PD1: Career Fundamentals gives you the tools you need to find your first job, develop core career skills, and succeed in the workplace.
The version of the course for co-op students introduces you to the processes and technology underpinning the University's co-op program.
What will you do in PD1?
- Engage in self-assessment and reflection on skills, values, interests, and personality as the first step in managing a career.
- Assess your skills and values to create representative application packages.
- Plan and practice answers to different styles of interview questions.
- Learn to navigate and apply for jobs using WaterlooWorks.
You will need to earn a grade of 60% to pass PD1.
If you have a question about grading in PD1, contact the course team.
Jennifer is the director of the University of Waterloo's Centre for Career Development. As a member of the Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) leadership team, she oversees the management, continuous improvement, and innovative deployment of career development support for Waterloo students, alumni, and staff.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science and Master of Science from McMaster University, as well as certificates in Career Development (Conestoga College) and Solution-focused Brief Coaching (University of Toronto). Outside of her work at Waterloo, Jennifer sits on the Program Advisory Committee for Conestoga College's Career Development Practitioner program.
One of the main strengths of the course was the emphasis on practical skills and hands-on learning. The course offered many opportunities to apply the concepts learned in class to real-world situations, which helped me to develop my skills and feel more confident in my abilities.
The course was well structured and went very in-depth into what students should expect in a job setting. It prepared me very well for how to act and how to speak when in an office.