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Conference recap: How To Retain Top Co-op Students by CGI’s Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson, Manager, Recruitment at CGI, focused on the “work” aspect of retaining top co-op students in her presentation, delving deep into what makes students want to stay at an organization – and what makes them want to leave.


It turns out that the reasons aren’t so different. With all the fuss being made about tuition and student debt these days, you might think that pay would be the most influential factor, but the #1 reason they stay is their co-workers. When they choose to leave, though, it’s the work and lack of opportunities for growth that makes them go.

Leah provided recommendations for each of the factors that influence students’ decisions to join a company, such as pay and perks, growth, work, culture, co-workers, managers, location and commute.

She also introduced the audience to the concept of the work/life blend – something between the complete separation of so-called work/life balance and “worlds colliding.”

2012 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

2012 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

2012 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

2012 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

2012 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.
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