CO-OP Student of the Month of February
For an international student, CO-OP experience opens the door to future employment in the Canadian job market and it also provided me with hands-on experience. I overcame several challenges as an international student while job searching, such as the language barrier—an experience that will prove to be valuable throughout my career. The process of developing skills in my field is still ongoing, and I look forward to the adventure of gaining additional experience in the near future.
I worked as a contract management officer at Rogers Communications Inc. in the summer of 2018, which was valuable for my career path as it involved real life work experience. During the work term, I had the opportunity to do a variety of tasks related to different projects, including data management for the Salesforce and INSIS tools. I was responsible for building a repository of customer contracts and extracting certain key data. The highlight of working at Rogers was that my supervisor provided me with a lot of opportunities to branch out and understand the different sectors at Rogers. I worked with people in different departments, and I got to visit the Rogers TV station and the data centre in the greater Ottawa area. These excursions helped me understand Rogers as more than just offices—it’s a large telecommunications company with many different areas of business and specialists. This experience helped open my eyes to the corporate world in Canada and motivated me to excel in the field of communications.
I’m excited to be starting my second CO-OP placement as a junior analyst at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, where I contribute to several group projects for the Business Services Branch of Canadian Intellectual Property Office. My work this term involves conducting report analyses, designing promotion materials, promoting customer relationship management (CRM) strategies and providing administrative support. My supervisor gives me a lot of freedom to implement our CRM strategy. In addition, I came up the idea of a bilingual mental health survey plan for the office, which I brought to my supervisor. She was thrilled that I’m taking initiative like this. My current work experience is teaching me the importance of being part of a dynamic team and the significance of creativity.