What program were you in?

I had previously completed an unrelated undergrad at UBC. While trying to determine what I wanted to do, I came back to Langara for further study to complete a Marketing Management Diploma.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I did my first co-op at Twist Conditioning Inc. in franchise development. I completed one co-op term and ended up getting hired on for a year. After that, I completed one co-op term at Small Business BC in the Education Department.


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

The interview and resume writing skills I learned in co-op were hugely valuable. I have used this information over and over as both an interviewee, and when hiring my own staff.


What work are you doing now?

After my co-op placement at Small Business BC ended, I was hired in their Marketing Department. I stayed on, received a promotion, and ended upleading the department for a number of years. Now, after returning from a maternity leave, my role is focussed in government relations and special projects. A large portion of my career has grown at Small Business BC.


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

My co-op helped me make contacts in my industry. It was a great way to connect with a new network of people and I’ve been able to leverage that network for many new projects and professional opportunities. .


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

I’m really enjoying my current role with Small Business BC. I ended up coming back to Langara to complete the Project Management Certification through Continuing Studies, which is a great addition to my skill set. I’m continually learning and excited to see where this path takes me.


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

If you’re not sure which career path is right for you, co-op is the absolute best way to try things out and see exactly what you want to do. You can take all the courses you want, but ultimately the real world is very different from the classroom. Co-op is your window into the real world. It’s also a great way to prove yourself and land a more permanent opportunity.