CO-OP workshops

CO-OP workshops are offered online and in person or in a hybrid format (some in person and some online). Here is a brief overview of the workshops that will help you to be successful.

Register to the CO-OP workshops

CO-OP Welcome

During this mandatory information session you are given clear information (including important dates) on the CO-OP Program, with emphasis on your responsibilities.
After this information session, you will

  • Be able to accept your CO-OP offer of admission
  • Better understand your role as a CO-OP student
  • Better understand the role of employers in the CO-OP process
  • Better understand the role of the CO-OP Office
  • Be able to meet the deadlines for your first work term

Additional documents

Realities of the job market (online)

This mandatory workshop will help you focus your future career while keeping the realities of the job market in mind. Understanding the job market is essential to your success because it enables you to adjust your dreams to reality.

After this session, you'll know more about the realities of:

  • the labour market
  • CO-OP employment opportunities
  • the competitive nature of job searches.

Workshop delivery

The session is given through the Virtual Campus.

Additional documents

CO-OP Resumés

This workshop covers resumé-writing in our Web-based CO-OP Navigator. During this workshop, you will

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your resume.
  • Tailor your qualifications to employer expectations
  • Build a resumé using the CO-OP Navigator that highlights your accomplishments and skills
  • Make your resumé meet approval requirements
Instructions on how to send your resumé by e‑mail
  1. If your PC is running Windows and Adobe Acrobat Pro isn't installed, download and install PDFCreator for free (or another similar application).
  2. If you use Google Chrome, install the Open Frame extension.
  3. In the COOP Navigator, open your resumé.
  4. Right-click on your resumé and then, depending on your browser:
    • Internet Explorer: click Print;
    • Firefox: point to This Frame, and then click Print Frame;
    • Safari: click Print Frame;
    • Chrome: point to Open Frame, click Open frame in new tab, right-click on the resulting document and then click Print.
  5. If your PC is running Windows, select your PDF "printer" (e.g. Adobe PDF or PDFCreator), and then click Print.
  6. With a Mac, click PDF and then click Save as PDF.
  7. Follow instructions to name and save the PDF file in a location of your choice.
  8. You can now send this PDF file by e-mail.
Applying to CO-OP jobs (online)

This mandatory workshop will help you maximize your CO-OP job opportunities.
Learn tips and tricks to

  • Define your objectives
  • Search, view, and apply for jobs in the CO-OP Navigator
  • Fully understand job descriptions
  • Increase your success rate by assessing your strengths and weaknesses
  • Gauge how many applications you will have to make to obtain a match
  • Security clearance information

Workshop delivery

The session is given through the Virtual Campus.

CO-OP Interviews

Increase your job offers with the job interview strategies and tips you will learn in this workshop, specifically tailored to the CO-OP experience.
After this workshop, you will

  • Better understand the employer's perspective and their assessment process
  • Present a more professional image
  • Prepare for interviews using a six-step procedure that includes
    1. Analyzing job descriptions
    2. Matching your qualifications to the job requirements
    3. Researching the employer
    4. Preparing answers to interview questions
    5. Preparing questions to ask employers
    6. Anticipating the employer's interview strategy
  • Know how to fulfill all administrative requirements, including CO-OP Navigator ranking procedure

Workshop dates & registration

Register to the CO-OP Interviews workshop.

  • Please download your booklet via Blackboard Learn

Interview appointment (one hour)

The purpose of this appointment is to provide a personalized assessment of your skills as an interviewee. The meeting is either conducted as a formal mock interview or as a less-formal discussion.

For the mock interview, you will be asked to select a CO-OP job for which you would like to practise. You will be expected to prepare for the simulation in the same manner as you would a real interview. The mock interview takes roughly 20 minutes, and you spend the remainder of the hour receiving feedback.

For the discussion-style interview, you will be asked to talk about the ways you prepare for real interviews. You will explore specific interview questions and receive suggestions on how to best respond.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • Improve your interview-preparation skills
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Develop interview response strategies
  • Prepare for different interview scenarios, such as phone interviews and multiple interviewers.

