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Vol. 14, Issue 3
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

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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.

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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

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November 2012
Worldwide Careers Edition

Welcome to the November CaPSScoop! As the winter season begins settling into Montreal and the McGill campus, it can make one dream of journeying to warmer climates. Luckily, thanks to the growth of worldwide opportunities available, this dream can easily come to existence. Do you love to travel? Are you interested in taking on new experiences overseas? This issue of the CaPSScoop, with its plethora of advice and information, can help you in preparing your global adventure—whether you are looking to work, study, or intern abroad.

Don’t forget: you can always visit us at the CaPS office for more help! The CaPS team is here to equip you with the tools for your future success!

Inside this issue:

Worldwide Careers Week
Career Fairs
The Frugal Scholar
Go Global at GEOS Language Academy
How to Find International Work from Canada
Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Naseem Awl and International Work
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information

Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Drop-In Session
Information Sessions

CaPS is pleased to bring you Worldwide Careers Week focusing on the advantages of engaging in new and exciting opportunities working and volunteering abroad.  Take this opportunity to expand your awareness and interest in global opportunities. 

Monday, November 26th, 2012
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Brown 5001
U.S. Working Visas

Monday, November 26th, 2012
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Brown 5001
Summer & Internship Worldwide Visas

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Brown 5001
Worldwide Teaching English Panel

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Brown 5001
Worldwide Organizations Fair

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  - Brown 5001
Workshop – Getting a Job in the UK (including the working holiday visa programme)

Friday, November 30th, 2012
11:00 am -12:00 pm, Brown 5001
Workshop – International Career Resources: Going Global and Big Guide Online

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

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Career Fairs

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Go Global at GEOS Language Academy

If you have been thinking about launching a career outside of your country of origin, a little bit of exposure to international experiences goes a long way.  Whether or not you have already had the chance to study or work in a different city, volunteering at the GEOS Language Academy of Montreal will give you a taste of other nations, without the jet lag.

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How to Find International Work from Canada

Does the idea of another long Montreal winter have you dreaming of packing your bags and running to a dream job in the tropics? Before you hop on a plane, there are plans to be made and jobs to be found. When I graduated university, I was on the first plane out of town with what seemed like a very cushy job teaching English abroad. After an exhausting year, I was on the road again: exploring South America, studying Spanish, and eventually working. These experiences taught me a lot about how to find a job abroad, some of the pitfalls, and—most importantly—the rewards. There is no surefire approach to looking for international work; but there are some great strategies that will point you in the right direction.

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Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Naseem Awl and International Work

All false modesty aside, one thought that often runs around in the nifty minds of McGill students is: “Yeah, I’m smart”. Even if one is genuinely humble—or God forbid, truly dim—one will have little difficulty in admitting that the McGill student’s level of intelligence is above average. The truth is, we believe that we have great potential to be outstanding members of society. But with the dismal job-market overtaking the new decade, the Canadian version of the American Dream looks a little blurry. The competition is hotter than ever because there are so many qualified, university-educated, people. It can be very hard to find a rewarding job that we believe we deserve.

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Lisa's Corner

A listing of Canadian employers looking to hire new graduates.

Eluta.ca (http://www.eluta.ca/search-new-grad) is a search engine that specializes in finding new job announcements at employers across Canada.  This site allows you to obtain a list of employers by degree and field of study.  Each employer profile gives you key info of the organization and information about which grads are hired and the type of positions available for new grads.

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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 adds a surprising number of new jobs
  • U.S. private sector adds new jobs in September
  • The EU warns of an “economic and social disaster” as joblessness continues to rise
  • More Canadians start their own business
  • Occupational highlight: Registered Nurses
  • And more!

The good news

Canada’s job gains soar past expectations
Montreal Gazette, 05 October 2012

Canada’s economy created five times more jobs than expected in September.

U.S. private sector adds 162,000 jobs, beats forecasts
The Globe and Mail, 03 October 2012

U.S. companies added 162,000 jobs in September, more than economists expected but still pointing to slow improvement in the labour market, data from a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

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Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Drop-In Session

Need your Personal Statement or Letter of Intent reviewed by an experienced CaPS advisor?

Then reserve your spot now for an exclusive drop-in session being offered on November 12, 14 & 15.

