Sebastien Leduc, Traceroute Database Analyst in CTO & Labs – Sebastian is a student at uOttawa studying computer science.
What advice would you give a new co-op student starting their placement at CIRA?
Sebastien: I would say be yourself and try your hardest. You’re expected to produce quality work, but you are not expected to know everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something and you’ll do great. As well, remember that your experience is what you make of it. Get out of your comfort zone and take risks—leverage this unique opportunity to learn and grow. Participate in office team building and social events and try to make as many connections as you can with the people here—they all want to see you succeed!
Final thoughts—a bonus sixth perspective from me
As a co-op student working on the brand team, I have to say that my time at CIRA has been amazing! This was my first placement with an in-person component which taught me a lot about what it’s like to work in an office setting. I’d like to give a huge thanks to my manager, colleagues and fellow students (those featured and not featured in this blog piece) for making this term unforgettable! CIRA is all about building connections, and I’m so grateful for all the ones I’ve made during my time here.
To anyone considering a co-op placement at CIRA or working here in general, I would 100% recommend joining the company if you’re passionate and purpose driven. We have ongoing recruitment, so check out our careers page and apply today!