It is no secret that the current job market is a competitive one. Luckily, TRSM offers a number of ways to prepare students for the real world; one of which is our highly successful Co-op program.

The Ted Rogers Co-op program is designed to give students valuable work experience – almost two years’ worth – while completing their studies, enabling them to graduate with an edge, and an ability to stand out amongst competition. It also offers students the opportunity to make important connections through networking and apply their classroom knowledge to the work environment. What’s more is that the program gives students a chance to explore different career paths and help clarify what they are passionate about before they graduate.

The following four students illustrate how Co-op is helping them pave the way for their professional careers:

Matthew Pelkola, Global Management Studies
Loblaw Companies Ltd.

I was a little uncertain when I decided to apply for the TRSM Co-op program due to the additional cost and the lengthening of my degree by an additional year. However, now that I have completed a couple of co-op placements, I certainly see the value in choosing this program. The placements enable you to develop your skills and provide you with career guidance as to where you see yourself in the future.

The cost of the program is minimal compared to what you will be earning in your co-op placements. And, graduating a year later is worth it considering you will finish your degree with well over one year of professional work experience, which will certainly set you apart from non-co-op graduates. The TRSM Co-op team is also always there to provide support and feedback, whether it is finding your first co-op placement, developing your resume, or prepping you for interviews, as well as so much more.

Noah Friedman, Marketing Management
Ogilvy & Mather

Applying for co-op has been the best decision I’ve made at Ryerson University. My first work placement was an Account Coordinator at the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. This work experience has opened my eyes to the real world outside of the classroom. It’s incredible how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time. I have a much better understanding of the career paths I can take post-graduation.

The Co-op office has supported me with job applications and interview preparation, and they were also very helpful when it came to providing advice during my work placement. Overall, I feel much more confident in myself and have an amazing head start in my career.

Lucy (Xiaoshi) Yin, Real Estate Management
Ivanhoe Cambridge

My third co-op work term is at Ivanhoe Cambridge, a leading property investment and development company, where I have been exposed to commercial real estate industry. My role as the Development Analyst involves assisting team members with potential and approved developments, providing financial analysis, maintaining cost control process and preparing development financial reporting, while utilizing my knowledge accumulated from past co-op work terms.

It has been exciting to take part in many different retail developments across the country, and be able to meet industry professionals along the way. One of the best perks of working with Ivanhoe Cambridge is that I am able to learn something new every day, from advancing my Microsoft Excel knowledge to learning new accounting principles. I have also had opportunities to work on site, which means going to the malls for site visitations, etc. So far, working for this company has been eye-opening, and has allowed me to expand my network with executives and senior leaders in the commercial real estate industry.

Imran Ali, Business Technology Management
The Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan

My co-op experience has been wonderful thus far. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CSTP) gave me invaluable experience in the industry by progressively giving me opportunities to enhance my knowledge in IT and project management. I had the opportunity to wear multiple hats throughout my tenure at CSTP, and was given the chance to lead an IT asset management refresh project and play a key role in a website migration project.

These opportunities have honed my leadership, interpersonal and project management skills as I was able to interact with multiple business units and key stakeholders day-to-day. Throughout the co-op term, I wrote the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to further my knowledge in the project management area. Looking forward, I plan to leverage my incredible experiences as a co-op student and apply them to a career in project management and consulting.

Posted by Donna Muirhead

Donna Muirhead has been TRSM’s Manager of Co-op since 2016. Donna has a wealth of experience and knowledge as a leader in education and career services and works with key stakeholders to ensure the Co-op program and its students achieve the utmost success.