Through On-Campus Recruitment (OCR), companies come to campus in the Fall term (September-October) and in the Winter term (January-February) to actively recruit McGill Engineering students who will be graduating in the following fall or spring. Summer positions are also available through OCR and are normally offered in the winter semester for students returning to their studies full-time in the Fall term. OCR tends to be very competitive, so preparation and persistence are key. Here are some guidelines to help maximize your chances of success:
- Research the industries and companies to better target your applications and to ensure that they are a right fit for you.
- Attend company information sessions and career fairs. The list of information sessions and career fairs can be found on myFuture, which is updated daily.
- When attending company information sessions, be sure to dress for success and turn off your cell phone.
- Leave employers with a good impression. Ask company representatives thoughtful and concise questions. (Tip: do not ask about salary, benefits or vacation time.)
- Prepare targeted resumés and cover letters and have them reviewed by a Career Advisor in the Engineering Career Centre.
- Book a practice interview (general or case) at the Engineering Career Centre.
- Apply to job postings through myFuture. These postings are usually available by mid-August, with application deadlines as early as the second week of classes in September.
- Read the OCR Quick Guide on myFuture.
- Do not wait until the deadline date to apply - send your applications in early.
A collaborative effort by the Engineering Career Centre (ECC), the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS), and the Computer Science Student Society (CSUS), the McGill University Technology Career Fair (McGill Techfair) was created in 2000 to connect students in engineering, computer science and physical sciences with top employers for the purpose of exploring career or internship opportunities.
Details about upcoming McGill Techfairs are available at www.mcgilltechfair.com. To research participating companies, log on to myFuture and select Events/Career Fairs. You can view company profiles, targeted majors, targeted degree levels, and jobs available. The names of participating companies in past techfairs are also available at myFuture.
Company Info Sessions
A component of On-Campus Recruitment, some companies will have representatives speak to students about their organization and their recruitment plans. These presentations usually take place in a classroom in the Engineering Complex, at the Faculty Club, or at other Career Centres. This is an excellent way for students to get insight on a company’s expectations before applying for a job and to learn more about the organization’s culture, goals and job profiles. Event details are available on myFuture.
Online Job Postings
The Engineering Career Centre posts career-related full-time, part-time and internship jobs on myFuture, a password-protected career services management suite. Students can view and apply for jobs; upload documents such as cover letters, resumés and transcripts; view employer profiles; register for events, workshops and info sessions; sign up for interviews; view announcements; create job alerts and consult the online career resources.
Interviews & Offers
Once you have applied for a position, you may be contacted by an employer directly or by our office for an interview. Depending on the employer, your interview may be held either on-campus (in one of our interview rooms), by phone (in one of our interview rooms), or off-campus. Students who are selected for an interview on-campus will be contacted by the Engineering Career Centre and invited to log on to myFuture to set up the interview.
Once you have received an offer, you may want to discuss your decision or options with a Career Advisor, particularly if you would like to negotiate certain terms or you have received multiple offers. Contact our office to make an appointment.
Note that employers recruiting at McGill Engineering, as well as students, are expected to follow the Ethical Recruitment Guidelines as set out by CACEE.
International work experience allows you to see another part of the world while exposing you to different cultures and diverse mindsets. Working abroad could have a lasting influence on future career decisions and can be a great asset on a resumé.
For a list of suggested websites for international opportunities, please visit McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS), or take advantage of Going Global and MyWorldAbroad an online tool that provides country specific information on job opportunities, visa requirements, and country information.
You may also make an appointment to speak with a Career Advisor to discuss additional opportunities and resources.