What program were you in?

I completed the Marketing and Sales Diploma. It’s where I started my education and it seemed to fit. After my diploma, I went on to Royal Roads University in Victoria.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I was a marketing coordinator at Descente, which is a golf and ski clothing company. I was a ski racer on the Canadian team and knew about ski clothing, so it was a good fit.


What’s the biggest takeaway from your co-op experience?

I was able to go out into the field and put what I learned into practice. Because of that, I got a better understanding of how it all comes together.


What work are you doing now?

Cycling is a huge passion of mine; I was US National Cycling Champion last year. When I was in school, one of my instructors told me to find a job around my passion that I would be willing to do for free, and if I can get paid for it, I’ll be happy. Today I run a cycle coaching company in Northern California so I’m pretty lucky. I also run a residential real-estate company.


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

I was really able to get a sense of the different management roles within marketing and the reporting structure. I was in the Marketing and Sales Program so it was great seeing the sales side of things during my co-op. I remember seeing the photo shoots and seeing how they take the photos from that and use it on those promotional cards and how they utilize those in the market place to create interest and awareness.


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

I’m going to focus on real estate as a career and keep cycle coaching as a passion project. 


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

If you want to be better prepared when you finish your schooling, do co-op. If you want to be more engaged in your learning rather than just sitting in a classroom then co-op is the way to go.