Despite recently graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program, Muyu Lyu isn’t going far; he was hired full-time as Global Strategy Coordinator at the Faculty of Management Dean’s Office and Government and Global Relations. He was also appointed a member of Dalhousie’s 2022-23 Board of Governors. Studying at Dalhousie and working globally throughout his work terms, Muyu gained valuable cross-culture experience and skills.
Muyu completed his first co-op as an Accounting Student at High Liner Foods and his second at the Dean’s Office as a Special Project Assistant before returning to his home of China for his third and final co-op. He shares that working in different cultural environments allowed him to be flexible and adaptable. As an international student, Muyu indicates language was one of his barriers, but adds that “the challenges of working abroad presented opportunities to me, including the ability to adapt to unfamiliar environments, the satisfaction I get from solving work problems, and the ability to cross-culturally communicate.” While working at the Dean’s Office, he realized that he had only experienced a student’s perspective, but as an employee, he needed to adapt his mindset to better understand the organizational perspective.
During his studies, Muyu was an active voice for international students at Dal. In 2019, he served on the Dalhousie International Student Association (DISA) as Vice President and as President in 2021. While studying full-time, he co-founded Dalhousie’s International Student Peer Mentorship Program which has helped hundreds of international students develop their interpersonal and networking skills. In Muyu’s current role, he is continuing his work in student relations by developing a strategy to expand international opportunities for faculty and students worldwide. “I enjoy the ambiguity and complexity of my job, which always leaves me with something to learn and explore.”
In reflecting on his time in the co-op program, Muyu says, “MCS provided me with initial momentum, which is very important for me as an international student. They are a great source for international students to create a safe and comfortable environment to learn about the Canadian job market and culture, and give them confidence and encourage them to always try again.”
- Try to be strategic on those small decisions you make daily – this can create a huge compounding effect for your life.
- You can’t make everyone happy, so don’t worry about what others think.
- Most things are valueless, so it is super important to identify your priorities. My trick is: if something is not an absolute “yes”, then it is an absolute “no”.