Co-op Student of the Week

Week of June 20, 2022

Student: Yasmine Doctor, Grade 12

Placement: J.M. Denyes Public School

My Co-op placement is at J.M Denyes Public School. My role at the school is a teacher's assistant. Every day of the week I am in a new classroom with either kindergarten, grade 1 or grade 2 students. I work with students individually and in small groups to help improve their reading and writing skills. I also help teachers with organizing and sorting student work and classroom materials. Making the classroom environment fun and safe is also a part of the many responsibilities I have while working at J.M. Denyes Public School.

Every day is a new adventure in elementary school. Having adaptable skills is very necessary. Since this Co-op placement is my first job, I learned what it means to be professional and how professional workplaces work. I have also learned so many valuable transferable skills such as communication, time management and collaboration that I can use in different job fields.

Up until this year and applications for post-secondary, I was so lost as to what I wanted to pursue. I have always loved and had an interest in travelling, learning new languages and cultures. I am heading to Seneca College for their Flight Services – Operations & Cabin Management program. I will be using the skills I have learned and strengthened during my Co-op placement to help me achieve the best in my post-secondary pathway.

Previous Co-op Students of the Week

Week of June 13, 2022

Student: Tia Yoshimochi, Grade 11

Placement: Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

At Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, I work alongside a Recreational Therapist in Complex Transitional Care. My tasks and responsibilities over the course have been curating activity booklets for patients, transporting patients to and from their rooms, palliative care, organizing and facilitating games like bingo or arts & crafts, and finally, helping out nurses with their tasks. All the things I have been doing every day have been so rewarding! The recreation part of my placement has allowed my creative and artistic side to shine through. I have also learned a lot about the medical side of things and how the hospital operates.

During my time at OTMH, I have gained so many valuable skills that I will carry throughout the rest of my life. I have built communication skills from interacting with patients of different conditions and personalities every day. Some do not speak English, some have trouble hearing, and some have a short temper. The majority of my patients have been at the hospital long-term, so I have also developed great relationships with them. Another skill I have gained is knowledge of the hospital and the different departments of health care. I have learned about so many careers in the medical field and their roles and responsibilities. I have had the chance to speak to many of them and learn about their journey. I have also observed the life of a nurse, recreational therapist, unit assistant, physician, and so many more staff each day.

My Co-op placement has allowed me to come out of my comfort zone to gain leadership skills and demonstrate initiative. It gave me a taste of the working world.

Week of June 6, 2022

Student: Mohammed Al-Hindi, Grade 11

Placement: Oakville Rehab Centre

At Oakville Rehab, I was granted the opportunity to work with experienced physiotherapists and chiropractors who allowed me to implement my skills in a hand-ons environment. I learned how to setup and use treatments like ultrasounds, IFC electric pads, and cupping as well as observing advanced treatments like acupuncture. I also prepared heat packs and ice packs as well as working with my colleagues to maintain cleanliness at the clinic.

The most important skills I developed were communication skills with coworkers and patients and social skills by getting to know patients who come in often. I also learned to work under pressure during busy hours while following correct instructions. Lastly, the placement helped me develop a sense of responsibility when dealing with patients to ensure everyone’s safety throughout treatment.

Since I am hoping to apply to a pre-med undergraduate program at a university to earn a Bachelors in Science, I found my experience at my placement extremely beneficial as it allowed me to interact with experienced physicians as well as learn from them. It was also surprising that many of our patients were doctors and nurses from the OTMH especially since the clinic was right by the hospital. I remember talking to a surgeon with a son in medical school about his career and how his son is planning on doing things and it’s been extremely helpful to learn more about the pathways from him. My placement has allowed me to develop previous skills I had as well as discover new ones that I am sure will be extremely helpful in my future years of study.

Week of May 30, 2022

Student: Ghadi Hadid, Grade 11

Placement: Shahrina Salam Law

My placement involves working with two lawyers, Shahrina Salam and William Perras, who have their own practice but share the same office. I have been exposed to various types of law including wills and estates, family law, civil litigation, among others. I have been able to listen and watch how both lawyers handle cases and the steps they take to help their clients. I have learned how a will is drafted and how settlement agreements work. I have learned how to scan through a client file and pick out the most important details. I am then able to discuss this with the lawyers which helps me use and understand proper terminology.

