Kanyiha Ngotho originally came from Nairobi, Kenya although she spent the greater part of her teenage life in Kampala, Uganda. She came to Canada to pursue a better education and get the kind of exposure that would give her the advantage needed when looking for a job and settling down.
Accepted into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computer Information Systems program, Kanyiha applied for the Co-op program to build on the little work experience she had. She describes her Co-op experience in one word… unexpected. Kanyiha had no idea what to expect. She thought all she would have to do is work the term and write about her experience. However, Kanyiha explains, “it opened my eyes to the many realities about the working world and how important it was to do all you could to make yourself appear as the best candidate you could be.”
Kanyiha did not expect to work in an organization like the airport, especially not the Calgary Airport Authority, one of the top 3 in the country. “Working there was just an unforgettable experience for me. I truly feel more prepared to work in a larger organization and I feel like I now have much more to offer in future work environments. I was not only able to work on a number of my weaknesses, but I was able to expand my networks and now I feel much more confident that I will be able to find a job upon graduating in the coming year.” She adds, “The assignments and reports were quite a lot to deal with in the beginning but in the end they enhanced a number of the skills I possessed if not adding to the current skill set I had.”
Lucky for Kanyiha, she had a friend in Calgary to help her adjust. She took advantage of her new surroundings and meet many amazing people with whom she still keeps in contact.
Kanyiha encourages students considering Co-op.. “…my advice is to go for it!!!”