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EIS Alumni Khoi Anh Pham - Seizes Opportunities in Canada

At EIS (European International School), guiding students through their journey to either university or choosing career opportunities is an important part of our educational programme.

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At EIS career and guidance counsellors start working with individual students from Grade 10, with regards to pathways available to them after graduating from Grade 12.

Working closely with each student and making sure each university programme is the right fit, creates incredible success stories. Khoi Anh (class of 2018) is one of those stories, he credits a lot of his success to EIS for helping obtain his university scholarship to Saint Marys University, Canada, and the support he received studying the IB diploma.

“Erin Tacey (IBDP Coordinator) & Tracey Fish (University Guidance Counsellor), helped me investigate different career options and played a big part in improving my scholarship applications.”

 At EIS we have a close-knit community of students, so when Khoi Anh updated us on his journey after leaving EIS we were keen to share his success story and some tips he has for current IBDP students from his new home in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Khoi Anh shared that obtaining the IB Diploma (IBDP) meant that he had  a range of new opportunities open up to him. His fantastic IBDP results meant he could jump straight into the second year of his degree in Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology, and Human Resources Management.

Khoi Anh & friends at their graduation ceremony, Saint Mary’s University

Also, the research skills he obtained through the IB Programme paved the way to several paid internships, including work on a Diversity & Inclusiveness Project and research at the Halifax Regional Police Headquarters.

“The reason I obtained my first research assistant opportunities, was due to the skills I learnt completing the IB Extended Essay, including independent research and critical thinking”

Khoi Anh has now graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Human Resources Management and has obtained a prestigious job with IBM Canada, as a Business Consultant.

Khoi Anh at the IBM office in Halifax, Canada.

After going through a rigorous recruitment process and starting his job at IBM online, Khoi Anh has shared some tips for EIS students about how to deal with pressure as well as working online.

  • Put together a study group, 2-3 study buddies makes it more fun to learn.
  • Be organised with your time, create a checklist with your daily goals, and pace the work carefully.
  • Take breaks, walk away from your screen for a while. Why not take a walk outside to refresh yourself.
  • Get involved in CAS opportunities, these soft skills set you up well for university and the workplace.
  • Consider study opportunities in Canada, as it opens many doors.  “I found that Canada has a lot of job opportunities, and has good immigration options. I was able to obtain permanent residency in Canada after working at IBM.”

We wish Khoi Anh good luck with his new position at IBM, and can’t wait to hear more about his adventures.