Advancing on the job can be a real challenge in today´s economy, especially if you don´t have anyone to negotiate on your behalf. If can be a difficult situation, but a Co-op is a good way to gain responsibility and grow professionally on the job.
Work- Life-School Balance
Enables a student to balance work, school, family and other responsibilities. A Co-op is an independent study class. The student is able to work at their own pace to complete coursework.
No Classroom Time
Saves valuable time by eliminating the need to travel to and from the classroom. A Co-op Coordinator will come to you at your place of work.
Earn more money
Starting salaries for Cooperative Education/Internship graduates are on the average 15-20 percent higher than non-Cooperative Education graduates.
Promotes faster progression in responsibilities. Co-op students are often able to build new skills at their current job, which leads to an enhanced and strengthened resume.
Helps establish interest and career goals
Provides clarity of students´ academic, personal, and career goals. The supervisor, Co-op coordinator, and the student work to set goals for the student at the worksite. These goals combined with the homework assignments help the student to get a better understanding of what direction they want to go.
Learn job-search skills
Teaches students valuable job-search skills such as resume writing and interview skills.
Test classroom theory
Allows students to test classroom theory in the real world.