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Vol. 14, Issue 9
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

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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? 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

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 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.

Congratulations on finishing another academic year at McGill!  With four months of summer ahead, a much-deserved bout of relaxation awaits you; however, don’t forget to seize the chance to build on your career development.  Use your free time to start preparing for next year – plan out your courses and extra-curriculars for the coming year, research interesting opportunities to work or study abroad, or engage in some self-reflection to shape your career trajectory.  You can always stop by our office if you need help or additional resources!  Enjoy the sun, and have a great summer!

For those of you staying in Montreal for the summer, remember that our office is open Monday through Friday*, 9am - 5pm. Our staff would be glad to help you find that last-minute summer job or polish your CV for next year's recruiting season. *Fridays between June 21 – Aug 2 CaPS office will be closed.

Inside this issue:

Congratulations to the Class of 2013
CaPS Video Volunteers
Summer Jobs
CaPS Summer Hours
Job Finding Club
Be ready for campus recruitment in September!
The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal: A Portal into the World of Volunteering
Five Things You Should Do This Summer
Tips for Making your Mentorship a Success!

Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: A Send-Off into the Summer
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Congratulations Class of 2013! We would like to send you our warmest regards on behalf of the Career Planning Service (CaPS) and Development and Alumni Relations (DAR).  Your hard work, dedication and perseverance have paid off; you should be very proud of your accomplishments.

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CaPS is creating short videos, themed "What I wish I knew about CaPS", for a new course being offered to new students called McGill 101.

We're looking for 2nd , 3rd year, and graduated students who know and have used our services and resources, and are willing to share their stories / tips.  If you are interested, please submit your resume and cover letter describing what you would say in the video to linda.cicuta@mcgill.ca

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Looking for a summer job and don't know where to begin? Click here

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Job Finding Club

Have you heard about the Job Finding Club? Click here for details. 

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.

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Be ready for campus recruitment in September!

Graduating in the Spring of 2014? Do not be caught unprepared!
Take some time before September to polish your CV and cover letter for September applications. Employers will be on-campus in September holding company presentations and information sessions for careers in government, consulting, finance and information technology.

September events come up quickly – be ahead of the game and start accessing myFuture in mid-August on a regular basis to get an idea of how you will plan for September.
To help you better prepare to successfully participate in campus recruitment and be asked for an interview, consider these recommendations:

  • Research the industries and companies to better target your applications and to confirm that it is a right fit for you.
  • Prepare targeted CVs and have your CV reviewed at CAPS.
  • Read up on Case Interviewing

Also mark your calendars for the following (registration will be opening in August):

Company Info Sessions (Investment Banking, Consulting, IT, etc)
September 3 - October 11, 2013
Check out myFuture for full details on Dates, Times, and Locations towards mid August

McGill Technology Career Fair
September 25 & 26, 2013
New Residence Hall

McGill Management Career Fair
September 27, 2013
Centre Mont Royal

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The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal: A Portal into the World of Volunteering

As the saying goes, time passes quickly when having fun.  If you can't believe that May is already upon us, then the good news is that you must have had a great winter semester.  On the other hand, however, this may also mean that you have not yet had a chance to fully plan your summer.  If you intend to stay in Montreal for additional courses or a job this summer, you might want to fill your free time with a volunteer position; the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal is here to help.

Founded in 1937 by the Junior League of Montreal, the VBM's original mission was to improve the community through volunteerism and charity.  At the time, the organization was composed of well-off Anglophone females, though today it is primarily francophone, with a slightly revised mission of promoting and supporting volunteerism: promotion through informing the public of how rewarding and fun volunteering can be and support by assisting local organizations in recruiting volunteers, as well as providing individuals with training and resources for optimal volunteer management.

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Five Things You Should Do This Summer

In just a few weeks, final exams and papers will be a distant memory as you enjoy your hard-earned freedom. Although it will be easy to spend your summer at the beach, here are a few tips you can follow to stay on track for next year.
  1. Create a Professional Networking Presence. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, you should create one to start linking to professionals you know—friends and family members with jobs, McGill alumni, etc. Share your job search interests with the people in your online network so that they can introduce you to potential job leads in their professional circles. Follow companies, industries, or products that interest you for the latest company information. For more up-to-date job leads and company research, consider signing up for free Google news alerts.

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Tips for Making your Mentorship a Success!

As you set in place the building blocks toward your future career trajectory, don’t overlook the invaluable contributions that a mentorship can bring.  Having a professional mentor will bolster your career development in a number of ways: broadening your industry network, fostering the growth of your occupational character, and providing you with first-hand advice about navigating the field. Plus, with the McGill Mentor Program already established to connect you with working professionals, it’s never been easier to get your mentorship started!

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Alumni Interview with Winnie Hu: A Send-Off into the Summer

Every so often, in my stint as a CaPSScoop journalist, someone will ask me “How do I find a job?” or “How do I get experience when I have no experience?” or even, more recently “I’m graduating and my salary is only 13 bucks an hour…” So, as this school year closes, here are some tips and advice for building your career, as I have learned during this past year of alumni interviews.

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Lisa's Corner

Canada Business Network http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/ is a governmental service for those who are interested in starting a business.  Topics and resources include: Checklists for starting a business, grants for financing your business, guides to write a business plan, permits and regulations that apply to your business, locations of business service centres near you, and more.  The site also provides a blog containing useful business tips for entrepreneurs and new startups.

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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

  • Jobless claims numbers calm U.S. labour market jitters
  • Study: The employment rate in Quebec improved in 2011
  • Occupational highlight: Psychologists
  • Lisa’s Corner: Student Conservation Association

The good news

Jobless claims numbers calm U.S. labour market jitters
The Globe and Mail, 11 April 2013
The number of Americans filing new claims fell by 42,000 to seasonally adjusted 346,000.

Emploi au Québec: amelioration constatée en 2011
La presse, 04 April 2013
According to a study, Quebec’s employment rate increased for a second consecutive year in 2011.

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