Christine Woodington


What program were you in?

I received a scholarship to complete a Liberal Arts Diploma at Corpus Christi College. Once I completed my diploma, I took a year off and then enrolled at Langara College to complete the Financial Management Diploma and BBA in Accounting.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

My first co-op was with General Paint in their head office. I was hired as an Assistant Purchaser in the Purchasing Department. After my term was up, they asked me to stay on for another semester. My second placement was as a Financial Analyst with Alderwood Group. After my co-op term was over, I stayed on with Alderwoods Group for almost three years.


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

Alderwoods Group paid for my schooling. If I hadn’t gotten my co-op with them, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity. I look back and I cannot believe how fortunate I was to get those work experiences and have them lead into what they did. Having my company support me really encouraged my schooling and encouraged me to finish my degree.


What work are you doing now?

I’m a Corporate Accountant at Coal Island LTD.


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

My co-op really helped me to appreciate companies that are willing to hire co-op students. In my current job now, we weren’t able to hire a co-op student because of timing, but we did hire a student straight out of school with no work experience to try and foster those skills. I know how much of a difference co-op made to me and I know what it would mean to another student which is why I try to pay it forward.


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

I know I don’t want to be an accountant for the rest of my life. I love what I do now and my company really takes cares of me. I also volunteer at the CPA BC Association; I’m a treasurer there and I believe in fostering the next generation of accountants. I’ve always said that if I had to quit my job, it would be to go into education or program recruitment.


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

Not all post secondary schools offer co-op. Take advantage of it because when you graduate, you’ll be two steps in front of students who don’t have work experience. It will make a huge difference on your resume.