The most important skills I learned are how to act professionally using proper language and terminology. I have been keeping a log with all of the terms used and have conducted research in various topics to better understand their meaning. Maintaining client confidentiality is a very important rule to live by in a law office. You cannot discuss any clients or their cases outside of the office. I have been able to connect what I have learned with my grade 11 law course as many of the topics we discuss in class we have also discussed at the placement (e.g. courtroom procedures, civil cases, contract law, and the charter of rights).

I have enjoyed my time at the law office. Before attending this placement I was unsure if I wanted to pursue law as a potential career, however, my time at the office and working with the lawyers has provided more clarity and I can now confidently say that I would like to make law a career.

Week of May 23, 2022

Student: Laaibah Iqbal, Grade 11

Placement: Spark Power

My main tasks and responsibilities at Spark Power is project development and management. This includes creating the concept, designs, budget, bill of materials, and updating my schedule for the project I have been given. The project is to create an efficient, cost-saving manufacturing process involving minimum human labor for a particular client. My Co-op placement is virtual so I meet with my supervisor, Dragi Gulevski, via Microsoft Team Meets every Wednesday and Friday. The days I don’t meet him, I am at home working on the project, whether it be the business aspect of engineering (listing components and finding their costs) or the design portion (creating block diagrams, 2D detail designs, and currently the 3D animation).

Working with Mr. Gulevski and on the project, I have learned and further strengthened my skills such as communication, time management, independent work, problem solving, being patient, creative, and taking initiative. Communication is very important in the engineering industry as, if you cannot communicate your idea or product clearly, others will not understand your ideas let alone invest in them. I have been able to work on my communication skills by making sure to restate the tasks I am given and come prepared with questions to make sure I understand what I have to do and how to do it. I learned this lesson the first week at my placement when I did not create the budget properly as I didn’t understand how to do it and I have never made this particular mistake again. Additionally, I have to create a process map, a slideshow, and make sure my ideas (designs, budgets, etc) are presentable and easy to understand. Currently, I have been working on the slideshow that will be about my concept and will be presented to a team of engineers. My supervisor has been teaching me how even communicating about the budget in a particular way can make a drastic impression to your audience. Furthermore, problem solving and creativity are one of the most important skills in engineering as one of the purposes of engineering is the application of discoveries scientists make. To make applications requires knowing what can work in reality and what cannot and being able to find the most efficient, time and cost saving method, as time is money and at the end of the day, engineering is not charity work but a business that companies run for profit. These were very crucial skills I had to use when working on my project as I had to iterate many times to figure out what worked and what didn’t, causing me to work on the 2D detail design for an entire month.

Only this year have I started to show interest in engineering. Through being part of the robotics team, I wanted an in-person Co-op placement that would help me further develop my hands-on skills in engineering/manufacturing as I am not talented when it comes to the mechanical side of things. For this reason, I wasn’t very happy when I got my placement but it turned out to be one of the best placements I could have received as I was doing entry level employee work that is done by engineers in the real world. I also discovered how I very much enjoyed working on the designs and the business sides of my project and was much happier than when I worked hands-on. I felt very fulfilled after completing my tasks (even if I didn’t like them, contradicting my thoughts when it came to working mechanically) and was being told how I picked up details very quickly. This led me to realizing how much I enjoy project development and management and most likely will pursue this career pathway. Overall, my Co-op placement has been a very good experience, not only for my resume and future opportunities, but helping me find what I truly enjoy.

Week of May 16, 2022

Student: Stephanie Vieriu, Grade 11

Placement: Acorn Family Health & Wellness

In the immense world of the medical sector, so much progress has been made in healing and helping people reach their full wellness potential. I’ve seen this work being done at Acorn Family Health and Wellness through hands-on healthcare experience and the numerous projects where I’ve had to apply my learning. The journey has been very rewarding and informative. My tasks and responsibilities daily have been involved in the management and the clinical section. I’ve been aiding in filing patient cards, transporting patients to treatment rooms, working the front desk, checking inventory, and observing patients of different age groups getting treatment under the talented chiropractors at Acorn Health. I have also been learning about the variety of scans offered at the clinic, like the Neuro-Spinal Index Scans and posture scans. All these tasks have given me a different perspective of the hard work done in any medical clinic. I’ve had the chance to use this learning in informative projects such as infographics and posters that relate to key subjects and treatment at the clinic. One of my most important responsibilities as a Co-op student has been to use this learning opportunity to the fullest potential by asking questions and taking detailed notes. This has allowed me to reflect on my experience and continue setting goals that challenge myself as a student and to learn new topics.

