Program: Communications and Media Studies
What made you decide to apply to the Co-op program?
One of my classmates mentioned the co-op program and I really liked the idea of getting job experience and gaining professional communication skills.
Where are you working, what is your role and what type of tasks do you do?
Currently I am working at the Student Success Centre in the University as their intern. A few of my responsibilities include creating surveys on Qualtrics, connecting with the volunteers on a weekly basis and answering their questions, keeping track of the Study Hall contest, and regularly presenting Success Seminars.
What did you accomplish during your work term?
I worked at Hull Family Services which is a not-for-profit organization that helps kids and children at risk. I played a key role in a large-scale fundraising initiative “Happy Hullidays” to curate a targeted communications and social media plan for carrying out promotional advertising that support the essential needs for at-risk kids.
What challenges did you face?
During my first co-op term, I felt I lacked experience working in a professional environment. I faced a number of challenges including figuring out how to create a professional non-academic communications plan and juggling multiple projects simultaneously.
What have you gained from this experience?
I have gained a lot of new skills from my work terms in including learning how to edit webpages and schedule social media posts. Additionally, I learned several applications and how to use programs, such as Wordpress, Qualtrics, Orbis, and Better Impact, and will continue to learn more about these tools.
Do you have any advice for current and future co-op students?
Don't be afraid to apply for jobs just because you don't know how to do something. The person interviewing you will know that you have little experience and will be willing to teach you what you need.