Originally from Toronto, Molly Kohn is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce Co-op student majoring in Entrepreneurship. Molly chose to study at Dalhousie because of the opportunities she felt the program would provide, particularly through her co-op experiences. “I’m delighted to say that Dalhousie has exceeded my expectations, and I now feel well-prepared to nurture and expand my business after graduation.”
Molly shares that pursuing a major in Entrepreneurship has so far been a fantastic adventure. Before arriving at Dalhousie, she started a small hair elastics business, Elastics by Us. Knowing she wanted to take her business to the next level, she felt Dalhousie would be the perfect choice to acquire essential skills and learn the intricacies of running a successful business.
This past summer, Molly completed her second co-op at the Centre of Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) as the Entrepreneurship and Communications Coordinator. In this position, she managed the organization’s social media and newsletters and organized various events. “This opportunity proved to be incredibly enriching as it entailed my participation in business meetings at prestigious institutions like the Chamber of Commerce, along with a multitude of weekly gatherings that provided me with invaluable external education,” she says. “My work primarily revolved around supporting entrepreneurs, which underscored the critical importance of mentorship and seeking assistance when facing business challenges. The journey of entrepreneurship can sometimes be a solitary one, making the presence of a guiding hand crucial to navigate potential pitfalls.”
In addition to her course work, job search, and co-op experiences, Molly shares that she lives with a chronic illness. “Navigating a chronic illness has presented unique challenges, particularly during my first co-op term, as I had to undergo two major surgeries in a single semester, resulting in the unfortunate loss of my co-op position. However, I was determined to ensure that this setback wouldn’t define my journey at Dalhousie,” she says. “I firmly believe that although I lost my co-op opportunity, it’s not the end of the world. My health has improved, and I’ve persevered. To anyone grappling with a chronic illness, I encourage you not to lose hope and to prevent it from taking control of your life. You’ve got this!”
As any co-op or internship student may know, the process of starting a job search can be a daunting one. Molly has come up with a process that works for her to help kickstart the journey:
- Log into myCareer and identify 10 positions that pique your interest.
- Narrow down that selection by evaluating how well your skills align with each role.
- Once you have picked out your top positions, craft tailored cover letters and resumes for each role.
She adds, “If, by any chance, I don’t secure any of the positions, I don’t let it deter me. Instead, I embrace the opportunity to refine my approach. Persistence is key, and I firmly believe in pursuing a career that aligns with your passion. It’s important to remember that most individuals commence their university journey from a similar starting point, so don’t be afraid to chase what you truly desire.”