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Articles in this edition


Networking Pays!

Une année se termine et une autre commence…

Transition from School to Work

Labour Market Information


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Networking Pays!

Julienne Kaiser, U3 Microbiology & Immunology


When it comes to social networking university students have it mastered, using blackberries, Facebook, and Twitter as a way to connect with old friends, share interests, and plan events. It seems we’ve got our social life under control, but come graduation and suddenly texting while having a conversation and proving friends wrong by using Google on an iPhone do not seem to cut it for the skills section on your CV. The transition from student life to the “real world” may seem daunting, but finding the ideal job doesn’t have to be so stressful if you are prepared and well informed about the realities of the job market before graduation.

If Facebook has taught us anything it’s that networking plays a fundamental role in the spread of information and the same goes on the job market. Not many realize that 75% of jobs are never advertised but rather obtained through personal connections on the hidden job market. It is never too early to start building a web of contacts in your field with professional experience and helpful advice. The more you network the more opportunities you will find that present themselves when you graduate without spending the time flipping through newspaper ads and posting resumes online.

A great source of primary contacts is professors. They can act as mentors by providing invaluable information about how to pursue a career in your area of interest and where the demand is. By demonstrating your enthusiasm for their field you let them know you are eager to succeed, and with their many well-established contacts they are ideal people to let know you are looking for a job. It may be intimidating to introduce yourself to a professor in a class of 600 but there are alternative ways to go about meeting them if you think creatively.

One convenient way of indirectly meeting professors is by getting involved in extracurricular activities. Consider volunteering at a faculty or departmental event. Even if you are timid, by simply volunteering to sit at the registration table for an event frequented by many professors will give you the opportunity to meet them face to face and start a conversation. Joining community or campus clubs that match your interests are also great ways to build connections. Activities outside of academic studies often offer opportunities to help organize panel discussions or socials. Offering to take on the role of contacting guest speakers or inviting attendees are easy ways to extend your network. Not only that, but you gain valuable skills that look great on a CV!

Remember to always be prepared for any opportunity that might pop up. If you expect your contacts to help you out, they need to rely on you to be professional. Keep your CV updated with recent experience and tailor it to the specific job at hand. Haven’t made any changes to it since high school? Drop by the CaPS office to have it reviewed so you make the right impression and land a great job!

Interested in learning more about networking? Check out the following Podcasts on the CaPS website:

Social Networking and Your Electronic Footprint
Networking Your Way to the Job You Want



Transition from School to Work

By Corina E. Sferdenschi, BSc. Psychology


The transition from school to work is one of the scariest experiences most people face when they graduate. The school provides shelter from the real world and a relatively relaxed lifestyle consisting mainly of studying, part time jobs on campus, parties on weekends, classes almost every day and hanging out with friends. Not a bad way to spend four years of your life. However, the minute you graduate, things take a drastic turn.

You need to get a job where you are faced with a lot more responsibilities such as being on time every day for work, meeting deadlines and paying off student debt and bills every month. Being an adult requires responsibility, punctuality and dedication towards achieving your life’s goals. This may seem like a lot to go through but a couple of months into your new job will make you feel like a new person. The transition from school to work can be difficult but you can start training yourself throughout your undergrad years by getting a full time job over the summer or doing an internship. This will give you a firsthand glimpse into what it’s like to go to work eight hours a day, five days a week. Working can be very rewarding after four years of studying and can really make you feel like all the countless hours spent at the library are finally paying off, literally!



Une année se termine et une autre commence…

Liliana Rizzuto, M. A. Langue et littérature françaises


Une nouvelle session tire à sa fin. Les travaux sont remis, les examens complétés, et les derniers résultats seront bientôt compilés. Chacun peut exhaler un soupir de soulagement. On retrouve avec plaisir le loisir des temps libres et l’on planifie déjà les activités de la période estivale. Bref, l’heure est finalement à la détente et aux résolutions. N’est-ce pas également le bon moment pour songer au recommencement des cours, et surtout à leur fin? À ce fameux moment où tous auront enfin leur diplôme en poche?

