Work Your BA – Connect to your Future January 21 – 31, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020toFriday, January 31, 2020

Come to Work Your BA events to explore, learn about options and different paths, and gain ideas, information, inspiration, motivation and advice! 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 Non Profit/Public Service Fair to career panel discussions to a great roundtable event to help you meet and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields.


FSWEP – Federal Student Work Experience Program
January 20, 12:30 pm – 2:00pm
Brown 5001
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The Art of Public Speaking
January 20, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brown 2200
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Speaker: Jay Olson, McGill PhD candidate in Psychiatry

Do you get nervous before giving a speech? Want to feel more confident while presenting? Or just want to make your presentations more interesting, rather than reading verbatim from slides? In this workshop, persuasion researcher Jay Olson will cover the communication skills necessary to give an effective presentation. Topics include handling nervousness, enhancing clarity, improving body language, and holding the audience’s attention. These tools will help presenters engage and persuade their audiences, in both academic and business settings.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Know practical methods to deal with nervousness.
  • Know how to engage audiences from the beginning of your speech.
  • Be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in presenters, including yourself.

Jay Olson, M.Sc., is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychiatry at McGill. He studies suggestion and effective persuasion. Spending most of his life as a professional magician, Jay has won several international awards for both performing and public speaking. He now helps companies, organizations, and students apply the science of public speaking to become more persuasive, engaging, and confident speakers.



January 21 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Peer CV Drop-In Brown 2200

January 21

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Entrepreneurship Panel Brown 5001
January 22

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Career Studio #1 – Killer Résumés

Brown 2200

January 22 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm The McGill Grad School Experience

Brown 5001

January 22-24 All Day Federal Government Networking Trip Ottawa
January 23

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Composer un CV et une lettre de présentation Brown 2200
January 23

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Career Studio #2 – Proactive Job Search Brown 2200

January 23

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Mental Health in the Workplace (panel) Coach House Room 200 - 3715 Peel St.
January 24 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Summer Jobs Brown 5001
January 27 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Career Studio #3 – Optimize LindedIn

Brown 2200

January 27 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm B.A. Lawyer. Is Law School for You? Get the Scoop

New Chancellor Day Hall, Moot Court Room 100

January 28 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Peer CV Drop-In Brown 2200
January 28 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Careers with Global Impact

Leacock 232
January 29

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

ION - Interview Preparation for Internships Brown 5001
January 29 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm NonProfit/NGO &Community Services Fair

New Residence Hall

January 29 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Career Success Package and LinkedIn Headshot (LifeAYD) Brown 2200
January 30 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm RBC on Campus - Your Brand Matters Brown 5001
January 30 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm How to Assess Job Offers and Negotiate Salary Brown 5001
January 30 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Speed Mentoring with Young Alumni Event

Thomson House Ballroom

January 31

11:00 am -12:00 pm

Career Studio #4 – Effective Interviewing

Brown 2200

January 31 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Miami Ad School Brown 5001

Peer CV Drop-Ins
January 21st, 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
Brown 2200
No Registration Required - First Come First Served

Looking for a summer job or internship? Trying to find ways to make your CV stand out in an application?  Be better prepared for those internship/job applications by getting your CV reviewed by one of our trained Career Leaders!  These are quick 15-minute CV reviews for undergraduate students. You must come in person to the CaPS office to register for that same day drop-in session, first come first served.  Please bring a hard copy of your CV with you to the session!

Entrepreneurship Panel
January 21st, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
Brown 5001
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Do you have a dream of being your own boss? Do you have inner drive, a strong belief in yourself, an ability to search for new ideas and innovation, an openness to change? Are you competitive by nature, highly motivated and energetic and accepting of constructive criticism and rejection? If so - entrepreneurship might just be the right choice for you!

Come and hear from our amazing panelists – each with a unique and interesting story to share with you. Listen to their journeys and find out what brought them to entrepreneurship – what they love about it, their challenges and successes, and their tips for those considering the entrepreneurial path!


Career Studio #1 – Killer Résumés
January 22nd, 10:00 am -11:00 am
Brown 2200
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In this 1st Career Studio, we will go over what makes a killer resume and work together to ensure yours is the best it can be for the type of position you’re looking for.

You must bring a hard copy of your resume and your laptop.

By attending this studio, you will walk away with:

• Key points on what makes a professional resume
• Strategies for customizing your resume for specific jobs

Career Studio #2 – Proactive Job Search
January 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brown 2200
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In this 2nd Career Studio, we will use tools and resources to teach you how to find the answers these questions:
• How do I research industries for career prospects and learn industry key issues?
• How can I find the companies that make up a given industry?
• How can I learn more about a specific company?
• What is the current job market and job prospects for a specific occupation?

By attending this studio, you will walk away with:
• Hands on experience on how to use industry classification systems, and company directories
• Tips on what to look for while conducting industry, company, and occupational research

CANCELLED - Mental Health in the Workplace (panel)
January 23rd, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Coach House Room 200 - 3715 Peel St.

