One of the worst kept secrets that a number of people seem to ignore are co-ops get you jobs. As I am on my third co-op I have looked back and had some great experiences working on a number of projects and have very much decided that going to a school that forces you to do co-ops to graduate was the best thing that I could have ever done. Besides learning a lot on coop, I have discovered what I like about companies, what I want to avoid, and have made some great money while doing it! RIT has helped with me getting these coops through alumni connections, the career fair and the co-op office. I think this is one of the most important aspects of RIT’s programs. Although you have narrowed your career path down to one major, or maybe two if you are really smart, that still leaves you with a ton of different types of jobs in your major that you can work in! As my coop comes to a close with Pinhole Press I have decided that I want to work in web development. This to me is a huge step forward with my last year of school coming up, because this will help me when I am looking for that first job out of college and make sure that I am picking a job that I know that I will like, and not just the job that pays the most. If I could go back and pick colleges again I would pick RIT again in a heartbeat! The co-ops have been great with figuring out what you want to do, money to pay for school (remember you don’t pay a dime while on coop) and getting that real world experience that helps lead to not just a job offer after college, but several leaving you with an option of where do you want to work and what do you want to do.