My name is Paulina Szmudrowska and I am currently a Master’s student in the University of Waterloo’s Master’s of Applied Environmental Studies – Local Economic Development program. As part of my program requirements, I completed a 4-month internship at the City of Mississauga Economic Development Office (EDO).
Throughout my experience, it was apparent that EDO is cognizant of continuously evolving market trends impacting local companies where emphasis is placed on integrating a proactive cluster development approach . EDO has undertaken various studies and community engagement initiatives in order to understand local business opportunities and challenges apparent in Mississauga’s key business sectors: life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information and communications technologies (ICT) and financial services.
As an intern I was involved in initiatives that align with developing and advancing some of these cluster development strategies. Select examples of my work included supporting the development of the City of Mississauga’s Life Sciences Cluster Strategy; defining and identifying Mississauga’s financial services sector; and responding to requests for information. This has been an enriching, practical and an educational experience that has provided me with real-world application to complement my education.
With that, as a student, if there is any kind of advice that I could convey to the business community and employers, it would be to take use of workforce development incentives and hiring students through co-op and/or internship placements. These resources aid in fostering and reaping the rewards of an all-around talented and qualified labour force.
My advice to institutions of all levels would be to continue to develop programs that integrate academia and industry in order for all students to have the opportunity to gain invaluable field work experience, as I had been fortunate to experience with the City of Mississauga.
As for my advice to students and interns such as myself, develop a proactive mindset and take use of opportunities to network and engage with professionals. Employers are looking for ambitious, skilled and certified talent such as you.
Last but not least, EDO, keep up the cluster development initiatives and excellent support to businesses that call Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest City, home.
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