It’s estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime and according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, every week more than 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to mental health problems. Sadly, stress in the workplace can intensify mental illness for some people, which is why it’s critical to find a good work/life balance, and seek out support from your employer and/or colleagues in order to make work a safer and more positive experience.

In light of this pressing issue, please join us for a lively roundtable discussion around “Mental Health in the Workplace” with students and professionals from the areas of HR, wellness, community and advocacy, as well as career education.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • How to reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting
  • Signs and symptoms of the most common mental-health programs
  • How/when/if to disclose mental-health illness
  • Knowing your rights with regards to workplace accommodations
  • Resources for further information & assistance


  • Bianca Anna Brunetti, Local Wellness Advisor in the Faculty of Arts at McGill
  • Julia Caddy, McGill Students in Mind
  • Melanie Walkty, Career Educator at McGill
  • Jan Bottomer, Career Educator at McGill
  • Lorna McEachern, Career Counsellor at McGill
  • Loretta Federico, Recruitment Advisor at RBC
  • Michael Thorburn, Tresury Solutions Specialist at RBC

Summer Jobs
January 24th, 1:30 pm - 3:00pm
Brown 5001
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Wondering what to do this summer and how to look for opportunities? Join CaPS and learn about effective job search strategies, summer job.


Melanie Walkty, Career Counsellor, McGill Career Planning Service


B.A. Lawyer. Is Law School for You? Get the Scoop!
January 27th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
New Chancellor Day Hall, Moot Court Room 100
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Law School. Should you go? What’s it like? How do you get in? What types of careers does it lead to? This event will feature information and advice from McGill’s Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment, current law students and several law graduates


  • Me. Viviane Albequerque (BCL/LLB 2015) – Mobilisys Legal
  • Andrew Medeiros, 2L, BCL/JD candidate
  • David How, 2L, BCL/JD Candidate


Peer CV Drop-Ins
January 28th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brown 2200

No Registration Required - First Come First Served

Looking for a summer job or internship? Trying to find ways to make your CV stand out in an application? Be better prepared for those internship/job applications by getting your CV reviewed by one of our trained Career Leaders! These are quick 15-minute CV reviews for undergraduate students. You must come in person to the CaPS office to register for that same day drop-in session, first come first served. Please bring a hard copy of your CV with you to the session!

Career Studio #3 – Optimize LinkedIn
January 28th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brown 2200
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In this 3rd Career Studio, we will review how to create an effective LinkedIn profile and use the platform to grow your network. Please bring your laptop.

By attending this studio, you will walk away with:
• Concrete steps to improve your profile and properly navigate the platform
• Tips on how to effectively network with alumni and industry professionals

Careers with Global Impacts
January 28th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Leacock 232
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Passionate about Global Affairs & International Relations? Come hear from inspiring BA grads working in internationally-focused organizations and departments, who will share their stories, insights and advice about what their positions entail and what it takes to work in this dynamic field.


Non-Profit / Community Org Fair
January 29, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New Residence Hall - 3625 Parc Ave

This popular fair targets both non-profit and community service organizations offering internships, summer and volunteer opportunities both locally, national and abroad.

List of participation organizations - more to come

4 Korners Family Resource Center http://4kornerscenter.org
ABOVAS http://www.abovas.com
Agence Ometz-Jewish Family Services http://www.ometz.ca
AIESEC McGill http://aiesec.ca
Alzheimer Groupe Inc. (AGI) http://www.agiteam.org
Apathy is Boring http://www.apathyisboring.com 
C2 Montréal


Caldwell Residences / Residences Caldwell  
Centre de Crise de l'Ouest de l'île https://www.centredecriseoi.com/
Chez Doris http://www.chezdoris.ca
Côte-des-Neiges Job Search Center / Centre de recherche d'emploi Côte-des-Neiges http://www.crecdn.com
CFFM https://www.cffm-fcam.ca/
Chantiers jeunesse http://www.cj.qc.ca
Collective Community Services http://www.ccs-montreal.org
Colorectal Cancer Canada


East Island Network for English Language Services / Le Réseau de l'Est de l'Île pour les services en anglais http://www.reisa.ca
Emergo Respites http://servicesderepitemergo.com/
Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education


FRDJ / JDRF http://www.jdrf.ca
Friendship Circle http://www.friendshipcircle.ca
Frontier College Frontière http://frontiercollege.ca
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami https://www.itk.ca/
Les Chiens Togo http://leschienstogo.com
Little Red Playhouse (La Fondation Place Coco) http://thelittleredplayhouse.com
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) http://www.lojiq.org/participer/stages/offres-de-stages/
LOVE (Québec) http://loveorganization.ca
Mer et Monde http://www.monde.ca/meretmonde/
Ordine Figli d'Italia  
Société Alzheimer de Montréal http://www.alzheimermontreal.ca
Students' Society of McGill University http://ssmu.ca
Table de Quartier Peter-McGill https://petermcgill.org/
Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20


