What is your current position? Briefly describe what you do.
I am a Co-op Advisor for graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. I work with students to get them co-op ready by facilitating career workshops, meeting with them one-on-one for resume, cover letter and interview preparation appointments, and supporting them through their co-op exploration journeys. I also liaise with employers in coordinating on-campus information sessions.
How did Beedie Co-op impact your career?
Beedie Co-op had a direct impact on my career – in fact, I discovered that I had a passion for career development while I was on my fifth and final co-op work term with the SFU Beedie Co-op team! I initially started my co-op term thinking I would gain some experience in HR and then start working as an HR Coordinator when I graduated, but being right in the middle of a busy co-op department and being surrounded by amazing role models exposed me to the fulfilling work that the Co-op Advisors and Coordinators were a part of. They had such a positive impact on their students’ success, and I soon realized that this was exactly where I wanted to be, in the perfect intersection of my skills and interests.
What did you think you would be doing when you started university?
For a long time, I wanted to be a high school English or Marketing teacher. I also had the idea of becoming a physiotherapist (hence the Kinesiology minor). The beauty of being young and fresh out of high school is that, well…you’re young and fresh out of high school! Career exploration starts here and it’s okay to not know exactly what you want to do right when you enter university.
Looking back and thinking about your career path, what would you tell your graduating self?
To my graduating self (and to any graduating Beedie students): Leave no stone unturned in your career exploration journey! Keep your options open because you never know who you’ll cross paths with or what opportunity you’ll stumble upon that will lead you to your dream job.
Click here to see Eunice on the cover of our Spring 2010 Olympics issue newsletter!