Il peut sembler précipité de penser à la prochaine année scolaire lorsque celle-ci s’achève à peine. Sans doute, pour la plupart des étudiants de premier cycle, la première ou la deuxième année du baccalauréat ne nécessite pas de planification particulièrement poussée. Il suffit généralement de s’inscrire aux cours le plus tôt possible pour s’assurer une place dans les classes qui les intéressent. Il en est toutefois autrement pour les étudiants qui s’apprêtent à commencer leur dernière année d’études (U3), car ils doivent se préparer pour l’obtention de leur diplôme et, si possible, s’assurer de ne pas retarder inutilement le moment tant attendu de la collation des grades.

Si vous faites partie de la cohorte finissante, la première étape, et certainement la plus utile, consiste à prendre rendez-vous avec votre conseiller de faculté, d’école ou de département, afin de vous assurer de répondre à toutes les exigences de votre programme (crédits, moyenne, etc.) d’ici la fin de l’année prochaine. Cette vérification effectuée, il ne vous restera qu’à confirmer la date prévue d’obtention du diplôme via Minerva. Bien que l’outil d’évaluation du degré d’achèvement du programme (Degree evaluation record) que vous retrouvez sur Minerva puisse paraître invitant, ne commettez pas l’erreur de vous y fier aveuglément. Seul un conseiller pédagogique peut garantir que vous vous conformez adéquatement à toutes les conditions d’octroi d’un baccalauréat

Ces formalités gagnent d’ailleurs à être réglées le plus rapidement possible. Non seulement vous commencerez la session prochaine délesté d’un poids superflu, mais vous pourrez profiter du repos estival pour réfléchir à vos projets d’avenir. Peut-être pensez-vous déjà à prendre une année de relâche, à commencer la recherche de travail, ou encore à poursuivre vos études aux cycles supérieurs? Il n’est jamais trop tôt pour commencer à explorer vos options et vous renseigner auprès d’organismes qualifiés, comme le Service de Planification de Carrière (CaPS) de McGill.

En outre, pour ceux qui désirent continuer leur formation universitaire à la maîtrise ou au doctorat, je leur recommanderais de penser dès à présent à la possibilité de postuler pour une bourde d’études. L’attribution d’une bourse d’une quelconque importance monétaire représente un processus qui peut s’échelonner sur plusieurs mois, et qui suppose donc, pour le demandeur, d’avoir pensé à son projet de mémoire ou de thèse, et même de s’être choisi un futur directeur de recherche, près d’un an avant la fin effective de son programme de baccalauréat. Plus tôt vous commencerez à préparer votre dossier, et plus tôt vous pourrez profiter des vacances. Vous vous épargnerez également les quelques semaines de trépidations avant la date limite pour l’envoi de la demande de bourse.

La dernière année de votre baccalauréat devrait être la consolidation et l’aboutissement de votre travail et de tous vos efforts, pas le moment de réparer certaines erreurs administratives concernant l’obtention d’un diplôme. Faites en sorte d’en profiter pleinement!


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 caps [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

In this issue

  • The March job growth in Canada disappoints a little
  • The video game industry looks bright in Quebec
  • The U.S. economy is reaching a pace that helps it pushes through headwinds
  • Both apparel and tech sectors are facing labour shortage in the near future
  • Occupational highlight: Librarians
  • and more!

The good news

Job growth disappoints, but only a little
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/growth+disappoints+only+little/4586119/story.html
Montreal Gazette, 08 April 2011
The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 per cent from 7.8 in March, but only because 14,900 fewer Canadians were looking for work.

De l'avenir dans les jeux vidéo
http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/cv/emplois/201104/04/01-4386161-de-lavenir-dans-les-jeux-video.php
La Presse, 04 April 2011
The video game industry is flourishing in Quebec. This year, it plans to hire over 1300 people, which is 18.5% more than last year.

