My time at CSC started in January 2016 when I was employed through the Federal Student Work Employment Program (FSWEP) for two days a week. As a student I am currently enrolled in a four and a half year joint program between the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. This program consists of a 280-hour work field placement, and this is how I secured myself a position at CSC five days a week (two with FWSEP, and three as my field work).
My time at CSC has been nothing but pleasant and eye opening. I have been mainly helping the Assistant Commissioner of Communications and Engagement, Scott Harris, with the planning of a Serious Games room for the Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair on April 20, 2016 but I have also had the chance to post news releases, draft evergreen media lines, and help on other various exciting projects. The biggest highlight during my time at CSC so far has been my visit to Archambault Institution in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. During our trip we visited the medium and minimum-security units, as well as the Regional Reception Centre and Regional Mental Health Centre. The trip was truly eye opening. I learned so many new and interesting things, and the Correctional Officers hosting us had so much information to share.
For the longest time I’ve wanted to work in government for mainly job security and benefit reasons. My parents who were military and are now public servants have encouraged it as well, however at the back of my mind I’ve always felt that I may fall into the everyday zombie-like feeling of a normal 9-5 government job. After my very short time at CSC, my mind has completely changed. Yes I’m sure there are zombie-like jobs in the government, but they don’t all need to be. In the short time that I’ve been with CSC, I have done event planning, gone on field trips, and even had donut Fridays!