Current Students

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.
  • Contact us 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.

Contact us to if you have any questions or to book an appointment.

"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."

Michael Gretzinger
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!