Aaron Sophocleous is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student with a focus in Finance. He is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick and chose Dalhousie University because of its location in Halifax, NS, “I love the city and wanted to stay close to home in the Maritimes,” Aaron added. Aaron knew that the Commerce co-op program was for him because of the co-op opportunities because it allows him to gain work experience while obtaining a business degree.
Aaron’s three work terms were all related to sales and trading within the capital markets in Toronto. His first two were with Scotiabank working with the Global Banking and Markets on the Prime Services and Foreign Exchange desk. His last co-op was with TD Securities on the Government Finance desk.
Throughout all Aaron’s work terms, he gained exposure to working on a trading floor in a fast-paced working environment and improves not only his communication skills while learning technical and financial knowledge.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Aaron learned what is was like to work remotely. He managed to make the most of the situation. “It was a unique and rewarding experience with virtual networking opportunities, personal development workshops and the opportunity to work with a talented team.” he added.
Throughout his co-op search, Management Career Services helped Aaron secure his positions by ensuring that his CV was catered to each employer and position. He also mentioned that working with MCS helped him to prepare for his grad job search.
Keen to obtain post-graduate employment, Aaron began his grad job search early, and recently secured a full-time position with TD Securities after graduation.
“My work term with the firm allowed me to network and secure a job upon completing the Bachelor of Commerce, Co-op program.” Aaron added that working within his network was especially critical as the pandemic has brought “a profound level of uncertainty.” He is excited to be starting his career with TD amidst the evolving workplace environment within the industry.
Aaron has secured his full-time position following his graduation in May. He will be joining TD Securities full-time in August 2021. He mentioned, “I am excited and look forward to entering the Sales and Trading Rotational Associate program at TD Securities.”
Aaron’s resume is very impressive outside of his work terms, a great way to show potential employers that they are a well-rounded candidate. Aaron is a very involved student and has significantly contributed to the Rowe School of Business. In the past, he has been involved with the Dalhousie Student Union by being an Orientation Week Leader and Committee Member, an appointed member of the Budget and Finance Committee, and a part-time staff member. Aaron is currently serving as a Student Senator on the Dalhousie University Senate and representing the Faculty of Management on the Dalhousie Student Union Student Senate Caucus. One of Aaron’s most impressive accomplishments is being the founder and President of the RoweOUT Society. This society works to represent all 2SLGBTQ+ students at the Rowe School of Business. The society aims to represent and promote diversity, inclusion and belongingness when connecting students to D&I recruitment opportunities and Dal alumni networks.
Aaron’s story is a great example of a conscientious student who put the work in to achieve his goals. Through his hard work, he was able to land three work terms in his desired field, and a position upon graduation. Looking to secure a job after graduation? Contact your Career and Recruitment Specialist. Many companies are eager to hire Dalhousie grads – just ask Aaron!
Aaron’s advice for current students:
- My advice to students would be to follow your dreams and not to give up no matter which obstacle comes your way, precisely when it comes to challenges facing competition.