Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Co-op work experience gives BBA Accounting students a boost

When you graduate from college, you want to stand out from the pack. One way to do this is by showing employers you’ve got work experience.

When you take the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Douglas, you need to show you have work experience in order to graduate. Many students choose to get that experience by doing a four-month co-op placement through the Douglas College Co-operative Education program. After completing the first half of a diploma or university transfer program, co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

Meet three Douglas BBA Accounting students who are doing just that: Bethany, who begins her co-op placement in January, and Curtis and Nasim, whose placement employers liked them so much, they hired them.

Bethany Hochstein
Placement date: January-April 2013
Employer: KNV Chartered Accountants
“I’m looking forward to everything about my co-op placement because accounting is my chosen career. It’s what I’ve been working so hard to do. I’m looking to get a CPA designation, and the recruiting process is pretty competitive. So I think co-op will give me an edge on other applicants. I just feel so lucky to be able to do this and can’t wait to begin working as an accountant and seeing what it’s like.”

Curtis McAndrew
Placement date: September-December 2012 (will be hired)
Employer: The Kemp Harvey Group
“My background is in customer service, so I figured doing a co-op would be a great way to get experience in accounting. And then I’ll have that experience on my resume as well, which I think will definitely help me find work. I recommend the co-op program for anyone doing their BBA, because it gives you a leg up on graduates who don’t have that experience.”

Nasim Sarafraz-Shekair
Placement date: Began in January 2011, since hired
Employer: BC Hydro
“Doing a co-op placement was the best decision I’ve made in my career. Before BC Hydro I was working as a hotel manager, but wasn’t getting enough exposure to the accounting side of the business. Through my co-op at BC Hydro Construction Services, I learned the procurement process, the invoice payment system, how to create a contract, how to process a time sheet, how to process credit card expenses and more. That opened up a door, because when Hydro needed to actually hire someone, they decided to go with someone who already knew the processes – me. I am 32 years old, immigrated to Canada nine years ago and have a very active five-year-old. If I can do it, so can you!”

Find out more about the Douglas College Co-operative Education program on our website.