Olivia Armstrong joined Neptune at the end of April for a co-op work term, a requirement of her university studies as she pursues her degree – Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications (co-op) at the University of Ottawa.
What made you choose to work at Neptune? I am studying in Ottawa, but I was born and raised in North Van and really wanted the opportunity to come home and work in my own community for the summer. My role at Neptune is a chance to branch out and learn something new and outside my comfort zone. Working with Lisa Dooling, Director of Community and Stakeholder Relations, has definitely taught me a lot about Neptune’s involvement and relationships within the community and the importance of being good corporate and community citizens. Neptune works with over 35 different local organizations, all doing great things and it’s been a pleasure working or corresponding with almost all of them.
What advice would you give other students? A co-op experience is a great way to apply the skills you learn in the classroom and make real connections in industry. Neptune has been a really positive experience and a great first step in my communications career. The staff have made me feel extremely welcome, made the transition so easy, and helped me realize that I do want to build a career in the field of communications.