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Q1. 

What program are you in?

I was in the BBA, Business Management Program. Initially, I completed my transfer credits and went on to SFU, but I decided to return to Langara to finish my degree.

Q2. 

Where did you have your co-op work placement?

My co-op placement was at Fortis BC (Terasen Gas at the time) in Fall 2011. I worked at operational headquarters as a Customer Service Representative. In Fall 2013, I completed a second co-op placement at Fortis BC as a billing analyst.

Q3. 

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

Co-op taught me that work experience is more important than just the grades on your transcript. I learned that it’s important to become involved and actually get work experience. Co-op pushed me outside of my comfort zone and because of co-op, I became involved with other extracurriculars including the Langara Business Association.

Q4. 

What work are you doing now?

I’m currently at the College of Chiropractors of BC as an Office Coordinator. I am currently working under the supervision of the registrar and deputy registrar to ensure registrants are compliant with the necessary requirements.

Q5. 

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

I received valuable training in communications, dealing with customers, and soft skills needed to achieve success in the workplace.

Q6. 

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

I'd like my career to further my potential. I enjoy learning new skills and knowledge, and am excited to use them in my future career. Currently, I am working on my pre-requisites for the paralegal program. 

Q7. 

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

I would say don’t apply for positions where you think that it’s something you want to do. Apply for positions where you know you’ll learn a lot. When I first applied for co-op, I applied for the company and not the position. Because the company was well established, I knew that there were so many things I could learn.