OCTOBER 1, 2021

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Career Advising and Transition Services (CATS) is – above all – a community. As a community, we respect each other, we work and learn together and we face challenges together. While a community is often defined as a group of people who share something in common, communities are diverse in a multitude of ways. It’s the strength of the connections among community members that are binding, and as such, we are called to support each other. September 30, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day serves to honour the lost children and celebrate the survivors of residential schools and all of those affected by the atrocities. With the goal of supporting our Indigenous community members, we can listen, learn more, and strive to reconcile the past with positive future action.


Every one of you is a valuable member of our community and you are always invited to connect with us at cats@mcgill.ca, or get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. We also look forward to *seeing* you at our upcoming events!


“Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today” – Chief Joseph


Best wishes for a safe and satisfying October!


Virtually yours,


The CATS Team




We support and empower students and alumni, as well as prospective students, to gain the clarity, skills, confidence and connections that they need to excel in their current careers or transition to new careers. We equip professionals with lifelong career management skills and the tools to thrive in the current labour market and be future ready… today!


We offer a variety of services:

  • Meet with a Career Advisor
  • Career management workshops
  • Soft skills development workshops
  • PowerSkills, the Virtual Career Summit
  • The CATS Career Lab
  • McGill SCS Connect a mentorship and networking community
  • Recruitment events with employers
  • Speaker series on current topics
  • Connecting you with career opportunities, internships, and volunteering options
  • And so much more!

CATS on Video


In every edition of CATS Corner, you’ll find CATS on Video. Check this spot to find timely videos on personal and professional development topics featuring the CATS team and special guests!


Today on CATS on Video: How To Land A Job Anywhere Without Applying Online



Networking matters! The McGill SCS Mentorship Program has been designed to leverage the power of networking to help students and mentors alike accelerate their professional and personal development by connecting with professionals with similar and contrasting experiences and interests.


Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees, McGill SCS Connect is an exclusive networking and mentoring platform that introduces you to alumni and students based on specific career interests and goals. You can schedule and set up a coffee chat in-person or online.

  • Have you been thinking about the best ways to leverage tools available to you so you can take charge of your career?
  • Have you heard about the McGill SCS Connect Hub or Ten Thousand Coffees and want to learn more about this platform can make mentorship work for you?

If you have answered YES to any or many of the above-mentioned questions, then this video is for you! Watch as Sadaf Virji and the team at Ten Thousand Coffees show you how to navigate the Ten Thousand Coffees Platform.





Are you a McGill School of Continuing Studies (SCS) student or alumni eager to practice your leadership skills? CATS invites you to join the Career Lab!

The Career Lab supports current SCS students and alumni to gain specific career-related expertise aligned with SCS programs and courses. It particularly promotes highly sought-after soft skills by employers, such as: communication, adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, emotional intelligence, public speaking, and more.

Leaders will use their expertise and will be provided with training tools and resources (by the CATS team) so that no matter where they are in their job search or career development journey, these resources are brought to life in the spaces where they are employed.

In the spirit of creating a supportive peer growth community, all Career Lab Leaders will animate the LinkedIn community to manage community conversations and resources, as well as lead a special initiative of their choice.



We always want to make sure that we are meeting your career services needs. Please complete this brief survey that will be used to tailor our future programming.















The Centre Humanitaire Local (CHL) is seeking volunteer interpreters in foreign languages!




The CHL is an ambulatory occupational therapy clinic dedicated to providing services to people with asylum seeker status living in the Montreal region. If you are dynamic, want to contribute to a good cause with our team, you can join us at the address below.


*We are specifically looking for people speaking fluently Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, etc.


The candidates will attend occupational therapy sessions to provide interpreting services for non-native speaking patients. The work will be to assist occupational therapists in communicating with the patients. We are looking to work with volunteers who speak foreign languages including:

- Punjabi

- Hindi

- Arabic

- Spanish

- etc.


Volunteers will be accompanied by the therapists at all sessions.

Schedules will be determined according to the availability of the patient, the therapist and the volunteer. Number of hours/weeks: 2-3 hours/week maximum.

Required skill sets: - Attentive to details - Professionalism - Sound listening skills - Good communicating skills - Flexibility in schedule


Contact information: Courriel: centrehumanitairelocal@outlook.com

Website: https://centre-humanitaire-local.jimdosite.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Centre-Humanitaire-Local-100938828735020

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/centre-humanitaire-local-chl







The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) is seeking poster presentation submissions to be featured in the Showcase portion of its Virtual National Conference: Re-Imagining Campus Recruitment; Leveraging our Collective Intelligence taking place from November 15 - 19, 2021. This is an opportunity for students and researchers to showcase their work to employers, career centres, and affiliate organizations.


Your poster should align with human resources, career education, student or staff wellness, labour market trends, or other related areas.



Interested? Please send your proposals and/or questions to nayo.gariepy@mcgill.ca before the deadline of November 5, 2021.


Poster requirements

  • Poster Abstract max 5000-character Limit
  • PDF – max file size: 50 MB
  • Author information: Headshot, short bio max 500-character limit, Author Full Name and title if applicable





Please note that ALL activities are FREE for SCS students and alumni. Unless otherwise stated, all activities are hosted online (typically, on Zoom).



In this workshop, we will be introduced to The WISE Model for Personal Transformation and Creative Contribution. The acronym stands for Whole Integrated Self Emerging; it is a simple yet profound visual model that outlines 4 core dynamics of self-in-world which are essential for personal transformation and creative contribution to the greater good. We will explore each of the core dynamics and consider practical research-based skills for cultivating balance, integration and resilience within ourselves for personal fulfilment and to expand our ability to contribute creatively to the world through our unique gifts and talents.








Wednesday, October 13

11 a.m. - 1p.m.



Wednesday, October 20

11 a.m. - 1p.m.



Wednesday, October 27

11 a.m. - 1p.m.




Brand YOU!, PART 1

Whether by default or design, you have a personal brand. Your story is already out there, so you might as well edit it to your benefit!

If you want to design an authentic personal brand that accurately reflects YOU, and that can help YOU reach your professional and personal goals, this fun interactive two-part workshop is for you!


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET


Held in collaboration with the McGill CATS Team



Brand YOU!, PART 2

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET




About In-TAC


In-TAC brings together Canadian companies with highly skilled international educated professionals (IEPs) with a global view. Our mission is to help businesses fill their expertise gaps and help IEPs find jobs in their field. In-TAC has more than 600 business partners across Canada.










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