Work Your BA 2014


Work Your BA
Jan. 21-30, 2014
So…“What are you going to do after you graduate?!

The question is no doubt familiar, and potentially anxiety-provoking, to any student or soon-to-be Arts graduate, and it can be a challenging one to answer. The possibilities are many, and career paths and transitions often make much more sense in hindsight that they do when you are right in the midst of them.

Learning about the routes that others have followed can often be helpful when you're thinking about your own options, so if you're looking for ideas, information, inspiration, motivation and advice, come to Work Your BA organized by McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS).


CaPS and AUS are organizing a buffet of events to feed your career curiosity from the NGO/Non Profit Fair to career panel discussions to a great roundtable event to help you meet and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields.

 [to view the speakers and their bios, click here]

WORK YOUR BA WARMUP! Pre Conference Events

First Year Forum:  Student Involvement and Job Search 101
January 14, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm, RVC West Lounge

Looking to try new things, meet new people, develop skills and have fun? Get ready for Work Your BA with this great combo-event. Learn the basics of job searching from our CaPS Peer Educators, then hear from student leaders about the how and why of getting involved on campus.

What is Marketing?  (Workshop)
January 15, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Brown 5001

This workshop will be given by Peg Brunelle from the Management Career Centre who is the BCom Career Advisor for Marketing and International Management students.

The Marketing arena has many different aspects that you need to be aware of. This workshop will outline how to assess your skills and where the best fit for you will be based on those skills. It will also identify things you can do to gain related skills that will be relevant for a position in these fields.


Peg Brunelle, BA, BCom Career Advisor, Marketing and International Management, Soutar Career Centre


NGO/Non-Profit Fair
January 27, 11:00 am-3:00 pm – Lev Bukhman Room, SSMU

This popular career fair targets organizations offering internships, summer and volunteer opportunities both locally and abroad. 

Participating Organizations:



It Starts With Arts:  Exploring Career Options (Roundtable)
January 21, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Shatner Ballroom

Wondering about career possibilities and options following your BA? Inspiration awaits at the “It Starts With Arts” roundtable. At the event, students will have the chance to meet and talk briefly with 10 professionals from a diverse range of fields who have used their BAs as a springboard to launch their careers!


Carly Grossman, B.A ’02, M.J. ‘04, Communications Officer, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Natalie Fong, BA 2009, IDS & East Asian Studies - Fraud Analyst at BMO Financial Group

Sarah Dauchez, BA 2008, Sociology & Anthropology - Student Program Manager at Heenan Blaikie LLP

Arnav Manchanda, BA 2005, Political Science, MA 2007, Political Science, Director of Operations at CDA Institute, Fellow at SecDev Foundation

Samantha Cook BA 2010, Community Manager, Major League Baseball Facebook and mobile game for Behaviour Interactive

Elisabeth Faure, BA Political Science, Grad Certificate Journalism, Communications Administrator at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC)

Stephanie Gutnik, BA 2011 Political Science & Communications, Content Marketing Specialist at BroadSign International, LLC

Amanda St Jean, BA 2009, Psychology, Jewish General Hospital

Lindsay Flood, BA Psychology & History 2012, McGill Faculty of Law for the Student Affairs Coordinator (Admissions)

Donovan King, BFA, Founder, Infringement Festival, Teacher, Activist and Actor


30 Minute LinkedIn Profile Advising
January 22, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30 - Leacock 212

Looking to get started with LinkedIn or to polish your current profile?  Sign up for a 30 minute slot to hear a 10 minute overview of this fantastic professional networking tool and then receive individualized feedback on your profile from CaPS Peer Educators.

LinkedIn Head Shot Photography Session
January 22, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Arts Lounge, Champagne Room

Need a photo for your LinkedIn profile? Drop by the Arts Lounge anytime between 12 and 4 to have your picture taken by Arts volunteers. Be sure to dress professionally!

Women in Leadership:  We Can Do It! (Panel)
January 22, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm - Brown 5001

Come learn and be inspired by BA alumni who’ve gone on to become leaders in their diverse fields!


Anna Lombardi, Director Human Resources, Hitachi ID Systems

Eva Villalba, B.A. 2004 Psychology  & M.B.A., Executive Advisor : Strategic development, partnerships & philanthropy, Palliative Home-Care Society of Greater Montréal, Palliative Home-Care Society Foundation, Vice-Président, Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec, Président, Solutions Vangarde Inc.

McGill for Humanities (Panel)
January 23, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Arts 160

"Why study the Humanities today?" Come hear from Professors Nathalie Cooke (Department of English), Suzanne Morton (Department of History), and graduate and undergraduate students on the role and importance of studying humanities. The talks will be followed by a discussion on the role of McGill in advocating for the humanities.



Who am I? And Why Does It Matter? (Workshop)
January 23, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm - Brown 3001

A successful job search starts with this key question: Who am I? Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to identify and articulate your skills, values and interests, and how to put this information to use in your career planning!


To Pay or Not To Pay:  The Great Internship Debate! (in collaboration with Debating Union)
January 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Leacock 232

Considering applying for an internship? Come hear the Debating Union tackle this pressing and controversial issue which many students and new grads encounter.


Thinking About a Career With The UN? (Speaker)
January 28, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium

Passionate about international issues? Human rights? Development? Then you won’t want to miss our guest speaker from New York , who will help you understand what a career at the UN might look like and how to get there!


John Ericson, Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

To Go or Not To Go:  Is Grad School For You? (Panel)
January 29, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Brown 5001

If you’re considering furthering your education, this panel is a must! Our 6 panelists, current students in Law, Medicine, MBA, MSW and MA programs, will speak briefly about their decision to go to grad school and their experiences thus far.


Claudette van Zyl, Law student
Alyssa Wiseman, Joint Law/MBA candidate
Raminder Saini, History PhD candidate
David Solomon, MBA Candidate Class of 2014

Closing Event: Social Science Research Symposium and Networking Event (in collaboration with SSRS)
January 30, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Arts 160

Join CaPS, the AUS and the Social Science Research Symposium for our celebratory closing event and to learn about current undergraduate research initiatives.

Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab and keyword ARTS/BA