Today marks the start of National Co-Op and Work Integrated Learning Week! To help us celebrate, our External Communications Intern, Mitch, has shared with us his insights on the value of well-structured work integrated learning program.
Coming into my internship with the Canadian Chamber, I had my reservations about what an internship experience would be like given past experiences I had. The team here at the Canadian Chamber absolutely blew me away with how welcoming they were. From day one I felt like I was a member of the team and the tasks I was given proved that even more.
The work I did during my internship let me use the skills I had gained during my schooling and apply them to the very important work the Canadian Chamber does on a day to day basis for needs and best interests of businesses nationwide. I found this incredibly valuable in building my confidence and skill set even more, giving me the ability to apply that to my career moving forward.
As I leave the Canadian Chamber, I feel a great sense of gratitude and appreciation for my time here and the team I got to work with. Being in a well-structured work integrated learning program or co-op can shape the start of your career, the importance of ensuring businesses have the resources and training capabilities to create these programs is essential to building a workforce that is confident and has the skills to succeed. My experience with the Canadian Chamber exemplified all of this and I will remain grateful throughout my whole career for the time I got to spend here.