Career & Professional Development

Campus Life & Engagement

Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) offer programs centred on the theme of leadership development.

What they do

Contact them

3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4100, Montreal QC, H3A 0G3

Call 514-398-6913 or [at] (send an email)

Career Planning Service (CaPS)

Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships.

What they do

  • Appointment-based career advising for ideas, questions and concerns related to looking for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities; preparing for an interview; wondering about options after graduation; and more.
  • CV/Advising Drop-in hours to review your CV or ask a quick question.
  • myFuture job search and career tools suite, an efficient way to search for full-time, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships.
  • Program for the Advancement of Career Exploration (P.A.C.E.), a fantastic four-week program designed to help you make decisions about your field of study and/or career options. Includes vocational testing and a complete self-assessment. Run in partnership with Counselling Service.
  • Career Development Workshops offered throughout the year on topics such as CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews, Networking, Summer Jobs and more!
  • Career Fairs and Events that bring many employers and working professionals to campus every year to speak to students about different fields and job opportunities.
  • Mentor Program that connects current McGill students with McGill alumni to assist students in exploring career options, learning about different organizations and industries, and establishing ties with professionals.

Contact them

Downtown Campus:
Brown Student Services Building, suite 2200 link to map
Call 514-398-3304 or careers.caps [at] (send an email) or visit their blog.

Macdonald Campus:
Centennial Centre link to map
Call 514-398-7582, caps.macdonald [at] (send an email) or visit their blog.

Connect with CaPs:
link to website link to Facebook link to LinkedIn link to YouTube

Graphos (Academic Writing and Oral Communication)

Graphos is McGill’s scholarly communication program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Housed within the McGill Writing Centre, Graphos provides numerous opportunities for developing effective scholarly communication skills at all stages of your academic career

What they do

  • 1-Credit Courses that complement your degree program by teaching you cornerstones of academic writing across all disciplines, how to communicate effectively in English, how to write a literature review, and strategies for delivering strong presentations.  All doctoral students and most Master’s students are eligible to take these courses without incurring extra tuition fees.
  • Interactive Workshops on key writing/communication strategies, conventions, topics, and genres.
  • Peer Writing Groups of 8-10 participants in related fields who meet regularly to give and receive constructive feedback on works in progress.
  • A Writing Commons that provides optimal conditions for you to write productively in the company of others during thesis retreats and related events. 

Contact them

McLennan-Redpath Library, Main Floor, room 02 link to map
3459 McTavish St
Call (514) 398-8430 or graphos [at] (send an email).
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SKILLSETS is a suite of professional development workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. SKILLSETS is jointly hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS). The team develops and promotes interdisciplinary professional development offerings to help you build your skills.

What they do

Annually, over 200 free workshops, information sessions, and events are offered throughout the year to help you improve your skills and knowledge in one or more of the following professional development themes: 

  • Career Development
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Dissemination of Research & Knowledge Translation

  • Integrity & Ethical Conduct
  • Life Skills
  • Research Management & Leadership
  • Teaching Skills

Contact them

Contact SKILLSETS skillsets [at] (via email).
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TRaCE McGill produces detailed quantitative and qualitative pictures of the outcomes for McGill PhD graduates. Visit TRaCE McGill for an ever-increasing number of narratives from alumni about their experiences at McGill.

What they do

Headquartered at Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, TRaCE McGill aims 

  1. to produce a detailed statistical picture of career outcomes for all McGill PhD graduates (the graduating cohorts from 2008 to 2018)
  2. to tell the stories of the education and career pathways of the PhD graduates, and
  3. to help build a PhD mentoring community inside and outside the University.

TRaCE McGill's integration of statistical data, narrative knowledge, and community building is unique in the world among PhD tracking projects.

Contact them

Contact TRaCE via their webiste.
link to website


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