Liam Parker has started his first work term with J.D. Irving (JDI), working as a Finance student at Irving Wallboard. Liam is attending Dalhousie University, currently in his second year and will graduate with his Bachelor of Commerce Co-op in 2022.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Liam and ask him how his first work-term with Irving Wallboard is going!
Interviewer: How did you hear about the opportunity to work with Construction and Equipment Division?
Liam: I originally heard from my manager at Kent Building Supplies (KBS). I had a discussion with him about how I wanted to do a co-op term with J.D. Irving in some capacity and he put my name out there. I got in contact with someone who worked in the Talent Acquisition group and started my interview processes with four other divisions across JDI. The experience to me never seemed like an application, which was great. I was always in contact with someone discussing potential opportunities. The Construction & Equipment Division Recruiter did a wonderful job with keeping me in touch and keeping me connected which really stuck out for me.
Interviewer: Tell me about your first exposure working with JDI
Liam: I was a cashier with KBS. What interested me about JDI, was that my manager was very enthusiastic and engaging from the moment I started there and that’s what made me want to continue my career with the company. My biggest learning was not only how team oriented KBS was, but throughout JDI, everyone worked so well together. It was a great start to my career as I as introduced to a lot of different aspects of the organization.
Interviewer: I understand this is your first work-term with JDI, can you tell me about your experience so far?
Liam: Coming into my first professional career, I was obviously a bit intimidated. However, the employees at Irving Wallboard Wallboard have made my first month here nothing but amazing. I noticed from the beginning there is constant communication throughout the plant. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand, even if it’s not their type of work. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far is that it’s always okay to ask someone for help and ask questions, whether they’re at the top of the chain or the bottom.
Interviewer: What are you looking forward to most during your time with Irving Wallboard?
Liam: I would say getting more experience in Tableau. My Manager at KBS exposed me to that a bit and I’ve heard everyday how important it is across the organization. Through my career with JDI I’m looking forward to mastering that. It’s something I can always take with me and a it’s a continuation of my education.
Interviewer: If you could give advice to a student debating on applying for a career with JDI, what would you say?
Liam: I would suggest they try and pick something that is interesting to them, instead of picking something for the sake of it. Whether it be the division or the type of work they’ll be doing, choose something you’re passionate about.
Interviewer: When you’re not working, what can we catch you doing?
Liam: I love sports! I’m usually watching or playing hockey or soccer. I love to read also!
J.D. Irving will welcome over 2700 students for seasonal and co-op work terms over the next three years. Our commitment to them is to learn from leaders with experience, obtain hands on training and gain exposure to the industry.
The Construction and Equipment Division recently launched a program called "Build Your Career". This initiative is to focus on sourcing top talent when it comes to students, and giving them a chance to have a world-class experience during their work-terms. Check out what postings they have available below: