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Alex Nunes talks about his second Co‑op term

A day in the life

Alex Nunes talks about his second Co‑op term

The most interesting part about Informatics and Computer Science it that they cross over into almost every field of study

Alex Nunes is a Bachelor of Informatics student with an interest in data.

Through the Co-op program, he landed a work term at Dalhousie University’s Ocean Tracking Network. In his work term, Alex built a tool to help researchers analyze their marine animal detection data and developed a visualization library for the same data.

“The most interesting part about Informatics and Computer Science it that they cross over into almost every field of study,” he says. “Oceanography and Biology are generating so much information and data management has been a part of those fields for decades and will be for a long time.”

When asked if Alex believes that his Co-op experiences to date have helped him prepare for his future, he talks about the difference between course work and actual work experience. He feels the skills around solving problems that come out of working is so much more valuable to his future than the concepts taught in the class.

Offering advice to students about to embark on the search for their first Co-op term, Alex says “Don’t worry about passing little interview tests. If you don’t know an answer, say you don’t know. Solve as much of the problems as you can. Most employers are looking at how you approach a problem, not if you solve it.”

Alex has one more Co-op term to complete as part of his undergraduate degree.