An international student from China, third-year Commerce Co-op student Jinhan Xiao chose to pursue his degree at Dalhousie because of the co-op program. “Dalhousie is recognized as one of the top universities in Canada. I chose to study at Dal due to its excellent Commerce co-op program, which can help me pursue my dream job in the future,” he says.
Being an international student, Jinhan knows that adapting to a new culture can be challenging, but says that at Dalhousie, he has found a community that has been incredibly welcoming. “The people here are friendly and always ready to offer assistance, making my study experience very enjoyable.”
Jinhan completed his first work term this past winter, where he worked at ITFL Chartered Accountants in New Minas as an Internal Audit and Compliance Staff co-op student. His responsibilities included filing tax returns, preparing balances, and managing administrative tasks. “My co-op provided me with invaluable practical skills that go beyond classroom learning,” he says. “It offered a glimpse into the real work environment in Canada and equipped me with interpersonal skills and professional tax knowledge that will greatly benefit my future career.”
Jinhan’s search for his first co-op position started with refining his resume and crafting an impactful cover letter. After tailoring his application, he used myCareer to explore different job postings. “MCS’ platform myCareer is an excellent resource for locating work terms. It features a lot of job postings, each vetted by MCS before being published. I recommend that students seeking work term positions explore opportunities on the myCareer platform. Alternative websites such as Indeed and LinkedIn can also yield promising job prospects. These platforms offer numerous valuable opportunities as well.” Jinhan also recommends applying for a diverse range of jobs to increase the chance of success. “While you might be passionate about a particular position, considering multiple options will help.”