Get to Know the Job Junction Staff: Jacob Burchell
Updated: Sep 1
Learn More About Our Information Resource Specialist
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 have brightened our days while also offering daily support to our clients and our entire team:
Meet Jacob, Information Resource Specialist
Jacob is an Information Resource Specialist Intern here at Job Junction Nova Scotia Works. A student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, this internship was his introduction to career development and working one-on-one with clients to assist in their job search.
“Starting a new job can be challenging, as we can often put pressure on ourselves to be perfect, and we may feel as if we need to prove ourselves to our colleagues and superiors. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, as with anyone who might feel different from the norm, I put extra pressure on myself to be an exemplary employee because I am afraid of being discounted as a default.
In my previous experience, student co-op jobs have often felt competitive rather than collaborative. In these work environments, it feels as if there is pressure to stand out and be the favourite, a race I that I assume I won’t win because I am gay, and because of previous experience feeling undervalued at work. I completely expected working at Job Junction to be the same way, however I am so glad to say that my experience has been completely the opposite.
Working at Job Junction has showed me what a truly collaborative and supportive workplace is like, and that such a workplace exists.
As an Information Resource Specialist intern, I have felt like a valued member of the team; getting the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients and offer advice on how they can improve their resume or cover letter, interview skills and even their outlook on themselves as a job seeker.
When I arrived for my first day at Job Junction, I doubted myself and my experience, and figured that I must have gotten the job by some lucky break. Since that first day, my confidence has only grown, and I have been able to look at myself and my experience and recognize that I am qualified and that I have something to offer.
Providing this confidence to clients, who often feel similarly discouraged by how they might look on a resume, has been the highlight of my time working at Job Junction.
We all bring something to the table, whether it be specific skills or work experience, a set of values, education, personality traits or personal experiences that make us uniquely qualified.”
Jacob is returning to King’s in September to complete his final year of his degree in Political Science, Contemporary Studies, and French Language. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the public service, working in either government policy or in the non-profit sector.