What not to do: Choose your co-op placement because it’s “easy”


Last night, I was at a swanky party in downtown Toronto and I started talking to this intern who is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo.

His work placement was in a completely different field than his degree, so I asked him why he chose that placement.

He said he hadn’t wanted to do a work placement at all, but his parents made him, so he just chose the easiest placement available so he wouldn’t have to do much work.

Big huge What NOT to do!

About the author

Lauren Friese is the founder of TalentEgg.ca. She graduated from Queen's University in 2005 with a degree in economics and had no idea how to make a successful transition into the workforce. She ended up at the LSE in London, England, and after earning an MSc in economic history, used Milkround.com – a British graduate recruitment website – to find a great entry-level role in consulting in London. She thought Milkround was fantastic, and that it was a service sorely lacking in Canada. And so the idea for TalentEgg was hatched!