Co-op has given Tyler Seixas a taste of many facets of business, but his last placement promises to leave a lingering impression.
The fourth-year business student parlayed his term as a buyer with Vistaprint into a full-time position as logistics supervisor at the company’s Tecumseh plant.
“Co-op taught me as much about what I didn’t want to pursue as a career as what I do want to do,” Seixas said Wednesday during a discussion of his experiences with co-operative education. He was one of six students presenting posters about their work terms in the lobby of the Odette Building. Seven classmates will present today — Thursday, October 26 — from 10 to 11 a.m.
Kyle Seguin, who worked in human resources for food producer Highbury Canco, called his time there “an amazing experience.”
He was put in charge of recruiting, hiring, and training general and seasonal labourers for the Leamington-based facility, which produces condiments, soups, sauces, and juices. The greatest challenge, though, was having to dismiss employees.
“You really have to watch what you say,” Seguin said. “You have to legally compliant and protect the company as well as help the person adjust to being fired.”
Romina Oulevey, co-ordinator of co-op programs for business, kinesiology, and science, said the presentations help the students process what they have learned.
“It’s important for them to reflect after the work term, to find out what their work preferences are,” she said. “It also helps to show employers and our faculty what our students are capable of.”
Watch a video from Tuesday’s event on the UWindsor Facebook page.