Anna Nastiuk

Q1. 

What program are you in?

BBA, Marketing Management. I knew immediately that I wanted to be in marketing.

Q2. 

Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I did four co-op terms. My first co-op was at No Limits Group as a Marketing Intern. My remaining three co-op positions took place at the BC Liquor Distribution Branch as a Web and Digital Marketing Specialist. I contacted the manager directly and asked for an interview. When I got the job, I had very little experience, but I was eager to learn and that’s exactly what they were looking for.

Q3. 

What is the biggest takeaway from your co-op experience?

With anything in life, you get out what you put in. Each co-op helped me figure out what I really wanted to do – and also what I didn’t want to do.

Q4. 

What work are you doing now?

I work as a Magazine Coordinator at Taste Magazine for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. After my co-op placements, I wanted to stay with the marketing department and this position became available, so I applied. 

Q5. 

How did your co-op jobs prepare you for the work that you’re doing now?

Co-op taught me to be humble. I came back to college when I was 26 and before school, I was working full-time and was proud of how far I had come in my career. When I did my first co-op, I was a 27-year-old intern and that was a big reality check for me. I had to take a step back and just appreciate the learning experience.

The two employers I worked for during co-op had very contrasting work cultures. The culture at my first placement was extremely laid back and lateral. My second placement was a government position, and that was completely opposite from the first. Experiencing both environments has helped me figure out what I prefer. 

Q6. 

Looking forward, where would you like your career to go?

I’m getting married this year and I would eventually like to have kids. Work-life balance is extremely important to me and I want to be able to leave my work at work, so I need to figure out how I’ll be able to balance both if I want to move up in my career.

Q7. 

What would you say to someone who asks you about co-op?

If you want to get a job after graduation you need the experience. Everyone has a degree nowadays, so you need something to back that up.