In this session, Adrian Russell will discuss the necessary steps you need to take and the skills you’ll need in order to successfully navigate throughout your student placements. Whether you’re currently enrolled in a co-op (co-operative) program, thinking about enrolling in a co-op program, or even a manager thinking about hiring students from these programs, this session seeks to shed light on the issues facing students throughout their work terms and how to address them.
By focusing on every stage throughout the process (Preparation, Finding the Right Job, On-the-Job Work and Wrap-Up) we can take a deeper look at how students enrolled in these kinds of programs see accelerated growth in regards to their professional development.
Similar to camping (surviving in the wilderness), co-op placements allow individuals to feel more connected, but let’s see just how similar a co-operative work term can be to spending some quality time in the great outdoors.
Key Take Aways
- Identifying your individual needs in a work setting.
- Filtering out vague job descriptions and asking the right questions in job interviews.
- Managing work terms to get the most out of them.
- Dealing with bad placements that don’t meet expectations.
- How a co-op placement can develop students and managers professionally.