To ensure students have access to the most up-to-date employment information, we publish our employment rates at key points throughout each hiring term.
You can view current statistics categorized by faculty, program of study and level of work term via the button to the right.
How we calculate our employment rate
The co-op employment rate consists of the number of employed students divided by the total number of students participating in co-op recruitment.
The total population of students participating in recruitment is comprised of: All employed students, students searching for employment through the traditional co-op interview process (UI status students), students searching for employment outside the co-op interview process (US status), and students awaiting a decision on employment secured external to the co-op interview process (UA status).
For a full list of possible student statuses and what they mean, consult the co-op roles and responsibilities.
New employment rate vs. legacy employment rate
In spring 2017, a co-op executive council (CEC) metrics working group was established to assess the employment rate. The working group was comprised of the associate deans, co-operative education and members of co-operative and experiential education. Beginning with the fall 2019 work term, a new employment rate will be reported moving forward. The goal with the new rate is to improve the transparency within this metric, ensuring that all students actively participating in co-op recruitment are captured.
Changes to the new employment rate include:
- Students not actively participating in co-op recruitment are now excluded from the rate.
- The group of unemployed students participating in recruitment will grow from UI students to now comprise students with a UI, US and UA status.
- The change will result in an average drop of 1.3 percentage points vs. the previously calculated rate (legacy employment rate*) when re-stating historical rates from 2015 to 2018, but still represents a record-high employment rate for the co-op program at UWaterloo.
|Legacy employment rate*||97.29%||97.68%||98.50%||98.76%||(employed + NP) / scheduled out|
|Updated employment rate||95.95%
|employed / (employed + UI+US+UA)|
The legacy employment rate was calculated to include students who were not actively participating in co-op recruitment (UO, UU, X, F status students), and only counted students searching for employment through the co-op interview process as active in recruitment (UI status students vs. UI, US, UA students in the updated employment rate).
If you haven't found a co-op job (yet)
Some students (typically at the junior level, looking for their first or second work term) struggle to find employment due to a number of factors, including:
- Work location preferences
- Availability of jobs in your field
- Which jobs you choose to apply to
- Economy trends
- Your work experience
- Your work search strategy
- Your employable and interview skills
If you’re struggling to find employment for your work term, we will continue to work with you to help you find a co-op job or gain experience in some other way. Here are some things you can do:
Arrange your own job (standard or flex) that will count for co-op credit
- Note: You can continue searching into the beginning of your scheduled work term! Learn more about the last day to start work to receive credit for your work term on our important dates calendar.
- Take an off term and gain experience through pursuing a non-co-op opportunity or taking an academic course
- Take a WatPD course to reflect on your academic and/or personal experience
- Talk to both your academic and co-op advisor about options available to you in relation to your program
If you have questions about the employment rate or need help with your work search, connect with your co-op advisor!