Some test text!
Aug 10 2022
by Chris Miljanovski
When you’re a student, thinking about the future can be stressful. Not only do you have to worry about your studies, but you have to think about what comes next - your career journey.
Luckily, some university programs have plans in place to help students become successful young professionals out in the workforce. Co-operative education programs combine school studies with an official paid work term. This can help students figure out their career paths faster and gain significant experience in the field.
PDFTron offers an excellent co-op program for students, with growth opportunities being a key differentiator from other companies. Starting your career as a co-op student and ending up a full-time employee is commonplace. The possibilities at PDFTron are endless as we continue to grow.
In the fourth installment in our series, we spotlight Shirley Gong, who started as a co-op student and loved her experience so much that she applied to a full-time role here at PDFTron, where she is now the head of mobile applications. She used her programming fundamentals and thirst for knowledge to get where she is today. Here’s what she had to say:
I did a four-month co-op term at PDFTron as part of the UBC engineering program. At PDFTron, co-op students get to do actual development work that clients see. It was pretty challenging for me at first, but I learned so much over my term. At the end of my co-op term, I had learned so much invaluable information, and I loved the experience so much, that I decided to apply for a permanent position after completing my university studies.
The learning curve I overcame went relatively smoothly because of my co-op experience here. For anyone new, I would suggest being prepared to expect the unexpected and opening yourself up to learning new things every day. Be well-versed in and ready to use the tools you learned in school in order to succeed, and know your programming fundamentals well. But most importantly, remember to have fun while you're doing it!
Solving customers' pain points by creating and delivering a solution that will satisfy both them and their users is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. In addition, we also get to try out trending technologies for our own personal growth.
I believe an essential trait to have is curiosity! It’s a must-have for anyone in the tech industry. You also need to be motivated and driven. I’m always excited to learn new technologies/frameworks and apply them to my work when possible.
Due to the low female developer count, you might miss working with other female colleagues. Once you get used to that, the most important thing is to excel at your work. If you are motivated and driven, your confidence will build over time. Don’t let your gender label you, and don’t forget to have fun pursuing your goals!
Learn more about our culture and community, and open opportunities on our
Elma Khandaker, Product Manager at PDFTron, explains what brought her to the company and shares some advice on how she set herself up for success in product management.
Our next employee spotlight is on Shirley Gong, Head of Mobile Applications at PDFTron. She explains what it's like to work as a developer and how she went from co-op student to full-time leader.
We put our next employee spotlight on Correy Lim, Solution Engineer here at PDFTron! He explains what it's like to work as a technical resource for PDFTron’s sales team to ensure new and existing customers are happy with our offerings including world-changing technology.