Highlights from the 2019/20 fiscal year
May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020 (Source: IAP/WaterlooWorks)
Co-operative Education started with a cohort of 74 students and has grown to more than 23,000. The end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year collided with a global pandemic creating unpredictable challenges for our students in an ever-changing and complex world of work. To support our students and employers we created more flexible pathways, moved all co-op interviews and services to a digital landscape, introduced bulk hiring opportunities and leveraged additional funding to create more jobs.
A driver of economic impact
A driver of enrolment growth
According to the 2018 Incoming Student Survey, 72% of incoming undergraduate students would not have accepted their offer without co-op. The University has more co-op students than the next four largest post-secondary co-op institutions – combined.
Take a look at the interactive chart below to see a breakdown of University of Waterloo enrolment over the last five years across multiple data points.
Take a look at the interactive charts below for a breakdown co-op employment rates over the last five years.
Full-time paid work terms, alternating with study terms, enable students to deepen their learning in their fields of study, develop transferable skills that will help them in careers and throughout their lives, and enhance their ability to learn quickly and comprehensively.
Take a look at the interactive chart below for a breakdown of the top countries our co-op students work in.
Co-operative Education is part of the Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) portfolio. The success of our co-op students is dependent on the power of this portfolio that includes the Centre for Career Action (CCA), Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programs, Work-Learn Institute (WxL) and CEE Business Services. Together, these units equip and empower our students to develop their talent for a complex future.
The CCA provides client-focused career education for all Waterloo students, alumni and employees. Through individualized career advising sessions and audience-tailored workshops and conferences/events, the CCA offers support for career development, employment search and further education preparation, as well as co-op process supports to students in their first recruitment term.
Beyond these direct-to-student services, CCA expanded its reach to support an additional 9500+ students through teaching assistants and peer leaders across campus: 194 student-staff were trained extensively to provide work search supports (e.g., resume critiques) to their peers.
The CCA’s CareerHub also provided helpful online resources to more than 16,500 Waterloo users last year. This content ranged from guidelines for how to make a career decision to tips on how to be an entrepreneurial employee, and this year included newly-developed information for international students seeking employment in Canada.
University graduate survey data shows that Waterloo co-op grads enjoy better career success than graduates from other Ontario universities.