Register on myFuture in the ‘events’ section.
2) Upload your statement in your account at least 2 working days before your appointment.
3) Bring a hardcopy of your personal statement to the appointment.

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Information Sessions
  • Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) / Centre de la Sécurité des télécommunications Canada (CSTC)
    November 2nd, 1:30pm - Burnside Hall Room 1024

  • Dalhousie University - Faculty of Management
    November 8th, 12:00pm - Faculty Club, Old Montreal Room


  • Career Discovery Series: Networking in the Workplace
    November 1st, 11:30am-1:00pm – Bronfman 599

    Meet Henry Curtis Vice President and Principal Consultant at Right Management, a global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions within ManpowerGroup.

    Henry will talk about Networking in the workplace: advice for young employees, how to move your way up an organization, what being ‘politically savvy’ means for a new employee and how to make a career move to another location/country.

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    November 2nd, 10:30am-12:00pm - Downtown, 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 #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    November 2nd, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Brown 3001
    November 26th, 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.

  • Physical sciences career paths: A series of women speakers
    Nov 5th, 5:00pm-7:00pm - SSMU Club's lounge

    The first of monthly career panels featuring talented female professors, graduate students and leaders in industry from Computer Science, Physics and Math.  All are invited to attend this event for illuminating presentations from successful women in the physical sciences about their career paths and current work. Lectures will be followed by casual conversation and refreshments.

    Monday's lecture will feature:

    Professor Brigitte Pientka, leader of the Computation and Logic group in the the department of Computer Science at McGill. Her research interests lie in developing a theoretical and practical foundation for building and reasoning about reliable safe software systems. (Webpage: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~bpientka/)

    Professor Sabrina Leslie lab in the department of Physics, whose lab develops and applies new physical instrumentation to generate new mechanistic insights into a wide range of cellular processes.
    (Webpage: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~sleslie/)

    Professor Tracy Webb in the department of Physics whose research centers on the growth of structure in galaxies, particularly red-shifted galaxies. (Webpage: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~webb/).

    Free to the public and promises to a be stimulating and interactive conference.

    This event is a partnership with CaPS and SUS.

  • MIT Sloan School of Management - Master of Finance Program Info Session
    November 7th, 4:00pm-5:00pm - Faculty Club in the Old Montreal Room (3rd Floor)

    An MIT Sloan School of Management admissions representative will host an information session on their Master of Finance program.  They will share an overview of the school and discuss the admissions process.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn from an admissions rep on what they seek in an applicant.  Hope to see you there!

    Please RSVP at: http://register.applyyourself.com/?id=mit-mba&pid=889&eID=39209&rid=1

  • Graduate Admission at the University of Oxford
    November 8th, 11:30am-1:00pm - Arts building, 160

    Luke Seamone will introduce postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, and offer advice and questions about the application process and studying abroad.

  • Career Discovery Series: Careers in Information Systems
    November 8th, 11:30am-1:00pm – Bronfman 599

    Meet Carolin Dagenais, Director, Client Relations Project Management and Operational Development for MUHC – McGill University Health Centre. Carolin will talk about Careers in Information Systems, IS Project Management, and IS roles in the different areas of business in healthcare. You will also learn about the end user and who ultimately benefits from healthcare information systems.

    Meet Andrew Witkowski, from Morgan Stanley Enterprise Data Group, who will talk to you about: IS roles such as Business Analysts and other roles at Morgan Stanley – Enterprise Data Group, and projects Andrew has worked on.

    You will also meet Nelly Vassileva, responsible for Technology Campus Recruitment at Morgan Stanley.

  • ION - Interview Preparation Workshop
    November 8th, 1:30pm-2:30pm - Leacock 232

    This workshop will help students prepare and plan for successful interviews. Great tips on what to do before, during and after an interview.

  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything you need to get your job search started
    November 22nd, 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.

  • Maxxam Analytics Inc. Presentation
    November 27th, 1:00pm - McIntyre Medical Bldg. Room 1027

    Open to Undergradudate and Graduate Biochemistry and Chemistry students. RSVP to  mtl-rh@maxxam.ca.

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    November 29th, 10:30am-12:00pm - 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.

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    November 30th, 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.

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    November 30th, 2:00pm-3:30pm - 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.

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