There are two parts of the placement process (Job Competition & Guided Job Search (see next FAQ).
The Job Competition Process:
- Co-op jobs are posted and co-op students select and submit their resume to jobs they are interested in.
- Resumes are sent to co-op employers and the co-op employers select co-op students to interview.
- Co-op employers rank co-op students in order of preference.
- Co-op students rank co-op employers in order of preference.
- Matches are then determined based on rankings. Most of the process is done electronically and is very efficient and accurate.
Students are encouraged to participate in a guided job search (GJS) process. Co-op is a partnership, together the Employer Relations Coordinator and student will work to identify the student's network and potential opportunities. The student will be expected to conduct most of the search, however will receive assistance from the Coordinator until ranking day. Students participating in a GJS will have the use of a telephone, fax and mail so as not to incur expenses.
Yes. You should aggressively pursue a position through the guided job search process and also apply to jobs posted through the mySuccess system. This process continues until ranking day. On ranking day, students will be able to rank the positions through the system which employer's have ranked them for. They may also opt to rank guided job search. It is best to rank the guided job search opportunity only if you are certain that the position will come through, or is already confirmed.
In order to increase the chances of securing a placement, the student is encouraged to start the process very early (perhaps the first or second week of classes), be actively persistent and have close communication with the Employer Relations Coordinator.
Students will be assigned a (P)assing or (F)ailing grade each work term. The grade will be based on whether or not the student successfully completes the following:
- Completion of professional development activities in the academic term prior to the work term
- Learning Objectives
- Co-op Learning Portfolio
- Work Term Assessment
- Employer Final Evaluation
- Work Term Report
- Work Term Presentation
It is not recommended that co-op students take a course while on work term. However, students interested in taking a course should speak to their Coordinator. While on a work term a student may be allowed to take one course only.
Each program has a different fee schedule. Refer to the Co-op Fee section above for full details.
Co-op is about experience! Wages are set by the employer. Employers are supplied with current wage ranges, however, it is up to their discretion. Students will not be told the salary until ranking day and are not to base their decisions on the wage. Salaries are non-negotiable. Students who inquire or discuss salary with the employer may be removed from the co-op program. Once again, co-op is about the experience. With experience, after the co-op program, the money will come.
Don't limit yourself! Not only are you competing against fellow students but you are also competing against other universities. Remember, there is no guarantee that you will get a co-op placement, so you should explore as many avenues as possible.
The Co-op Coordinator will discuss with the student and the student's supervisor either at the work site, by telephone or an online assessment approximately halfway through the work term and will do an interim work performance evaluation. The goal is to get feedback from the student on the quality of their placement and to obtain feedback from the employer on the student's performance to date.
Essentially, risk management is concerned with the outcome of future events that cannot be predicted with certainty, and how to handle this certainty. There are four basic steps in being aware of, and managing risk:
- Identify potential risks.
- Understand guidelines and expectation from the college and employer perspectives.
- Consider solutions to potential problems.
- Inform your Co-op Coordinator of any concern.
Should an incident take place:
- Be sure to document all facts such as date, time, persons involved and the situation as you observed it.
- Inform your supervisor and / or your Co-op Coordinator immediately.
On top of attending all workshops, meeting all deadlines and actively participating in the exercises, to be a successful co-op student:
- Focus on the experience that can be gained from each and every position and apply to every job.
- Be as open as possible to each type of position and location.
- Have a positive, open flow of communication with your Coordinators.