The Co-op Experience (Part I)

The Co-op Experience (Part I)

on Jan 27, 11 • by Kevin Welsh • with 1 Comment

After six years of post-secondary education, my first day of the real world had finally come.   As I approached the doors to Klocwork, I realized it was time to put all my years of education to the test. Straight out of high school, I had little idea of what career path I should take. Four ...

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After six years of post-secondary education, my first day of the real world had finally come.   As I approached the doors to Klocwork, I realized it was time to put all my years of education to the test.

Straight out of high school, I had little idea of what career path I should take. Four years of university passed and I graduated with a B.A. in English, but still, I didn’t feel prepared. Another two years of college in media-related studies and, ready or not, it was time to make the leap into the working world.

My first day could be described in exactly two words: a blur. Between getting set up at my desk and meetings with my superiors, it was easy to feel overwhelmed. Nevertheless, after I got past the initial nerves of starting a new job, I felt ready for whatever was to come my way.

As it was put in my very first meeting at the company, I would be given “a taste of everything”. A taste was exactly what I had needed to get myself started and get some experience under my belt.

Fast forward almost two months and the experience has been nothing short of a rollercoaster.

One of my most rewarding and yet most challenging experiences since I started here has been a project which consisted of redesigning part of the documentation wiki. One of my colleagues, Patti, has been in process of designing a new landing page, and I had been asked to carry her design over to the wiki. While the task might seem simple, it has been challenging.

When I first glanced at the page, it didn’t think there would be many issues. I’m not afraid to admit that I may have made a poor assumption.

One revision after another, I faced one obstacle after another. Problems ranged from something as simple as getting the correct spacing to more complex issues dealing with specific browsers. The end of the week was near and I felt as if I was getting nowhere.

I let myself walk away from it for the weekend and came in the following week with a refreshed mindset. While it was quickly becoming evident this particular design would not work, there was still light at the end of the tunnel. With some guidance from the documentation team, we quickly got back on track.

Now with the page’s design nearing completion with approval from the key players, it’s something I certainly feel proud of. It’s a prime example of how much I’ve learned in the short time I have been with Klocwork.

While I know work may not always be fun (a few repetitive tasks come to mind), at the end of the day, I think it is projects like this that make it all worthwhile.

In my next post, I’ll share some more of my experiences working with the support, documentation and training teams.

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