Instead of completing a co-op work term with a large corporation, fourth-year University of Waterloo mechatronics engineering student Prem Kalevar co-created and co-founded ResumeCards with fellow Waterloo student Jean-Samuel Rancourt.
Students are often led to believe that the choices they make in university will confine them to a particular career path. In reality, this is not the case. I’ve met bankers turned into priests and psychology students turned entrepreneurs, which is proof that you’re never really stuck in a career.
Standing out in today’s job market can be tough. A great way to set yourself apart is getting involved in national conferences and competitions. If you’re not familiar with these kinds of events, here are just some of the reasons why you should consider attending.
Co-op acted as an intermediary between the real world and student life for Brian Chung, a recent sociology graduate from the University of Toronto Scarborough, who used his co-op experiences to land a prestigious internship at the United Nations in Switzerland.
Jennifer Mansell, a fourth-year honours co-op environment and business student at the University of Waterloo, recently completed a work term in Costa Rica at the Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Learning, where she learned to slow down and live the “pure life.”
It’s easy to tell which students are involved and which students are merely embellishing. The students who are genuinely involved tend to have better experiences and skills listed, and can talk passionately about the work they do in an interview.
You can use your network for a variety of things: to keep in touch, to learn more about careers, to seek out employment opportunities, or even to fundraise for a good cause. Here are some tips on how to network successfully before, during and after formal networking events.
I like finance. I like human resources. I even like a little bit of accounting now and then. I might even want to go into law. I also like the idea of running my own business. But, do I like any of the above enough to spend the rest of my life in that field?
Going out on a co-op work term or internship for the first time can be daunting. Aside from showing up to work, there’s a lot you should do to make a good impression. Here are 7 tips to help you make the most of your experience.