Through co-op, Stephen has gained “contacts, references and a resume with good accomplishments in the field of publishing that will show [his] experiences” to future employers.

As a person who has always been interested in Psychology, Vicki’s academic studies were integral to her current career path. Yet the real-world applications of her classes weren’t immediately clear. She says that Co-op helped clarify her trajectory: the program helps students figure out “how the knowledge you gain from school can be applied in a work setting.”

Through Ryley’s co-op experiences, she has gained skills and experience in fundraising in non-profit organizations, which is one of her long term career goals.

Maryn Wallace worked at the BC Lung Association, Law Courts education Society of BC (now Justice Education Society of BC), and Richmond Society for Community Living. Her co-op experiences gave her valuable time management, problem solving, communication, and relationship development skills which help her in the position today at the UBC Development Office.

From re-designing and maintaining the Internal Audit group’s intranet web site with Workers Compensation Board of BC (now WorkSafe BC), to promoting visual and performing art programs at Arts Umbrella, Myomi Chu’s wide variety of experiences have added to her depth of skills.

What Mike truly remembers from this position with the BC Ministry of Environment is presenting to his colleagues information about climate change; an exciting and intimidating experience as most of his audience had graduate degrees in relevant scientific disciplines and he was presenting highly technical information.

Lindsay worked as the Public Services Coordinator for Whistler Public Library, a work term she recalls as “fantastic” and her “most formative experience” so far.

Oliver began his career as an Arts Co-op student, working at Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, and UBC Enrolment Services.

Through co-op, Joy explored work in different fields and discovered what she likes and dislikes and learned that her BA degree with a major in Music is a key for opportunities outside of the Music field as well.

Kiran tells others, “Co-op was a great experience and if you have any reservations about finding your dream job, keep looking. Putting in effort will help you find a job that will give you transferable skills after you graduate.”