Two days prior to being hired at Cohere in Fort Collins I had never even heard of the concept of coworking. My coming to be an intern at Cohere can be described in two ways: 1) pure luck; and 2) a perfect example of one of the many benefits of coworking.
My story begins with getting an email from CSU with a job posting for an internship at Articulate City, an arts and culture social club in Fort Collins. I was immediately impressed with a business that puts “the art in party”. After a few exchanges of emails I was offered an interview.
The interview took place at the quaint little coworking space in Old Town Fort Collins known as Cohere. At this time, I had no idea what coworking was and certainly had no idea how much it was going to benefit me in the very near future. For as it turns out, I did not get the intern gig at Articulate City. But because these lovely ladies were part of the Cohere community, they knew that Angel, the Madame of Cohere, was also seeking an intern. And, because they’re awesome, they were kind enough to forward my e-mail and cover letter to her and suggest I may be a good fit for Cohere. So, included in my rejection letter from one business was a referral to another great business. And I had a message from Angel waiting in my inbox asking me to come in for an interview. Let me tell you, being offered a job immediately following the rejection of another definitely takes away the pain.
So I ended up getting an internship at a place I didn’t even know existed, a place that did something I knew nothing about. In my first few weeks at Cohere, I’ve been privileged enough to meet and witness over thirty members with different job duties and interests working independently together. And as a graduating senior who will soon be venturing out into the bleak job market, it is extremely encouraging to see people successfully working for themselves and loving their jobs.