During her work term, Susan found everything she was looking for at the North Vancouver District Public Library. Her work term was a great blend of working the Adults and Children’s reference desks, organizing and conducting story time sessions with children and their families, and pursuing important and unique projects for the library.

2011 Student of the Year winner Sophia Kim says her co-op experiences at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada helped to land her “dream job” at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley.

The co-op program gave Susanne an opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge she gained in her studies into practice in both the private sector and in government, leading to a full time job upon graduation. Susanne believes that “it is important to be able to make the connection between theory and practice before you finish a school program as it prepares you for the reality of working in your chosen field and shortens the learning curve when you are hired.”

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.”

A student in the visual arts, Ting found that her design skills were a great asset to her resume. UBC Arts Co-op led her to communications-related jobs, a field she now finds interesting and rewarding.

Samantha Markham received an Honourable Mention for the Undergraduate Student of the Year award. Through co-op Sam has been able to reach her dream of working for Harbour Publishing after graduation.

Rie connected her academics to her co-op terms and gained the experiences and skills to give her a head start after she graduates.

Through her co-op terms and many years’ of involvement in student leadership on campus, Cua found herself drawn to the field of equity, diversity and peace education and naturally developing her skill set in communications and project management.

Sarah Rathjen won the 2010 SLAIS Student Of the Year (Master of Archival Studies) due to her outstanding achievement in all aspects of student performance, including academics, the  workplace, and professional and community involvement. Her work term at Royal BC Museum in Victoria illustrates how co-op played a role in bridging her academics and career development.