Graduate Students - Fall 2012

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We’re looking for Grad Peer Educators!

Labour Market Information


We’re looking for Grad Peer Educators!

As a Graduate Student Peer Educator at the McGill Career Planning Service, you will meet with other graduate and postdoctoral students during weekly drop-in sessions to assist them with a variety of career planning needs, such as job seeking and applications, interview preparation, and decision making about upcoming opportunities.  Drop in hours are Tuesday 3:00-4:00, Thursday 3:00-5:00, and Fridays 3:00-4:00.

Duties include:

- Meeting one-on-one with graduate students during a weekly drop-in service.
- Asking questions during consultations to learn about the student and what they are trying to achieve through the consultation and what they are seeking with their job application documents (for example, responding to a specific advertised position versus updating a general CV for future applications).
- Critiquing and giving feedback on CVs, resumes, cover letters, and statements of purpose that the student provides. Based on principles of effective cover letter and CV writing, the Peer Educator will advise the student on how to improve their documents to better represent their qualifications and suitability and respond to the specific details of the job advertisement (if applicable). Additionally, the Peer Educator should be able to help the student find errors of spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency, and formatting in order to help them improve the overall quality and presentation of their documents.
- Providing general career advising to students and help them become aware of other services and resources offered by CaPS, including job postings, workshops, career fairs, and print and web resources. The Peer Educator should be well informed of other Student Services departments and programs in order to refer students as needed.

We provide training. If you are interested in applying or would like more information contact Graduate Student Career Advisors at Susan.Molnar [at] or Lorna.MacEachern [at]

Labour Market Information

Lisa Lin, CaPS Resource Coordinator

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 caps.library [at]

In this issue

  • Employer demand for graduates remains high
  • Canadians are more optimistic about job security this year
  • U.S. private sector added 201,000 jobs
  • Occupational highlight: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
  • And more!

The good news

Employer demand for graduates remains high
The Globe and Mail, 11 September 2012
Employer demand for university graduates has remained high across most of the developed world, with the wage premium rising by an average of 10 per cent over the past decade, OECD research has found.

Canadian economy adds 34,300 jobs, but unemployment rate remains at 7.3%
Montreal Gazette, 07 September 2012
Canada's economy hammered out 34,300 new jobs last month, a figure that topped expectations but one that was coolly received by economists surveying the cross-currents beneath the headline number.

Tech, hospitality bright spots as Ottawa jobless rate steady at 6.3 per cent
Ottawa Citizen, 07 September 2012
The capital region’s jobless rate held steady at 6.3 per cent in August as small declines in government payrolls were offset by surprising strength in the tech sector.

U.S. private sector hiring jumps, jobless claims drop
The Globe and Mail, 06 September 2012
U.S. private employers added 201,000 jobs in August, easily beating economists’ expectations.

Canadians more optimistic about job security this Labour Day
The Globe and Mail, 29 August 2012
A new Labour Day survey suggests Canadians are more optimistic this year about their job security as well as hiring and growth prospects at their companies – and many expect a raise.

Le salaire des employés non syndiqués augmenterait de 3,2% en 2013
La presse, 27 August 2012
Non-unionized Canadian workers can expect an increase of 3.2 per cent in wage next year.


Other news

QuickList: Unemployment rates in selected Canadian cities in August
Selected Canadian cities unemployment rates at a glance.

Statistics Canada - Study: How the older unemployed look for work, 2006 to 2010
August 2012
Older unemployed workers spent as much time on average looking for work as their younger counterparts did during the four-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Statistics Canada – Labour Force Survey
August 2012
After a decline in July, employment rose by 34,000 in August, the result of an increase in part-time work. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.3%.

Statistics Canada - Payroll employment, earnings and hours
June 2012
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $898.00 in June, up 0.6% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.0%.

For past LMI, visit Know Salary and Labour Information


Occupational highlight

Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists (NOC 2123)

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists provide assistance and advice to farmers on all aspects of farm management, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing. They are employed by businesses, institutions and governments that assist the farming community or they may be self-employed.

Job prospects in this occupation are fair. After a decrease in the early and mid 90s, the number of agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists increased slightly. This growth can be mainly explained by trends that influence the agriculture industry, government spending, laws that govern agriculture, scientific discovery and the introduction of new technologies. Despite the mixed outlook in the agricultural industry, increased needs for specialized agricultural consultants should lead to a slight increase in the number of agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists over the next few years.

For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising
Contact us at caps.library [at] for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under the tab “Resources -> Career Resources”.


Lisa’s Corner

Are you a graduate student in Humanities and Social Sciences?
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  • Panel discussions – Panels of graduates working in PhD-friendly fields answering questions from people like you
  • Advancement success stories – Cover letters and resumes showing a graduate advancing to a more desirable position

To access the premium content, log into myFuture ( with your McGill email address and follow this instruction:

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