2014-2015 Issue 2

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Members of the MCLL (McGill Community for Lifelong Learning) and students of IELC and IFLC (Intensive English and French language courses) gathered to honour those who served and continue to serve as volunteers in the SPEAK and Brainy Bar programs. Participants met over lunch and cake to celebrate both programs, which are run by volunteers.


2014-2015 Issue 2

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Natalie Zhayvoronok had a double-major in Translation and Education when she arrived in Montreal from her native Ukraine in the summer of 2010. She was planning to continue her career as an ESL teacher, but instead discovered that she couldn’t simply pick up where she left off.


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Melanie Rego is the founder and President of elevator communications inc., an award-winning public relations and social media agency in Toronto. When she decided to expand and open a second office in Montreal, she was challenged to find qualified bilingual communications professionals in Quebec. Her solution? Graduates from the School’s Diploma in Public Relations and Communications Management.

“Our program attracts top talent,” says Nicolette Papastefanou, Acting Area Coordinator for Public Relations and Marketing programs and Faculty Lecturer. “Thanks to our expert instructors, graduates are ready to work from day one.”

We asked Melanie why students from the School’s Public Relations and Marketing programs have stood out among the rest.


2014-2015 Issue 2

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Want to attract the attention of your potential future employers? Darine Bader recommends entering a strategic management consulting case competition. She recently took part in the 2015 Case Competition of the Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) at McGill, where her team made it to the second and final round and finished third overall.


2014-2015 Issue 2

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Marina Sonin earned a DEC and a Master’s degree in fashion design, has experience working and designing in Montreal, New York and Florence, and always knew she wanted to start her own business. So when she enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship at the School, she did so with the idea of starting her own retail store.


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Masashi Usui has over 18 years of experience playing the saxophone. Yet, when he applied to the Master of Music program at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, he was told that he needed to improve his English in order to be admitted. “I had studied on my own in Japan, but it was difficult,” says Usui. “I decided to take an English program and get a certificate to use for my admission.”


2014-2015 Issue 2

MarcPomerleauMarc Pomerleau earned his bachelor’s degree at McGill before returning to the School to complete the Graduate Diploma in Translation, so when he finds himself back on campus “it’s like being home.” His most recent opportunity to return was for the colloquium hosted by Translation and Written Communication on the topic of Translation Studies and Geopolitics, where he presented on La traduction, une stratégie au service de la paradiplomatie.


2014-2015 Issue 1

Rasha Ayouby walked out of her most recent interview with a job offer.
Because she’s currently taking a Managerial Economics course at the McGill School of Continuing Studies, “I was able to show that I won’t just learn from inside the company, but that I also bring knowledge and can apply it here. There’s value in that, and companies know it.”


2014-2015 Issue 1

BissanChalichAfter enjoying a 14-year career in architecture, Bissan Chalich decided it was time to build on her strengths and experience. As a result she decided to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
“I wanted two things from the program,” says Chalich. “To learn more about project management, and to prepare for the exam.”


2014-2015 Issue 1

JmorenoJenny Moreno had taken plenty of French courses since arriving in Quebec, yet she wasn’t confident that she could communicate in French at a professional level.
Then she found McGill’s French and English Online Courses, and she knew she’d found what she’d been looking for.