CO-OP Student of the month of May 2018
Program of study: Management
During the Winter 2018 work term, I completed my second CO-OP experience facilitated by the Telfer School of Management. I had the opportunity to work for Nokia Corporation, a multinational Finnish company operating in the telecommunications, information technology and consumer electronics sectors. More specifically, I was part of the Nokia software business group, which is responsible for developing intelligent software platforms that optimize and automate network performance. Overall, my experience at Nokia was a unique opportunity that provided valuable insight into how a truly global company operates, testing me in ways that I could never have imagined.
As an Integrated Marketing Assistant at Nokia, I participated in the development of marketing programs for the full range of Nokia’s software solutions. Given that Nokia is a global company, my role involved contributing to a remote/virtual team with co-workers located around the world, namely in the United States, Finland and Hungary. This developed both my professional and personal skills: I had more autonomy than ever before while working on deliverables.
Although it only lasted four months, my CO-OP placement at Nokia changed my perspective on the telecommunications industry and high tech as a whole. I entered my work term at Nokia with little-to-no knowledge of telecom and software. However, after working with industry professionals and learning more about the industry itself, I could see myself focusing on high-tech as a viable career path in the future since there is ample room for growth and many avenues of opportunity. My experience at Nokia, combined with my previous CO-OP experience at national retailer Giant Tiger, has taught me transferable business skills that I can apply to almost any organization. All of this would not have been possible without the University of Ottawa’s CO-OP program, which has enabled me to step outside my comfort zone and learn a set of marketable business skills. I would recommend the CO-OP program to every uOttawa student!