Working alongside professionals I have been able to further and strengthen my skills. I use my communication, organization, and time management skills daily to help me succeed in doing any tasks. I have also learned how to be more professional, mature, and how to take more initiative. Communication skills are very important in any healthcare environment as it allows for more clarification, helps develop relationships, and creates a stronger team. I always communicate with my supervisors to ensure I’m maximizing my learning and developing the proper knowledge. Being around patients has also allowed me to interact and strengthen my social skills. Organization is key and I’ve continued applying this skill at the clinic by creating checklists to stay on top of my tasks and creating folders to organize my projects. This consistency of all these skills gives me more time to learn new and interesting things and highlights my trustworthiness and reliability as a Co-op student. Learning and applying these new skills has also given me more experience to use in the future.

From a young age, I’ve always known that I would like to pursue medicine as my future career as I have a passion for science and helping others. This Co-op opportunity has helped me get a sense of what working in the healthcare field would be like through all the experiences I’ve had the chance to be a part of. After being at this placement for several weeks, I know that I absolutely would like to continue down this path and continue learning about wellness and anatomy. Observing and being around infants and children has furthered my interest in pediatrics and has taught me many things. Overall, being at this clinic has shown me the variety of careers in the medical field and how they all interact with each other. I am glad to say that this placement has made my future pathway decisions clear!

Week of May 9, 2022

Student: Sophie Joly, Grade 12

Placement: Accel Performance Training

My main tasks and responsibilities at Accel Performance Training include being an assistant to the business owner, Joey Nemet. We travel to York University the majority of the week to train football athletes in preparation for big events coming up for them, such as the regional and national CFL combine, York University Pro-day, East West Bowl, and the CFL training camp coming up in a couple weeks. The days we aren’t traveling to the university, we are in Oakville at Meraki Fitness and Sports working with Joey's clients to achieve their fitness and performance goals.

I have been working alongside Joey every day and I have learned many skills such as leadership, how he manages and schedules his business, problem solving, and communication. I’ve also learned a lot about the specifics of speed and strength work and what goes into certain exercises and why. It's been great working with him and I can’t wait to keep learning new things moving forward.

My future pathway plans for post-secondary are pretty general right now but this Co-op has helped me understand what needs to go into owning a small business. All of the skills that I have learned are the skills I will need to carry with me into university. This experience has also helped open my eyes as to what fitness will be like as a student athlete in university. I can’t wait for what's to come!

Week of May 2, 2022

Student: Louis Hottelet, Grade 11

Placement: Ecole Forest Trail

My Co-op placement is at Ecole Forest Trail and I am working with two grade 7 classes. My main responsibilities are to come up with lessons or activities that will improve the students’ French skills, whether that’s grammar, speaking exercises or just maintaining an environment in the classroom that is mostly Francophone. The students missed a lot of learning while online, so my hope is to help them catch up. I also try my best to teach them about my European French culture. It's important for the students to know about more than just one population of French speakers. Last week, I also started helping with track and field practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

I have learned that I cannot only stick to one style of teaching. Different people are receptive to different kinds of learning, and so I have to do my best not to only cater to one type of person while leaving the others behind. That means I also need to understand all learning styles, even ones that I am not comfortable with, which can be hard at first. Each child is unique, and I must respect that and do my best to make sure all of them feel included in my lessons.

I was definitely interested in teaching before Co-op, but I never really had an opportunity to teach other than some online tutoring. Co-op has helped me see what an actual class environment is like, all the things you need to pay attention to as a teacher as well as how you teach a class in the long run. I was a bit scared of trying to become a teacher before as I didn’t really know what it was like, but now I can confidently say it’s an option I will consider when I think about my future career.

Week of April 25, 2022

Student: Allison Scott, Grade 12

Placement: Longos Bakery

My Co-op placement is in the bakery at Longos. I have really enjoyed my placement and have been learning different decorating techniques and have used these to decorate cakes, cupcakes and pastries. I have also cut, stacked and decorated cakes using different piping techniques, learned how to take custom orders and worked in the bread area slicing and serving bread.

The most important skills I have learned include expanding my knowledge of piping techniques, making unique desserts that I have never made before and serving customers effectively. Collaboration is also very important in the bakery as everyone needs to work efficiently at each station in order to make sure that all of the work gets completed daily.

