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Vol. 14, Issue 2
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

Check out the latest discussions on our CaPS Linkedin group!

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and Alumni Exchange group invites McGill students and alumni to connect with one another within this forum.

Join us online as we help you build a solid career-focused network and exchange job search experiences.

Become a fan of CaPS

Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!
Follow CaPS on Twitter!

Follow us for some of the best career related tips and resources!
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)

Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.

Vault also has a ton of material on finding summer jobs and internships.

McGill subscribes to this service and you can check it out today (you must be connected to the McGill VPN).
Going Global

The leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country.
Expert advice for finding jobs abroad. 80,000+ country and city career resources. Worldwide internship and job listings.
Website: Going Global
Must access the site via McGill's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

The authoritative guide on international careers.
3,000+ career building resources. Career directories. International skills inventory.
Once you are logged in, click on the “The BIG Guide” menu link to access information.
Website: The BIG Guide to Living & Working Overseas
Registration with your McGill email is required.
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 into 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 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.

October 2012
Thinking About Grad School

October has fallen upon the McGill campus; and with it, comes the time to start thinking about life after graduation. Considering enrolling in medical school, law school, or grad school? This issue of the CaPSScoop is full of information, advice, and events that can help you decide whether the grad school route is right for you.

Don’t forget: you can always visit our offices to get your questions answered! CaPS has many resources available for you to use, and we are always happy to lend a hand!

Inside this issue:

October Events
Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Drop-In Session
Tackling the Personal Statement
Career Fairs
Meaningful Moments at AIDS Community Care Montreal
Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Talking Law with Daniel Chonchol and Peter Halprin
Best and Worst Interview Moments

Lisa's Corner

Labour Market Information

Information Sessions
Sneak Peek Into November

October Events

Is it right for you

  • Oct. 2, 12:00 - 1:00: Lev Bukhman, University Centre, 3480 McTavish St.

Making an Application

  • Oct. 3, 12:00 - 1:00: Lev Bukhman, University Centre, 3480 McTavish St.

Log in to myFuture for more information or to register.

The Graduate & Professional School Fairs are a great way to connect with a large number of schools right here on campus! Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.

Both the AUS and the SUS collaborated with CaPS once again to bring you these fairs. All students are invited to both fairs. Both will be held in the Shatner Ballroom.

Login to myFuture to view the list of participating schools.

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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 October 12th and 16th.
Requirements: 1) 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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Tackling the Personal Statement

Nowadays, as it becomes increasingly difficult to find entry-level jobs with only a bachelor’s degree, the competition for admission into graduate and professional schools is fiercer than ever. As much focus is placed on obtaining the highest GPA and entrance-exam scores possible, students may often forget that the personal statement is an equally important component of the application process. Admissions officers are looking for individuals who, on top of being academically successful, are interesting and articulate; thus, the content of your personal statement can fundamentally distinguish your application from a pool of similar candidates.

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Career Fairs

Description: Join us for the Macdonald Campus Career Fair

Additional Career Fairs

  • Careers for Globetrotters: Networking Café
    Sept 30, 13:00 - Palais des congrès, Montreal

  • Interaction Day Healthcare Career Fair
    October 1st, 10:30am-3:00pm - Hyatt Recency, Toronto

    Open to For RN'S, LPN'S / RPN'S, PT'S & OT'S TECHS, PHARMACISTS, PSW's and this year PHYSICIANS & PHARMACISTS. All for you.Register on line at http://www.healthcareersinteraction.com/index.php

  • The Africa Jobs Are Calling Fair
    Oct 20th, 10:00am-5:00pm -
    Mont-Royal Hotel Omni

    Back with its second edition, The Africa Jobs Are Calling Fair is a great opportunity to meet Canadian companies hiring for their projects in Africa: www.afriquepleinemploi.com

    Come meet them at their stand and attend conferences to learn about employment opportunities in different sectors as in banking, mining, engineering, international cooperation and more.

    Entrance: free upon registration*

    *Limited entry, follow instructions on how to participate to book your place: http://africajobsarecalling.com/index.php/fr/visiteurs/participer-au-salon.html

  • L'Événement Carrières - 4 salons sous un toit
    October 23rd, 12:00pm-7:00pm - Palais des congrès de Montréal
    October 24th, 10:00am-5:00pm - Palais des congrès de Montréal

    Il s’agit de 4 salons spécialisés présentés sous le même toit : 

    •Salon des carrières en Technologie / Salon carrières du Réseau des Ingénieurs du Québec
    •Aérosalon – le salon des carrières en aérospatiale
    •Salon des carrières en banque-finance-assurance
    •Salon Carrières et développement professionnel présenté par La Presse

    Nous avons innové en créant pour cette édition 4 nouveaux pavillons pour mieux répondre aux besoins des visiteurs :
    -pavillon Carrières et emplois
    -pavillon Entrepreneuriat
    -pavillon Formation professionnelle adulte
    -pavillon Immigration – aide à l’emploi

    Pour plus d’informations, visitez notre site Internet : http://www.ecarrieres.com

