Entuitive Co-op Diaries: Holly Holden
At Entuitive, we have a great team of creative, collaborative, and advanced people, and that includes our talented co-op students. In this post by Holly Holden, Building Envelope Specialist, she shares her diverse day-to-day tasks as well as an exciting site visit in Jacksonville, Florida.
I was thrilled to start working at Entuitive! I had always heard great things about the company, both from a professional and cultural view. Recently completing an exchange term in Prague, Czechia, I was nervous about the adjustment of coming back to Canada and rejoining the workforce. It didn’t take long before I felt like part of the group and a valuable contributing member of the team.
I really enjoyed the culture in the Toronto office. It’s very easy to connect with your co-workers and develop social relationships that also have a positive effect on the work you produce. There were several social events throughout my term, including a foosball tournament, where Scott LeClair impressed everyone with his insane skills!
I was working as part of the Building Envelope division and found this role suited me very well as I loved how the variety of work ensured no two days were the same. I enjoyed going to site and being introduced to interesting projects and getting to see the full picture of design through to construction. Some of my day-to-day tasks included drafting, thermal analysis, condensation analysis, site work, report writing, and submittal reviews.
A big standout in my co-op started on a Friday afternoon early into my term. I was wrapping up my tasks for the week when I got a Teams call from Fariz Dhalla. “Do you have a passport?” he asked, I responded, “Yes I do.” and then he asked the million-dollar question, “Do you want to go to Florida on Monday?”. Of course, I said I’d love to!
I was very excited and a little nervous… I had never travelled for a job before, and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. The first time I met Fariz in-person was at our airport gate and he immediately made me feel at ease, quickly taking on a mentor role that he would continue throughout the rest of my co-op.
Florida was great, we were there to do thermal scanning for a project in Jacksonville. I learned a lot and was trusted to do a big chunk of the scanning myself. And while that was my favorite project I worked on, there were still many others that were intriguing and professionally enhancing to work on.
Despite being a co-op student, I was always trusted to take on more responsibility and carve out my own way while working on projects, which lead to enhanced professional development. Thanks for the great term!