This Co-op has helped me realize that I am still very interested in owning my own bakery one day. It has helped me to explore some of the skills that I would need to master in order to do this. I enjoy the environment and look forward to learning more as my placement continues.

Week of April 11, 2022

Student: Serena Fosbury, Grade 12

Placement: South Side Pet Hospital

I am doing my placement at South Side Pet Hospital where my tasks and responsibilities are a mix of working with animals (patients) and working around the clinic. On most days, I fold laundry, restock certain items such as gauze, and after an appointment, I clean and prepare the exam room for the next patient. When working with the patients, I help distract them by talking to them, giving them treats or lots of rubs when, for example, they are getting their nails trimmed. On days there are surgeries or other procedures, I am able to observe the process from start to finish and the team is very helpful as they explain what is going on and will answer all of my questions.

So far during my time at South Side, I have learned many different things such as restraining techniques, types of medications used, what some of the equipment is used for and lots more. Something important that I have learned is that every patient is different and there are different techniques used to help the patient feel more comfortable, whether it is an extra pair of hands, treats to distract, or holding the patient in a different way. If one way doesn’t work, that is ok because you may just need to make an adjustment or try a different way.

Taking Co-op is helping me decide what I want for my future. Becoming a veterinarian has always been a career choice that I have been interested in due to my love for animals. The one thing I didn’t know was what the environment was like in a vet clinic. Co-op has allowed me to observe, have hands-on experience and ask questions about what a typical day looks like in a clinic. So far I have learned that almost every day is different depending on the patients. I have been really enjoying my time at South Side as I am learning something new every day and it is giving me the confidence I need to pursue veterinary medicine.

Week of March 28, 2022

Student: Hamna Salimi, Grade 11

Placement: Acorn Family Health and Wellness Centre

Working at Acorn Family Health has given me insights and practical experience in the

healthcare field. My tasks and responsibilities include a blend of clinical and

administrative work. I have been observing and shadowing the chiropractors, sorting

and filing patient cards, completing inventory of products, and helping with the flow of

the clinic by sorting patients into rooms. I have been learning about different scans for

patients, such as heart rate variability (HRV), electromyography (EMG), thermal scans,

and posture scans. I have learned a lot more about the chiropractic field and observed

what a chiropractic adjustment looks like on a variety of people including children and

babies. I have learned about certain exercises and activities that can be done that can

further enhance and better your nervous system to help you reach your full potential.

I have been able to further develop and enhance many skills within these past few weeks. I

use my organizational skills, communication, responsibility, and initiative on a daily basis.

These skills have helped me better explore the healthcare industry as well as helped me

ensure that I am contributing to quality care for patients. Organization helps make sure that

tasks get completed efficiently (very important in a task such as filing). Communication is also

very important between patients and co-workers to ensure everyone is on the same page for

things. Responsibility is important as it shows others you take your role seriously, and

initiative is very important when it comes to getting tasks done and finding things to do when

the clinic is not that busy. The skills I have learned for Co-op are very important skills which can

be applied in other aspects of my life.

Before Co-op, my interest remained in the medical field, but I was not that sure which area of

medicine I wanted to go into. Co-op has helped me realize that medicine is still something I

would like to pursue now that I have had first hand experience in this field. Additionally,

interacting with families and children on a daily basis has helped me gain a further interest in

pediatrics healthcare. Learning about a field I did not know much about (chiropractic) has

made me consider and show more interest in this career pathway than before Co-op. I have

become more certain in my post-secondary goals with Co-op, and know that I want to care for

the health and wellbeing of others.

Previous Co-op Students of the Week - Semester 1

Week of December 20, 2021

Student: Roch Grotek, Grade 11

Placement: One Plumb Plumbing

I am doing my placement with Jared Hossack who owns One Plumb Plumbing, a service plumbing business. Our average day starts at 9:00 am and includes one to four service calls. My responsibilities include assisting Jared with jobs by passing tools, and ensuring we have all of the necessary parts to complete the job. I have helped install ABS pipes for a sink and assisted to install toilets. Understanding the names of various parts and tools is a key learning goal for this placement.

I have learned many skills such as being responsible, organized and showing initiative by continually asking questions and working efficiently to ensure we get the job done. I learned to take risks and try things on my own which helped with my confidence in completing tasks.

