Eyren Uggenti

Q1. 

What program were you in?

BBA, Marketing Management.

Q2. 

Where did you have your co-op work placement?

My first and only co-op work placement was with Small Business BC (SSBC) as the Events and Marketing Assistant.

Q3. 

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

The biggest takeaway that came from my co-op experience was how important file systems and systematic operations are in creating success. In learning how to evaluate and tend to deficiencies in these areas, I was able to uplift the programs that I worked on and brought them further success.

Q4. 

What work are you doing now?

I still work with Small Business BC. After my co-op, I returned to school and finished my BBA. In my second-to-last semester, about 11 months after my placement ended, I received a call from SBBC and was offered a contract position for three months. In January 2016, I started full-time as the Events Coordinator and have been managing our event products ever since.

Q5. 

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

It allowed me to master the position and evolve my contributions and ownership of the programs that I administer. The pairing of my skills with the workload required is very complimentary and it allows me to be the organizations creative problem solver and one of the main project managers. The co-op experience also allowed me to better understand the small business environment and learn good practices on how to manage up.

Q6. 

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

Ideally I would be self-employed and making my own business flourish someday. In the meantime, I am vying for my project management certification and can see myself working on large events. The other outlook would be to become creative director for a large advertising or content generating firm.

Q7. 

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

Co-op is invaluable and the best way to tie your schooling in with a realistic working environment. A lot of young students lack work experience and co-op is a safe way to get exposure and determine the kinds of work and businesses that you’d like to get involved with. It’s much harder to gain these insights outside of the school forum, so if you get the chance to enjoy some placements, it is definitely in your best interest!