Here is the list of things I learned from taking an extension on my Co-op position:

Being in co-op, we all know how difficult it can be to transition from being a student to a full-time  professional individual overnight. Ok, maybe not overnight for all, but for me, it was. I cannot emphasize it enough, but as a Co-op student, it is a great way to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are in the professional field. It is also an opportunity to learn a bunch of new skills that will come in handy for your future employment.

“Things you learn in School tend to get rusty over time because truth be told once we are done with the course, we don’t look back at them. ”


EXPERIENCE CAN NEVER BE OVERRATED

Here is the list of things I learned from taking an extension on my Co-op position: 

1. You become more reliable for your employer to handle the new tasks. As little as four months you have worked in a company, your supervisor now knows about how capable you are at taking the job at hand to give you new projects to work on, which will broaden your comfort zone. This makes you grow professionally. 

2. Boost your self-Confidence: Especially after your first term of work within a company, you know the basics of your work and about the company, but there is still more room to learn. This is why you will be less anxious when a new task will be handed to you. And from all the work you have done for the first four months, you got the confidence you need to tackle anything. 

3. Polish those unused software skills that weren’t touched before: Things you learn in School tend to get rusty over time because, truth be told, once we are done with the course, we don’t look back at them. Now might be a good time to reflect on what you had learned before. This could be about that one software you used to create an assignment but didn’t put too much effort into exploring the software. 

4. You make friends now the job seems a lot more interesting. Believe it or not, for some people it doesn’t take long to make friends. Unfortunately, I am not in those lucky few and if you start working as a machine all five days a week and there is not much to look forward to in the office, then you might feel your Co-op like a painful drag of time. So as you start to be in the company for a more extended period of time, you become closer to your co-worker, and sometimes you make new friends which is a treat at the end because for those new relations you tend to enjoy your 9-5 job life more.