School of Continuing Studies

SCS career workshops inspire Joe Di Lillo to start his own business

By making annual gifts to the McGill Alma Mater Fund, you’re providing students with the tools for a lifetime of continuous learning, the skills to enhance their lives and careers, and the confidence to make powerful social contributions.

Take Joe Di Lillo, whose parents immigrated to Montreal after World War II.  After completing CEGEP, Joe began to work in the IT field and then embarked upon a Systems Analysis and Design program at the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). As with most SCS learners, Joe is striving to reach his personal and professional goals, and transform his life.  He juggles his work, family, and community responsibilities with his studies. Joe was deeply appreciative of the opportunity to take part in donor-funded SCS career workshops, which allowed him to identify his skills and zero in on the most appropriate career choices. He is now following an Entrepreneurship certificate that will provide the necessary managerial knowledge to one day operate his own IT consulting business.

Please support McGill students like Joe by making your annual gift to the Alma Mater Fund. You will be making an immeasurable investment in a gamut of important academic programs, career services, scholarships, and financial aid that enable students to reach their personal and professional goals.

A message from Dean Potter

Dear Alumni, Friends and Loyal Supporters,

Lifelong learning brings out new talents in us all. In the past year, more than 12,500 motivated learners — more students than ever before — took advantage of programs and courses offered at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS).

Thanks to your generous support, we improved services to help our learners move closer to their personal and professional goals.

Succeeding in class is just part of anyone’s success, as you know. Networking is a special challenge for newcomers to Quebec and Canada—and for anyone seeking to launch, enhance or change their career, while balancing work and family responsibilities.

That’s why we organized nine career development workshops last year, and are offering more from September 2012. These job search and networking skills workshops are only possible because of your generous support. They make a world of difference. Hector Rodriguez, currently registered in the graduate Diploma in Public Relations Management, wrote to say: “As a marketing professional with experience at Toyota (Honduras) and Disney (Washington, DC), I faced significant challenges establishing my career since arriving 18 months ago. The donor funded job search and networking skills workshops at SCS really helped me. I had immediate success after taking them, participating in two different job interviews in the past two weeks.”

I invite you to make a special gift this year to help us to improve our career services even more for our students who are striving to transform their lives and those of their families. Your gift to McGill will strengthen our whole community, because you will help increase the number of people making full use of their potential.

Because career advising is our top campaign priority in this final year of Campaign McGill, on an exceptional basis, all Alma Mater Fund donations designated to Enhanced Career Advising will be matched this year. This doubles the impact of your gift! Please take advantage of this special opportunity to renew your support for McGill’s School of Continuing Studies.  

Your past generosity has made a real difference in the lives and future of our hardworking, dedicated learners. I thank you for your continued support of SCS and McGill University.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Judith Potter
Dean of Continuing Studies

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