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Undergraduate Students - November 2013

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Articles in this edition

Alumni Interviews with Tracy Yuen: Jonathan Moyal

Going Worldwide

Spinning My Internship into My Future

Labour Market Information


Articles


Alumni Interviews with Tracy Yuen: Jonathan Moyal and Advice I Wish I Had When I Was a Student

By Tracy Yuen, Master of Science (Epidemiology) and CaPSScoop Journalist

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.

Based on his own experiences and the lack of guidance he received, Moyal is eager to share his newfound knowledge with young professionals and students. On his time off, he participates in CaPS Mentor program and mentors students with offbeat interests from the Desautels Faulty of Management at McGill University and encourages them to pursue rewarding careers in the non-profit sector.

“[The] non-profit world is in a boom to look for more diverse people,” explained Moyal. “For creative people with a business sense. “  As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, he receives job notifications for positions across Canada and US on a daily basis.  Other than directly responding to postings, he also encouraged taking a proactive role. “Find a place you’d love to work at and get involved however possible, “ said Moyal. Whether you’re aiming to land a formal paid position or to volunteer on the board of directors, understand the objectives of the company well before contacting them. Focus on building a mutually beneficial relationship, by emphasizing the unique qualities that you can offer and how they complement what the company currently lacks.

Of the numerous interns that the Segal Centre take on each year, the ones who receive job offers in the end are the ones who follow-up and follow-through. “[I’m] most impressed with students who get in touch outside of normal forms of communications,” said Moyal. “People who don’t follow the rules strictly.” Before you rush off to rehearse a song-and-dance number, however, bear in mind that it is ultimately about building and maintaining a relationship. “Hand written thank-you notes,” suggested Moyal. “Personal touches are always fantastic.”


Going Worldwide

By Zoha Azhar, U3 Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Political Science) and CaPSScoop Journalist

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!

International internships are a wonderful way to strike a balance between work and play; you can gain work experience relevant to your academic fields and at the same time explore a new environment and its cultures. Finding the right internship is important because you should choose something that you think you would enjoy doing and that would help you determine a future career path. To help you make this decision, CaPS offers a workshop each semester to guide you along this process and gives you more information on specific opportunities.  More information on international internships can be found at the CaPS website: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job/internship.

If you’re looking for a short-term summer job to fund wild nights during the upcoming academic semester, why not look for them abroad? You can make the most of your summer in a new country and meet new friends and earn some cash- what could be better? There are tons of opportunities for students like us to explore. Teaching English in South and South East Asia is said to be a wonderful experience, and truly gratifying. It is a popular avenue of venture for newly grads or gap year students who wish to partake in an adventure, and earn some cash at it! CaPS is offering a workshop on Summer Jobs on November 29, 2013 to educate you more on such opportunities, and answer any questions you may have.

It is a whole world of possibility- you can explore the world, work for an NGO, learn a language, and return full of renewed vigor and new motivations for studies.

Last but not least, volunteer work is a great way to brush up on your transferrable skills: leadership, team work, problem-solving and analysis, project management and organization, interpersonal skill, oral and written communication skills, and knowledge about the organization or the industry are highly valued in every field. The MyWorldAbroad portal through the CaPS website offers endless openings for you to pursue internationally.

Come talk to any of the advisors at CaPS or make use of our resource library that has extensive variety of books. No matter what you decide, exploring these options abroad can widen your knowledge base immensely and introduce you to things that you may not have known before. It can be a wonderful experience and through the discovery of a new environment, you may discover something new about yourself!


Spinning My Internship into My Future

By Suheil F. Tandon, BSc. 2009 (Mathematics), Co-Founder of Pro4Sport Solutions

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.

The journey towards this goal started while I was at McGill University, ironically pursuing an undergraduate in Math and Economics. I was unclear about my career path, but highly passionate about sport, and soon found myself playing for the most successful cricket club in Montreal, and later the Quebec provincial team. However, along with playing cricket at an elite level, I continued to involve myself in recreational sport, such as playing tennis with some friends, working out in the gym and taking part in intramural squash tournaments. Furthermore, it was at McGill that I started my journey towards becoming a trained coach, completing the Coaching Associations of Canada’s Level 1 course, and finding time during my busy schedule to coach youngsters in the game of cricket. Being involved in these different types of sporting interactions allowed me to think about the importance and impact of sport on individuals as well as society as a whole.  It was during my time at McGill that I honestly started thinking about a possible career in sport.

