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Career Development Workshops

McGill CaPS offers several workshops throughout the academic year to help undergraduate and graduate students explore careers or find work. Below is a quick reference list of the workshops provided by CaPS.

For a full listing of workshops currently offered, their dates and times, and to RSVP, please log-in into myFuture and click on the 'Events' tab.

Current Workshops


Workshop Series:

# 1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview and action plan)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Compose a more effective and tailored cv.
2) Define the essential components of a cover letter.
3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
4) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview.
5) Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

# 2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.
2) Understand the importance of researching employers and industries.
3) Identify website resources and databases in which they can grow their employer contact base.
4) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview.
5) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field.

# 3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, presenting yourself professionally in person – through your body language, attitude and communication style – and online.
2) Identify key elements involved in dressing for success.
3) Identify key differences involved in the transition from university to work life and know how to prepare for your first day on the job.

# 4 = Practice your Networking (Prerequisite: Workshop #2)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Identify and modify their individual style of networking for various situations.
2) Practice their networking approach in a series of simulated scenarios.
3) Create a checklist for future networking telephone calls and / or meetings.

# 5 = Practice your Interviewing (Prerequisite: Workshop #1)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview.
2) Practice their interview skills in a series of simulated scenarios.
3) Create a checklist to help them prepare for future interviews.

# 6 = Practice Case Interviewing (Prerequisite: Workshop #1)

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough case interview preparation.
2) Identify the skills an employer is assessing during a case interview.
3) Understand and experience the process of a case interview.

Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to adventure

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Identify some of their reasons and preparedness for going overseas
2) List at least 3 international skills they already possess
3) Effectively research programs such as youth exchanges, internships, professional exchanges, teaching abroad opportunities, volunteer, and independent work and travel programs, and summer opportunities
4) Understand the steps in the international hiring process

Where to find Internships: Test the waters

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process.
2) Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship.
3) List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships.

Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the heat

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Assess their priorities and set goals for their summer job/internship.
2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a summer job.
3) Uncover the hidden job market and understand its particular relevance to the summer job search.
4) Identify several sectors which often hire summer employees and list at least three resources to effectively research specific companies and opportunities.

Grad School Applicants: Learn how to apply

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Identify the process and application components of applying to grad school
2) Describe how to research potential schools and programs they would like to apply to
3) Use the general tips provided to enhance their future applications

Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Describe the significance of the interview for the school and for themselves.
2) List the areas in which they need to prepare for the interview.
3) Prepare answers to some typical medical school interview questions.
4) Define the MMI (M3I) and potential scenarios involved.

Graduate workshops

Career Planning & Networking

If you are just getting your job search started, this workshop will provide an overview of career planning, with a focus on why and how to network.

Applying & Interviewing

Key points for strategic CV and Cover Letter writing for non-academic positions and the interview will be presented.

Interview Group Practice

A small group (12 limit) will practice answering questions to typical interview questions. Attending a previous interview workshop is preferred.

What to say after "Hello"? Networking for Introverts

This workshop will talk about why introverts find networking difficult and identify and explore components of effective in person communication throughout the job search process

Targeted workshops

International Students: Adapting to the Canadian job market

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student.
2) Convey to an employer some of the skills and achievements from their past experiences.
3) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a post-graduation job in Canada.

International Students: Finding summer and part-time opportunities

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:
1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student.
2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a part-time or summer job.
2) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, networking.
3) Identify at least 3 leads of opportunities on and off campus.

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