Co-op has provided me with first hand experience in a skilled trade. I am able to get advice from an experienced tradesperson on what the career involves and am considering an apprenticeship in plumbing. Plumbers can work in the service (residential or commercial), construction or in the HVAC sector. As my supervisor Jared indicated, a good apprentice is one who anticipates what is needed and expected and completes it without being asked.

Week of December 13, 2021

Student: Hillary Ike-Joseph, Grade 12

Placement: Wentworth Halton X-Ray and Ultrasound

Over the past years, technology has changed the way healthcare functions— advancements in medical imaging have enabled doctors to make faster and more accurate diagnoses, thus ensuring patients receive the best treatment possible. Wentworth-Halton X-ray and Ultrasound operates the largest diagnostic imaging network of clinics in Ontario. My main tasks as a Co-op student involve a blend of administrative work and clinical shadowing. I have the opportunity to work with x-ray and ultrasound techs each day to observe a variety of examinations. I get to call in the patient, instruct them to change into a gown, if necessary, and direct them into the examination room. I then observe the different procedures done to obtain the best image and the maximal amount of information recorded. I then discuss the results and go over the present anatomical structures with the technicians. There are abundant opportunities to ask questions, research, and take notes. I am gaining a much better and in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology which has consequently helped consolidate my learning in my biology course. On the administrative side, I am helping out at the front desk occasionally, booking in patients, calling patients to confirm upcoming appointments, and instructing them on any additional preparations they need to do before coming in. I can also answer and screen incoming calls, deliver reports to other doctors in the building, and so on.

As a student working alongside adults in a professional environment, you have to be able to demonstrate maturity, act responsibly, and display honesty and integrity. Some of the most important skills I have been able to build upon so far include professionalism, responsibility, organization, and communication. Communication skills are essential in the workplace as it creates a strong team environment and increases overall productivity. Through collaboration with my supervisors, I have been able to develop strategies to maximize my learning and in turn better my overall performance. The shadowing aspect of my Co-op has helped me develop better observational skills. By assessing patterns, styles, and results, I’m continuously enhancing my ability to interact with new information, co-workers, and patients. This has improved my critical thinking skills and adaptability.

Choosing to take Co-op has definitely helped solidify my post-secondary interests. I would highly recommend the course as a great way to get hands-on experience in a career you might be interested in. I’ve always known that I want to work in a health-related field and my time at my placement has shown me that there are so many different careers present in the field. From the clinical level to the administrative level: you can become a technologist, sonographer, radiologist, a specialty doctor like a gynecologist, rheumatologist, or physiotherapist, or maybe a medical receptionist, transcriptionist, hiring manager, health and safety officer, to name a few. All these jobs interact with each other to deliver a holistic patient-centered approach to health care, promotion, and education. I hope to go into a health science program after high school, incorporating everything I have learned and experienced at my Co-op.

Week of December 6, 2021

Student: Anusha Ali, Grade 12

Placement: Paul LaFleur Law

My placement is at the offices of Paul LaFleur Law in Burlington. During my time there, I have learnt the basics of filing and organizing important documents and placing said

documents in their correct folder or handing it directly to my supervisor. I've also learnt the importance of organizing files by how pressing the matter is. I also organize files by sector of law (civil litigation, criminal law, real estate law, family law). I am currently learning how to answer the phone, direct calls, book appointments and direct clients. I also have the opportunity to attend court and sit in on client meetings.

I have learned how to use a photocopy machine, and a fax machine which I think will be

incredibly useful further on in life. My supervisor and I also debated some important topics which are pressing in today’s society like abortion and incarceration.

I have also had the opportunity to read over three criminal case files which Mr. LaFleur has worked on.

I really like the work environment that comes with being in a law firm. I enjoy being in an office environment which is valuable information for me to know when choosing my career pathway.

Week of November 29, 2021

Student: Arjun Gandhi, Grade 11

Placement: Andone/Reve Pharmaceuticals

I am currently doing my Co-op placement at Andone/Reve Pharmaceuticals. My main task so far has been working on a market research project. This project requires me to analyze EMS services in Canada. By the end of the project, we will hopefully be able to determine if there is market value for a product to be sold for these services. My research started very broad to set the foundations. For example, one of the first things I did was look at paramedic to ambulance ratios in different provinces and cities. Things slowly narrow down and become more specific to the types of products the company would sell. An example would be researching the most common drugs used in an ambulance. Every few days, I meet back in with my supervisor for a touch-point. After I present my research, he gives me tips on ways I can improve next time, as well as letting me know what I did well. Then, I get asked a new set of questions to find answers for. By the end, my research should be able to tell a story. You start with an introduction and slowly gain more details, finally coming to a conclusion. Someone who has no prior knowledge of what’s going on should be able to see my presentation and quickly become equipped with the information they need.

