Recent Profiles & Tips
“For over 40 years, Mount co-op students have contributed to the success of organizations in corporate, government and non-profit sectors across the country and internationally. Click the link above to read more about the 2020 recipients of the 2020 Mount Co-op Student of the Year awards.
“COVID-19 aside, there’s a lot of opportunity for students. Under normal circumstances, we have more jobs than we have students and graduates, which opens up career opportunities for them. We used to have people asking us about our graduates for different jobs, which was great to see. ”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed us. The mere continuation of day-to-day living has required a level of resilience far beyond what many of us had previously tapped into. The ability to weather a storm of this magnitude, for this duration, speaks to endurance and strength. Whether we asked for them or not, all of these qualities are desirable ones in the eyes of employers.”
“You get a breadth of knowledge of all the disciplines in business with this program. The degree is practical, with opportunities like the Learning Passport Program and Learners and Leaders Conference. Being able to diversify my knowledge and have an abundance of opportunities to take part in…I decided the Mount could be the place for me.”
Third year Public Relations student, Janessa Ferguson did not expect she would complete two of her co-op work terms with the federal government but she has loved every moment of it. Janessa completed her second work term with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Moncton, New Brunswick where she further developed her communications skills in a fast-paced and supportive environment.
Cassie explains that one of the most fulfilling experiences has been the Co-operative Education program. “Co-op helps you recognize your professional skills, career choices and often you realize ‘Oh this is why we talked about this in class.’ You also come back to school with a greater understanding on your program.”
There is no dream too big and no goal is unattainable. The office is trendy and the walls have the words “Strong women work here”. There is something empowering about walking into an organization who has a strong focus on women. In fact, women occupy many of the senior level positions.
It was my experience at Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) that opened my eyes to the possibilities of specialization as a PR practitioner. I delved deeper into marine research and conservation media. For my third co-op, I knew I wanted to gain new experiences in the oceans sector and it looked like my best odds for doing so were abroad.
In the summer of 2015, business student Connor Hirtle was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. This meant he was no longer able to do many things we take for granted. What Connor didn’t lose was his determination and willpower to live his best life, despite his physical limitations.
Moving over 6000 kilometers from home, Courtney learned that it is hard to say goodbye and that your home base is important, but that is should not stop you from exploring new countries.
Magical. The word tourism student, Lauren Snider uses when describing her internship at Disney this summer. After a series of interviews over the winter, Snider was over the moon when the official offer came in for her to work as a Cast Member. Soon after, Lauren boarded a place to the magical world of Disney in Orlando, Florida.
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