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Internship Prep with Emera's Talent Acquisition Team

Trainees and presenters in front of the Emera IDEA building (l-r: Aidan Van Heyst, Nicole Bell, David Foster, Baillie Holmes, Stephanie Coady (Emera), Caitlin McCavour, Mary Jenkins (Emera), Mike Hamilton, and Heather McGuire).

Trainees and presenters in front of the Emera IDEA building (l-r: Aidan Van Heyst, Nicole Bell, David Foster, Baillie Holmes, Stephanie Coady (Emera), Caitlin McCavour, Mary Jenkins (Emera), Mike Hamilton, and Heather McGuire).

Some of the core values of the ASPIRE program were reflected in this week’s seminar: partnership with industry and encouragement of professionalism in our trainees. The new Emera IDEA building on Sexton campus stands on a foundation of partnership between academics and industry, so it was a perfect place to host Mary Jenkins and Stephanie Coady from Emera’s Talent Acquisition team. With more than 30 combined years of experience, they had lots of knowledge to share with our trainees about standing out among other candidates for jobs. They discussed some significant numbers for the trainees to remember:

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40 seconds

On average, a recruiter spends 40 seconds reviewing a resume and cover letter. Mary shared tips for building different types of resumes and making a positive impression in those 40 seconds. We saw good and bad examples of resumes and talked about resume etiquette (“there’s a place and time for central alignment in a document, but your resume is not it”).

7 seconds

An interviewer forms a first impression of a candidate within 7 seconds. Arriving to an interview early, well-dressed, and composed makes a huge difference.

30 seconds

A classic interview question is “tell me about yourself”, and an appropriate answer to that question is about 30 seconds long. The three things that should be covered in that 30 second “elevator pitch” are your background, your career goals, and how the company you’re interested aligns with those career goals. Trainees were given some time to reflect and come up with their 6-8 strong points and then some chose to share their pitches with the group.

30 days

Stephanie told us that according to the research, the first 30 days in a job establishes your trajectory for the rest of your time in that position. Since all of the ASPIRE trainees will be doing 4-9 month internships in industry, it will be important for trainees to maximize those first 30 days. Trainees were encouraged to ask questions, show initiative, ask more questions, request feedback, keep track of the work they will be doing and the things they learn, and set goals.

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The seminar was engaging and there were lots of questions from the trainees and discussions flowing from those questions.

The industrial internship is part of our core commitment to NSERC. The wisdom shared with us this week will help our trainees to succeed when they are hosted by one of our industrial partners later in their graduate studies. We look forward to continuing to partner with industry in our region for informational sessions, networking events, and internships.

First group of ASPIRE trainees


The ASPIRE community is pleased to announce the first group of trainees for the 2018-2019 school year. We look forward to years of training and research excellence in our aquatic environments! Welcome to the team:

Nicole Bell, Masters Candidate
Proposed research: Establishing Baseline Hydrologic Conditions in Nova Scotia Wetlands

David Foster, PhD Candidate
Proposed research: Modeling the Impacts of Forest Management and Climate Change on Forested Drinking Water Supply Watersheds

Mike Hamilton, Masters Candidate
Proposed research: Analysis of High Resolution Site Characterization techniques by use of Risk-based assessment

Baillie Holmes, Masters Candidate
Proposed research: Using Applied Paleolimnological Assessment to Determine Contaminant Sources and Pathways in a Water Supply Reservoir

Jason KarisAllen, Masters Candidate
Ecohydrological monitoring and restoration in the Basin Head estuary, Prince Edward Island

Caitlin McCavour, Masters Candidate
Catchment liming in Eastern Nova Scotia to promote restoration of soils and forest ecosystems

Heather McGuire, Masters Candidate
Understanding lake recovery processes within source water lakes in Atlantic Canada

Aidan Van Heyst, Masters Candidate
Characterizing the Baseline Hydrologic Regime of Wetland Ecosystems in the Boat Harbour Watershed