For prospective international students, one of the main benefits of the Dalhousie Corporate Residency MBA (CRMBA) is the effect that the corporate residency has on your ability to find long-term employment in Canada. As is the case for millennials around the world, securing your first great job experience can be difficult, yet it is crucial to opening the doors to a great career. Throughout the history of the CRMBA program, Dalhousie and Management Career Services have helped to secure excellent residencies for international students who seek to work in Canada or abroad.
My residency gave me a new perspective on what I wanted to do in the long term, career-wise. It gave me the opportunity to not only work in the industry, but to actually feel like a valued staff member and not just an intern. – Thomas Sykes, UK & Bahamas; Residency at Department of Natural Resources of Nova Scotia
Given that Canada is a multi-cultural nation, the input of non-Canadian citizens in the work environment is often valued, as Thomas can attest to. But corporate residencies – because of their eight-month duration – also offer the opportunity to settle in and make a bigger difference than can be made during a traditional four-month internship. This is especially true for international students who might find themselves adjusting to both a new culture and a new job.
My residency gave me the opportunity to work with professionals in the finance industry and to gain hands-on experience in credit analysis. It was a supportive environment to learn how to apply what I was taught in the classrooms. Ultimately, the corporate residency prepared me greatly for my subsequent job search and for the next steps of my career. – Matthew Cheung, China (Hong Kong); Residency at The Bank of Nova Scotia
As Matthew identified, the corporate residency is a time to apply course learning to the real world, make a difference, and gain valuable experience. It also helps shape and deepen the course experience in the second year, which is designed to prepare students for a successful career.
If you are an international student who is interested in the Dalhousie CRMBA, please feel free to reach out!