Guest Blog: Gregg Blachford discusses Career Services

Guest Blog: Gregg Blachford discusses Career Services

Careers & Jobs – How McGill can help you;  how you can help students

1) Helping you

During these difficult economic times, more and more alumni are returning to their alma maters to get help with their careers – either because they have been recently laid off or because they are looking for a mid-career transition.   McGill can help alumni in several ways with their career search.

  • For job listings, if you are a member of the Alumni Online Community, you can use the classifieds section to post and search for jobs free of charge.
  • For more job listings, you can now get life-long access to myFuture, McGill’s career tools and job search website that was newly installed about 2 years ago.   Here, alumni will find hundreds of job opportunities and resources, although it should be noted that most the positions will be targeted to current students and recent grads (up to about 5 years from graduation) rather than mid or late career transitioners.
  • If you are looking for a career change and would like some counselling, then CaPS can provide you with a full range of career services for a modest fee up to three years after graduation.  Contact us for details.

2) Alumni Helping Students

Are you aware of how current McGill students could benefit from your expertise and experience as they search for meaningful careers?   As a McGill alumnus/a, your assistance is much appreciated by students.  You are needed and I would like to tell you about a few ways in which you can help:

  • Consider becoming a mentor to McGill students through the McGill Mentor Program.  Currently there is a particular need for alumni who are Management Consultants, Medical/Science Researchers, Financial Analysts, Marketing Consultants, Lawyers, Public Policy Specialists, HR Managers or in any NGO concerned with international development issues
  • If you are in, or own a company or organization that hires students or recent grads, please post any jobs or internships on the myFuture career tools and job search website.  Postings are free.
  • if you are active in your Alumni Branch, consider opening up your branch listserv or LinkedIn site to current students who would like to work in your region so that they can learn about work and life options in your area

At McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS), we help thousands of students each year plan their careers and search for jobs and internships.   Some alumni may remember us as the Career & Placement Service (CAPS).  We changed our name a few years ago to better reflect the actual work we do which is to help students find their feet in the world of work, rather than “place” students in jobs.

Submitted by

Gregg Blachford

Director,

McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

www.mcgill.ca/caps

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