- Major: Computer Engineering
- Company: Cadre5
- Graduation Year: 2017
- E-mail: email@example.com
From: Kingston, TN
I co-oped with Cadre5, a software development company in Knoxville, TN. Cadre5 works with both private companies such as Denso, Keurig Green Mountain, and Scripps Networks as well as government organizations like ORNL. I performed four rotations with Cadre5, then decided to pursue a remote development position with GitLab, based in San Francisco. Most recently, I worked with IBM in Austin, TX as a Software Designer and Product Manager.
For me, co-oping was an opportunity to gain early insights into my career. These insights helped me better navigate my choices in selecting a course that aligned with what I wanted to do after college as well as direct my learning and skill development outside of my coursework. A significant achievement for me during my co-op rotations was having my work delivered in the software product to hundreds of thousands of users. Being able to write shippable code is a milestone I am very happy to have achieved early on in my career.
Participating in a co-op has prepared me better for my classes by connecting concepts to real-world uses. This experience has also helped develop soft skills such as more effective communication and time management.
One of the best things, if not the best thing, you can do for your career early on is to dive right in and experience what work is like in a certain role. This not only gives you valuable work experience that will be a key differentiator when seeking full-time employment after college, but it will help you better understand what kind of work you like and don't like, directing your career path earlier on when you are most flexible.
Outside of school and work, I enjoy working on my own software side-projects. Away from the desk, you'll find me on the hiking trail, in the gym, or walking my dog Franklin.