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Cool co-op placements: Ag-Tech

27 February 2023
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In high school, Taiwo Akinwale’s passion for gaming inspired him to pursue an education in coding and software development.

Fast forward to now, Akinwale has leveled up and is now a third-year Software Systems Engineering student in the University of Regina’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science working his second co-op placement for Calian Agriculture Limited.

Akinwale made the decision to enter the U of R Co-op Program to get hands-on, paid work experience while developing meaningful connections in the software engineering industry and he’s found exactly that at Calian. 

The U of R’s Co-op Program, the first in Western Canada, has been operating for over 50 years and has since provided students with more than 29,000 work placements and over $360 million (in 2023 dollars) in salaries.

You have to ask a lot of questions. You’re not expected to know everything right off the bat, so the co-op placement has helped me to be comfortable with asking questions and just trying to learn as much as possible, because that’s the goal. Taiwo Akinwole, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science co-op student

The U of R Centre for Experiential and Service Learning (CESL) is here to help you learn by doing, which is what hands-on learning is all about. By offering students experiences in both paid and volunteer positions, the U of R is preparing students like you to graduate career-ready and find work fast!

Interested in a career in developing software solutions? Register today for Choose UR Own Adventure!

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