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Fall 2012| Vol. 6, Iss 1
Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) for Masters + PhD students
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Graduate Opportunities in the Limelight.

Did you know we have 2500 posting in our database? You can sort by degree level. As of today 108 are for PhD’s and 475 for Masters. Check them out at caps.myfuture.mcgill.ca

Market Research, TandemLaunch Technologies, Posting # 45209

Software Developer Intern for PhD’s, Google, # 46128 and 46143


A series of professional development workshops for Grads and postdocs.

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.

CaPS Advising Drop-In

Graduate 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.

Drop-In Times

Tuesday: 3:00-4:00
Thursday: 3:00-5:00
Friday: 3:00-4:00

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.

Grad Scoop Fall 2012

Welcome to Graduate Career Services. The main reason graduate students come to see us are to explore career options, CV and cover letter review, and interview preparation. You have 2 graduate career advisors to serve you: Lorna MacEachern and Susan Molnar. You can make an appointment or come to a 20 minute drop in. In addition to individual assistance, we offer workshops – please consult the brochure below.

We also organize events for academic and non- academic careers.
In October we offer you Academic Career Week, a series of panels and presentations addressing key elements of the doctoral process and the academic job search. Faculty will present on dissertation writing, defending, academic applications, the interview, and more. To register for all events, workshops and to view job postings go to https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/. You have access to our services for up to one year after graduation.  Use us, we want to be useful.

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We look forward to meeting you!

Susan & Lorna

Inside this issue:

Graduate Brochure
Academic Career Week
Graduate Student Subscriptions
We’re looking for Grad Peer Educators!
Career Fairs
NACE Salary Survey
Explaining the Gap in Your Resume
Labour Market Information

Graduate Brochure

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Academic Career Week – Designed for PhD’s, Academic Career Week will provide a series of panels and presentations addressing key elements of the doctoral process and the academic job search. Faculty will present on dissertation writing, defending, academic applications, the interview, and more. To register for all events, workshops and to view job postings go to https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/.  You have access to our services for up to one year after graduation.  Use us, we want to be useful.

Academic Careers Week 2012 Roster: 

Addressing Invisible Barriers in Dissertation Writing: Insights from and for Doctoral Students Presentation

Monday, October 15, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Strategies for a Successful Thesis Defense Panel            

Monday, October 15, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Building Your Teaching Portfolio Presentation

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:00

Academic CV & Cover Letter Writing Presentation

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:30

Talking About Your Research & Networking at Academic Conferences Panel

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 4:00 – 5:00

The Academic Interview & Job Talk Panel

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:30

Negotiating Your Contract Panel

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:00

Managing Your Relationship With Your Supervisor Panel

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:30

To view the speakers at this event and their bios, click here

Registration required through myFuture as space is limited.   From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab and keyword ACW 2012.

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Versitle PhD
Doctoral students! Postdocs! McGill University has acquired for you a new resource on non-academic careers for PhDs.

Versatile PhD is a web-based community where you can get support, advice and great information from PhDs and ABDs who are already out of the academy, or in staff positions within the academy. All disciplines can benefit. Additionally, there is a Premium Content area where you will find extremely helpful materials to assist you in making your own transition, including resumes and cover letters from PhDs and ABDs who got the job that allowed them to change careers.

For more info click here.

University Affairs
University Affairs (http://www.universityaffairs.ca/) is Canada's magazine and the number one source for career resource for higher education. Published by AUCC (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada), the magazine provides breaking news, in-depth articles about university trends, academic job listings, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career.  The magazine is published 10 times a year.  Individual subscription is FREE to people who study or work at McGill University.  This magazine is available in print format, and can be accessed at CaPS. 
For free subscription: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/Subscribe-to-our-print-magazine.aspx

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/) publishes weekly online newspapers providing the most updated news and job listings in academia.  The Chronicle is the leading source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators in the USA.  The weekly online newspaper is accessible through myFuture*. 

Free On-Line Subscription through myFuture

*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 link "The Chronicle of Higher Education"


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As a Graduate Student Peer Educator at the McGill Career Planning Service, you will meet with other graduate and postdoctoral students during weekly drop-in sessions to assist them with a variety of career planning needs, such as job seeking and applications, interview preparation, and decision making about upcoming opportunities.  Drop in hours are Tuesday 3:00-4:00, Thursday 3:00-5:00, and Fridays 3:00-4:00.

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Published by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) , the Salary Survey details actual starting salaries for new college and university graduates as reported by employers. The survey now features data for both bachelor's and master's degrees, and the information is sorted by major, industry and occupation. To access the NACE Salary Survey Executive Summary (PDF) as well as the full report, visit the webpage "Know Salary and Labour Information" (http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/salary/). The PDF is located in the section titled "Salary Survey".

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With intense competition for academic jobs, many young scholars worry about how to best position themselves for success. And if the candidate is a newly minted PhD who took a break from publishing or a delay in completing the degree due to childbirth, and perhaps even some time out for full-time parenting, the anxiety increases. One such scholar wrote University Affairs to ask: “How do I explain the gap in my research productivity? Would confessing that I have a young child prejudice a hiring committee against me?”

Bonnie Fox, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto who has served on many hiring committees, says that during the early vetting stage, “We want to find out what the candidate has done. We are looking at the number of publications, how many peer-reviewed articles and/or whether there’s a book. With that in mind, we pull out the most promising files.”

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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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