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This is Christine Gergich's
reflection on the path that has brought her
current position as Records Analyst at the Law Society of BC
As a SLAIS Co-op Alumni who thoroughly enjoyed the program, she
says, "Both of my work terms allowed me to gain invaluable practical experience in the records and information management field.
I developed an awareness and expertise in the field, which was an important marketing tool for me in job interviews and one of the reasons I was hired at the Law Society
For her first work term, Christine was employed as a Records Analyst with the City of Vancouver.
considers being able to work with an incredibly supportive crew of staff, archivists, and students one of her
most memorable experiences.
The valuable technical skills she
gained from working with the City's collections database and being able to develop a communications plan for her
retention and disposition project are also experiences she
had the chance to enjoy.
Christine decided to do a second work term because of the opportunity to work as an Assistant at the Resource Centre for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
This position provided opportunities to work with trained project planners and a chance to work with a custom Electronic Document Management System (EDMS).
She was also able to lead training sessions on computer security and VANOC's EDMS.
While employed with VANOC
also continued working towards achieving her
degree by taking ARST 575D: Issues in the Management of Current Records.
This course was one example of how she
was able to find further connections between her
co-op terms, and her
The advice Christine
provides to current SLAIS Co-op students is, "Be aware and take opportunities presented to you, have initiative, always be professional, and keep up to date on developments in your field."