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Vol 14, Issue 7
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)


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Vault Guide (Career Insider)

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Going Global

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The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

The authoritative guide on international careers.

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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

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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 to March! For many students on campus, the finish line to your academic career is just around the corner. While you focus on completing those last few undergraduate courses, keep in mind that you should also be planning for life after graduation. Set aside time to research interesting work, volunteer, or internship opportunities; if you need extra resources or guidance, stop by the CaPS office for assistance. We are more than happy to lend a helping hand!


Inside this issue:

Backpack to Briefcase 2013
Networking Event
Upcoming Career Fair

Être Ulant chez Santropol Roulant
Preparing for Life after Undergrad
Survival Guide for a New Job
Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: Talk-Show Host Tommy Schnurmacher

The McGill Mentor Program
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Info Sessions and Workshops





The McGill Alumni Career Services is happy to announce the Backpack to Briefcase 2013 Series! Hosted in collaboration with CaPS,  the Backpack to Briefcase series is a life skills workshop and lecture series designed to help prepare students and young grads for “life after McGill.” All events are led by McGill Alumni and feature McGill Alumni from all over the world and in as many industries as possible in order to highlight the strength of the global McGill network.

SCHEDULE

Creativity as a Business with Dan Seligman (BA’00)  Founder and Creative Director of POP montreal
Date: March 6th, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Leacock 232

Join Dan Seligman, (BA’00) – Founder and Creative Director of POP Montreal – as he talks about his professional life after McGill and how he developed POP Montreal from a creative idea to a cultural phenomenon.


Money Rules with Gail Vaz-Oxlade; Co-Sponsored by McGill Young Alumni
Date: March 12th, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Leacock 232
Admission: $10

TV celebrity Gail Vaz-Oxlade gives first-hand advice on financial issues that young graduates commonly face, such as: managing student loans and consumer debt, planning for professional and personal drawbacks, and making your first investments. Co-sponsored by the McGill Young Alumni and the McGill Bookstore, this event will feature a lecture by Gail and a book-signing opportunity. Bring your favorite book written by Gail or buy ‘’Money Rules’’ at a special discounted price on-site.


Virtual Office Hours
Virtual Office Hours will be an online, “round-table” style discussion that will allow students and recent grads to interact with McGill Alumni from around the world. Participants will be able to chat with, and ask questions relating to the speaker’s career and professional interests. The events will occur in an online meeting room via our Adobe Connect platform and attendees can login from their respective locations as can our speaker. Each Office Hour will last an hour, with actual discussion slated to last about 30 – 45 minutes

Virtual Office Hours: The path less taken; from Bay Street to the Globe and Mail
Date: March 20th
Time: 12:30 – 1:30
Location: Online via Adobe Connect

Speaker/Moderator: Tim Kiladze BCom’07

Virtual Office Hours: Global locations and global choices; the challenges and opportunities of working internationally.
Date: March 21th
Time: TBD
Location: Online via Adobe Connect

Speaker/Moderator: Diego Osorio BA’96


Dinner with a Dozen McGillians
Date: March 28th, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Carrefour Sherbrooke Ballroom

Join us for dinner in the ballroom of the Carrefour Sherbrooke Residence. This event will feature alumni working in a variety of industries as table hosts. The dinner is an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with some of McGill’s established alumni. Dinner guests will get a chance to talk about careers and network with fellow students and alumni.
Registration required through Alumni Career Services.

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Networking Event


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Upcoming Career Fair


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Être Ulant chez Santropol Roulant
BY STEPHANIE GUTNIK, BACHELOR OF ARTS (2011) AND CaPSSCOOP JOURNALIST

If the thought of March has you seeing green (grass, that is), you're not alone.  Spring is so close that we ignore the persistent north wind – instead, crossing our fingers that the current snowfall is the last of the season –  while keeping an eye out for the first person to ditch their parka for a coat of lighter weight. 

This, however, is not the only time of the year that Santropol Roulant has green on the mind.  The environmentally-conscious organization operates a meals-on-wheels program, along with an urban agriculture division, a community bike workshop, and other special events.  The Roulant has blossomed into an organism of its own since it was founded in 1995 (by two waiters working at the Santropol Café), with a mission to break social and economical isolation between cultures and generations. 

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Preparing for Life after Undergrad
BY EVANGELINE SEGANATHY, M1 MASTERS OF SCIENCE (FAMILY MEDICINE) & CaPS GRADUATE STUDENT PEER EDUCATOR

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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Survival Guide for a New Job
BY SARAH CAMERON, CaPS AND MECC CAREER ADVISOR

This is it: the semester is coming to a close, and for many of you, that means that your time at McGill will be ending also. For some, you will be starting your career; for others, graduation could mean that you are entering a summer job or internship soon. Either way, beginning a new job is both exciting and nerve-wracking! This survival guide will help you take control of the situation and make this transition go well.

