Should YOU do Co-op? YES

Should YOU do Co-op? YES. This question shouldn’t even be asked. Students often say they don’t have time for co-op but in reality, co-op doesn’t add that much time to your degree and, in the end, when you are ready to graduate, you have both work and school experience that will allow you to stand out in the crowd. It’s a great way to figure out which job is or isn’t right for you.

I am in the Commerce program at UVic and Co-op is a mandatory component. Currently, I am on my third and final co-op work term and, looking back on the three opportunities that I have had, I can say that it has been a worthwhile experience.

Below, I will provide a brief overview of my three co-ops:

1. Tutela Technologies

POSITION: Human Resources and Marketing Assistant

  • Excellent opportunity to learn about different areas of business (ie. HR and marketing) as Tutela is a start-up company.
  • Strong start-up culture – fun atmosphere.
  • Learn more about the mobile technology sector.
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Frisbee lunch breaks.

2. GoodLife Fitness 

POSITION: Marketing Events Representative – Western Canada

  • Opportunity to travel to different cities in Canada every weekend (Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria)
  • Represent a large company and market at marathons, health shows and sporting events.
  • Part-time work extension
Getting ready to face the crowds at Eat!Vancouver.

Getting ready to face the crowds at Eat!Vancouver.

Engaging the volunteers at events.

Engaging the volunteers at events.

UVic Student Coop

Inspirational marathon in Saskatoon.


3. Clinical & Systems Transformation – representing three Health Organizations (Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority and Providence Health Care)

POSITION: Jr. Business Analyst – Human Resources

  • Amazing opportunity to be a part of one of the largest health projects in the country. This project is aimed to unify the health records across the three health organizations in BC.
  • Work with an outstanding team of intelligent individuals with diverse backgrounds (surgeons, nurses, business analysts and accountants)
  • Potential post-graduation work extension.
UVic Student Coop

Pink Shirt Day to Raise Awareness for the Anti-Bullying Campaign.

UVic Student Coop

Myself and the co-op students at CST. Note: Majority of the co-op students are from the Health Informatics program at UVic aka HINF.

Short video clip I made for the pre-admit business students at UVic regarding co-op and why it is an amazing opportunity:


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