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EOS student helps share Ocean Networks Canada share data with Canadian post-secondaries

Lincoln Hood

Ocean Networks Canada

Earth and Ocean Sciences student Lincoln Hood has completed several co-op work terms - her latest was with Ocean Networks Canada, where she worked as a Post-Secondary Resource Developer. She helped get data from ONC into Canadian post-secondaries.

1. Who is Lincoln Hood?

My name is Lincoln Hood and I am from a small rural town in Ontario. I chose to come to the University of Victoria after completing a summer program through my high school called Ocean Education at Pearson College in Metchosin. We visited Victoria and I decided this city was where I wanted to attend University. I am currently in the Faculty of Science taking a combine Major in Biology and Earth and Ocean Science. I chose the combined program because I wanted to be able to take as many ocean classes as possible.

2. How did you hear about the co-op program?

Many of my friends in Ontario were participating in co-op programs at their schools so I looked into UVic's co-op program when applying and heard they had one of the best in Canada. I knew from the beginning of my degree I wanted the opportunity to participate in the co-op program

3. How many co-op work terms have you completed?

I just finished my third co-op term in December 2013.

4. On your most recent work term, what was your job title and role, and what were your responsibilities?

I worked for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) as a Post-Secondary Resource Developer and my role was to help get the data Ocean Networks Canada collects into post-secondary classrooms across Canada and to inform the general public about who ONC is, what they do and how everyone can use the data. My responsibilities included working with a professor from Dalhousie University for resources in her classroom, developing a TV show about the ocean and growing a National Ocean Student Network.

5. What did you hope to learn from working for your co-op employers?

I hoped to learn more about the ocean and how best to bring the ocean to life for everyone both living on the coast and in the interior of Canada.

6. How closely did you work with your employer?

The entire learning team at ONC was quite small, a total of 6 people for elementary, high school, post secondary and general public education so I was able to work very closely with my supervisors.

7. What did you learn on your work term? New skills? Responsibilities?

The newest area I developed that I had no previous experience with was the development of a television show. It is a much larger job than I had thought but very interesting. I was also able to develop my writing skills and my project management skills.

8. How did your work term relate to your academic studies?

It coordinated very well with the subject matter I have learned in my academic studies but provided me with the communication and public education skills I had limited experience with previously.

9.  What made you excited about the job?

I was excited to be able to work with so many amazing researchers and scientists and learn from their vast knowledge and experience.

10.  What advice do you have for other students who are thinking about taking part in co-op?

I would highly recommend co-op! It has helped me learn about aspects of jobs I both enjoy and dislike and has provided me with more contacts than I would have ever made just being in school! I firmly believe having a
 arge network is important.

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