The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

Published: 16 October 2009

On behalf of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the McGill Library, CaPS is delighted to announce that the The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas On-Line has been added to our vast collection of career resources at McGill University.

The Big Guide is a comprehensive and interactive website designed to help you prepare for an international career. With over 800 resources and 2200 international organization profiles, the Big Guide gives practical advice on how to start an international career and acquire international work experience.

To access The Big Guide, visit

Main features and tools


This feature will allow you to stay organised in your research through private notes, highlights and bookmarks. The My Learning Path tool will help you focus your research by helping you identify one or several international career goals and then recommending readings from The BIG Guide. This should be your starting point on The BIG Guide.

Within MyGuide you will also find 14 self-assessment quizzes to evaluate your preparation level in areas such as personality, experience and ‘International IQ’. Quiz tips will help you along and you can add private notes to your quiz results to track progress.

Job boards and volunteer/internship listings
The BIG Guide lists over 100 professional-level job boards across a range of industries. It also lists dozens of internship and volunteer websites, including short-term and working vacation programs.

Quick Guides
Available in English and French, in HTML or PDF, the Quick Guides are summaries of main strategies and topics. Use these for quick reference and to keep you focussed. Are you really pressed for time? Check out the Quick Guides marked ‘Essential Reading’.

Country Guides
The Country Guides link you to resources that will help you explore a country or region of interest. Use these resources to educate yourself before applying for positions overseas.

Search The BIG Guide Online through a basic keyword search or an advanced search using the AND operator. You can also browse/search by organisation profile, resources, job category, country/region, and cities in the U.S. and Canada with international contacts.

Ask the Expert
Submit a question to author Jean-Marc Hachey and perhaps it will be answered on the website!

Reader comments and contributions
As part of the notes feature, you can leave comments on any of the resources and organisation profiles listed in The BIG Guide. Users are also encouraged to submit their own essays for viewing and rating by other subscribers.

Other features
Other features include newsletters, videos by Jean-Marc Hachey, and YouTube favourites that capture the BIG Guide philosophy. Finally, check out ‘The World Online’ under the Tools menu. This collection of irreverent, educational and fun links will inspire you!

For more information or to send us feedback, e-mail caps.library [at] , call 514-398-3304 x00950, or visit us in room 2200 of the Brown building, Monday through Friday, 9h – 17h.


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