Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How Waterloo’s startup and co-op connection is future-proven

Since 1957, co-operative education has been a cornerstone  of the University of Waterloo’s history. With a 96 per cent employment rate  six months after graduation, it is clear that Waterloo prepares talent ready for the  rapidly  changing  industry and  work place  landscape.

Startups add connection

These budding businesses often embrace  an  “all-hands-on-deck”  approach, offering  workers the  chance  to  try various roles  within the team.  For  Computer Engineering alumnus  Alan Wang  (B.A.Sc. ’19),  the experience  was no different. 

Wang spent a co-op term working for  Evichat, a startup  that collects and manages  digital  evidence  for  officials working in  law. During his work term, Wang mobilized his interest in computer engineering in a completely new way.  As one of four team members,  Wang was  given  real-world  tasks to complete and developed  skills  that  he says  served him  well post-graduation. 

“The skills I gained there are necessary for anywhere,” Wang says.  “They  would say, okay, this is a feature we want you to build, and I would just have to do it.  It was fun  because  I was learning a lot of new  things,  but  it was definitely  challenging.”

During those  times, Wang says  he was supported by another  Waterloo alumnus  on the  team, Nilesh Pandey. Pandey is co-founder and chief technology officer at  Evichat.

Wang is grateful he was able to spend a co-op term at a smaller startup, as it helped him secure his current full-time position at Boosted.ai, a young company based in Toronto. 

“Working at  Evichat  gave me the experience  to learn  how to  problem-solve  on my own,” Wang says.

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