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Vol. 15, Issue 4
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
December 2013

Finals and frost are both nipping at your heels! When you need to take a break from studying and the winter wind cuddle up with a warm blanket, a hot drink and the December issue of CaPSScoop! CaPSScoop is sure to warm your career questions and also help you prepare for the inevitable holiday gathering question “So what are you going to do with your degree anyways?”. This issue contains labour market information, up-coming workshops and events and some great resources! If you have a break during your finals come by the CaPS office and learn how to prepare for the career questions that you will be shortly bombarded with.

If you want to get a jump on 2014, be sure to visit myFuture for events and job postings over the holidays. Happy holidays, and good luck with your finals!

Inside this issue:

Career Days/Career Fairs: Winter 2014

For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

Work Your BA Career Weeks January

Get ready for Work Your BA Weeks this January. The AUS in collaboration with CaPS is bringing you a series of panel discussions and workshops titled "Work Your BA" to show you and everyone else what you can do with your degree.

Green Careers Week
Interested in making a difference? This week will provide you with labour market information and the opportunity to hear from people who work in "Green Careers." Come to the Professional Panels, Career Fair, and Workshops.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Career fairs are events organized by the Career Planning Service and other career centres, often together with faculty associations and student groups, and provide an excellent opportunity for students to meet with company representatives from a variety of industries. Career fairs allow you to gather information on companies, find out about entry level positions and career paths, and develop employer contact to enhance your job search. Be prepared to collect company literature and business cards, and distribute your CV. Keep in mind that this is a forum where both future employees and employers can network and explore job opportunities in today's fields.

  • McGill Non Profit/NGO Fair
    January 27th, 2014

  • McGill Education Career Fair
    February 3th, 2014

  • McGill University Technology Career Fair (McGill Techfair)
    February 5th, 2014

  • Environmental Career Fair
    March 12th, 2014

  • McGill Physical and Occupational Therapy & Speech, Language and Communication Disorders Career Fair
    March 25th, 2014

  • McGill School of Information Studies Career Fair
    March 2014

Alumni Interview - From Employee to Entrepreneur: Neil Cuggy, Co-Founder of MTL Capital

On one of arguably the chilliest days in Montreal, I met with Neil Cuggy to pick his brain about his work in Entrepreneurship and Investment Banking, and the transition from school life to the workplace. Neil is the co-founder of MTL Capital here in Montreal. He graduated from McGill University in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. He was kind enough to dedicate his Saturday morning to speak with me, and had some interesting things to share.

After the necessary introductions and sips of morning coffee, I asked Neil if he thought that there were any skills that he learnt or developed at McGill which are proving to be valuable at this stage in his life. He then very decisively answered with one word: communication. “Speaking in front of the class, be it presentations or case studies, was very helpful,” he told me. “Discussing something in front of an audience can be intimidating at first, but it helps build up confidence.”

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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.

In this issue

  • Job creation steady, but factory employment tumbling to near-record lows
  • US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown
  • Occupational highlight: Urban and Land Use Planners


Job creation steady, but factory employment tumbling to near-record lows
The Globe and Mail, 08 November 2013

Canada continues to create jobs at a steady pace, but shifts below the surface show factory employment tumbling to near-record lows while food-service firms and the health-care sector boost payrolls.

US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown
ABC News, 08 November 2013

Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labour Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.

Statistics & Studies

Occupational Highlight

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Lisa's Corner

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection https://www.myinterfase.com/nec/Account/LogOn

Looking for a career in music or arts administration? As a service of New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, Bridge is a database that provides 3000+ worldwide job opportunities. Once you are logged in, click the menu "Opportunities" for auditions, teaching positions as well as listings of competitions, festivals, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants. To obtain the username and password, login here.

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Workshops, Panels, and Events

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 "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."
  • Career Planning and Networking
    Dec 3, 10:00 - 11:30
    Macdonald-Stewart Building Conference Room (MS-084)

    If you are just getting your job search started, this workshop will provide you with an overview of career planning, with a focus on why and how to network.

  • Applying & Interviewing
    Dec 9, 14:00 - 15:30
    Macdonald-Stewart Building Conference Room (MS-084)

    Key points for strategic CV & Cover Letter writing for non-academic positions & the interview will be presented.

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Sneak Peek into January

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