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Undergraduate Students - September 2013

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Alumni Interview: Ankita Rao from Ernst & Young

Labour Market Information


Alumni Interview: Ankita Rao from Ernst & Young

By Tracy Yuen, Master of Science (Epidemiology) & CaPS Scoop Journalist

Being well prepared from day one has certainly paid off for Ankita Rao. Landing a coveted position with Ernst & Young right after completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance at McGill University, Rao shared her take on how to get the most out of your undergraduate experience and ensure a smooth transition from university to the workforce.

“Meet with your academic advisor early on during your first year, not only to layout the necessary requirements for completing your degree, but to determine ways to distinguish yourself from the rest. Minor in a unique subject, such as foreign language, or partake in extracurricular activities outside of your department. Not only will it allow you to explore different interests, recruiters will also be able to differentiate you from all the other students with stellar grades and work experience.”

Coming from a small program of only 40 students, Rao took the initiative to organize various social events to bond with her fellow classmates. This led to an established network right out of undergrad, as they graduate and dispersed across the globe. Such close-knitted connections certainly came in handy at the start of her job search. “Reach out to your friends and family,” said Rao. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” Rao also stressed the importance of diversifying your network and explained how her peers have received offers from the least expected sources. Take advantage of the resources available, such as the mentorship program at CaPS, or McGill’s connection with other world-renowned institutions by going on exchange studies. Merely, studying at different libraries within campus or at cafés in the plateau also allows you to interact with students outside of your faculty.

“While it is important to emerge yourself in different social situations, always be wary of your surroundings and adjust your mannerisms accordingly.” Rao cringed as she recalled common mishaps of her fellow students, from awkward conversations to inappropriate attires. Although we have heard countless times about having only few seconds to form a good first impression, students continue to attend formal functions in revealing dresses and unkempt suits. “You can’t go wrong with well-tailored pants and a blazer,” said Rao. Also, brush up on soft interpersonal skills as forming a lasting connection with the right person can make your career.

As for those in the midst of job search, don’t get discouraged by the rejections. Having graduated at a difficult period of financial and employment instability, Rao recounted tales of students undergoing multiple rounds of interviews for positions that did not exist and dealing with nepotism in the hiring process. However, being flexible in terms of job location and perseverance got her through. “There are many opportunities out there,” said Rao. “Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.”

Labour Market Information bulletin – September 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 feedback is welcome mailto:caps [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

 In this issue

  • Francophone migration: Leaving Quebec for jobs
  • 39,000 jobs lost pushes unemployment rate up to 7.2%
  • Occupational highlight: Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
  • Lisa’s Corner: Reliefweb


 Francophone migration: Leaving Quebec for jobs
Montreal Gazette, 10 August 2013
Between 2006 and 2011, about 20,000 residents went searching for greener pastures in other provinces.

 39,000 jobs lost pushes unemployment rate up to 7.2%
CBC News, 09 August 2013
For the fourth time in seven months, the Canadian economy has shed jobs, pushing the jobless rate in July up to 7.2 per cent.

 Youth unemployment hits 65% in Greece as national jobless rate climbs to new record high
Financial Post, 08 August 2013
Greece’s jobless rate hit a new record high of 27.6% in May, official national data showed on Thursday as the country staggers under austerity linked to its international bailout.

 U.S. jobless claims edge up, still point to healing labour market
The Globe and Mail, 08 August 2013
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week but was still near its lowest level since before the 2007 - 2009 recession, a hopeful sign for the U.S. economy.

 Hiring prospects dimmer in third quarter: survey
The Globe and Mail, 08 August 2013
The latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey found that Canadian hiring prospects for the third quarter are slightly less positive than a year ago.

Why thirty-somethings are still in entry-level jobs
The Globe and Mail, 12 August 2013
Statistics Canada’s latest study regarding the changing employment situation of younger Canadians reveals some sobering facts, but few real shocks.

Occupational highlight

Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers (4166)


 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, produce reports and administer elementary, secondary and post-secondary education policies and programs. They are employed by government departments, school boards, research institutes, professional associations and educational and other organizations throughout the public and private sectors, or they may be self-employed.  Job prospects in this occupation are fair.

 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

Reliefweb http://reliefweb.int/ is a service from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).  This site provides interactive maps allowing users to find the most timely humanitarian information of regions the OCHA monitors.  For those who are interested in working in humanitarian and developmental jobs:  http://reliefweb.int/jobs

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