Interview feedback appointment (30 minutes)

This appointment provides additional interview coaching, based on feedback employers have provided. You go over their comments with the PDS, who then gives you constructive suggestions to improve your performance in upcoming interviews.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • See how employers are perceiving you at interviews
  • Fine-tune your interview answers to improve your presentation.
CO-OP Continuous Placement (online)

This information session helps you succeed in continuous placement (2nd round), in the context of the current job market. The various services offered to you will also be discussed.
After this information session, you will

  • Know the difference between first and second rounds of placement
  • Better understand the current job market
  • Be familiar with the various services available to you
  • Identify a wide range of resources that can assist you in your job search

Workshop delivery

The session is given through the Virtual Campus.

Work Term Excellence

This mandatory workshop helps you make the transition from school to work successfully. Topics include setting work-term objectives, dealing with the workplace and completing the work-term report.
After this workshop, you will

  • Better understand the transition from school to work
  • Know how to set work-term objectives to maximize learning opportunities
  • Be prepared for new challenges and issues specific to the workplace
  • Know all about the work-term report and appropriate writing resources

Workshop dates & registration

Register to the CO-OP Work-Term Excellence workshop.

Workshop workbook

Download your CO-OP Work Term Excellence workbook.

Work Term in Review (online)

This mandatory workshop helps you develop as a professional, with tips on increasing your job performance, so that you can get the most value out of your work terms.
After this workshop, you will

  • Have a deeper understanding of workplace issues
  • Know how to recognize your strengths and improve overall work performance
  • Be able to review and incorporate knowledge gained during the work term
  • Know how to update your resumé effectively, showcasing what you have learned and accomplished during the term
Goal : To succeed!

This workshop is designed specifically for those who did not get a placement for their first work term, but who have been allowed to continue in CO-OP. You can succeed, and this workshop is designed to help you do just that. You will tackle the issues, obstacles and concerns specific to your situation.
During this workshop, you will

  • Learn from senior CO-OP students' experiences
  • Troubleshoot a work-term case
  • Develop response strategies to a tricky interview question
  • Clarify your career path and develop your marketable skills
  • Review and update your resumé

Workshop dates & registration

Register to the Goal: To Succeed! workshop.

Networking 101 (optional)

In this optional workshop, you learn everything about networking successfully. Topics include warm and cold calling, informational interviewing, networking at an event and networking with potential employers.

After the workshop, you’ll know how to:

  • differentiate between a passive and a proactive job search
  • create a cold-calling script suited to your career needs
  • identify potential employers and how to contact them
  • conduct an informational interview
  • create a professional resumé.

Workshop dates & registration

Register for the Finding your own CO-OP placement workshop.

Workshop workbook

Download your Finding your own CO-OP placement workbook (PDF).

Job Search for Graduating Students (optional)

Learn to transition smoothly from the CO-OP program to the full-time job market. Tap into the hidden job market.
After this session, you will

  • Reflect on and clearly identify the kind of job you want
  • Know how to search and target employers according to their needs and recruitment methods
  • Create effective cover letters and resumés
  • Better understand how the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) can help you

Workshop workbook

Download your Job Search for Graduating Students workbook (PDF).

Additional documents

Individual Consultations

One-on-one appointments reinforce key concepts covered during the workshops and are tailored to each student's needs.

Resumé review appointment

The purpose of this appointment is to provide a personalized assessment of your CO-OP resumé. By attending, you will improve your resumé-writing skills and increase your chances of securing a CO-OP interview. After the appointment, you will be able to:

  • Adapt your resumé, making it relevant to your field by selecting and highlighting the skills required by employers
  • Create a results-based resumé that highlights your knowledge, skills and accomplishments
  • Develop "action statements" that demonstrate transferable skills gained through unrelated work experience

Increase your marketability through resumé layout and skills presentation

Cover-letter review

This appointment provides a personalized assessment of your CO-OP cover letter, allowing you to improve your cover-letter writing skills and increase your chances of securing an interview with employers who request a cover letter as part of their application process.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • Structure your cover letter to highlight qualifications required by employers
  • Customize your letter to meet employers' specific needs
  • Increase your marketability through cover-letter layout and skills presentation.
Mock Interview

The purpose of this appointment is to provide a personalized assessment of your skills as an interviewee. The meeting is either conducted as a formal mock interview or as a less-formal discussion.

