What program were you in?

I was enrolled in the Management Information Systems (MIS) Diploma Program, which is a combination of both computer science and a bit of business. Prior to attending Langara, I completed a Diploma in Computer Science Information Systems at Douglas College.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I was fortunate enough to complete two co-op terms for two different companies and experience two entirely different roles. My first co-op placement started off as an internship and then it evolved into a four-month co-op placement. I worked at Paladin Security as a Help Desk Technician. Shortly after Paladin, I continued on to a second co-op placement where I was employed at the head office of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. I was able to complete an eight-month co-op term where I worked as a Test Analyst (also known as a Quality Assurance Analyst).


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

Being able to work in two different roles at different organizations was wonderful because I was able to gather and gain hands-on practical experience. I was able to quickly adapt to the new work culture and IT standards within the company. I learned valuable skills, which in turn assisted me in strengthening my weaknesses. It also helped me decide where I want my career to go after graduation.


What work are you doing now?

I currently work for a private company called Clearly, which was formally known as Clearly Contacts. I've been working here for about seven months now as a Quality Assurance Analyst (QA).


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

As a QA, you always need to be thinking of different scenarios to test. So having the chance to work for BC Liquor really allowed me to grow and think more analytically. I’ve learned to become more assertive in my decisions and also how to be more creative as well.  My mentor has always encouraged me to further my skills, so I plan to take the ISTQB (Foundation Level) examination to not only further my career growth but to grow along side my profession. 


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

I’m working towards becoming a Senior QA Analyst and eventually an Automation Engineer. 


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

To be quite honest, I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do with my computer science education and I knew co-op would be the stepping stone that would guide and provide practical hands-on experience in the IT field. Co-op has helped me pin-point the type of job I wanted after graduation by helping me discover what my working style was and what I enjoy doing the most. Also, it was great to have that extra financial support as well.