Les retraites ouvrent le marché de l'emploi
Le Droit, 10 March 2011
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-droit/actualites/economie/201103/10/01-4378161-les-retraites-ouvrent-le-marche-de-lemploi.php
According to Emploi Québec, about 3,500 positions are available in 2014 across the province in many fields.

U.S. job gains are speeding up
Montreal Gazette, 05 March 2011
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/gains+speeding/4388366/story.html
U.S. job machine is finally moving out of low gear; the headline measure of U.S. job growth was a healthy 192,000 in February.

 

The bad news

Canada’s job growth slows
GGlobe and Mail, 11 March 2011
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/canadas-job-growth-slows/article1938190/
The Canadian economy created 15,100 jobs last month, less than expected and not enough to budge the country’s jobless rate.

AOL to eliminate 900 jobs
Financial Post, 11 March 2011
http://www.financialpost.com/news/economy/eliminate+jobs/4420846/story.html
AOL, which has 5,000 workers, will cut about 700 jobs in India, eliminate 200 in the U.S. and outsource another 300.

Quebec firms lag in gender parity
Montreal Gazette, 08 March 2011
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Quebec+firms+gender+parity/4399733/story.html
A study found that only 17.8 percent of senior officer positions in leading Quebec companies are held by women.

Dream of retiring at 55 is dead as Boomers continue to work: survey
National Post, 26 February 2011
http://www.financialpost.com/news/Dream+retiring+dead+Boomers+continue+work+survey/4351424/story.html
According to a Conference Board of Canada survey, the dream of retiring at 55 is dead for most Baby Boomers.

 

Other news

Soft skills important for IT job candidates
Montreal Gazette, 05 March 2011
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Soft+skills+important+candidates/4388447/story.html
It takes more than a computer science degree or diploma to secure a dream job; it’s all about the interaction with people and the ability to work in teams.

Health officials dispute number of jobs available
Montreal Gazette, 18 February 2011
http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Health+officials+dispute+number+jobs+available/4306056/story.html
Quebec Health Minister announced 237 new openings for medical specialists but the Federation des medecins specialistes du Quebec disputes that the number conflicts with ‘reality’.

Statistics Canada - Labour Force Survey
February 2011 (Previous release)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110311/dq110311a-eng.htm
Employment edged up in February (+15,000), bringing total gains over the past three months to 115,000. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.8%. Over the past 12 months, employment has risen by 1.9% (+322,000).

Statistics Canada – Payroll employment, earnings and hours
December 2010 (preliminary) (Previous release)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110224/dq110224a-eng.htm
Between December 2009 and December 2010, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 4.5% to $872.12. December marked the fifth consecutive month during which year-over-year growth was above 4.0%. In comparison, average weekly earnings grew by 2.4% from December 2008 to December 2009.

Statistics Canada – Study: Apprenticeable occupations and the employment downturn in Canada
October 2008 to October 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110224/dq110224b-eng.htm
Declines in employment between October 2008 and October 2009 were larger in occupations for which an apprenticeship program exists than in all other occupations combined. However, between October 2009 and October 2010, the recovery in employment was stronger in these apprenticeable occupations than in all other occupations.

Statistics Canada – Study: Inside the labour market downturn
October 2008 to October 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110223/dq110223b-eng.htm
Employment rebounded more quickly from the recent economic downturn than it did in the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s.

 


Occupational highlight

Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters (NOC code 5125)
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/5125.shtml

Translators translate written material from one language to another. Interpreters translate oral communication from one language to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, debates and conversation, or in court or before administrative tribunals. Terminologists conduct research to itemize terms connected with a certain field, define them and find equivalents in another language. Sign language interpreters use sign language to translate spoken language and vice versa during meetings, conversations, television programs or in other instances.

Job prospects in this occupation are good. Over the past few years the number of translators, terminologists and interpreters has increased significantly. Growing demand for information explains this increase. Since this trend should recover after the current recession, it is expected that their numbers will continue to increase significantly after the recession.

For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx. Contact us at caps [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca for the username and password or login to myFuture https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

 

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