Work Your BA - Explore, Engage, Reflect! – January 24 - February 1

Thursday, January 24, 2019toFriday, February 1, 2019

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 21st, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Brown 5001

Looking for something interesting and productive to do this summer? Returning to full-time studies in the fall? Apply for FSWEP to be considered for one of 9,000+ Federal Government jobs across Canada. Options range from outdoor field work and research to office positions in administration, IT and finance, from work in trades to policy and communications and many more. Interested? Come learn more!


Murielle Swift, HR Advisor, Quebec Regional Branch, Public Service Commission of Canada



Summer Opportunities: Jobs and Internships
January 24th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Brown 5001


Wondering what to do this summer and how to look for opportunities? Join CaPS and the Arts Internship Office (AIO) for this joint workshop and learn about effective job search strategies, summer job and internship opportunities, and AIO awards.


  • Melanie Walkty, Career Counsellor, McGill Career Planning Service
  • Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo, Internship Office Coordinator, McGill Arts Internship Office

Speed Mentoring with Alumni Event
January 24th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thomson House 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 professionals from a diverse range of fields who have used their BAs as a springboard to launch their careers.


  • Phil Di Loreto (BA’11, Industrial Relations) – Senior HR Business Partner at Shopify
  • Jeffrey Wu (BA’06, Industrial Relations/Psychology double major) – Financial Security Advisor at Sun Life Financial, and Founder/President of Hao Wu Financial Solutions Inc.
  • Max Mehran (BA’16, Cultural Studies/Communication Studies)- Assistant Producer at d2 Productions Montreal, and Actor
  • Andrea Zhu (BA’13 Industrial Relations) - Business Strategy at Cirque du Soleil
  • Claudette van Zyl (BA’11, BLC/LLB ’16)- Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Maxine Dannatt (BA’17) – Public Funding Coordinator at Pop Montreal
  • Mandy Poon (BA’09, Political Science & East Asian Studies)- Freelance Strategy Director for Enterprise-Level Global Digital & Brand Marketing
  • Celine Thomas (BA’17, IDS and Management)- Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness
  • Lauren Duvall (BA’14, IDS) - Talent Acquisition Partner at Aimia Inc
  • Wendy Zhang (BA’18, Econ & Math)- Analyst at Willis Towers Watson

Enriched Education Opportunity with the Scholarships and Student Aid Office (Info Session)
January 28th, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Brown 2200

Are you planning a field study semester abroad? Are you interested in engaging in unpaid internships or research experiences? Would you like to partake in high quality mobility or work experience opportunities that take place outside the classroom? Do you demonstrate financial need?

Come find out how the Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) program can help undergraduate students with the additional costs associated with these extra opportunities pre-approved by your faculty. Join us for a 30-minute info session that will walk you through the eligibility criteria and the application process.

We look forward to seeing you there!

B.A. Lawyer. Is Law School for You? Get the Scoop!
January 28th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
New Chancellor Day Hall, Moot Court Room 100

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.


Alumni Ambassadors:

  • Olga Redko, Associate, IMK – Administrative law, civil and commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional law

BCL, LLB, McGill University, 2015
BA, Major political science, minors in English literature and French, McGill University, 2011

  • Olivier Jarda, Associate, Hutchins Legal inc., Aboriginal, constitutional and administrative law

BCL/LLB, McGill University, 2016
MPhil, University of Oxford, 2009
BA, Political Science & Economics, Saint Mary’s University 2007

Student Ambassadors:

  • Derek Pace, derek.pace [at] mail.mcgill.ca
  • Alex Moser, alexandra.moser [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Careers at the United Nations / International Civil Aviation Organization
January 28th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FDA Auditorium

Passionate about international issues? Human rights? Development? Leadership? Then you won’t want to miss our special guest speakers!

Come discover what a career at the United Nations / International Civil Aviation Organization might look like, what kind of jobs / internships are available, and what requirements you need to get your foot in the door!


Glenda Newton - Glenda has over 20 years of experience in Human Resource Management, obtained working in; private, public and UN Common System sectors, in numerous global locations. Currently on a secondment to The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as HR Officer- Gender and Outreach she holds a right of return to her position as, Chief Human Resources Officer at the United Nations Global Service Centre in Italy, expected to return February 2020. Glenda has also held positions within the UN Secretariat, in the Office of Human Resources Management, UNHQ N.Y., including Gender Focal Point and Performance Management Focal Point.

Glenda holds a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management as well as a BA in Science & Human Affairs and a BA in Human Environment Relations (minor Biology), additionally, she is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SCP-SHRM).

Glenda has a passion for leadership development around gender and has influenced change in and outside of the work environment.

Alec Regino (BA’20, Sociology & History) – ICAO Intern from June to December 2018


Careers in Arts & Entertainment (panel)
January 29th, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
Brown 5001

If you're looking to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment industry, you'll have many different career paths from which to choose! Come hear from inspiring BA grads who will share their stories, insights and advice about what their positions entail and what it takes to work in this field.


