This year, Dr. Jon Newell became the first PhD student to graduate with a co-op designation at UBC, blazing a trail for future students looking to explore their professional potential during a PhD.

Laura’s co-op work terms – at Arts Umbrella, the UBC Arts Co-op Program, and Western Economic Diversification – were only a stepping stone in discovering her true passions.

Sheena says “it was my co-op experiences, and the skills I gained in them, combined with my academic background which helped me achieve my dream of working for the United Nations.”

As the 2014 Honourable Mention for Arts Co-op Undergraduate Student of the Year, Mandy was recognized for her work term with the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia in Hong Kong, where her supervisor described her as having “substantially exceeded the normal level for any student intern or entry-level staffer.”

As the Archival Descriptions Assistant with the Yukon Archives, Emily worked to ensure all archival documents for this isolated location were available online and easily accessible to “Canadians and individuals globally on a daily basis.”

Although Simon’s graduate economics degree was the stepping stone to his current position, UBC Arts Co-op helped lay a foundation of skills for Simon that, as he says, “can be applied towards any career choices.”

Through co-op, Victor learned about his passions and gained valuable work experience in his field of geography.

Through his “eye-opening” work term at Ericsson, he has gained an important new outlook on both the obvious and more subtle differences between school and work.

Tsui’s work experience as a Gallery Interpreter Information Coordinator at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller, Alberta) was one of her most “gratifying, enriching, and enjoyable experiences in [her] life.”

Jessica Woolman went into co-op wanting to dabble in as many areas as she could, and her experiences helped her choose what work she found the most satisfying.