At SCS, our programs and courses are career focused, so the School provides high-quality advising services to help our students as they strive to launch or transition in their careers. With the School’s proposed Advising and Career Transition Service, we will be able to provide learners with the coaching, mentoring, and guidance to ensure that they make informed decisions about their future and realize their personal and professional goals. .
The School’s Advising and Career Transition Service will support our learners as they transition into the job market, kickstart a new career, improve their employability, or integrate into their new country. They will have access to much-needed coaching and advice, as well as internship and job placement opportunities. Our staff will be better able to guide students through their educational development, empower them to make informed decisions about their life ambitions, and help them to acquire the skills to ensure their success.
Our proposed Advising and Career Transition initiative is the School’s top funding priority and it includes:
• career development workshops
• internship placements
• newcomer/immigrant advising
• job placement services
By supporting the School’s Advising and Career Transition Priority, you will help our 14,000 students develop the practical knowledge and professional skills they need to achieve their professional, academic, and personal goals in a competitive world.
Donors in the Spotlight
Through their generous donations, the Zeller Family Foundation and State Street Foundation have enabled SCS Client Services to launch new workshops. These equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to launch or transition their careers and improve their employability and economic well-being. The workshops include such topics as creating an effective CV and job-hunting and networking techniques. These donations have also enabled the School to launch a workshop series for new immigrants, who are often marginalized, unemployed, and underemployed. Workshops include New Beginnings: Canadian Newcomer Life Skills and Pathways to Success, as well as workshops on social and corporate culture and navigating tax, medical, educational, and professional systems.
Paul Leong (B.Com ’81), who established the School’s first endowed fund for Advising and Career Transition Services, used to look out of his office window at RBC Dominion Securities on McGill College Avenue at the throngs of students heading towards McGill’s Roddick Gates. He says, “I really admired those people, who, like my sister, were striving to improve their lives by continuing studies at the end of their working day. Having been born in Macau and raised in Hong Kong and Mozambique, I was once an immigrant to Canada, and I applaud the School’s goal of establishing an Advising, Career Transition, and Social/Economic Integration of Immigrants service that will help underemployed immigrants to be more successful, more quickly.”
Gerson Vineberg, SCS alumnus and now president of a successful retail chocolate business (Suite 88) with two Montreal locations (downtown and in the Plateau), gives annually to the Advising and Career Transitions priority at SCS. “The reason I directed my gift to the School of Continuing Studies is to help give students a greater sense of direction,” he says. “No matter their level of education, they need to speak to someone who can offer them insights on what they can do next and help them make the difficult transition from school to work.”
For the past three years, the McGill Association of Continuing Education Students (MACES), which represents our large and dedicated student body, has made financial contributions to improve support and services to hardworking Continuing Studies students. To date, MACES has committed a total of $54,400 to McGill’s History in the Making Campaign, designated for the School’s top priorities: Advising and Career Transition, and Scholarships and Bursaries. MACES recently hired a consultant for a three-month period, who will work with Gianna Giardino, our Senior Manager of Client Services, to conduct background research to identify gaps and develop business plans so that our offerings meet our objectives of establishing an Advising and Career Transition Service at the School, as other professional faculties have at McGill (e.g., Desautels Management, Engineering, Medicine, Social Work, and Law). MACES President Nadia Houri stresses the importance of identifying gaps and addressing them with customized approaches. “Services are really important, especially career services. What our students need is career advising customized to their needs. We envision an advising centre that assists in the immigrant integration process. I think it’s great that the School is beginning to address this need.”