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First-time co-op: Expect the Unexpected

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

Learn More About Job Junction's former co-op student James Shaw


Job Junction Nova Scotia Works hires interns and co-op students year-round, providing an inside look at the field of career development while building their skills and experience working with a diverse group of job seekers and employers in our community.

Here is one of the special students who has brightened our days while also offering daily support to our clients and our entire team:

Meet James,

Our previous co-op, James Shaw, is a second-year commerce student at Dalhousie University. The 20-year-old from Niagara Falls, ON, joined the team in January as the Marketing and Communications Specialist.

He was excited to work in an environment that allowed him to help others and contribute to their future success.

“One of the first things that stood out to me when I came across Job Junction’s posting was their emphasis on mental health and the importance of community,” he said.

“They do a lot of things to help people and (…) I want to feel like I’m doing something valuable.”

Job Junction Nova Scotia Works strives to create a safe and collaborative environment to empower clients to achieve their career goals and objectives. The team’s dedication to hard work and collaboration stands out to him.

“Prior to working here, I didn't have complete knowledge about what skills and information I would gain and what value they would carry, as I hadn't previously worked in a setting like this,” he said.

“After working here for some time, I have found that the experience is what has been most valuable to me.”

James said he now has a better understanding of the inner workings of a dynamic, professional environment.

“Working at Job Junction has greatly developed my skills in social media marketing/management, deepened my level of creativity, and has boosted my overall confidence.”

“I can honestly say I have learned more in my eight weeks here than in the last two years of school.”

James had a lot of responsibility on the job. He created and published a variety of marketing materials to promote employment services, jobs and events in the region. He collaborated with Nova Scotia Works team members from various centres and communicated on a daily basis with businesses of all sizes. He also developed and coordinated a virtual information session about local career opportunities and played an instrumental role in a province-wide symposium on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“The support from my colleagues has exceeded my expectations and has been a wonderful experience thus far. I enjoy coming here in the mornings.

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