Through the co-op program, I have learned how to navigate through the information technology world and now have practical work experience.
I can confidently say that co-op has completely altered my future. I have real experience with IT support, project management, software development, software design and software testing, and I have already developed a good work/life balance.
During my first work term as a Software Tester with the Public Service Commission of Canada, I emerged from this job with a powerful set of testing tools that will greatly benefit my software development career in the future. I have learned how to build websites that are user friendly for disabled persons, and how automated testing is done and when it is applicable. This experience will be priceless in future software testing scenarios
During my second work term as a Technical Analyst at RBC, I learned how to use my time efficiently and work long hours. I gained extensive experience using more complex Microsoft systems, including Microsoft servers, scripting and registry editor. I learned how to operate in a large company and still feel a sense of importance with my individual work. This job was great because I was living in a new city and had the opportunity to surround myself with new activities.
My third work term as a Junior Software Developer with the Public Service Commission of Canada was my first solid introduction to software development. I was exposed to the complex world of GIT, Maven and Backend Java development. I also had an opportunity to load test a server using Regex, which I found very satisfying.
Through the co-op program, I have learned how to navigate through the information technology world and now have practical work experience. I have made a conscious choice to pursue work that is valuable to me and that integrates with my philosophies. I have learned how to get along with people of all personalities and nationalities and stay professional.
BA Computer Science 2017 ( Co-op)