  • Biomedical Sciences Virtual Grad School Fair
    October 25th, 9:00am-5:00pm

    REGISTER NOW to attend the FREE Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair on September 12th & October 25. Get answers to your most pressing questions from 20 of the nation's Top Biomed Schools for more information, go to http://biomed.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-fair-registration
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Meaningful Moments at AIDS Community Care Montreal

There's no doubt that joining others to celebrate special landmarks is both fun and fulfilling.  As 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of AIDS Community Care Montreal, the organization will be celebrating all year long – and they want you to join the festivities.  Originally developed to meet the needs of the Anglophone community living with HIV/AIDS, ACCM has grown into a thriving society that both provides support to those living with HIV/AIDS, and promotes awareness and education for HIV/AIDS prevention throughout Montreal.

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Alumni Interviews with Winnie Hu: Talking Law with Daniel Chonchol and Peter Halprin

Walking under the florescent lights in the tiled tunnel of Peel Metro last February, I thought to myself: do I really want to go to law school? Back in May of my first year at McGill, I had quickly concluded that Law was the only way I could justify my Arts degree. Like many other BA students, I came to a fast realization that career opportunities tended to be more ambiguous for those of us who were not having an intimate affair with business and science. Law was the way to go and if I may speak candidly for a moment, that six-figure cheque had a lot to do with it.

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Best and Worst Interview Moments

Have you ever opened your mouth and then thought, “Did I just say that?  I’m an idiot.”  I hope those moments don’t occur too often for you.  With any luck, reading my humiliating responses will give you an indication of what not to say during an interview.  I will also share some ingenious responses that I’ve used in order to provide some positive examples and to make myself feel a little bit better after revealing the embarrassing stories.

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Lisa's Corner

Are you a graduate student in Humanities and Social Sciences?
The Versatile PhD (http://versatilephd.com/premium/) is a valuable resource for graduates to identify, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences.  The premium content includes:

  • Hiring success stories – Authentic, successful CVs that resulted in PhDs getting hired straight out of the academy
  • Career autobiographies – Advanced graduates describing how their careers evolved over time
  • Panel discussions – Panels of graduates working in PhD-friendly fields answering questions from people like you
  • Advancement success stories – Cover letters and resumes showing a graduate advancing to a more desirable position

To access the premium content, log into myFuture (https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/) with your McGill email address and follow this instruction:

  • Click the link Resources
  • Choose the tab Career Resources
  • In the Keywords field, enter the word SUBSCRIPTION
  • Click the button Apply Search to see a list of resources
  • Scroll down to find the Versatile PhD link
  • Click the Versatile PhD Premium Login link
  • Register with your McGill email to obtain access for 1 year

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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

  • Employer demand for graduates remains high
  • Canadians are more optimistic about job security this year
  • U.S. private sector added 201,000 jobs
  • Occupational highlight: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
  • And more!

The good news

Employer demand for graduates remains high
The Globe and Mail, 11 September 2012

Employer demand for university graduates has remained high across most of the developed world, with the wage premium rising by an average of 10 per cent over the past decade, OECD research has found.

Canadian economy adds 34,300 jobs, but unemployment rate remains at 7.3%
Montreal Gazette, 07 September 2012

Canada's economy hammered out 34,300 new jobs last month, a figure that topped expectations but one that was coolly received by economists surveying the cross-currents beneath the headline number.

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Information Sessions
  • Electronic Arts (EA)
    October 1st, 5:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    October 1st, 6:00pm - PWC Office - 1250 Boul. Rene Levesque West, Conference Centre, M

  • Microsoft
    October 2nd, 6:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University
  • Teck Resources
    October 2nd, 4:30pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • Caterpillar
    October 3rd, 5:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • Reckitt Benckiser
    October 3rd, 5:30pm - Bronfman, Greeniaus - Room 625

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    October 3rd, 6:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

  • National Instruments (NI)
    October 3rd, 7:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)/Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS)
    October 4th, 1:30pm - Brown 5001

  • Schlumberger Oilfield Services
    October 4th, 6:30pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University
  • University of Toronto - Mississauga - MMPA
    October 5th, 11:00am - Brown 3001
    October 19th, 11:00am - Brown 3001
    October 31st, 11:30am - Brown 3001

  • Vale
    October 5th, 12:00pm - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • Orica
    October 9th, 6:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
    October 10th, 11:30am - Bronfman, Greeniaus - Room 625

  • Morgan Stanley
    October 10th, 6:00pm - McConnell 11, 3480 University

  • Fonction publique québécoise - Centre de services partagés du Québec
    October 16th, 12:00pm - Brown 5001

  • Target Canada
    October 17th, 5:30pm - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620
  • BroadGrain Commodities Inc.
    October 17th, 11:30am - Bronfman, Greeniaus - Room 625

  • Coca-Cola
    October 24th, 5:30pm - Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600


  • Operation Wallacea Info Session Summer Opportunities
    October 1st, 1:30pm-3:30pm - Downtown, Brown 5001
    Obtober 1st, 4:30pm-5:30pm - Macdonald Campus, Faculty Lounge (MS Building)

    On Monday, October 1st at 1:30 PM in Brown Building 5001 (Downtown campus), Dr. Justin Hines of the field research organization Operation Wallacea will be giving a presentation about opportunities available for students next summer. Choice of location includes the cloud forests and coral reefs of Honduras, the lush tropical rainforest and immense coral reefs of Indonesia, the rivers and estuaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the bush of northeastern South Africa, the desert & coral reefs of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and the coral reefs of Cuba. Last year we also added Mexico to our list of projects!

