In October 2017, GPRC announced a new work term course for Business Administration students called the Work Integrated Learning program. It launched this summer with 15 lucky students.
John Wanotch, a first-year Business Administration student, was placed at FOURWORD Bike & Board shop as Social Media Manager and Marketer. This placement allowed him to learn more about social media and other avenues for online marketing.
“With traditional marketing shifting over to an online platform, I found this to be a good chance to see how it operates at a small business level,” said Wanotch. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience so far. There has been much to learn coming into this placement and I am learning something new every day.”
First-year student Joseé Lapointe and second-year student Jann Danielle Pascual were placed with Alberta Summer Games. “It’s been a great opportunity to kick off our summer,” Lapointe said. “It’s work that otherwise we may not have had the opportunity to be a part of.”
Lapointe and Pascual have been working on signs and promotional material as well as shooting sponsor videos. They are both loving it, enjoying how every day is different and that they are always busy. “It’s great for networking and meeting people,” said Pascual. “And it’s great for the experience. It’s also pretty cool that I can now say that I worked for the Alberta Summer Games.”
Over at Visa Truck Rentals, Elizabeth (Lizz) Vidrih, who is going into her second-year of the Business Administration program, said she doesn’t want to leave her placement. “Everyone has been very supportive and patient in teaching me all they can. I am grateful to work with such an amazing team.”
In addition to providing work experience and networking opportunities, work integrated learning helps students learn about themselves and what they want to do after they graduate.
“This has allowed me to solidify what I want to do as I pursue my degree and form my career path,” said Wanotch. “This is as much of a learning opportunity as it is an experience builder for a resume.”
“This work experience has reaffirmed that I made the right choice getting into the Business Administration program. The future is not here yet but what I am sure about is that this experience will have a positive effect in both my second-year and my future career,” said Vidrih.
Participating in the work integrated learning experience benefits students in many ways. They get first-hand experience and insight into how a business operates. They’re able to apply what they’ve learned in their classroom lessons to their jobs. Then they can take everything they’ve gained from that experience and apply it back to their studies.
To future students considering the program, Lapointe said, “Why not? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. It will benefit you. It’ll be worth it.”
Wanotch adds, “Stay driven. Not every day will be a good day, and some days are going to be far more challenging than others, but it gets easier if the drive is still there. This wasn’t something I’d ever dream I’d be doing but here I am.”