John McNally is a Bachelor of Management student majoring in Environment, Sustainability and Society. As a participant in the C3 Mentoring Program, John spent the summer working at Phoenix Youth Programs, a non-profit organization that helps youths in need, with guidance from his corporate mentor from Emera. John talks about the value of his experience with the C3 Mentoring Program.
“The C3 program was an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while making a difference in my community. My work with Phoenix Youth Programs was fast paced and varied, allowing me to gain real world experience while developing projects and learning new skills. With a project set ranging from strategic visioning, developing fundraising campaigns, creating marketing materials and event planning to name just a few, the organization gave me experience in a range of relevant areas of business.
In addition to working with Phoenix, I had the opportunity to develop my professional network by pairing with a corporate mentor who works for Emera. She not only helped me gain new insight, but provided an invaluable voice of experience as I encountered new challenges in my placement. Her guidance allowed me to better contextualize and frame issues as they arose. I was even given opportunities to meet members of the team at Emera and develop contacts that I may work with in the future.
The skills and contacts I developed make the program invaluable and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to launch their career. The combination of non-profit experience, which brings together the benefits of working with a smaller team with the innovative capacity of a start-up, and the opportunity to work with a mentor creates a support system that will allow any student to make the most of their placement.”
Diversify your work experience and professional network while making an impact in the community through a summer work term with the C3 Mentoring Program.