  • Thinking about Grad School?: Is it right for you
    October 2nd, 12:00pm-1:00pm - Lev Bukhman (Room 203)

    This session will give you a comprehensive look at what to take into account before applying to grad school. It will include topics such as: cost of graduate studies; how to choose the right school and program; the differences between thesis and non-thesis programs; and how to choose between grad school and working after graduation.

    This session includes a presentation and student testimonials.
  • Undergraduate law admissions information session
    October 2nd, 6:00pm-8:00pm - Chancellor Day Hall

    Are you interested in finding out more about studying law at McGill? Are you considering applying for admission to the undergraduate BCL/LLB program?
    Law Admission representatives and current Law students will be on hand to answer your questions.

  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    October 3rd, 10:00am-11:30am - Brown 3001
    October 26th, 10:30am-12:00pm - 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.

  • Thinking about Grad School?: Making an Application
    October 3rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm -Lev Bukham (Room 203)

    This session will give you tips and strategies to help you put your application together. Some topics will include: the prerequisites of getting in; what the typical application procedures are; how to ask for reference letters; and how to find a supervisor.

  • McGill Community Engagement Day
    October 5th, All Day - Check Online for Event Locations

    Register for an activity now at http://www.cedmcgill.com/getinvolved.php for McGill’s first-ever Community Engagement Day.  Community Engagement Day is a new project from the SEDE Office, SSMU, the SPF and many other partners that aims to celebrate and promote existing initiatives that connect McGill with the Montreal community, while building new relationships. 

    Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpKCURUEAIw&feature=g-upl

    On Friday October 5th, about 20 group activities will take place on campus and around the city to give McGill students, staff, faculty and alumni the opportunity to contribute their time and learn about the social issues that community organizations address. Activities include public discussions, community walking tours, urban gardening, youth mentorship, and more. (Registration closes October 3rd.)

    For more information, please see our website (http://www.cedmcgill.com/), where you can read about and register for activities, watch fun and informative videos, and find links to other community engagement-related resources. We're also looking for Group Leaders for each activity! See contact info below.

    Have questions? Contact the coordinators at ced.sede@mcgill.ca, follow us on Twitter @CEDMcGill or find us at facebook.com/McGillCED.

  • Graduate Studies in the Environment: Where should you go?
    October 9th, 2:00pm-3:30pm - 3534 University, MSE Conference Room

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

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    October 10th, 10:30am-12:00pm - Brown 3001
    October 31st, 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.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    October 11th, 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.

  • The American University of Paris Info Session
    Oct 12th, 11:30am–1:00pm - Brown 2007

    The American University of Paris was founded in 1962 on the principles of internationalism, multinational diversity, and the interplay of European and American intellectual traditions. As the oldest American university in Europe, we have educated students from all over the world. Our rigorous academic environment, which is based on the American liberal arts model, is further enriched by our cultural diversity. Located in Paris, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, AUP students live and study at the crossroads of cultural, intellectual, and political Europe. AUP is fully accredited in the United States and offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master’s degrees. 

    The Master’s degrees offered are:
    •Cross-cultural and Sustainable Business Management
    • Global Communications
    • Cultural Translation
    • Global Communications and Civil Society
    • International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, & Civil Society Development
    • Middle East and Islamic Studies
    • Middle East and Islamic Studies & International Affairs
    • Public Policy and International Affairs
    • Public Policy and International Law.  For more information, please visit: http://www.aup.edu/main/academics/graduate.htm

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    October 16th, 10:30am-12:00pm - 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

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    October 22nd, 10:00am-11:30am - 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.

  • Mac Campus: One Stop Shop - Everything you need to get your job search started
    October 24th, 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 #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    October 26th, 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.

  • Grad School Applicants: Learn how to apply
    October 30th, 9:30am-11:00am - Brown 3001

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

  • ION - Writing Your Internship CV
    October 30th, 1:00pm-2:00pm - Leacock 232
    October 31st, 1:00pm-2:00pm - Leacock 232

    During this workshop students will learn to identify their skillset and how to incorporate it into a CV. They will learn the different styles of CV and what would work best for them, as well as how to apply the 5 P system.

  • ION - Writing Your Internship Cover Letter
    October 30th, 2:00pm-3:00pm - Leacock 232
    October 31st, 2:00pm-3:00pm - Leacock 232

    Cover Letter: During this workshop students will learn how to compose a customized cover letter for their internship application.
    They will also be able to develop a checklist for preparing future cover letters.

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