How to Succeed in Co-op!
Success in the Co-operative Education Program takes hard work and tenacity. That means you should:
- Complete the application process as early in your program as possible (first semester or first year is great!)
- Begin the career process by carefully planning your academic program and career options (contact Academic Advising, Room SU060, phone 403-329-5106 or a Co-op Coordinator, Room AH151, Anderson Hall, phone (403) 329-2000).
- Prepare for employment by getting involved in volunteer or part-time activities related to your career goals. The Co-op Office can help you with this!
- Develop employability skills through courses, workshops, and volunteer work. Employers want students with computer, writing, critical thinking, and organizational skills. Potential employees will improve their chances of finding a job if they can demonstrate initiative as well as strong communication, teamwork, and presentation skills.
- Attend pre-employment workshops on resume writing, interview skills, presentations and expectations in the workplace. These are offered in the Co-op office every semester.
- Check the job board often. Positions will be posted throughout the year and change regularly. You do not want to miss your chance for a dream job!
- Apply for the positions that you feel you can do. Don’t be intimidated by the job postings. If you have any questions, please speak to a Coordinator.
- Apply for all positions that interest you.
- Update the Co-op staff if your academic major(s), career aspirations or contact information have changed. When Co-op Coordinators visit employers they will often mention specific U of L students. It is, therefore, important to meet with a Coordinator on a regular basis to ensure your information is current.
- Review and understand the U of L Principles of Student Citizenship.
Please make an appointment to see a Coordinator if you have any questions (403-329-2000).
"Exploring different types of industry through the Co-op program has helped me narrow my career path and gain experience in commercial research, private business and graduate studies."
BSc (Co-op), Biochemistry
Michael completed work terms at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Black Velvet Distilling Company, graduating with the Co-op Designation in Summer 2008!