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Vol. 15, Issue 5
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
January 2014

We haven’t seen you since last year, welcome back! Did you add make an appointment at CaPS to start off a career action plan to your New Year’s resolution list? To get you on your way and help you jump right back into school mode, this issue of CaPSScoop has career related events and information inside just waiting for you to read about. Don’t forget January is the time to start applying for summer internships or a summer job. The CaPS team is here to help you with our friendly staff, amazing resources and events that will knock your crampons off!

Drop-by the CaPS office to say hello and to take advantage of all the great resources we have put together for you!

Inside this issue:

Work Your BA Career Weeks January

Work Your B.A.
January 14 - 30, 2014

So…“What are you going to do after you graduate?!”

The question is no doubt familiar, and potentially anxiety-provoking, to any student or soon-to-be Arts graduate, and it can be a challenging one to answer. The possibilities are many, and career paths and transitions often make much more sense in hindsight that they do when you are right in the midst of them.

Learning about the routes that others have taken can often be helpful when you're thinking about your own options, so if you're looking for ideas, information, inspiration, motivation and advice, come to Work Your BA organized by McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS).

CaPS and AUS are organizing a buffet of events to feed your career curiosity from the NGO/Non Profit Fair to career panel discussions to a great roundtable event to help you meet and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields.

WORK YOUR BA WARMUP! Pre-Conference Events
First Year Forum: Student Involvement and Job Search 101
January 14, 6:15pm-7:00pm | RVC West Lounge
Looking to try new things, meet new people, develop skills and have fun? Get ready for Work Your BA with this great combo-event. Learn the basics of job searching from our CaPS Peer Educators, then hear from student leaders about the how and why of getting involved on campus.

What is Marketing? (Workshop)
January 15, 2:00pm-3:30pm | Brown 5001
This workshop will be given by Peg Brunelle from the Management Career Centre who is the BCom Career Advisor for Marketing and International Management students.

The Marketing arena has many different aspects that you need to be aware of. This workshop will outline how to assess your skills and where the best fit for you will be based on those skills. It will also identify things you can do to gain related skills that will be relevant for a position in these fields.

Stephan Ouaknine, Managing Partner, Inerjys Ventures
January 20, 6:00pm – 7:30 pm – Leacock 232
So, what can you do with a BA…? Just about anything!
Stephan Ouaknine, BA ’96, an entrepreneur and investor in technology sectors such as telecommunications and clean energy, is living proof that if you think of your BA as a launching pad for your career, the sky is the limit!

January 27, 11:00pm-3:00pm | Lev Bukhman Room, SSMU
This popular career fair targets organizations offering internships, summer and volunteer opportunities both locally and abroad.

Participating Organizations


It Starts with Arts: Exploring Career Options (Roundtable)
January 21, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Shatner Ballroom
Wondering about career possibilities and options following your BA? Inspiration awaits at the “It Starts With Arts” roundtable. At the event, students will have the chance to meet and talk briefly with 10 professionals from a diverse range of fields who have used their BAs as a springboard to launch their careers!

30 Minute LinkedIn Profile Advising
January 22, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm – Leacock 212
Looking to get started with LinkedIn or to polish your current profile? Sign up for a 30 minute slot to hear a 10 minute overview of this fantastic professional networking tool and then receive individualized feedback on your profile from CaPS Peer Educators.

LinkedIn Head Shot Photography Session
January 22, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm – Arts Lounge, Champagne Room
Need a photo for your LinkedIn profile? Drop by the Arts Lounge anytime between 12 and 4 to have your picture taken by Arts volunteers. Be sure to dress professionally!

Women in Leadership: We Can Do It! (Panel)
January 22, 1:00pm - 2:30pm – Brown 3001
Come learn and be inspired by BA alumni who’ve gone on to become leaders in their diverse fields!

