Lauren Shaw joined MCS in December as a Career and Recruitment Specialist for Accounting students. Hailing from England, Lauren studied Sociology and Psychology and began a career in Investment Management. After taking a few years to travel in Southeast Asian and Australia, Lauren moved to Canada where she began a career in education. Lauren started working in Executive Education at Dalhousie in 2015, and worked briefly in MCS in 2017-18 conducting mid-term reviews and working on employer development and funding.
“Working in executive education, I learned a lot about what employers are looking for and the struggles and opportunities that people experience in their careers,” said Lauren. “I find helping learners succeed is encouraging for me and is even more rewarding when I get to know the students on their journey and am invested in having them reach their potential.”
A lifelong learner, Lauren is also working toward a graduate certificate in Executive Coaching, and knows it can be tricky juggling school work alongside other commitments in life.
“Plan your time well, whether that’s time to study, time to have fun, or time to search for work. And always take advantage of the supports and resources that are offered to you,” she said.
After all, added Lauren, “We’re here to help you!”
Kathleen Funke joined MCS in late November as a Communications and Engagement Specialist. A born and raised Nova Scotian, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and History from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Kathleen moved to Halifax in 2009 and has since worked in government, start-up and non-profit communications.
Her past jobs have seen her in media scrums with provincial politicians, visiting oil rigs, planning fundraisers and getting news stories on Good Morning America, among other projects.
A big believer in experiential learning, Kathleen is excited to use her skills to help students make the most out of their time in university.
“The best learning is done on the ground,” said Kathleen. “I often reflect on my student work terms as the best thing I did for my career.” Kathleen added that her student work opportunities in marketing and communications paid off when she had practical, tangible experience and skills to show to employers after she graduated.
Having worked in a number of different industries, Kathleen’s advice to students is to make the most of the resources Dalhousie offers to try something new.
“Gaining a variety of skills will set you apart when applying for jobs and you never know, you may just find your new passion!”. “Gaining a variety of skills will set you apart when applying for jobs and you never know, you may just find your new passion!”.