Want to develop leadership, communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills? Looking for a meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunity? Excited about the possibility of connecting with various students, staff and faculty across the university?
If so you should join CLP for the upcoming academic year!
CLP is designed to provide positive and professional career-related assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as raise awareness of the services offered by CaPS.
The Role of the Career Leaders
Career Leaders are a vital link between all McGill students and CaPS. They are involved in various activities such as - CV review sessions, workshop development and facilitation, as well as outreach & liaising with various student groups, departments and faculties across campus. Career Leaders volunteer approximately 11 hours per month. The service hours are tracked through myInvolvement and the volunteer experience appears on the Co-Curricular Record.
Meet Our Career Leaders
I am a PhD student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN), and my research focuses on neuronal synchronization. Outside of the lab, I volunteer with the McGill Career Planning Services (CaPS) – since 2012 – and with BrainReach North, which aims to develop online science education resources for teachers and students in remote areas to enrich their knowledge in cutting-edge neuroscience. What keeps me coming back to the McGill CaPS year after year is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere where I am encouraged to grow, explore, and develop new skills outside of my academic studies. For the new year ahead, in addition to publishing more research papers, I hope I will be able to add Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concerts and Opéra de Montréal shows into my calendar to add arts and music into my life. Having completed my undergraduate studies also at McGill, my biggest advice to students is to design a balanced course load so that you can have good grades while enjoying your university life.
Hello! My name is Lina Jae, and I am in the Master of Science in Public Health. I also studied science at McGill for my undergraduate degree. So, technically I am also a "McGill" expert. I love watching movies during my free time, and I destress by walking mindlessly with my music. One interesting fact about me is that I love everything "lemon" - lemon candies, lemon bars, lemon lotion, lemon perfume and so on. One of the things I regret when I look back on my undergraduate years is that I didn't fully utilize the resources and services provided by the school. There are a lot more happening on campus than you might think, and I hope to help the students find them. If I had to give one advice to a new student, I would say, "enjoy, and experience."
Hi! My name is Umang and I am in my last year at McGill! I am majoring in Psychology and double-minoring in Biology and Environment. The reason why I chose Psychology as my field of study was because I am very interested in human behaviour and the role the mind plays in altering this behaviour. About myself? I was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, I am very passionate about music and I find myself jamming to music hours on end, I currently speak 3 languages and am in the process of learning French! (Mais je peux parler un peu). I was part of the Career Leadership Programme at CAPs during the 2017-2018 school year and the reason why I am returning this year is because I found that I learned a lot from this experience. As an advisor, there is a fair amount of responsibility that rests on your shoulder so being a Clipper acts as a good middle ground between a work-place environment and university life. The atmosphere at CaPS is very pleasant and welcoming and in general, meeting with students and helping them has been a rewarding and validating experience!
I am Bibi Emina. I am an Economics and International Development student in my third year. I work at McGill as a Research Assistant and at the front desk. I joined CLP a year ago in order to learn more about outreach and career planning. I am a volunteer at the South Asian Youth Collective (SAY) and Yellow Door. I love movies and I am very often organising movie screenings as part of SAY in my free time. To all incoming students; please carefully choose your major, check in with how you are doing, explore all the resources at McGill, explore the city, come to CaPS for help with CVs, start preparing early for internships and spread self-love!
Hi! I am Janice! I am a master student in Counselling Psychology. It is my first year at McGill, Montreal and also Canada! I am really glad to be part of the Career Leadership Programme (CLP) this year! Being a Clipper means that you have a fair amount of responsibility advising students on CV writing as a peer advisor, and also get to be involved in student support and promotional campaigns. What's great about it is that you not only learn some important work skills that can be transferable to your future career, you will also be exposed to so many valuable resources and job opportunities for students on campus, and get to meet people outside of the programme, which has really helped me in adjusting to the new environment here. The atmosphere at CaPS is very friendly and you will feel welcomed the second you come into the office! My advice to new students is, if you are thinking about joining any activities outside of your curriculum, just do it and get involved! You might be surprised about how much you grow and learn along the way!
Hello! My name is Nicole Blaine and I am in my first year at McGill University. I am in the Biomedical Life Sciences Group and I plan on majoring in Biochemistry. I became a career leader this year and I am super excited to be working with such a great program. Some of my favourite things to do in my spare time are skiing, playing the piano, and painting. I am a part of the ski and snowboard club here at McGill and I can’t wait to get out on the hill! When I came to McGill I was very surprised and excited about how much this school has to offer. There are so many different clubs and volunteer opportunities and it was hard choose just a few. I really encourage new students, like me, to put themselves out there and get involved! Come check out CaPS and learn about all the resources available to you. If you are looking for a job or want your CV looked over, come visit the career leaders at our drop in hours and we can help get you started!
Hello! My name is Anna Shen and I am in my second year at McGill. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Finance. I became a Career Leader this year and I met many awesome Clippers and helpful Career advisors in this program! I love music and I sometimes go to the concerts. There are many great concerts offered in music faulty. McGill really offers a lot of opportunities. There are many extracurricular activities, clubs, associations and interesting case competitions. Here I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, explore and enjoy! Come to CaPS and explore all the resources and opportunities available to you. We are glad to help!
Benefits of Being a Career Leader
There are several benefits in becoming a Career Leader. You can:
- Develop/hone your leadership, organization, communication, interpersonal, public speaking, decision making and creativity skills
- Make valuable connections across campus
- Learn everything you need to know about career exploration and job search
- Be personally connected to a team of experts
- Learn about the world of work
- Network and be on the cutting edge of the job search
- Impress employers with your expert knowledge and experience
How to Contact Us
If you are interested in volunteering for CaPS, please contact:Melanie Walkty
Tel: 514-398-3304 x 8581
Email: melanie.walkty [at] mcgill.ca