Who am I? And Why Does It Matter? (Workshop)
January 23, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm – Brown 3001
A successful job search starts with this key question: Who am I? Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to identify and articulate your skills, values and interests, and how to put this information to use in your career planning!

To Pay or Not to Pay: The Great Internship Debate! (In collaboration with Debating Union)
January 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm – Leacock 232
Considering applying for an internship? Come hear the Debating Union tackle this pressing and controversial issue which many students and new grads encounter.

Thinking About a Career with the UN?
January 28, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm – FDA Auditorium
Passionate about international issues? Human rights? Development? Then you won’t want to miss our guest speaker from New York , who will help you understand what a career at the UN might look like and how to get there!

To Go or Not to Go: Is Grad School For You?
January 29, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm – Brown 5001
If you’re considering furthering your education, this panel is a must! Our 6 panelists, current students in Law, Medicine, MBA, MSW and MA programs, will speak briefly about their decision to go to grad school and their experiences thus far.

Closing Event: Social Science Research Symposium and Networking Event (In collaboration with SSRS)
January 30, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Arts 160
Join CaPS, the AUS and the Social Science Research Symposium for our celebratory closing event and to learn about current undergraduate research initiatives.

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

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1 in 7 Canadians are on LinkedIn. Are you?

CaPS will provide basic feedback and suggestions regarding your LinkedIn profile during an appointment. Registration for Peer LinkedIn Advising is on an appointment basis. We also provide a service for one complimentary photo to be uploaded as your professional LinkedIn profile photo; you can inform us at the end of appointment if you are interested in it.

Peer LinkedIn Advising sessions are 20 minutes long, and available from Monday through Friday. This service is for all Undergraduate students. (Note: Cover Letters/CVs cannot be reviewed during the LinkedIn Advising session).

To make an appointment for Peer LinkedIn Advising, please call (514) 398-3304.

Join the CaPS LinkedIn Group!

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Alumni Interviews: Jonathan Ferrari Co-Founder of MTL Capital

Jonathan Ferrari is the co-founder of MTL Capital here in Montreal. For the December CaPSScoop I interviewed his partner Neil Cuggy. Jonathan has an energetic and dynamic personality and likes working with people with the same passion and drive. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors degree in Commerce in 2010. He sat down with me recently and talked about his university and work experiences over a cup of coffee.

The morning began with a handshake. And introductions, of course. Followed by an imperative commentary on the Canadian weather. I began by asking him how he got his first job because he had mentioned that he did not have one lined up right after graduation like some others had. He told me that he had to take a proactive approach which meant contacting people and meeting with them personally to talk about the particular firm and possible employment. He said, “You can find out people’s contact information on LinkedIn, or the company website, or by reference by a peer, and arrange to meet with them to discuss your options.”

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What are your Top Talents?

Do you want to identify your talents and job profiles that match your personality? Discover Talentoday (http://www.talentoday-inc.com/en), a new career guidance platform available to McGill students.

Straightforward, fun and highly informative, Talentoday provides a unique experience: Take a questionnaire to assess your personality and your motivations (~13 minutes); access your results directly via your personal page; discover the jobs that match your profile; and get an overview of your results in a personalized booklet.

It’s easy to register: Access the website; click on “register” on the top right corner; enter “McGill” in the “is your university a partner”; log into your account using the login and password you receive in your email address. Note: if you have not received your login details after a few minutes, check your junk mail.

If you have any questions, you can always make an appointment at CaPS to discuss your results and career planning. Contact us at 514-398-3304 or by email at careers.caps@mcgill.ca

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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.

Occupational Highlight

Veterinarians (3114)

Veterinarians prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders in animals and advise clients on the feeding, hygiene, housing and general care of animals. Veterinarians work in private practice or may be employed by animal clinics and laboratories, government or industry.

Job prospects in this occupation are good. Over the last few years, the number of veterinarians has grown sharply. This increase can be explained primarily by the rise in demand for veterinary services for pets and by a relatively high number of graduates entering the labour market. Since these trends are expected to continue, the number of veterinarians should continue to increase sharply over the next few years.

