Stuart Thompson is a third year Commerce student planning on majoring in accounting. He completed his first work term in General Accounting at Sobeys Head Office in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. For his second co-op, he will be working at the Canada Revenue Agency as an Income Tax / Excise Tax Auditor. Stuart is a highly engaged student and has participated in a number of Career Smart workshops and employer information sessions. Stuart gives advice about the benefits of actively participating in career development opportunities.
“In the past year, I have completed three workshops through Management Career Services: Succeed in Your Job Interviews, LinkedIn for the Job Search Win, and the Resume & Cover Letter Workshop. Workshops are a great way to learn relevant skills for gaining your next co-op, post-graduation jobs or life skills in general. From working on your LinkedIn profile to learning how to properly shake someone’s hand, there is a quite a range of knowledge to gain. I believe there is always something to learn from going to a workshop and the best part is they’re free! The workshops helped me better present myself to potential employers and were helpful in gaining my first and second co-op jobs because I was better able to demonstrate my skills and abilities to employers.
Management Career Services’ employer information sessions are a great avenue to network with potential employers. In September 2014, I met with Sobeys recruiters at an information session and gained a contact I networked with, until the position was posted on myCareer. When the position was posted, I was already familiar with the interviewer and I believe this helped show my interest in the position and secure eventual employment with the company.
I would definitely recommend other students take full advantage of the Career Smart workshops and the employer info sessions. They are a great opportunity to put yourself one step closer to a dream co-op or future job. There is nothing to lose and I regret not attending more sooner!”
Are you interested in developing your professions skills and opportunities to network? Check out your events calendar on myCareer and register for the upcoming Career Smart workshops and employer information sessions this September and October!