The most important skill I have learned while at my placement is to think like your boss. Basically what this means is, when researching things your supervisor has asked you, try to anticipate any questions you think they would have. Find the answers to those questions. I feel like this can be applied to almost every single job, no matter what industry you are in. Once you have built the habit of being able to anticipate these questions/tasks, you have become much better at your job. Another skill I have developed from my Co-op is being well organized and time-efficient. Since my Co-op is asynchronous most of the time, I have to manage time effectively to get all my work done. I also need to stay organized and make sure I am following the tasks that my supervisor provided me since our last touch-point. I think these skills I have learned so far will help me in any future career path I may choose.

Co-op has allowed me to gain experience in what the professional world is like. I knew I wanted to do my placement related to business/marketing, but being at Andone/Reve Pharmaceuticals has taught me something else. Every single company, whether it be in sports, technology, or medical, has an essential business side to them. In the future, I want to work for a company I am passionate about and be able to do market research for them. I found it very interesting getting to learn about EMS in Canada through my research and then relating business to it. After I get my MBA in the future and build a strong enough resume, I feel like the possibilities are endless as to what company I could work for.

Week of November 22, 2021

Student: Zayan Suri, Grade 11

Placement: Oakville Toyota

At Oakville Toyota, I work with several different technicians and mechanics daily. Since the start of my placement, I have been learning new information each day - whether it be from changing tires to doing brake servicing. My responsibilities as a Co-op student mainly consist of various duties that my supervising technician assigns to me. At the start of the day, I would drain all of the oil buckets. After I have performed all of the initial tasks, I can begin working on the cars. When working in a servicing shop, some days get surprisingly hectic and rushed, while others are dull. Throughout the day, I have the opportunity to work on 3-6 cars, depending on how long each service takes. Some of my main tasks are completing oil changes, tire rotations, and helping with brake servicing. These are the most basic services that I get to perform. Otherwise, I try to help out wherever I can.

Working at Toyota has taught me a lot about cars and how they operate. One of the most important skills I learned when working for Oakville Toyota is how to change a tire. Even though this may be a simple task, it is also an important life skill. Another lesson I learned is that teamwork goes a long way in a workplace. Without it, the facility would not be able to function. Everyone plays their part in creating a better working environment. When I first walked into the building, I had no experience with cars or servicing. Gradually, through help from others, I was able to be a part of the Oakville Toyota community.

After attending almost a month at my Co-op placement, I am now more certain than ever that I want to go into the automotive industry. Spending time at the servicing shop and working with cars increased my passion in this field.

Week of November 15, 2021

Student: Jenelle Coutinho, Grade 11

Placement: Acorn Family Health and Wellness

In the ever-changing world of medicine, it is crucial that healthcare workers stay organized, patient and meticulous. As a Co-op student at Acorn Family Health and Wellness, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, and gain practical experience in the clinic. Working with patients of all ages; it is my responsibility to observe, ask insightful questions and take detailed notes. Aside from being responsible for my own learning and goal setting, some of my tasks include taking posture pictures for patients and performing scans on them. These scans include heart rate variability (HRV), electromyography (EMG) and thermal scans. Additionally, I am being trained to work in the administrative side of the clinic. I date patient cards, aid in booking appointments and making payments. Some tasks such as goal setting, observing and note taking are completed daily, whereas other tasks such as scans and posture pictures are done less frequently.

In the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to broaden and improve my pre-existing skills. I use my communication, organization and interpersonal skills on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, I’ve become more independent and been able to work more efficiently, and diligently with little supervision. This has made me a better student; I am able to identify learning strategies I can use to make me more methodical and to perform my best, whilst providing quality work. When working with patients it is essential that you are compassionate, sensitive and patient. Working in the clinic, I am able to work on my people skills. I’ve learned that every patient is different with unique requirements and preferences. For example, Dr. Davis has many patients, despite this, she knows all of her patients and what their needs are. This allows Dr. Davis to provide the best care that is specific to that individual.