Over the next year, I continued my love for sports, mathematics and economics, by working for a prominent economist in Delhi, providing statistical skills in the research of sport along with pursuing my cricket career by playing for a prominent club in Delhi. Most importantly though, my internship at the end of the year with a rural development organisation focusing on the development of sport at the grassroots,  opened my eyes towards the vast but latent sporting talent present in rural India, which left me amazed and determined to succeed in a career in sport development and coaching.

It was after this gap year that I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the world renowned Loughborough University in the UK, which played a significant role in paving a path for my career and future ambitions.

On my return to India, I was motivated to bring my knowledge and experience in the field of sport management, coaching and development to benefit the latent talent in different pockets of the country. One such place, Odisha, being the most under-developed of the country, happens to be the setting of the current project that I manage, called Khel Vikas. Khel Vikas, literally translating into ‘Sport Development’, is being run by my sport development organisation, in partnership with a globally renowned rural development organisation, Gram Vikas, which has been working with underprivileged and tribal communities for the past 35 years. We currently work in the Gram Vikas residential schools for the underprivileged tribal children of the region, as well as various communities and villages, providing youth access to regular and sustainable participation in sport. We also run elite programs in certain sporting disciplines, allowing talented athletes a pathway to excel in sport.

Khel Vikas’ work is driven by highly enthusiastic, motivated and passionate individuals from different nationalities, cultures and educational background, many of whom volunteer their time with the project. We particularly look for people who have a background in sports science and coaching, physical education and social development. But, as the project has moved forward, we have also realised the need for creative individuals who can produce content through photos, videos, articles and other innovative mediums, to document our programs.

I feel that my work is just another medium through which I continue learning and gaining knowledge about the development of sport and society, as well as the capabilities of the abundant sporting talent in India. I encourage those who would like to experience the same to join me on my journey at Khel Vikas.

Suheil F. Tandon, BSc 2009 - Major Mathematics, Minor Economics
Co-Founder
Pro4Sport Solutions
www.pro4sportsolutions.com


Labour Market Information bulletin – November 2013

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 caps [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca (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
  • Lisa’s Corner: MyWorldAbroad

News

Economy posts 12,000 net job gains in September
Montreal Gazette, 12 October 2013
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Economy+posts+gains+September/9026284/story.html
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
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/unemployment-an-issue-for-newly-graduated-medical-specialists-report-1.1491556
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.

U.K. jobless claims count plunges, unemployment steady
The Globe and Mail, 16 October 2013
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/uk-britain-jobs-idUKBRE99F07E20131016
The number of people in Britain claiming jobless benefits had its biggest fall in more than 16 years last month but the jobless rate held steady, underscoring the Bank of England’s message that unemployment is likely to fall only slowly.

U.S. companies add 166,000 jobs, latest sign of sluggish gains in hiring
The Globe and Mail, 02 October 2013
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/us-companies-add-166000-jobs-in-september-as-hiring-growth-remains-tepid/article14654469/
A survey shows U.S. businesses added 166,000 jobs last month, a sign of only modest improvement in hiring.


Statistics & Studies

Statistics Canada – Labour Force Survey
September 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131011/dq131011a-eng.htm
Employment was little changed in September, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 6.9% as fewer youths searched for work.

Statistics Canada - Payroll employment, earnings and hours
July 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130927/dq130927a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $914 in July, virtually unchanged from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 1.3%.


Occupational highlight

Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (1122)
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/1122.shtml

This unit group includes those who provide services to management such as analyzing the operations, managerial methods or functions of an organization in order to propose, plan and implement improvements, or analyzing advertising needs and developing appropriate advertising plans. They are employed by management consulting firms, advertising agencies and throughout the public and private sectors or are self-employed.

Job prospects in this occupation are good.  Over the past few years, the number of professional occupations in business services to management has increased sharply. The development of new management concepts, the search for increased productivity as a response to international competition, changes to corporate structure and work organization methods, heightened quality demands and the growth in sub-contracting largely account for this growth. As it is expected that these trends continue, the number of professional occupations in business services to management should continue to rise sharply in the next few years.

For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://public.careercruising.com/ca/en

Please first login at the top of this page Career Periodicals & Databases http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/resource-centre/database to obtain the username and password for Career Cruising


Lisa’s Corner

MyWorldAbroad http://www.myworldabroad.com/mcgill

Do you want to work, intern, volunteer, teach, study or travel abroad?  MyWroldAbroad (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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