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New blogs coming in September!!

september-2014-calendarStayed tuned as our new bloggers are getting ready to write their first submissions. September will be the beginning of their stories and you can follow them throughout the year. Bios of all our new bloggers are now posted in the About the Bloggers section.

Check back soon!!!


Pre-career jobs: They all count!

shipLike any professional, well into their career of more than 15 years, I’ve had my share of good and not-so-good jobs. But looking back on them now, each one had a significant role in developing my career path .

My first  job was in grade 9 and lasted 2 weeks. It was a contract position with a dental furniture manufacturer to fold advertising pamphlets and place them in portfolios which would be used by their sales reps. Not too challenging but provided me with my first real income. Shortly after, I landed another job that would take me through to grade 10. I would say this one was more challenging as I worked in a factory, packaging socks and hosiery, and was paid minimum wage plus piece work. Therefore I always pushed to produce as many packages as possible, each shift I worked.


Thank you!!

Thank-you-in-many-languagesFirst, a huge thank you to all our 2013-2014 bloggers: Nicki, Samantha, Annie, Octavio and Fanny. Your stories, experiences, advice and anecdotes were inspiring, humorous and extremely insightful. Our readers demonstrated through multiple comments how much they appreciated your suggestions and openness. Fantastic!!

Second, another huge thank you to our readers. You’re why we keep this blog running, year to year, with new students sharing their stories with you. Keep the positive comments coming as our bloggers find this encouraging and thoughtful.

As we wait for our new bloggers to start in September, check us out from time to time this summer for blogs from the CaPS office. We’ll do our best to keep you entertained and inspired with our own stories and messages!


Some takes-aways from a second year at university

imagesSo the year is coming to an end for most of us (still have two months to go to finish mine) but I feel like this year has been incredibly rich and useful and brought me a lot. Thus I’ll just share a few take-aways from this year’s experiences and quickly touch upon the topics of the precedent posts. (more…)

LinkedIn: How to get endorsements?

Octavio-Cardenas-LinkedINYour Linkedin profile is almost ready to go! However, once you entered soft and hard skills in your profile, there is an important step that needs to be taken: asking for endorsements.

That’s the one most important item that can lead you to obtaining and keeping a very solid reputation on Linkedin. To tell the truth, how many profiles have you visited lately and reading profiles, you have had that feeling that behind those fancy words something is missing?

We build our public image based on trust. That is right! You profile is ready to go but…who will trust you if nobody can back up your skills? The most popular personalities or commercial pages are based on the amount of “likes” on Facebook, correct?  Well, Linkedin’s version of “likes” are endorsements. This feature enables members to endorse each other’s skills and expertise. It works pretty much like the recommendations. It helps members recommend each other and by doing that not only will you get more social proof, but also global branding, exposure and trust. In addition, it will generate more visits to your profile and if your profile shines, then people will want to connect with you.


Peace out first year!


As finals are coming up, this marks the one of my last blog posts of the year end and the end of first year at McGill. My first year is ending with a foster cat, a job at Banana Republic, a planned trip to Italy and the Greek Islands in the summer, and some amazing memories with amazing people. All that I’ve learnt about life has been insane in the past year. Read on for some advice and regrets of a first year McGill student.


A quick look at LinkedIn

based-impressive-workplace-ecard-someecardsNothing compares with your online resume. You own it. You have total control over the information contained in it. It gives you so much exposure within your industry, not to mention the effects on your reputation and credibility.

Lately, some successful platforms such as LinkedIn have developed tremendous SEO tools to keep you on top of the list when you look for new challenges. LinkedIn offers to build up your reputation and contact or be contacted by decision makers with basic and free features, and others, more advanced, at a fee. To pay for some added features is entirely up to you since LinkedIn offers tools that help you manage your information in real time and build up your contacts. The time you spend and accessibility might improve if you take your wallet out.

Personally, I have not paid a cent since I started using it back in 2009 but let me tell you I invested a lot of time!


The Dreaded Statement of Intents for Graduate School

Statements of Intent tell a condensed version of your life story, highlighting your key life events, your passions and future aspirations. (more…)

Coping with Pre-Exam Stress

With the winter semester coming to a close and end of semester stress currently in full swing, the mere thought of the countless of projects and papers due right before final exams start is enough to make me break out in cold sweat. Anxiety is a terrible thing, and can leave you overwhelmed and exhausted without having done anything. Below are a few of my tips to get through the stressful time of year!


Summers: you only have a few of them before life begins

After some overtly excited planning for a EuroTrip with my friend this summer, my family put the cap on me. I told my aunt about our awesome plans of traveling all around Europe  and all the places we wanted to see. But my aunt just told me “you only have 4 summers before applying to grad school. Summer is the only time where you don’t have school work and you can dedicate all of your time to building on your hands-on skills”.


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