SFU student Aishwarya Singh returns to hometown for co-op.

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International student recruits for FIC in hometown

October 13, 2016
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By Wan Yee Lok

Debunking myths about “Raincouver” and promoting the perks of attending both Fraser International College (FIC) and SFU were some of the highlights co-op student Aishwarya Singh experienced while recruiting students for FIC’s parent company Navitas.

Singh is an international student from New Delhi. She is a former student at FIC, where she enrolled in a Pathway program that integrates intensive English language instruction, academic course content and skills development for students wishing to enter university in B.C. She has since graduated from the program and is now in her third year of studies at SFU. This past summer, she was ecstatic to find out she had landed her first co-op job, which also happened to be in her hometown.

"The position as an international marketing officer was perfect for me," says Singh. "I had always wanted to work in marketing and Navitas was looking for someone who also speaks Punjabi. The best thing was that I got to visit my family after three years."

Singh says she had a wonderful learning experience during the four months she worked for Navitas. She travelled to more than seven cities across India, attending a variety of education fairs as well as exploring certain regions for the first time. She found the work particularly enjoyable because she was helping prospective students and making their move to Canada smoother.

“As an international student myself, I truly understand the hardships of travelling abroad for education. I really enjoyed sharing with students my personal experience of attending both institutions, and answering any questions they had. I hope I made their educational journeys a little more comfortable."

When asked if she has advice for international students, Singh says, “Don't be afraid to explore and keep all options open.

"I told the students that these are going to be their golden years. There are many resources that won't be available to them after graduation so they should make the most of the experience while they're here."

Aishwarya Singh speaks with prospective students in India.