If you haven’t yet, you can read about part 1 of my Co-op journey here! In short, while I felt like my first Co-op term didn’t completely confirm my career interests, I did learn a bigger lesson through the experience. Your path to discovering your career won’t look like someone else’s. While you might hear stories of people discovering their true passion during their first Co-op term, know that might not be what happens for you, and that does not mean you have failed!
Now, fast forward a bit to when I was seeking for my second Co-op. Although I knew what to expect this time around, there was still a feeling of uncertainty. The interview nerves and the questions about where I would end up for the next 4 or 8 months (or if I would even land a role for the upcoming term!) were daunting. Having completed one Co-op term, I had some idea as to what kind of role I would want to work in, but I still wasn’t completely sure. I had some experience, but was it enough? After sending in a couple of applications and completing an interview, I landed a position with SFU Communication & Arts Co-op! I was to be their Digital Communications Assistant for the next 2 terms. Yes, I was going to work for Co-op for my Co-op! I remember applying for this position during my previous seeking term, so it felt like a full-circle moment to have landed the position this time around.
Now, looking back at my Co-op journey so far, I am proud of what I have accomplished. In my first 4 months, I was able to work on a variety of projects and tasks that have taught me more about what I can do with my Communication degree. One day, I could be designing marketing material on InDesign and the next day I could be brainstorming for a new email campaign. I’m getting the opportunities to build up my skills, whether that be writing, designing, or even gaining confidence in my speaking. It’s learning and getting practice with a bit of everything that is the most exciting for me. Although my path leading up to this has come with some doubt from myself, I’ve learned that it’s all about the journey and the experience you are gaining. Every feat and even every struggle will help you grow. I know that I’m sounding like a broken record but it’s really true. Embarking on Co-op will help you grow not only professionally, but also personally. The experience is so valuable.
Now that I am in my third Co-op term, I am excited about what’s to come and to explore even more of what majoring in Communication has to offer. While the uncertainty and anxiety around where I may exactly end up post-grad is still very real, I do know that there’s so much out there for me to experience. The possibilities when working in communications are endless. While that can be intimidating, it is exciting to think about what you will accomplish and discover going forward.
So if you’re wondering whether you should apply to Co-op, I would say DO IT! The experience you will acquire holds so much value. Not just because you get that work experience, but because you are able to learn so much more about yourself. Follow your own unique path to discovering what you want to do. You can do it!
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