate and graduate students gain experience; Arts internships typically range from 8-12 weeks. Many departments offer an internship course where students can complete an academic component to receive internship course credit.

For detailed information visit: www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/

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Family Matters at Service à la famille chinoise du Grand Montréal

There is no denying that Montréal is a multicultural hub of activity; around the clock, this can be witnessed in daily interactions, the high variety of restaurants featuring international menus, and the orchestra of languages being spoken on the street. It is easy for those who have lived in the city for a certain amount of time to not only accept and enjoy Montréal's “je ne sais quoi”, but to become accustomed to it. The orchestra has become so familiar that it is mere elevator music, practically unnoticeable. Then again, the noise can be deafening to residents-- both newly arrived and established--who have yet to find the instrument that will allow them to integrate into society.

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

HelpX (http://www.helpx.net/index.asp) provides short-term cultural exchange opportunities for people who like traveling abroad but at the same time gaining practical experience with local people.  This site offers a listing of host farms, framstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpakers hostels who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.  You will need to register to become a free member to use the site. 

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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 mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue

  • Canadian employers expect hiring climate to remain favourable at the start of 2013
  • Job market gap widening due to skills imbalance
  • Occupational highlight: Conference and Event Planner
  • And more!


The good news

2013 hiring climate looks good, employers tell Manpower
Montreal Gazette, 11 December 2012

Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain favourable for the first quarter of 2013.

U.S. jobs growth beats forecasts; jobless rate falls to 4-year low
Financial Post, 07 December 2012

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month, the lowest in almost four years.

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Info Sessions

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    January 8th, 11:30am-1:30pm - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620
    Desired Majors: Business

  • Scotiabank - Global Banking and Markets
    January 9th, 11:30am-1:30pm - Omni Hotel, Salon Printemps
    Desired Majors: Business

  • UBS Securities Canada
    January 9th, 5:30pm-7:30pm - Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600
    Desired Majors: Economics

  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
    January 14th, 11:30am-1:30pm – Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600
    Desired Majors: Business

  • Credit Suisse
    January 14th, 6:00pm-8:00pm – Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620
    Desired Majors: Business

  • Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Inc.
    January 15th, 5:30pm-7:00pm - Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600
    Desired Majors: Economics

  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
    January 23rd, 11:00am-2:00pm – FDA 5, 3450 University
    Desired Majors: Business

  • University of Toronto Mississauga - MMI
    January 24th, 12:00pm-2:00pm – Faculty Club - Council Room
    Desired Majors: Business

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  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    January 8th, 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..

  • Mock MMI Sessions - Waiting for an invitation for an interview?
    January 10th, 16th & February 1st, 5th - Brown 2200

    Be prepared by participating in our Mock MMI Sessions.

    Go to the Events tab, select Workshops and keywords search "MMI". (limited registration, first come first serve, one session limit per student)

  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything you need to get your job search started
    January 17th, 1:00pm-4:00pm – 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 #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    January 21st, 10:00am-11:30pm – 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 #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    January 21st, 1:00pm-2:30pm – 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.

  • Interviewing Theory
    January 21st, 3:00pm-4:30pm – Brown 5001

    This popular workshop covers what to do before, during and after a job interview. By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    2) Anticipate possible interview questions and construct suitable responses highlighting their relevant attributes and experiences.
    3) 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.
    4) Develop more confidence in their interviewing skills.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    January 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.

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview (MMI)
    January 22nd, 1:00pm-2:30pm – 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.

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    January 23rd, 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.

  • How to Write Personal Statements
    January 29th, 12:00pm-1:30pm – Brown 3001

    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.

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    January 31st, 2:00pm-3:30pm – 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.

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