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Vol. 15, Issue 3
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
November 2013
Going Worldwide

Welcome to the November CaPSScoop! With the stress of mid-terms behind us we start to have thoughts of our mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no McGillian has gone before (cue in Star Trek theme music) – or you could participate in an international internship, volunteer, work or study abroad. This issue of CaPSScoop is full of advice and resources for the adventurer within you.

Don’t forget you can always visit the CaPS offices for more help and excellent resources. The CaPS team is here for you! Live long and prosper.

Inside this issue:

November Events

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."

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 professional photo for your LinkedIn profile; you can inform us at the end of appointment if you are interested in it.

Peer LinkedIn Advising sessions are for 20 minutes, 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 with Tracy Yuen: Jonathan Moyal

Finding a fulfilling career that caters to all your interests often seems impossible. For Jonathan Moyal, MBA McGill University 2009, he found his niche in the non-profit art sector. However, his journey was not easy. With his background performing in amateur theater and producing music concerts, his passion for the arts had no place in the formal business world.

His keen business sense eventually led him to his current position at the Segal Centre, one of the leading multilingual performing arts centre in Quebec and across Canada. Situated in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Montreal, the Segal Centre has a long history of facilitating cultural dialogues and bringing communities together by showcasing original performances such as Yiddish theater and Macbeth in Haitian Creole. Moyal’s position as the Director of Development reflects the creative endeavors of the center. With only 6% of their annual budget being funded by the government, he devises new ways to secure support from individuals and corporate donors.

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Going Worldwide

If you’re considering working or volunteering abroad, know that there are hundreds of opportunities for you to avail. International work experience not only provides you with valuable experience both inside or outside your field, but it expands your horizons by providing you direct exposure to new people and cultures. Such experiences are highly valued by employers because they demonstrate that you have skills that they look for: adaptability, flexibility, confidence, strong communication skills and the ability to comfortably work across cultures and with diverse groups of people. It can be a memorable experience, and you can learn so many interesting things, not to mention the thrill of discovering a new place!

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Spinning My Internship into My Future

The one question that has always bothered me, as a patriotic Indian and an avid sportsperson, and continues to do so is this: With a country of over a billion people, why do we keep languishing at the bottom of the global sporting ladder? As a young nation with an emerging economy, we consistently finish with just a handful of Olympic medals, have never participated in the football world cup and the only sporting success to showcase over the last decade, though erratically, has been in cricket.

I do not believe that we lack the talent to become a great sporting nation, but I do believe that this talent is latent, needs to be discovered, and appropriately groomed and nurtured to realise its potential. This is what inspired me to setup my own sport development organisation, whose objective is to provide necessary resources for youngsters, especially those from underprivileged and weaker sections of society, to regularly participate in sport, as well as offer those with the talent and desire a platform to excel at elite levels.

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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

  • Economy posts 12,000 net job gains in September
  • Unemployment an issue for newly graduated medical specialists: report
  • Occupational highlight: Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management


Economy posts 12,000 net job gains in September
Montreal Gazette, 12 October 2013

The unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 per cent in September — its lowest level since 2008 — as fewer young people looked for work, Statistics Canada said Friday.

Unemployment an issue for newly graduated medical specialists: report
CTV News, 10 October 2013

The findings are startling, given years of complaints about doctor shortages and long wait times for surgeries. But a new report suggests that nearly one in six recently minted medical specialists cannot find work in their field.

Statistics & Studies

Occupational Highlight

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Lisa's Corner

MyWorldAbroad http://www.myworldabroad.com/mcgill /
Do you want to work, intern, volunteer, teach, study or travel abroad? MyWorldAbroad (formally known as The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas) is the authoritative guide on international careers. It has 4,000 searchable resources, 300 expert articles and inspiring student stories. The site offers NGO listings, international internship job boards, working vacation listings, teaching English job boards, and practical advice to travel smart. To access the website’s resources, you must first register with your McGill e-mail address.

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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."

  • Credit Suisse
    Nov 13, 17:30 - 19:00

  • Onex Corporation
    Nov 14, 11:30 - 13:00

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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."
  • Work Permits for International Students
    Nov 4, 12:00 - 13:00 | Brown 5001
    Want to work beyond campus but not sure where to start? Interested in a co-op term, internship, summer job, or part-time job off-campus? Come to our Work Permits for International Students Info-Session.

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    Nov 5, 11:30 - 13:00 | Brown 5001
    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

  • 1st Annual Internship Expo
    Nov 5, 16:00 - 17:30 | Leacock 232
    Find out about the many internship opportunities administered through the Internship Offices Network and available to McGill students. Find out how to prepare your application, and hear about past interns' experiences working in some of these organizations. Reception to follow. All students welcome.
    Please RSVP for this event at http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/events/rsvp-event

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    Nov 6, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 3001
    Nov 28, 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.

  • Eat, Meet & Greet
    Nov 6, 12:00 - 13:30 | Arts 160
    Join the Arts Internship Office's staff and past interns to learn more about finding internship opportunities, preparing applications, earning academic credit and applying for internship awards. All Arts students welcome.
    RSVP for this event at http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/calendar/rsvp/

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    Nov 6, 14:30 – 16:00 | Brown 5001
    Nov 19, 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.

  • Career Planning and Networking
    Nov 14, 10:00 - 11:30 | Macdonald Campus, MS Building Conference Room
    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.

  • Jump start your career with a BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test)
    Nov 15, 14:00 - 16:00 | Bronfman Room 205
    The goal of the BAT is to match student strengths with employer needs, so you do not need to be an expert on all sections of the test.
    Bloomberg has relationships with over 20,000 global companies that access the test score data in their recruitment for full time and internship opportunities. Taking the BAT cannot negatively impact your employment search and there is absolutely nothing to lose by participating in this opportunity.
    Register online at www.takethebat.com.

  • Pascale International Fellowship at the Clinton Foundation Information Session
    Nov 19, 16:00 - 17:00 | Arts 105
    Mr. James Pascale and Ms. Julie Becker, Intern Program Director for the Clinton Foundation, will be speaking about the Fellowship.
    RSVP for this event at http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/events/rsvp-event
    For more information, go to http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/pascale-clinton

  • Moment Factory
    Nov 21, 12:00 | Frank Dawson Adams Room 5
    New Media and Entertainment - Moment Factory’s mission is WE DO IT IN PUBLIC.
    Moment Factory is a new media and entertainment studio specialized in the conception and production of multimedia environments combining video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences.
    Come Meet Matei Paquin, Project Development Director, Moment Factory
    RSVP & INFO: myFuture

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    Nov 25, 12:30 - 14:00 | Brown 5001
    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
    Nov 29, 10:30 - 12:00 | 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.

  • Applying & Interviewing
    Nov 29, 14:00 - 15:30 | Macdonald Campus, MS Building Conference Room
    Key points for strategic CV & Cover Letter writing for non-academic positions & the interview will be presented.

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