Vaishnavi Vemireddy is a recent Dalhousie Graduate originally from Nellore, India. She graduated from the CRMBA program with a focus on Enterprise Analytics. Vaishnavi has found that the CRMBA program has set her up with the confidence to launch her professional career in Canada. For Vaishnavi’s eight-month CRMBA Co-op, she had the opportunity to work with the Medavie Blue Cross where she worked as a Data Scientist. This position was ideal for her because it has always been her passion to work with a blend of technical expertise and business knowledge.
After graduation this May, Vaishnavi was hired as a project Consultant at Cosgrove and Co-Management Consulting on a project basis. Currently, Vaishnavi is working from home and partially in person. “I have had a positive experience so far. Though it gives me a lot of flexibility with my personal and professional work, it’s hard to communicate, especially when you are a newbie in the company,” she said.
When asked about if she has faced any challenges with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, she mentioned, “Like everyone, I have been impacted by COVID-19, especially in terms of delayed processing of my work permit. However, I have started to accept this new normal and will always try to follow the guidelines to be safe while promoting a safe and healthy community.”
Although Vaishnavi is currently working, she has been offered a position as a Data Specialist at JD Irving and will be starting that position on November 2nd. This opportunity is perfect for Vaishnavi because of its versatility and mix between her two ideal work environments. Through Vaishnavi’s time at Dalhousie, she has learned the importance of networking and maintaining connections with employers. Networking led her to become connected to the HR department at JD Irving during the Dalhousie career fair, which opened the door for her upcoming grad job.
Following the job fair, a LinkedIn job posting brought Vaishnavi to apply for the position.
“After I applied through LinkedIn, the processes included three rounds of interviews: general fit, technical round and a round with VP Strategy assessing my behavioral stamina through scenario-based questions.”
Vaishnavi mentioned, “I must credit MCS for equipping me with not just relevant job-related information but for providing resources (resume prep, LinkedIn usage, etc.) to successfully obtain interviews despite unforeseen economic conditions.” Vaishnavi added.
Vaishnavi’s advice for other students
- Accept the current situation and be open to various opportunities. Don’t get disappointed if you don’t find your dream job right after graduation. You have to start somewhere to realize those dreams.
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