Are you a co-op student ready to unleash your potential?

If so, we are looking for you! Softchoice’s Campus Program involves hiring co-op students from a variety of Universities and Colleges for many areas of the business. Our students are hired for their fresh ideas and wealth of knowledge they bring to our teams and in turn, the teams provide the students with real life business experiences that challenge and allow them to make their mark. Essentially, providing impactful solutions to the business – a win-win!

I recently sat down with one of our co-op students to learn more about her experience at Softchoice so far. Cassandra Rano is currently enrolled in the Human Resources Administration Co-op Diploma at Seneca College and has joined us for our winter work term at Softchoice.


What is your role as a co-op, and tell us what you do at Softchoice?

I am the Onboarding and Training Coordinator Co-op student at Softchoice. I do a variety of tasks and every day is something different! Some of the things that I am currently working on are creating interactive adult e-learning courses, facilitating welcome calls for new hires and helping to plan and monitor their onboarding pathway. I also have the opportunity to collaborate with various subject matter experts in the company in order to create effective e-learning for our employees and take old content such as employee cheat sheets and “revamp” them to ensure that content is current and useful.

Lastly, I work with my manager to help deliver live, in-person, presentations about our Solutions and Services business at Softchoice to new hires to the company.

“I don’t feel like I’m a co-op student, I feel like I really play an integral role in the business which is so rewarding.”

What excites you about coming to work every day? 

What excites me about coming to work every day is the feeling of being an integral part of the business. Knowing that the work I do directly affects the employees of Softchoice is a great feeling. I also enjoy having the opportunity to learn something new each day. It’s so fulfilling when you work hard to learn something new, and then have the opportunity to put your hard work to use and to see that come to life!

Cassandra Rano Co-op Student at Softchoice

At Softchoice, we strive to live by our values every day. In your role, how do you see these values come to life?

At Softchoice, I quickly realized that there is a strong sense of community. Not only do your fellow employees have the drive to succeed, but people in this company want to see others succeed as well. It doesn’t matter what an employee’s title is, they are always willing to help and collaborate with you – we take care of each other.

When a company treats their employees with care and gives them the necessary tools to do their job effectively, employees want to be their best self and “show up” each day. To really be a part of an environment like this is indescribable!

“It’s so fulfilling when you work hard to learn something new, and then have the opportunity to put your hard work to use and then to see that come to life!”

If you had one piece of advice for a new co-op, what would it be and why?

If I had one piece of advice for a new co-op, it would be to see yourself as more than “just a co-op student”. Softchoice provides students with meaningful and challenging work and we do play an important role! Once you realize that, you open yourself up to so much more opportunity for now – and in the future.

To learn more about our current and future opportunities, visit our Careers Site or our LinkedIn page!

 

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Softchoice and Lenovo partner up to POWER UP schools in need


Here at Softchoice, we believe technology is a powerful learning tool and a means to a better world.

When applied to classroom learning, the use of technology challenges children to think critically and to solve problems in new and innovative ways. It connects them with the most current information and interactive learning programs available, and it nurtures a more social and collaborative classroom environment.

Many schools across North America, however, are strapped for cash and have had trouble keeping up with basic infrastructure demands. Technology, like laptops and tablets, are considered a ‘nice to have’ by comparison and a much lower priority.

As a result, schools rely heavily on local fundraising, particularly through parents, to fill in funding gaps. This places schools in low-income neighborhoods at a particular disadvantage, as their fundraising tends to yield far less than schools in more affluent areas. These same families are also far less likely to have a computer or Internet access at home.

Through the IT solutions we’ve delivered to our educational clients, Softchoice and Lenovo have seen firsthand the positive impact technology can have on student engagement and achievement. That’s why we were so excited to launch POWER UP: Technology Grants for Schools in Need.

The concept is simple: Award technology grants of up to $10,000 each to deserving schools to support students’ learning and development. Together with Lenovo, we are seeking to bridge the digital divide and empower more kids to succeed through access to technology. We’re also supporting a decade-long mission started by our own employee-led, corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares.

Since 2006, Softchoice Cares has raised more than $1.5 million for local and international charitable organizations to unleash the potential of people and technology. It’s the philanthropic spirit of our people that is central to our award-winning culture and inspires initiatives like the POWER UP program. In fact, the entirety of Softchoice’s share of the POWER UP technology grant funds came from our employees’ volunteer endeavors.

Now we need your help to unleash the potential of students by nominating an elementary or middle school that could benefit from a $10,000 technology grant! In our inaugural year, the POWER UP program is reserved for publically-funded schools serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in the following cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Toronto and Montreal. Softchoice will contact all nominated schools that fit the program criteria to encourage them to apply for a POWER UP grant.

Are you an educator in one of these seven cities? You can find full details on eligibility and application deadlines on the POWER UP website, or you can apply now on behalf of your school by filling out either the Canadian or U.S. application forms and submitting them to powerup@softchoice.com.

We’re always searching for exciting opportunities to engage with like-minded people, from our employees to our vendor partners like Lenovo, to make a difference for those in need.

Let’s POWER UP schools in need and students together!