BUILDING BLOCKS TO FUTURE EMPLOYMENT
My name is Bryn Storey and I am a twenty year old student in the School to Community Class at Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario. I have one more year until I graduate, and I would like to have a job when I am done school.
My Co-op placement is at Home Depot. I started my placement in October 2013 and I will continue until the end of June 2014. I go there every school day for three hours a day. I take the city bus to my placement and back to my house at the end of my working day. I am assigned to work in the “lot area” and bring in shopping carts, help customers put heavier items into their cars and maintain the outside parking lot area. In the winter, I shovelled snow and salted the walkways and now that it is warmer weather I help with the Garden Center. I bring empty blue skids to the back doors, go to the Customer Service desk to get order forms to bring to receiving to fill and perform any other duties assigned by my supervisors.
When I started my Co-op placement, I did not know very much about what I was going to be doing. I was trained in health and safety and customer service both at my school and at the Home Depot. My favourite part about being at Home Depot is working with customers every day and working in the seasonal department; some days I find that when it is busy it is difficult to help all of the customers.
I have also helped Home Depot employees at special events. For example, when Home Depot put a float in the Santa Claus Parade, I was there as well. I also helped represent Home Depot at a local OHL hockey game and helped to hand out items.
Participating in a Co-op placement is a good way to find out what jobs I enjoy doing and what jobs I do not enjoy. I have learned many valuable skills that I can add to my resume and will be able to use at other jobs. Hopefully, I will be able to get a job at the Home Depot once my placement is done.
Bryn Storey, Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Take from Capturing The Student Voice by Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA)