My first co-op job

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Goh Ballet Academy
Organization Profile: 
Established in 1978, the Goh Ballet Academy is an internationally renowned institute, recognized for its high caliber ballet training and performances, providing students with advanced knowledge to prepare them for a flourishing career in the field of dance. The Goh Ballet was founded by Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh and is now under the direction of Chan Hon Goh, former Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada. The academy introduces new interpretations of classic full–length productions, nurtures and cultivates award–winning aspiring dancers and commissions new works by some of the world’s most renowned and sought–after choreographers. The Goh Ballet Academy has received international acclaim as one of Canada’s preeminent ballet schools, giving rise to young talent, with its graduates filling the ranks of world–renowned ballet companies. This recognition has enabled the Goh Ballet to offer invaluable opportunities for students to perform internationally, work with professional dancers, and represent Canada around the globe as an ambassador for Canadian dance and arts culture. An acclaimed and dedicated faculty well versed in the Vaganova and Royal Academy of Dance methods aims to foster each individual talent to reach their fullest potential. Mission The Goh Ballet Academy achieves the highest levels of professionalism in classical ballet training and performance productions while supporting our students' passion for dance and dedication to their art. We foster the development of creative innovation and artistic expression. Since its establishment in 1978, The Goh Ballet has been fully committed to offering the highest caliber of education to your dance experience. The Goh Ballet Academy has become an internationally renowned leader in training and performance productions.
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
• Coordination and execution of public events and presentations involving media and government officials • Update systems and procedure manuals in relations to seasonal activities, ensure they are being followed by staff • Write and participate in the formatting of Academy’s marketing materials, brochures, notices, program notes, announcements and other publicity related communications • Promoting and marketing of Academy’s various programs • Coordinate and assist with communications and administrative work related to Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Projects / Initiatives: 
- Managed "The Nutcracker Shop", which included ordering items for the shop and displaying them in an appealling way - Processed work permits in a timely manner for 7 of our dancers, allowing them to dance in the Vancouver Opera's production of Aida - Coordinated a raffle ticket selling event at Metrotown Mall in support of Goh Ballet's production of The Nutcracker
What did you learn: 
- How to use applications such as Microsoft Outlook and StudioMAN - How to work as a team in an office environment in order to promote unity and effectiveness - How to effectively balance performing communications and administrative duties with attending to the needs of our students and parents, who were regularly flowing in and out of the office
Tips / Advice: 
- Keep a list of priorities - Write down every task that you are assigned, no matter how menial, because the office can get very busy and you are sure to forget a few things