Work-Study Profile: Nicholas Nghiem

My Time with MBiotech

Nicholas NghiemSince the start of the school year, I had the honor of working in the Master of Biotechnology department at the University of Toronto as a Placement and Corporate Relations Assistant and what an exciting journey it has been. Having dove into the job not knowing what to expect, I have to say the whole experience itself has exceeded any expectation I could have had. Let’s break it down as to why this whole experience has been so valuable.

First off, I have gained the necessary skills this job had to offer. I cannot express how much this meant to me because the skills I have developed at my time with Mbiotech are exactly the type of skills current employers look for when they hire potential candidates. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize, strong verbal and written communication skills, strong MS office skills and great time management skills. You can’t put a price tag on skill development!

Secondly, I gained the experience related to the field I want to get into in the future; Human Resources. I learned a lot about the whole internship and recruitment process. I had the opportunity to track employer trends and practices, gained experience using a co-op job portal and improve the CRM database efficiency by identifying limitations through strong attention to detail. (Great example as to why skill development is so important) I also got to put together the annual co-op report which has been exciting as it basically summarizes all the work I’ve done in the past four months.

Lastly, I got to meet great people whom I will always keep in touch with even after my work study term ends. They made coming to work more exciting as they shared their life stories and gave me life lessons on how to succeed in life. I always say, it’s the great people you work with that make coming to work more enjoyable.