I’m in my final year of high school, and I have to admit, I’ve never really been a scholar. But can I just say how much easier life gets when you’re excited to learn?

Working with the Oak & Rumble crew has opened me up to a whole new world of opportunity. Not only did I learn about content marketing, but I was also able to learn a lot about myself. Every co-op placement is different, but if you’re just getting started, here are three things I learned from mine:

  1. First, ask questions. Not only will this eliminate confusion, but it will stimulate creativity and strengthen your relationships. Remember, you’re working with people who know what they’re talking about. If your goal is to learn as much as possible, asking questions will only help you.
  2. Second, don’t be afraid to get involved. If I’ve learned anything in the past four months, it’s how to put myself out there. My opinion is always considered and discussed, and this has helped me develop strategic thinking skills.
  3. And finally, just be yourself. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but it’s really important for a co-op placement. If you stop worrying about maintaining a fake persona, your team will feel more comfortable trusting you and giving you responsibility. If you’re honest about your strengths and weaknesses, you can build a stronger relationship with your employer, and they can put you in situations where they’ll see you succeed and grow.

You’ll have more responsibility than just coffee runs, but it’s up to you to make the most of it.

I like to say I got lucky with this one. The more I embraced the challenge, the more I became part of the team.

– Madison Densmore


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