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Who are we?

CaPS staff are the Career Education Professionals on campus.

As McGill’s central career service, we assist students from all faculties, schools and departments at all levels from undergraduates to postdocs. Continuing Studies students, as well as recent alumni are also eligible to opt in to our services. CaPS is distinctive among McGill services in that we support student success both throughout their time at McGill and during the critical graduation transition to work/further education.

We collaborate with faculty, staff & units across campus, and have ongoing partnerships with employers and community organizations. Our highly trained and experienced staff are actively involved in a wide variety of provincial, national and international professional associations, regularly presenting at conferences and events.


Why are we here?

Career planning and preparedness is a major aspect of student development, and a primary motivator for attending university. In the Canadian University Survey Consortium’s First Year University Survey (2013) 86% of students cited “Get[ting] a good job” as a motivation to attend university, the highest percentage of any option.

At CaPS, our mission is to inspire McGill students in the exploration of their career options and to increase their employability through the development of lifelong career management skills.

As such, we contribute our expertise to the McGill Commitment by providing individual career advising/counselling, workshops, programs, events and resources that will help students to:

  1. Identify personal goals through self-assessment that includes reflection on their personality, interests, values, and skills.
  2. Expand awareness of future possibilities through educational events and resources.
  3. Select appropriate professional development and experiential learning opportunities that will complement their academic accomplishments and prepare them for success.
  4. Reflect on their experiences and training throughout their degree, in order to a) further self-awareness and refine goals, and b) learn how to communicate their skills, motivation, and fit to employers in their desired field.

By the numbers:

  • CaPS has 2 offices: Downtown and at Macdonald campus
  • 1 Director & 5 full-time administrative staff
  • 8 professional staff: 7 Career Counsellors and 1 Resource Consultant
    • All have diverse work and industry experience, and years of work with students
    • Many are licensed professionals (i.e. Psychologists with the OPQ) with backgrounds in MA/M.Ed. Counselling Psychology. The Resource Consultant holds an MLIS degree
    • 3-4 part-time student positions; 2-3 Masters/PhD Counselling interns, over 30 volunteer student Career Leaders, and 5 Arts Mentor Ambassadors
  • 2014-2015 stats:
    • 4828 student advising appointments + event attendance of 6282
    • 305 workshops and career events
    • 10 239 job postings on myFuture

Darlene Hnatchuk

Darlene Hnatchuk
Director

Danielle Barkley

Danielle Barkley
Undergraduate Students

Jan Bottomer

Jan Bottomer
Music and Arts

Josie Capizzi

Josie Capizzi
Employer Liaison Coordinator

Linda Cicuta

Linda Cicuta
Science

Jean Hepworth

Jean Hepworth
Administrative Officer

Lisa Lin

Lisa Lin
Career Resource Consultant

Lorna Maceachern

Lorna MacEachern
Graduate Students and Postdocs

Cindy Mancuso

Cindy Mancuso
Arts and Diversity

Susan Molnar

Susan Molnar
Graduate Students and Macdonald Campus

Alexandra Preimess

Alexandra Preimess
Secretary

Catherine Stace

Catherine Stace
Arts and Science

Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor
Education

Janice Tester

Janice Tester
Education, Health Sciences and MISt

Susan Smith

Susan Smith
Mac Campus Office Coordinator

Kathryn Weaver

Kathryn Weaver
Administrative Coordinator

   

The Career Planning Service (CaPS) is principally funded by McGill student services fees.

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