UBC Arts Co-op Program

Illuminate Conference #3

Shining in the Workplace: How to Succeed in Co-op & Beyond

Monday, March 20, 2017 – Buchanan A102 OR Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Buchanan A103

Note:  You should have received an e-mail with details for Symplicity registration to attend one of the above conference dates

This evening conference is designed to help you manage the transition to the co-op work world and beyond.  Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • Valuable tips from students and employers about how to be successful in a full-time job; what to expect in the first few weeks and more
  • Legislative acts that help protect you while at work
  • Strategies for managing workplace challenges when and if they arise

Conference Agenda

4:30 – Conference Registration & Pizza
5:15 – Welcome / Summer Job Search Stats / Co-op Assignments
5:45- Keynote: Stress Less for Work Success
6:10-6:50 – Student & Employer Panel
6:50-7:05 – Break
7:05-8:20 – Handling Workplace Challenges
8:20 – Wrap-up & Evaluation
8:30 – Finish

Keynote Presentation


March 20
Diana Jung, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects Coordinator, Student Wellbeing Promotion, UBC Student Development and Services

March 23
Sarah Joosse, Wellbeing Promotion Strategist, Student Wellbeing Promotion, UBC Student Development and Services


The transition from school to the workplace can be both exciting and challenging, as you settle into a new working environment, develop new relationships with co-workers, and adjust to a new schedule and professional life in the working world. Fostering a growth mindset from the start of your work placement can help you to be successful when you come across roadblocks. Planning proactively and developing effective coping strategies can support you to be happier and healthier, to thrive in your new workplace.  There are resources both on and off campus to support you as you embark on this exciting stage of your degree.

Employer Panelists

March 20

  • Elise Goodreault, Student Professional Development Officer, UBC Faculty of Applied Science
  • Kandice Morrison, Manager, Operations, Service Delivery Partnerships, Western Economic Diversification
  • Elena Janssen, Project Manager, ECHO Storytelling Agency

March 23

  • Ryan Cho, Innovation Manager, Iridia Medical
  • Mary Caros, Manager, Communications, Adoptive Families Association of BC
  • Richard Horne, Litigation Project Manager, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Arts
Buchanan A240
1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3828
Arts Co-op Program
Buchanan C121
1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.1529

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