Jeff

Q1. 

What program were you in?

I started at UBC, but transferred to Langara to complete my BBA in International Business.

Q2. 

Where did you have your co-op work placement?

My co-op was as a Latin America Business Development Consultant at Kostklip. They’re a Canadian manufacturer and retail consultant of shelf-edge pricing and signage solutions. At the time, they were considering entering Mexico and wanted an analysis of the market made.

Q3. 

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

It turned into a full time job! Aside from that, being able to apply the theoretical material I had learned in class into real life applications.

Q4. 

What work are you doing now?

Kostklip decided to enter the Mexican market based off my analysis. I was then brought in to oversee the expansion into Mexico. I’m now a Regional Sales Manager responsible for all Latin America, Quebec, and Eastern USA sales/accounts.

Q5. 

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

I still use my market analysis to this day! It also reaffirmed that this was the side of business I was interested in and gave me a glimpse of what operating in a fully professional setting is like.

Q6. 

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

I personally believe it’s a blend of what you want to do and what opportunities are available. I definitely want to stay in business and I want to keep some degree of travel in my job, but I’d like to transition into executive management.

Q7. 

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

I would tell them to not look at co-op as something you are forced to do, but approach it as an opportunity to dip your toe in the marketplace. Get a feel for what it’s like, develop relationships, enhance your network, and potentially secure yourself some opportunities for the rest of your career.