Kateryna Baranova, TLEF Co-op Student (September 2016 – December 2016)
Working at ETS was my first co-op term and my first real work experience. Needless to say I was quite anxious going in, but my transition was made very smooth thanks to the openness and friendliness of the staff. I was able to adjust to my role fairly quickly and became comfortable taking on new tasks knowing that I had the support of the team. I was involved with a diverse range of tasks from media production and blogging to research and website management, which allowed me to apply my previous skills as well as explore exciting new areas. I was clear on what my role was and was happy to receive constructive feedback on my performance that helped me grow.
Mig Cao, Learning Technology Rover (September 2016 – December 2016)
Working at the ETS office is a unique and fun experience. As this was my second co-op work term, I had been exploring various potential career paths, looking for something that was beyond my area of study. I was not disappointed. At ETS, I was able to challenge myself with photography, video editing, many teaching and learning technologies, and even coding, which I love the most. The ETS staff helped create a friendly and interactive work culture. Though they had busy schedules every week, ETS staff paid attention to the development of co-op students. Their constructive feedback helped me to realize what aspects I am good at and acknowledge the skills I need to work on. I am confident that everything I learned at ETS will definitely be valuable to my academic and professional careers.
Emily Weldon, Learning Technology Rover (May 2016 – September 2016)
Melissa Liang, Web Programmer (TLEF project) (May 2016 – September 2016)
What I found most surprising about working at ETS was just how friendly and welcoming is the whole team. As this was my first co-op term, I was filled with anxiety during the first days of work. However, we had many ice breaking activities throughout the term and I realized how genuinely open and caring everyone is. I also I felt that my opinions had value and that I was encouraged to voice them. I will remember this term as a remarkable learning experience with colleagues who were not only co-workers but knowledgeable mentors in their areas of expertise.
Bruno Bachmann, Web Programmer (TLEF project) (May 2016 – September 2016)
Working at ETS was a critical starting point to my career as a programmer. Entering the professional sphere can be a scary transition from being a student, but I feel that ETS made that transition seamless for me. Developing the Scarfe Digital Sandbox with the support and advice of ETS staff was a fantastic learning experience in terms of both technical and soft skills. Moving forward I will miss the friendly, supportive, and especially innovative environment ETS perpetuated. Building amiable yet professional relationships is probably the most important skill I picked up at ETS. It is a skill I hope to apply in my future workplaces, wherever those may be.
Andrea Gonzalez, Learning Technology Rover (September 2015 – May 2016)
Eleanor Hoskins, Learning Technology Rover (January 2015 – September 2015)
I am a student in English Honours with a French Minor. I most enjoyed working on website updates and video production from screencasts to outdoor shoots. My fondest memory is of hustling really hard with the team to make TEC Expo 2015 a success! When I was first hired at ETS, I was a bit nervous about working with technology, but I was really surprised by how well I fit the job, and how helpful and welcoming the faculty and fellow staff were. I am currently completing the last year of my degree, working as a Residence Advisor on campus, and acting as President of the UBC English Students’ Association.
Austin Lee, Learning Technology Rover (September 2014 – May 2015)
During my time as a Learning Technology Rover (LTR) at ETS, I co-founded the LTR Hub community site, organizing the TED 2015 Live Stream event at ETS, and transcribed videos for the Dadaab Education Project. What I liked the most about my time at ETS is working with the incredible team at ETS. Everyone is so friendly and talented, and always ready to help out with my projects. I will graduate with honours in Psychology November 2016 and will pursue a career in human resources consulting.
Jenny Ho, TECwhiz (September 2014 – January 2015)
I graduated with a BA in Psychology and English Literature in May 2016. During my Co-op term with ETS serving as the TECwhiz (yes, this was my title), I supported approximately 600 Teacher Candidates in the Bachelor of Education program integrate learning technologies into their practice, including their e-portfolios on UBC Blogs. What surprised me the most about working at ETS was the countless learning opportunities available to me. As for the future, I will be pursuing my Bachelor of Education and aspire to pursue graduate studies in counselling psychology.
Harini Rajagopal, GAA (September 2013 – December 2014)