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Vol. 15, Issue 2
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
October 2013
Thinking About Grad School

October is upon us and with it comes the time to start thinking about what you want to do after graduation. Are you 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 grad school is the right route for you, where you can go, and what you need to do to get there.

Don’t forget - you can always visit our offices to get your questions answered! CaPS has many resources and workshops available to you and we are always happy to lend a hand! Click here for a full listing of programs and services.

Inside this issue:


Tackling the Grad School Applications
BY MUHAMMAD OMER JUMA, U2 BACHELOR OF ARTS (ECONOMICS & PSYCHOLOGY) & CaPS MENTOR PROGRAM AND PEER EDUCATOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR

With hundreds of Graduate and Professional schools around the world it gets really difficult when you need to shortlist just a few for your ‘final university list’. Applying and getting to a Grad school is a daunting process consisting of numerous appointments with faculty and career advisors, preparation for admission tests, countless attempts to the perfect personal statement and making the final choice of which school to attend. There are a few ways in which you can tackle this overwhelming experience and transition into a grad school while enjoying your time as a McGill undergraduate.

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October Events

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

Cree Human Resources Development wishes to cordially invite McGill University to attend our 6th Regional Career Fair that will be held in Ouje Bougoumou, Quebec.

This event is meant to give the general public a view of the different employment and educational possibilities that are available.

  • Is it right for you?
    Oct. 8, 12:00 - 1:00 | Brown 5001

  • Making an application
    Oct. 9, 12:00 - 1:00 | Brown 5001

Login to myFuture for more information or to register.


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 through myFuture for an exclusive drop-in session being offered during the month of October.

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.

Australian Universities Participating:

Bond University
James Cook University
Macquarie University
Monash University
University of Melbourne
University of Newcastle
University of Queensland
University of Sydney

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.

Click here to view the list of participating schools.

Click here to view the list of participating organizations

Palais des congrès de Montréal - Métro Place d’Armes
Free admission

More information can be found here

Boston Career Forum 2013 – Oct 21

Time has come again for the world's largest Japanese-English bilingual job fair, the Boston Career Forum. For over 25 years, students and job seekers alike have launched their careers at the Boston Career Forum. Japanese-English bilinguals (at minimum conversational level in English and Japanese), who are graduating, seeking internships, graduated and on their OPTs, or working professionals, all are welcome to participate. It is now YOUR turn to capitalize on this once-a-year opportunity and find what promising future lies ahead.

[Professional Business Attire Required]

*Because the Career Forum is a job fair event, professional business attire is required for all Career Forum participants. Casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are not permitted at the event.

For more information, go to http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?lang=E

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Chief Executive Officer for a day

CEO x 1 Day, exclusive to Odgers Berndtson, a global executive search firm, is a program that gives third and fourth year university students an opportunity to spend a day in the shoes of a senior executive. Through a rigorous selection process, Odgers Berndtson will identify students with outstanding leadership potential and match them with a CEO from a leading Canadian organization. Year one of the program will focus on the Toronto and Montreal markets.

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Labour Market Information
BY LISA LIN, CaPS CAREER RESOURCE CONSULTANT

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

  • Alberta the place to be for young job seekers
  • ‘Payback time’ as job market falters: Canada slipping behind U.S. after strong recovery
  • Statistics and Studies
  • Occupational highlight: Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers

News

Alberta the place to be for young job seekers
Calgary Herald, 16 September 2013
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Alberta+place+young+seekers/8916920/
story.html

Young job seekers may want to consider a move to Alberta in light of recent labour data.

‘Payback time’ as job market falters: Canada slipping behind U.S. after strong recovery
Montreal Gazette, 13 September 2013
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Payback+time+market+falters/8908170/
story.html

Canada’s jobless rate will be higher than the U.S. in 2014 according to a Bloomberg News economist survey, ending a five-year advantage touted by policy makers as evidence of the country’s stronger economy.

Statistics & Studies

Occupational Highlight

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Lisa's Corner
BY LISA LIN, CaPS CAREER RESOURCE CONSULTANT

Career Mash http://careermash.ca/ spreads the word about the endless possibilities of today's tech careers. You can explore career options in a variety of industry sectors - arts, sports, fashion, business, healthcare, music and more. Also, the site offers career profiles giving a snapshot of what it is like working in the field.

