Hayley Gong

BSF – Okayama University

For my fifth Co-op work term, I was fortunate to go to Japan! On behalf of Okayama University, I worked at four different places in a span of 3 months: a wood products manufacturing company, a forest management company, the Environmental Process Engineering laboratory and Catchment Hydrology laboratory at OU. I enjoyed the diversity of this work placement because I got to work in different environments and learn about other professions outside of my field of study. Initially I was not planning to relocate outside of British Columbia for Co-op however I did not want to miss the opportunity that was established due to strong connections between UBC Faculty of Forestry Co-op Program and Okayama University. I believe the projects and tasks heavily depend on each season and joining Co-op will open more opportunities for diverse and practical work experiences.