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Benefits of co-op work experience appeal to Langara students

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Students attend an information session about co-op organized by the department of co-operative education at Langara. Photo by Edrick Dudang.
Students attend an information session about co-op organized by the department of co-operative education at Langara. Photo by Edrick Dudang.

Langara’s co-operative education department held an open house during National Co-op Week from March 17 to 19, giving students the opportunity to learn about co-op.

Co-op is a program in which students enter the profession in their field of study while still enrolled in their curriculum. Students who participate in co-op work full-time in a company or institution and are paid. Langara human resource assistant Laura McNaught, who is doing a co-op with Langara’s human resource department, said the purpose of the co-op program is to equip students with job experience in their field so they can easily transition from post-secondary to the labour market. Co-op also helps employers scout for potential employees.

Co-op is currently only available to business, computer science and bioinformatics students.

McNaught said she loves working for the college because it gives her relevant experience for her future.

“It is incredibly awesome,” McNaught said. “I want to be involved in human resources and a lot of projects they involved me [in] are working with people.”

School provides other employment opportunities

She also said Langara made her the volunteer coordinator for Student Employment Day and the Ready, Set, Hire! career expo.

“I had a team of 40 volunteers. I created all the job descriptions, the training packages and managed them on the day,” McNaught said.

An opportunity for an income

Marketing student Eyren Uggenti is planning to do co-op this summer. He said he has never done co-op before and has already applied to five industries for this summer. He also appreciates that co-op is paid.

“I really don’t have that many forms of income,” Uggenti said. “I think getting a co-op is the right thing to do because I need a stable income for a couple of months so I could start paying my school [fees].”

Uggenti praised Langara’s co-op program for its wide range of industries he can apply to.

 Reported by Edrick Dudang

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