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L’Oreal Brandstorm
International Marketing Case Competition - Information Session

One of the best ways to get hired-either for Internships or Full-Time employment by the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company. Over the past few years 80% of participants have had interviews as a result of their participation in the competition with numerous students hired as interns. They are looking for students from all disciplines- the best and the brightest. Their positions range from Sales, Marketing, Information Systems, to Finance and Operations. Showcase your creative problem solving and presentation skills as well as your personality to their recruitment team by participating in this multi-disciplinary contest.

Date: October 1, 5:30 pm
Location: ENG MC 204 (McConnell Building)
Registration: myFuture (myfuture.mcgill.ca): Events > Workshops/Panels/Events

*Pizza will be served*

  • Non-Marketing students are highly encouraged to participate, as the case involves many streams of study (including international business, finance, strategy, and more)
  • The campus winner will represent their school at the national level. The nation-wide team will then compete with students from 45 different countries in Paris, for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize.
  • 50% of college hires are Brandstorm participants

For more information check out the official website

A fun little video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pPIeAdSJig&feature=youtu.be

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Company Information Sessions

  • Target
    Oct 2, 17:30 - 19:30 | Bronfman, Room 620

  • BroadGrain Commodities Inc.
    Oct 3, 11:30 - 13:00 | Bronfman, Room 645

  • BMO Financial Group
    Oct 3, 18:00 - 20:00 | BMO Offices: 129 St. Jacques, 14th floor

  • Microsoft Corporation
    Oct 7, 18:30 - 20:30 | Frank Dawson Adams, Room 5

  • Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) / Centre de la Sécurité des télécommunications Canada (CSTC)
    Oct 8, 12:00 - 13:00 | Burnside, Math Lounge - Room 1024

  • University of Toronto Mississauga - MMPA
    Oct 10, 10:00 - 12:30 | Brown 5001

  • Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF)
    Oct 16, 12:00 - 13:30 | Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • CSSS Champlain—Charles-Le Moyne - PORTES OUVERTES 2013
    Oct 19, 10:00 – 17:00 | Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne

  • MIT Sloan Master of Finance
    Oct 21, 17:30 - 18:30 | Brown 3001
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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."
  • Trade Simulator Competitions
    Oct 1, All Day | External to McGill

  • The Walrus Talks Energy
    Oct 1, 18:00 - 19:30 | Arts Building, Moyse Hall

  • Work Permits for International Students
    Oct 2, 12:00 - 13:00 | Brown 5001
    Oct 28, 18:00 - 19:00 | Brown 5001


  • Lime Connect Canada, Inc.
    Oct 3, 12:00 - 13:30 | Brown 3001

  • Canada International Students Consulting Group
    Oct 3, 17:00 - 18:00 | Sofitel Hotel Boardroom

  • Canada Law Abroad Info Session (UK Law Schools open doors to emerging careers in global services)
    Oct 8, 11:00 – 13:00 | Brown 3001

  • Thinking about Grad School?: Is it right for you?
    Oct 8, 12:00 - 13:00 | Brown 5001

  • McGill Law Admissions Plenary
    Oct 8, 16:30 - 18:00 | Chancellor Day Hall, Room 100

  • Thinking about Grad School?: Making an Application
    Oct 9, 12:00 - 13:00 | Brown 5001

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    Oct 9, 14:00 - 15:30 | Brown 5001
    Oct 16, 10:00-11:30 | Brown 3001


  • Grad School Applicants: Learn how to apply
    Oct 10, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 3001

  • OzTREKK - Study in Australia Fair
    Oct 10, 11:00 - 14:00 | Shatner, Break-out Room (202)

  • University of Queensland Information Session
    Oct 10, 15:30 - 16:30 | Brown 5001

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    Oct 11, 14:00 - 15:30 | Brown 3001

  • Semaine de l'excellence africaine 2013, 7e édition
    Oct 12, 9:30 - 18:00 | External to McGill

  • Career Planning and Networking
    Oct 15, 10:00 - 11:30 | Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    Oct 15, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 5001

  • Boston Career Forum 2013
    Oct 21, 9:00 - 15:00 | External to McGill

  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    Oct 22, 10:30 - 12:00 | Brown 3001

  • Applying & Interviewing
    Oct 23, 14:00 - 15:30 | Macdonald Campus, MS-Building 084

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    Oct 24, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 3001

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview
    Oct 25, 10:30 - 12:00 | Brown 3001

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    Oct 29, 10:00 - 11:30 | Brown 5001

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    Oct 30, 15:00 - 16:30 | Brown 5001
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