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Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: Talk-Show Host Tommy Schnurmacher
BY WINNIE HU, U3 BACHELOR OF ARTS (POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE) & CaPSSCOOP JOURNALIST

Surprise bubbles up when I step through the doors of Astral Media Station on Rene-Levesque. At the center of a spacious lobby was a cluster of bright, yellow couches lit up by LED lights; large clean-cut signs for each radio station owned by Virgin decorated the entire wall of the reception; and the entrance from here to the offices was separated by transparent walls of glass with a pair of sliding doors. Virgin looked like Vogue.

My rendezvous needs little introduction; every morning on CJAD Radio Tommy Schnurmacher greets Montrealers on the Tommy Schnurmacher Show with the latest news from around the world, and then some. A veteran of the business, Tommy has been on air for almost thirty years. He graduated from McGill’s Arts Department with a major concentration in English Drama, and like many Arts students, he considered a career in Law.


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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

Work in Non-Profits http://workinnonprofits.ca/ provides access to job postings as well as an organization directory to non-profits in Canada.  Whether you are interested in finding a list of organizations or a full-time job/internship, this site allows you to search by sector (e.g. Arts, economic development, health, public sector, religion, social services, law, international, sports), by  job category (e.g. administration, marketing, programs coordination) as well as by location.   

 

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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

  • Canada sheds jobs, but unemployment rate drops
  • Jobless youth costs Canadian economy $23B
  • Occupational highlight: Journalists
  • And more!

The good news

Canada sheds jobs, but unemployment rate drops
Montreal Gazette, 08 February 2013
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Canada+loses+jobs+
January+unemployment+rate+drops/7937736/story.html

Canada’s labour market had a rocky start to 2013, shedding a surprisingly high 21,900 jobs in the month of January. Almost all job losses were full-time and mostly in Ontario and British Columbia.

U.S. jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low
The Globe and Mail, 07 February 2013
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy
/jobs/us-jobless-claims-fall-trend-reading-at-near-five-year-low/article8329079/

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week and the trend reading hit a near five-year low, a sign the grinding recovery in the labour market remains on track.

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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.

  • Emploi Quebec Placement Etudiants (conducted in French)
    March 11th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - Brown 5001
    Desired Majors: All

  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
    March 13th, 2:30pm-4:30pm - Brown 5001
    Desired Majors: All

  • Investors Group - Quebec
    March 14th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - Brown 3001
    Desired Majors: All

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP)
    March 18th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - Brown 5001
    Desired Majors: All

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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.

  • Where to Find Internships: Test the Waters
    March 1st, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 3001
    March 27th, 1:00pm-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.


  • International Students: Finding Summer and Part-Time Opportunities
    March 11th, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student.
    2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a part-time or summer job.
    2) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, networking.
    3) Identify at least 3 leads of opportunities on and off campus.

  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started
    March 11th, 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 #4 = Practice Your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    March 12th, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 5001

    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.

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    March 13th, 10:00am-11:30am – 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.


  • Where to Find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    March 13th, 1:00pm-2:30pm – Brown 5001

    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.

  • Workshop #1 = Build Your Job Search Tools (CV, Cover Letter, Interview)
    March 13th, 1:30pm-3:00pm – Brown 3001
    March 28th, 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.


  • Canada Law From Abroad’s U.K. Law School Week
    March 15th, 11:00am-2:00pm Best Western Hotel, 3407 Peel St at University (At the edge of McGill University campus)

    These are special information sessions that provide prospective applicants & those applicants who have already applied with an opportunity to meet & talk with representatives & law professors from the U.K. law schools. ‘Abroad’ U.K. law degree accreditation for practice in Canada is now a routine process. Talk with John G. Kelly, President of Canada Law From Abroad, an accreditation expert and advocate for international legal education & ‘legal specialist’ careers.

    See ‘Information Sessions’ page at

    www.canadalawfromabroad.com

  • International Students: Adapting to the Canadian Job Market
    March 18th, 10:00am-11:30am – Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student.
    2) Convey to an employer some of the skills and achievements from their past experiences.
    3) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a post-graduation job in Canada.

  • Where to Find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    March 20th, 2:30pm-4:00pm – Brown 5001

    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

  • Workshop #5 = Practice Your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    March 22nd, 1:00pm-2:30pm – Brown 4300

    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.

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