For the mock interview, you will be asked to select a CO-OP job for which you would like to practise. You will be expected to prepare for the simulation in the same manner as you would a real interview. The mock interview takes roughly 20 minutes, and you spend the remainder of the hour receiving feedback.

For the discussion-style interview, you will be asked to talk about the ways you prepare for real interviews. You will explore specific interview questions and receive suggestions on how to best respond.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • Improve your interview-preparation skills
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Develop interview response strategies
  • Prepare for different interview scenarios, such as phone interviews and multiple interviewers.
Interview discussion appointment

This appointment provides additional interview coaching, based on feedback employers have provided. You go over their comments with the PDS, who then gives you constructive suggestions to improve your performance in upcoming interviews.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • See how employers are perceiving you at interviews
  • Fine-tune your interview answers to improve your presentation.
Job-search strategies

This appointment allows you to discuss your overall professional development strategy, including techniques for resumé writing, applying for jobs, interviews, employer ranking, marketing, and long- and short-term goal-setting. The session is customized to your needs.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Adjust your professional development strategy accordingly.
Mobility research strategies
Finding your own CO-OP placement

Students who choose to find their own CO-OP placement must meet with a PDS. During this meeting, we discuss your plan to find your own placement. You learn how to complete the required learning contract and are given a specific deadline by which to complete and submit this document. You'll find a sample learning contract at the end of the Networking 101 booklet.

After this appointment, you will be able to:

  • Structure your job search to ensure success
  • Overcome challenges in the job search you are conducting
  • Find answers to specific questions on any aspect of the job search
  • Use networking skills to improve your contacts and your access to employment opportunities.

Here are a few other useful documents:

Mid-term Evaluation

The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the CO-OP student's performance, learning, and professional development. The mid-term evaluation is conducted by a CO-OP staff member and usually takes place at the employer's location around the mid-point of the work term.

The CO-OP staff member first meets with the work supervisor (20-30 minutes). When meeting with the employer, the staff member will:

  • Evaluate the job particularly with regards to the quality of the student's learning experience, including the instruction and support provided by the supervisor.
  • Request feedback from the employer to share with the student. Topics include preparedness for the job, skills and performance on the job, learning that is occurring on the job, and strategies and advice on how the student can improve for the remainder of the term.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the employer regarding the academic discipline, the CO-OP program, as well as hiring prospects for upcoming work terms.
  • Identify areas for further job development and changes in industry that would inform direction of further job development.
  • Enable the employer to provide feedback on the work term and the CO-OP program. Respond to feedback with appropriate and timely solutions.

Next, the CO-OP staff member meets with the CO-OP student (30-40 minutes). When meeting with the student, the staff member will:

  • Share the employer's feedback with the student. Topics include preparedness for the job, skills and performance on the job, learning that is occurring on the job, and strategies and advice that the student can build on for the remainder of the term.
  • Utilize the student's "work-term objectives" and "work-term reflections" to ask in-depth questions, provide feedback, and offer strategies with regards to career path development and management.
  • Illustrate for the student links between CO-OP program components to demonstrate how the workshops, work-term objectives, mid-term evaluation, final evaluation, and work-term report add up to "What have I learned?" in terms of the student's academic discipline.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the student regarding the academic discipline, the CO-OP program, as well as placement opportunities and industry specifics.
  • As appropriate, troubleshoot workplace issues. Clarify issues between the student and the employer and determine a joint solution, and follow-up.
  • Enable the student to provide feedback on the work term and the CO-OP program. Respond to feedback with appropriate and timely solutions.
  • Briefly discuss work-term report topic.
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