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Consult the arrange your own job pages to confirm that the job you found meets the criteria for a co-op job and if you are still not sure, contact your advisor. Next submit your job to your advisor by completing an Arrange Own Job (AOJ) form in WaterlooWorks.
It is always best that you confirm with Co-operative Education staff before accepting a job offer so that you can be sure it is eligible for credit. If you need to contact your advisor urgently, feel free to try calling them. Your work term support (WTS) advisor’s phone number is located on the upper right side of your dashboard under ‘Service Team’.
If your supervisor does not speak English, please provide Co-operative Education staff the contact information for another staff member to communicate with. If you have further concerns, please contact your advisor in Co-operative Education.
The job must meet the following requirements to be deemed credit worthy:
Review the work-term requirements in detail.
Criteria for determining if an opportunity is related to your field of study is determined by whether the job meets a minimum number of industry-based attributes. If you are unsure whether the job opportunity is related to your field of study contact your advisor in Co-operative Education.
On its own this job would not meet the co-op work-term criteria but if you were able to find a second part-time opportunity, you could be eligible for a multiple employer flexible work term. Eligibility also depends on whether you have room in your sequence for a flexible work term and whether you provide a rationale for how this opportunity aligns with your career goals.
You should indicate your hourly salary rate. To determine your hourly salary rate divide your compensation by how many hours you worked.
$980.00 (bi-weekly salary) / 70 (hours worked in two week period) = $ 14.00 (hourly salary rate)
A student is considered to receive ‘regular wage’ if the job pays at least minimum wage for the work location. Jobs are considered ‘less than minimum wage’ when a student is not paid at least ‘minimum wage’ for the work location. Jobs that provide provide alternative compensation to wage such as stipends, subsidized housing are considered to provide 'alternative remuneration'. Jobs are considered ‘unpaid’ when no compensation is received. When Co-operative Education staff verify the job, they will try to obtain more remuneration from the employer for the student.
Fill in the AOJ form that corresponds to the location of your job. If you are pursuing a multiple employer flexible opportunity, fill in two AOJ forms – one for each employer. For more details on the arranged own job form.
If you have read the work-term criteria on the arrange own job page and are unsure if your job meets the criteria, please contact your advisor by sending them a message through WaterlooWorks. If you feel that your opportunity meets the work-term criteria, complete an Arrange own Job (AOJ) form.
You will be able to view the status of your AOJ form after it has been submitted. The form status will be updated as job moves through the approval process. You will receive a message once the job has been approved or if further action is required from you for approval. For more details on the form statuses visit the arrange own job form.
Jobs should be approved within 7 business days of receiving the AOJ form. Although this is the intended service standard, the process may be delayed by different factors such as requests for further information or a delayed response from the employer. If there is no response from the employer within 5 business days, the student will be notified.
Once the job has been approved, it is registered in WaterlooWorks and the student's status is updated to employed. If the AOJ form was submitted during the main match period, the offer can be added to the student's ranking form and go through the match process. These students will not have their employment statuses updated until after the match. .
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