Non-Profit / Public Service Fair
January 30st, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
New Residence Hall

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

List of Participating Organizations (more to come)

Agence Ometz


Apathy is Boring


Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/
Canada Revenue Agency https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency.html
Canadian Security Intelligence Service http://WWW.CSISCAREERS.CA

Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums


Chantiers Jeunesse


ClubALink https://www.facebook.com/clubalink/

Communicaid for Hearing-Impaired Persons (CHIP)


Colorectal Cancer Canada


The East Island Network for English Language Services-REISA http://www.reisa.ca
End Poverty Now http://www.endpovertynow.ca

Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education






Fauna Foundation


FRDJ / JDRF - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


Frontier College


Gotoco International


Greene Avenue Community Centre (Centre Greene)


Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

HMCS Donnacona https://www.facebook.com/NCSMHMCSDonnacona/
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) https://www.icrc.org/en/who-we-are/jobs
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) http://www.lojiq.org

Mer et Monde


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Nova Montreal https://www.novamontreal.com/

Ontario Provincial Police


Our Harbour


Parcs Canada https://www.facebook.com/LHNauQC/
POP Montreal International Music Festival https://popmontreal.com

Public Service Commission of Canada


Rock Camp for Girls and Gender Nonconforming Youth http://girlsrockmontreal.com

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)


Santropol Roulant


Teen Haven


Town of Kirkland http://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca   

The Missing Children's Network


The Yellow Door http://www.yellowdoor.org/
The YMCAs of Quebec http://www.ymcaquebec.org
Uniterra http://uniterra.ca/en
YES Montreal https://www.yesmontreal.ca/

YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program


Youth Stars Foundation



Stay Here for Your Career: Discover great opportunities at McGill
January 31st, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Brown 5001

Stay Here for Your Career is a speed mentoring event for students who want to explore non-academic career possibilities at McGill University. Come meet McGill staff from Student Services, central administration, Enrollment Services and Project Management! If you enjoy the event then you will have access to an on campus job shadowing opportunity with one of the participating staff members!

Participating McGill staff:

  • Will Vainqueur - Risk Management and Insurance
  • Rachel Desjourdy - Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Gilbert Lin - Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)
  • Amanda Ceccarelli - Facilities Management and Ancillary Services
  • Eve Finley - Dean of Students Office
  • Charlotte Burns - Enrollment Services

BAs in Consulting (panel)
January 31st, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Brown 5001

Did you know that many consulting employers are actively encouraging arts grads to consider this industry? Come find out how to turn your passion, skills and knowledge into value for you and the business world!




Composer un CV et une lettre de présentation
January 28th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown 5001

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

Find a Job
January 29th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brown 5001

Looking for a job or internship? Start here! This popular workshop provides an overview of key job-search strategies, as well as tips on how to uncover hidden opportunities and build relationships that maximize your job search efforts.

Grad School: Making the Decision
January 29th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Brown 5001

Applying to grad school is a big decision, and knowing whether it is the right choice for you can feel overwhelming. This session will give you a comprehensive look at what questions to take into account before applying to grad school. We'll outline strategies for choosing between grad school and working after graduation, so that you can make an informed decision.

Grad School: Applying
January 29th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brown 5001

Once your grad school applications are underway, all kinds of questions can come up. This workshop is designed to provide information and strategies about the application process in order to maximize your chances of success. We'll cover typical application procedures and the expectations around them.

ION - Interview Preparation Workshop for Internships
January 30th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brown 5001

This workshop will help students prepare and plan for successful interviews when applying for internships.

Assess Job Offers and Salaries
January 31st, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brown 5001

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

Optimize LinkedIn
February 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brown 5001

2-3pm: Would you like to polish your LinkedIn profile? Are you unsure of how to use this platform for networking or finding jobs? Don’t miss out this great workshop! During the session, you will learn how to create a professional LinkedIn profile, how to use this platform to network and how to find employment opportunities.

3-3:30pm: BONUS SESSION! Do you want to learn how to overcome your fear of putting yourself out there on LinkedIn? Come hear how one B.A. student landed high profile internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and The Coca-Cola Company by being proactive and networking on LinkedIn.

Additional Bonus Events:

Federal Government Career and Networking Trip
January 23 – 25, 2019
Ottawa, ON

In Collaboration with Alumni, CaPS, SSMU & 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).

Schedule of meetings with Federal Government Departments providing an overview of their programs and policies (subject to change)

  • Thursday, January 24th (9am - 12pm): Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Thursday, January 24th (1pm - 4pm): Global Affairs Canada
  • Thursday, January 24th (6:30pm): Networking cocktail event with McGill Alumni
  • Friday, January 25th (9am - 12pm): Transport Canada
  • Friday, January 25th (1pm - 4pm): Health Canada

Space limited, register early!!

Register online at:  https://pgss.mcgill.ca/en/event/625

For more information contact: info.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca

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WYBA coordinators are committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or require accommodations to participate by contacting careers.caps [at] mcgill.ca or 514 398 3304 ext 0321.

Scent-Free Policy: Help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance-free. Chemicals used in scented products such as hair spray, perfume, cologne, and deodorant can make some people sick and trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches. Please do not use these products, or choose unscented versions, when coming to events.

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