Co-op Managers

Dedicated support throughout your Co-op experience

Through the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, all UBC Sauder Co-op students have access to a team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic Co-op Managers to help guide them through their Co-op journey.

This team not only offers support to help you find your Co-op work term, they will work with you during your placements to ensure you get the most out of your work experience. This team also provides personalized 1:1 coaching and advising appointments to help you succeed in your personal and professional development.

Meet your Co-op Team


Phil Seo

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Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
phil.seo@sauder.ubc.ca

About Phil: I’m a proud Sauder Co-op alumnus who enjoyed doing work terms in Ottawa and Vancouver, and exchange studies in Korea. I went on to work for Deloitte Consulting, get my MBA from Berkeley, and then work for Vancity Credit Union. In 2019, I pursued my long-term passion of helping Sauder students and am excited to lead the Co-op Program.

Best piece of career advice Phil ever received: Do your research, but at the end of the day, trust your gut to make big decisions.

Fun fact: I raced on the national reality TV show “The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition”!

Jasmine Bassi

Manger, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
jasmine.bassi@sauder.ubc.ca

About Jasmine: As a Co-op Manager, I support you through individual coaching sessions, workshops and workplace visits. I also work closely with our employers to identify rewarding employment opportunities. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology and Masters in Higher Education at UBC. Since graduating, I have been working at UBC in the areas of on campus recruitment, orientations and career/cooperative education. 

Best piece of career advice Jasmine ever received: You can have it all, just not all at once: I heard this at my brother’s convocation and thought it was great career and life advice.  

Fun fact: I did an eight-day tour of Iceland and that’s the first time I can say I’ve seen a whole country! 

Michael Rankin

Manager, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
michael.rankin@sauder.ubc.ca

About MichaelI look forward to helping you navigate through all of the challenges and aspects of your journey through the Co-op Program!  My passion for coaching undergraduate business students with their professional development and career management is evidenced in over 5 years of career advising and coaching, most recently at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and prior to that at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. I completed my BA in Honours Economics at The University of Western Ontario and prior to working in higher education, I spent two years as an Analyst with Merrill Lynch in Toronto and was fortunate to train in New York City at Merrill’s global headquarters.  

Best piece of career advice Michael ever receivedIt might sound cliché, but pursue your passions!

Fun fact: I make home-made food for my English Bulldog, Jack!

Mursal Khyabani

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Manager, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
mursal.khyabani@sauder.ubc.ca

About Mursal: As a Co-op Manager, I help students prepare for their job search, facilitate career workshops and build relationships with employers. Prior to joining UBC Sauder, I coordinated an employment program for a local non-profit organization and was engaged in a number of community-based initiatives. I have a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and have also completed coursework in HR and project management. My extensive experience in career development coupled with my passion for helping people meet their goals is what motivates me and I look forward to guiding you through your professional development as you embark on your Co-op journey!

Best piece of career advice Mursal ever received: Track what you learn and accomplish throughout your career in a journal or a spreadsheet. Be disciplined and try to write it on a monthly basis. Having this record will help you advocate for yourself throughout your career.  

Fun fact: I love to travel, explore new places in BC, and try authentic cuisines from around the world.

Rushita Arora

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Senior Program Assistant, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
rushita.arora@sauder.ubc.ca

About Rushita: I am a UBC Arts Co-op graduate with a degree in Economics and History. Having completed Co-op terms with the Faculty of Applied Science and worked full-time as a Business Development Coordinator for Step-by-Step School in Udaipur, I have a keen interest in administrative, customer service, and logistics/event management fields. My experience in Co-op and the Arts Internship Program has motivated me to pursue a career in the field of education and I'm thrilled to be part of the the Co-op team.

Best piece of career advice Rushita ever received: Take feedback well and communicate strategically.

Fun fact: I like to eat a lot and to balance that, I exercise a lot too.

Book an appointment with a Co-op Manager

To make a 1:1 appointment with a Co-op Manager, take the following steps:

  1. Log into COOL using your CWL
  2. Click on the “Coaching & Calendar” tab and click “Coaching Appointment”
  3. Click “Request a Coaching Appointment”
  4. Select the type of coaching appointment you would like to book and select “Check Availability” 
  5. Once you select a date and time that works for you, fill in the required fields and click “Submit Request”

Log into COOL 

For more detailed instructions on how to book an appointment, see the PDF below Download how_to_book_a_coaching_appointment_on_cool.pdf (320.4 KB)

If you have any issues making an appointment or have further questions, contact the Business Career Center at 604.822.6479 or careercentre@sauder.ubc.ca. If you're calling from out of town, our toll free number is 1.877.777.6479.

How do Co-op Managers help?

"The Co-op Managers at Sauder provide on-going support in helping students successfully find co-op jobs that align with their interests. As an accounting student going through CPA recruit, my Co-op Manager spent many hours talking with me about the different opportunities in industry and public practice. Thanks to my Co-op Manager for her feedback and advice on my job applications, I have developed greater confidence in searching for my next work term!" - Jason N., Accounting Co-op Student


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