Cherry Fedalizo

Q1. 

What program were you in?

International Business Diploma Program.

Q2. 

Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I did two co-op placements with the Human Resources Development of Canada (HRDC) in the Hire a Student Program. In my first position, I provided employment services for all of the Vancouver Lower Mainland and my second position took place in the human resources department.

Q3. 

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

Co-op gave me the opportunity to apply my school experience to the real world. It also taught me important interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the world of business at an early stage of my education.

Q4. 

What work are you doing now?

I work in Human Resources with Finning (Canada) as a Human Resources Manager.

Q5. 

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

Although I was placed with the same company for both positions, my roles were very different. My first role was customer facing. I was able to be social, build connections, and help others, which are all things that really matter to me. My second placement was primarily back-office support in the Human Resources Department and the focus was process driven. Without exposure to my second position, I wouldn’t have been able to identify what area of human resources I actually enjoyed.

Q6. 

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

I’ve been in human resources for 13 years and I think I’ll continue on!

Q7. 

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

I would highly recommend current and future students to participate in the co-op experience. It’s a value added option and I didn’t even think twice about taking advantage of the community that would help me get a job in the future. If you really want an edge in today’s competitive world, co-op can help you get it.