For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising
Please first login at the top of this page Career Periodicals & Databases to obtain the username and password for Career Cruising

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Lisa's Corner

STeXX.eu http://www.stexx.eu/

Are you thinking to pursue your graduate study in Europe? Not sure where to find a list of programs or universities? Want to learn more about what others have to say about their study experience in Europe? Student Experience Exchange (STeXX.eu) is a social platform where you can read more about other students' study experiences and reviews of their universities. This site also offers a list of databases where you can find and compare programs (Masters, Bachelors, PhDs, Short courses) across Europe.

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Company Information Sessions

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 "Information Sessions" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Boston Consulting
    Jan 8, 17:30 - 19:30 | Downtown Campus

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    Jan 9, 11:30 - 13:00 | Downtown Campus

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
    Jan 9, 17:00 - 19:00 | Downtown Campus

  • Dalhousie University - Faculty of Management
    Jan 14, 12:00 - 13:30 | SSMU Building B29

  • Public Service Commission of Canada (FSWEP Program)
    Jan 22, 12:00 - 13:30 | Brown 5001

  • University of Toronto Mississauga - MMPA
    Jan 22, 13:15 - 15:00 | Brown 3001

  • University of Toronto Mississauga - MMI
    Jan 23, 12:00 - 14:00 | FDA Room 5

  • Google
    Jan 23, 17:45 - 18:45 | Downtown Campus

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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."
  • PFF Community Leadership Program Application Workshop
    Jan 7, 16:00 - 17:00 | Arts 160
    RSVP at http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/events/rsvp-event.
    The PFF Community Leadership Fellowships offer extraordinary opportunities to young McGill students with innovative ideas, helping them to bring sustainable and positive social change to the communities in which they work.
    Put your ideas for a community project into action – anywhere in the world.
    Successful candidates receive up to $20,000 for an 8-month project or up to $30,000 for a 12-month project. Community projects can be based in any field: social work, public health, business, engineering, education, psychology, the arts, amateur sport – your imagination and vision are the only limits.
    For more information, go to http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/pffprogram

  • La Coop Company Presentation
    Jan 9, 10:00 - 11:30 | Macdonald-Stewart Faculty Lounge (MS2-022)
    Representatives from La Coop will be on hand to present information about their organization. Students will see a video, meet an Expert-conseil who will talk about his network and hear from 2 student interns who worked with La Coop last summer.
    Brunch will be served.
    Please RSVP to lindsay.oconnell@mcgill.ca

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    Jan 13, 10:30 - 12:00 | Brown 5001
    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.

  • ION - Interview Preparation Workshop
    Jan 15, 14:00 - 15:00 | Leacock 232
    This workshop, provided by the Internship Offices Network, will be facilitated by a CaPS advisor and will help students prepare and plan for successful interviews.

  • Workshop #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: series #1)
    Jan 20, 13:00 - 14:30 | 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.

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview) (FOR UNDERGRADUATES)
    Jan 21, 10:00 - 11:30 | 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.

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    Jan 21, 13:30 - 15:00 | 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.

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview (FOR UNDERGRADUATES ONLY)
    Jan 24, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 3001
    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
    1) Describe the significance of the interview for the school and for themselves.
    2) List the areas in which they need to prepare for the interview.
    3) Prepare answers to some typical medical school interview questions.
    4) Define the MMI (M3I) and potential scenarios involved.

  • Career Planning & Networking
    Jan 28, 10:00 - 11:30 | Macdonald-Stewart (MS-084)
    If you are just getting your job search started, this workshop will provide an overview of career planning, with a focus on why and how to network.

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers) (FOR UNDERGRADUATES)
    Jan 28, 10:30 - 12:00 | 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 #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2) (FOR UNDERGRADUATES ONLY)
    Jan 31, 10:00 - 11:30 | 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.

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