It has been about 8 months since I joined the team at Vog. I have had the privilege to watch Launchpad grow and develop and have been happy to be a part of Launchpad’s journey. My name is Sonja Mellema, and I am a coordinator here at Vog. I get to work on a variety of different projects and have enjoyed my time here.
I wanted to take a moment to make a more personal connection with you all. Having been behind the blogs for 8 months, I thought it fitting to introduce myself to you.
I am a 4th year student at the University of Calgary. I am studying to obtain a dual degree in commerce and economics with a concentration in Finance. I am aspiring to add a certificate of entrepreneurial thinking to my education as well. While I may be studying Finance and Economics, I have now had the privilege to work in tech and marketing.
As an academic individual, I have never been willing to sacrifice class time for anything. However, as classes went online and were recorded, I realized I had the opportunity to do more with my day, and naturally, I chose to work. The University of Calgary was working with the Mitacs program. This program funnels university students to SME’s, leading to greater success for all. After an interview with Vog, I knew it was the place for me, and was excited when they offered me a role.
When I started with Vog, I was hired as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. In this role, I worked on various projects. This included blogs, research, and learning about app development. This led to getting to work with Vog and Launchpad. I knew that I wanted to stay for the summer. Tech is the inevitable future, and we need to understand that. This is why this role has been pivotal to my future in the job market. I was very excited when Vince O’Gorman offered me a position at Vog. Tech is where the future is, and I enjoyed being a part of it.
Vog strives to launch people forwards, and this is why Launchpad was created. By having a hand in the future of tech, Vog can better equip the industry for the future. Launchpad has seen incredible growth in the last 8 months, and we are all very excited to see where it goes from here. With new partnerships, larger cohorts, and increased employability, Launchpad students are becoming the future. Launchpad’s students will be the ones that change tech for the better.
Launchpad by Vog is an incredible program. Vog wants to launch people forwards. If you want to learn more about Launchpad, visit our website!