Lauren Houseman is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program, majoring in Managing People and Organizations. A Nova Scotia native, Lauren chose to study at Dalhousie because of its co-op program and the skills that can be gained through work-integrated learning. “Dalhousie provides a lot of resources to help with the job search process and ensures that you are putting your best foot forward in making connections.”
Lauren has completed all three of her co-ops, her first having been at MOBIA as an HR Intern. “I worked a lot with the onboarding process of employees, providing administrative support, completing reference calls, and completing and filing all new hire forms and required documents.” Her second co-op was at Emera as a People and Digital Co-op Student, where she assisted in the research and implementation of improved HR systems. “I kept employees and vendors up-to-date on progress and expectations for projects regarding talent acquisition, benefits, and compensation systems.” Lauren’s final co-op took place this past summer at Scotia Investments Ltd., where she worked as an HR Intern. As her experience grew with every co-op, her responsibilities became greater as well. “I created updated policies by documenting regulations, referring to legal requirements, current practices, and employee demands.” Lauren also improved the organization’s practices and collaborated with upper management to document procedures with business process models.
After a year of Human Resources experience, Lauren has gained a number of important skills that will carry her into her future career. She shares that her most valuable skill acquired through her work terms is her ability to research and present important information. “Improving technology and processes is crucial for a company to stay competitive. Working with individuals to improve satisfaction in work is a passion of mine, and I look forward to continuing to use strong communication and organizational skills to contribute to a society where people are happy with their work.”
Not only did Lauren gain experience in her co-ops, but she also took on a part-time role between her second and third co-ops. In winter 2023, she worked as an Assistant Career and Recruitment Specialist at MCS to provide one-on-one peer coaching appointments related to the job search. Lauren says she decided to apply because of her love for the job search and application process, and the opportunity to help other students. “This role fit perfectly with my interests and aligned well with my future goals of working in the Human Resource field.” With her previous relevant experience in customer-service oriented roles, she says that it was a fun role that she looked forward to every week.
At the beginning of the semester, Lauren met with first-year students in the COMM 1712 class to answer their questions about resumes and cover letters. And as time went on, she provided feedback for those students in practice interviews. “It was satisfying to be able to help students in a position that I had been in before, and seeing all their documents and interview responses helped me better understand how other applicants think.” Lauren shares that she found it fascinating to see the differences in each application she reviewed, representing an individual’s personality, experience, and interests. The skills and knowledge she gained from this role were both incredibly helpful and interesting for her. “This opportunity allowed me to fully understand the requirements of successful application documents, as well as why they are required from an employer’s perspective.”
Lauren says that she strongly recommends other students apply to the Assistant Career and Recruitment Specialist role, and specifically encourages students majoring in Managing People and Organizations to consider the opportunity as it is relevant experience for those wanting to pursue a future in Humam Resources and similar industries. “This position is perfect for any Commerce Co-op or Management student who wants a convenient remote, part-time role where they can help others and develop a deeper understanding of the job search process.”
Applications for Winter 2024 Assistant Career and Recruitment Specialists are open now until Sunday, November 5th! Click here to learn more and apply.