From the perspective of a student, there are two avenues towards future career success — academic excellence and adequate job experience. The first one is largely within a student’s control, but the second one can prove elusive; especially when the first can take a lot of time and effort!
CO-OP programs are some of the best chances a student will have to begin building their resume and connections before jumping out into the workforce upon graduation. There are many positions in the private and in the public sectors; but few in start-ups. This makes sense, young companies are less likely to have the resources or the time to train a (potentially) inexperienced student.
What start-ups do have is plenty of work to do — engaging work, where students have the opportunity to learn. Students have the time, and start-ups have the workload. As a student who eventually hopes to found my own company, this seemed like a match made in heaven.
Fortunately for me, RBC and the University of Ottawa stepped forward to provide the funding and the framework. Through the RBC Entrepreneurship Program I was able to secure a CO-OP work placement at a company named Kegshoe.
Kegshoe is a company that designed and implemented a software designed for inventory management for a specific product: kegs. Breweries, cideries and wineries use the software to track and manage their products, reducing losses/waste and improving efficiency. Working at a younger company that is still designing new processes allows me to learn about the creation of efficient processes and workflows rather than simply following existing ones.
I am extremely grateful to all three of Kegshoe, the University of Ottawa and RBC for providing me with this opportunity. Only a week and a half in and I am already learning; the next few months are going to be amazing!
Liam Woodside — University of Ottawa student and Kegshoe Marketing and Sales Specialist