Co-op Success: Grad launches career in Canada through Douglas connections

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education department acts as a compass for many students, guiding them into careers matching their areas of study.

That was the case for Tamila Khayrullaeva. Going through co-op provided her with the opportunity to practice, gain experience and find a full-time position with a company she is thrilled to work for.

The single mother – who emigrated from Uzbekistan, where she had obtained her PhD – was stressed about plans after graduating from the Accounting Management diploma program before working with the team at co-op.

“I was worried about finding a job right after graduation. I had so many questions about the future. Co-op seemed like the perfect opportunity to get experience in my field of study,” Khayrullaeva said. “Going through co-op was a very useful experience.”

Now, Khayrullaeva is in the second year of work with the company she was connected with through co-op – Benefits by Design. She notes her communication with Benefits by Design flowed through the co-op program, creating a connection to an employer many people wouldn’t have.

She suggests all students take the time to consider co-op, especially if they’re looking for some direction on their path to a career.

“Be consistent in your search. Keep applying, update your resume and be prepared for your interview,” she said, noting she received feedback for her resume from the team at co-op, as well as useful interview tips.

“Use the resources you have available to you at co-op to help achieve your goals.”

To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here.

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