I always knew I wanted to go into a profession where I could help and care for people. Co-op has helped me narrow down what I want to do and the pathway to take post-secondary. Since starting high school, I didn’t know what field of medicine I wanted to go into. However, I recently gained an interest in pediatrics and women’s health. During Co-op I had the choice between a few clinics that offered different types of healthcare. Here at Acorn, we treat a lot of pregnant women and babies. This was one of the main reasons why I chose this clinic as I am able to explore deeper into women’s health and pediatrics. I am more certain of my future goals and aspirations as a result of this Co-op.

Week of November 8, 2021

Student: Anik Kormann, Grade 12

Placement: Keller Williams Signature Realty

The real estate industry is a very competitive industry. Ultimately, one of the most important tasks for a real estate agent is marketing their business. Marketing is the focus for many of my responsibilities and I will be looking for ways in which I can best promote Tricia MacDonald and Keller Williams. I really do enjoy the marketing class here at Garth Webb, so I have used the skills I have learned in the class to market and promote Tricia’s services. I am responsible for emailing and contacting clients and we will start meeting with clients face to face in the upcoming weeks. I am mainly responsible for creating and managing the social media platforms Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook that Tricia is looking to be active on. We have also been working to create promotional items such as flyers, billboards, and postcards that Tricia will be posting around Oakville. In addition, we have started to completely redesign Trica’s website to make it very insightful and give clients several ways in which they can contact us and find information about listings. I am also responsible for researching new ways in which we can market and have been looking through multiple websites to gain insight into some of the most successful ways in which real estate agents market their brand. I am also responsible for gaining information on the other real estate agents around Oakville. These individuals will be our main competition, so it has been my job to analyse the strategies they have been using and the pros and cons of these strategies.

Some of the most beneficial information I have learned so far is the difference between business and personal accounts on social media. I know that with the increasing popularity of social media, there are many brands that have turned to social media to help promote their business. Although I have always known there was a difference between personal and business accounts, I now know how beneficial a business account is for a company. Business accounts are actually designed to be promoted on personal accounts and access to ad promotions are so easy. Business accounts are also able to select specific demographics of clients they would like to advertise to. This allows clients within the database to be introduced to the brand's account. Business accounts allow the easiest access to communicate with brands and they offer many accessible links to websites and contact information. This is such useful information to have because so many brands would be able to benefit from these features. I am also looking for a future in business, specifically marketing, and I believe that this knowledge will be able to help me in the future.

From a young age, I have always been interested in a business career. It is something that I am very passionate about and I am hoping to get a Bachelor of Commerce or MBA in university. These programs would allow me to get a job in business after post secondary and hopefully I can find a career that I can pursue for the rest of my life. Through this Co-op I have gained an interest in the real estate industry. There are so many opportunities in marketing and social interactions with clients. This is ultimately an industry that I am considering as a career after post secondary.

Week of November 1, 2021

Student: Carly Ashman, Grade 11

Placement: The Daniels Corporation

I have been shadowing an interior designer and her team at The Daniels Corporation, one of Canada’s largest preeminent builders and developers. I’m only one week into my placement, yet I have been tasked with a variety of assignments and projects. Firstly, I have been sourcing samples for upcoming condo projects. I am responsible for emailing suppliers and requesting sample sizes of different aspects of a project. An example of this was last week when I emailed and planned a delivery date for a bathroom sink finish sample. We will use this sample as a reference. In addition, I attended several virtual meetings with clients as they picked their condo finishes (flooring, tiles, cabinets, etc). I witnessed the entire process of walking a client through their floor plan, electricity layout, upgrades, and the overall look of their space

One important skill I have to heavily rely on is my organizational abilities. I can see how it is very easy to get overwhelmed and scattered when emailing suppliers for samples. As there are so many people to reach out to, emails can become lost in your inbox and you can forget to follow up. I solved this problem by creating a master document where I could keep track of all the samples I requested for a project. It helped me because having a visual aid where all of my information was stored, kept me organized. I could see who I had yet to reach out to and who I have already received samples from.

Co-op is a great tool for making informed decisions for my post-secondary pathway. I am not only getting a real sense of what working in interior design would be like, but I can personally experience it to know if I truly like it or not. It’s incredibly helpful because without Co-op, I would have to assume I would like interior design and go on to spend lots of time and money pursuing it without truly knowing if it was the proper choice. Instead, I can test drive any career and gain first hand knowledge which allows me to have a very good understanding of the responsibilities of the job.