CO-OP Student of the Month of August 2019
As a 4th year Business Management student heading into my last semester at uOttawa, I have had the opportunity to participate in the CO-OP program over the last two years – completing four work terms in total. In that time, I was able to build a diversified portfolio of real-world work experience at almost every size of business prior to graduating.
My CO-OP journey began in the Summer semester of second year, where I worked as a Strategic Planner for the national retailer, Giant Tiger. Working closely with the Directors of the company, I was empowered with full oversight of all business functions and learnt what it took to implement strategic decisions at the highest level of a billion-dollar retailer. From there, I was thrown into the trenches working as a Digital Marketer for the multinational telecommunications company, Nokia. At Nokia, I learnt how to execute on tactical, day-to-day operations while working with and managing the dynamics of a remote Marketing team.
After working for companies at the national and multinational level, I planned to round out my work experience by leveraging the entrepreneurial programs available on campus to gain experience at the start-up level. My foray into entrepreneurship began with the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program where I was able to kickstart my business, Point3D Commercial Imaging, with resources such as funding, mentorship and the ability to work full time on the business over the 4-month term. After gaining traction in the CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, I discovered the Entrepreneurship Hub’s Startup Garage (SUG) program and got accepted to continue growing Point3D during my last work term. SUG is uOttawa’s business accelerator program that fosters and supports a cohort of businesses with mentorship, workshops and funding to help founders scale their businesses.
Although it is an unconventional journey compared to most, the CO-OP program gave me a unique opportunity to gain real world work experience at large corporations and leverage that experience in starting my own business prior to graduating – something that would not be possible without the support of the CO-OP program.