The Refugee Centre

The Stardust-Startup Factory https://starduststartupfactory.org
Valoris pour enfants et adultes de Prescott-Russell http://www.valorispr.ca
Verge Magazine https://www.vergemagazine.com/
WIAIH http://wiaih.qc.ca
YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) http://www.yesmontreal.ca
YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program / Emplois d'été Échanges étudiants du YMCA http://my.ymcagta.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=612

RBC on Campus - Your Brand Matters 
January 30th, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Brown 5001
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The Your Brand Matters Workshop is a 1-hour session to help young people build awareness of their personal brand, and learn how to use their brand effectively throughout their career. Young people will learn the essentials of what makes a great personal brand, first impression, professional presence, and elevator pitch.

Speed Mentoring w/ Young Alumni Event
January 30th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thomson House Ballroom
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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 professionals from a diverse range of fields who have used their BAs as a springboard to launch their careers.



Career Studio #4 – Effective Interviewing
January 31th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brown 2200
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In this 4th Career Studio, we will discuss how to successfully prepare for upcoming interviews. Through a series of interactive exercises, we will help you focus on identifying your skills and experiences so that you will be able to confidently tackle those difficult interview questions.

By attending this studio, you will walk away with:
• The do and don’ts of effective interviewing, as well as useful prep tool
• More confidence in responding to challenging interview questions


Composer un CV et une lettre de présentation
January 23rd, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brown 2200
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En participant à cet atelier, les étudiants seront capable de:
1. Comprendre les attentes concernant le format et l’objectif des CV et des lettres de présentation
2. Identifier des stratégies pour personnaliser les matériaux d’application à des tâches spécifiques
3. Articuler leurs compétences et leurs réalisations dans le CV et la lettre de motivation

ION - Interview Preparation for Internships
January 29th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown 5001
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This workshop will help students prepare and plan for successful interviews when applying for internships.

How to Assess Job Offers and Negotiate Salary
January 30th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brown 5001
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Looking to learn more about the negotiation process? This workshop will provide you with information on the importance of negotiating, how to best prepare for engaging in the process and strategies to help you approach your own negotiations.

Miami Ad School
January 31st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brown 5001
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Do you consider yourself a creative mind? Even if you don't have artistic capabilities, careers in advertising always come from a foundation of good ideas and insights about people. If you like to observe behaviours, ask why and think of interesting ways to solve problems you might be a great fit for the world of Advertising! Come and meet the representatives from Miami Ad School Toronto, and join them as they bring a Creative Director your way to be led through a briefing workshop. Why do the iconic ads stick apart from the bajillion others in the world? What do creatives in advertising even do? Join us to experience what it's like working in creative teams concepting new campaigns for a brand.

Miami Ad School is the world's most awarded portfolio school, with graduates at Apple, Facebook, Nike, R/GA, Spotify and more. With 15 campuses around the world, students study and get upto 4 work placements within the program at some of the leading agencies and media companies. All career opportunities within the digital media landscape will be covered in the info session. Provided in partnership with McGill University and Miami Ad School Toronto.

Additional Bonus Events

The McGill Grad School Experience (LifeAYD)
January 22nd, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Brown 5001
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In Collaboration with CaPS & McGill Alumni Association:

Are you considering doing your graduate studies at McGill? This event will provide you with the opportunity to chat with graduate students who also completed their undergraduate at McGill and to learn about their experiences in graduate school. A panel discussion with current graduate students from a variety of fields pursuing different graduate degrees will share insights on getting into McGill graduate and professional schools, discuss how their involvement as an undergraduate played a role in their transition into grad school, and the McGill grad school advantage.


  • Peymon Montazeri (PhD)


  • Marie Labrosse (MA)
  • Camille Couture (MSc)
  • Jay Olson (PhD)
  • Dean Josephine Nalbantoglu


Federal Government Career and Networking Trip
January 22 – 24, 2020
Ottawa, ON

In Collaboration with McGill Alumni Association, CaPS, & PGSS:

Interested in exploring career opportunities within the federal government? Please join us for our 6th annual federal government career tour, where you will have the opportunity to hear about career paths in the public sector, and network with hiring managers. This will be an exclusive opportunity to network with government officials. Special emphasis will be placed on public service renewal and the programs geared towards student employment. To be eligible to participate you must be a current PGSS or SSMU student.

Note that a maximum of 40 seats are available (20 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students).

Registration online at:  https://pgss.mcgill.ca/en/event/881

Career Success Package and LinkedIn Headshot (LifeAYD)
January 29, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Brown 2200
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In collaboration with CaPS & McGill Alumni Association

This 4-in 1 workshop focuses on career prep to help you prepare for the next steps in your professional life. Participate in different booths providing LinkedIn Headshot, CV & Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interview with CaPS advisors, and chat with representatives from Alumni Relations to learn about opportunities to get involved and connect with alumni for professional development.


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