January 2022

Do you have a busy boss? 4 tips to help you navigate this

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Is your boss always busy? Don’t feel that you are getting enough face time with your supervisor? Now, this isn’t always the case when working a new job, but it does happen to some of us and it can be tough! Luckily, there are ways that can help you gain more confidence and get needed support. Here are four things you can try out when faced with this kind of situation.

When a student helps students: working at WUSA

University of Waterloo Health co-op student, Navya Manoj, sitting in a car and smiling.

Navya Manoj (she/her), a second-year Health Studies student, shares what her experience has been like completing her first co-op with Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), and how her prior experience with the organization led her to the position she is in today!

Exploring different job avenues during co-op

University of Waterloo Environment co-op student, Charlie Jou-ter Woort, sitting on grass and smiling.

My name is Charlie Jou-ter Woort (they/them), and I am currently in-between my 3B and 4A term. I am an Environment, Resources, and Sustainability student in the co-op program. I chose the University of Waterloo specifically for the co-op program.

Work term report support: 4 helpful tips

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It’s nearing the end of your co-op work term. You have probably come across different challenges, successes, and, hopefully, have learned a few valuable lessons along the way. Now it’s time for you to reflect on these experiences. As I’m sure a lot of you already know, you need to write a few work term reports in order to receive your co-op degree. So, without further ado, let’s get to writing!

Becoming a co-founder on co-op

University of Waterloo Health Studies co-op student, Madison McBay, smiling.

Madison McBay (she/her), a fourth-year Health student in Health Informatics, shares what it has been like building a business from the ground up and how she transitioned into the role of co-founder as a co-op student.

American Express, here I come

University of Waterloo Arts co-op student, Rashmi Jayaram, smiling outside, with pine trees and water in the background.

Rashmi Jayaram, a 4B Arts student studying Honours Economics, dives into her experiences working in product marketing and tells us how her hard work and dedication landed her a full-time job at American Express - the same company she completed her final co-op!

Rashmi has completed a total of five co-op work terms:

Building skills and relationships: Sarina's experience

University of Waterloo Health co-op student, Sarina Nathoo, smiling outside in a corn field.

Hi! My name is Sarina and I am a 3B Honours Public Health student, minoring in Gerontology and Political Science. Today, I will be sharing my co-op experience working in the Department of National Defence - Canadian Forces Health Services Group!

From animals to robots: a science student’s co-op journey

University of Waterloo Science co-op student, Esha Awan, sitting on a chair and smiling, holding a pharmaceutical bottle.

Esha Awan (she/her), shares her co-op experience as a fourth-year Science student, working in a variety of industries — from pharmaceuticals to robotics— in addition to her passion for veterinary sciences.

Research and community: welcome to the Ontario Health Team

University of Waterloo Health co-op student, Shelby McManus, sitting on a chair and looking at her laptop screen.

Hi there! My name is Shelby and I am a fourth-year co-op student in Health Studies. I am excited to share my experience working with the KW4 Ontario Health Team (OHT) and the useful skills I have gained along the way! 

Research, research, research: Sana’s outlook

University of Waterloo Engineering co-op student, Sana Allana, sitting on a park bench and smiling.

Sana Allana (she/her), a 4B Biomedical Engineering student, gives us a look into the various co-op jobs she has had and the important lessons she has learned from these experiences.

Sana has completed a total of six co-op work terms:

Bringing an idea to life: engineering through co-op

University of Waterloo Engineering co-op student, Sarah Odinotski, smiling.

Sarah Odinotski (she/her), a fourth-year Nanotechnology Engineering student, shares her co-op journey working in research at Waterloo. She discusses the importance of networking and tells us about a biosensor device that she created during her last co-op term.

First work term co-op at Habitat for Humanity

University of Waterloo Environment co-op student, Emma Schuster, smiling.

For the impact her work had at Habitat for Humanity, Emma Schuster (she/her) is the recipient of the 2021 Environment Co-op Student of the Year Award! Schuster, a second-year Environment student, talks about her experience working in social media and what she has learned from it.

Making a difference at Red Canari

University of Waterloo Arts co-op student, Ingrid Kaffka, smiling.

Through her dedication to Red Canari, Ingrid Kaffka (she/her) is the recipient of the 2021 Arts Co-op Student of the Year Award! Kaffka, a fourth-year Arts student in the Rhetoric, Media and Professional Communication (RMPC) program, shares her experience working at Red Canari and tells us what the key to becoming successful in your co-op role is.

A pharmacy student’s pandemic experience

University of Waterloo Science co-op student, Camille Huo, smiling.

Camille Huo (she/her), a third-year Pharmacy student at the School of Pharmacy, shares her experience working in a pharmacy during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and how she navigated the pressures of it as a co-op student. Her accomplishments led her to be named the recipient of the 2021 Science Co-op Student of the Year Award!

A math student’s passion for working in the health sector

University of Waterloo Math co-op student, Laura Bumbulis, smiling.

Laura Bumbulis (she/her), a fifth-year Math student in the Statistics and Combinatorics & Optimization program, talks about the projects she was part of while at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and gives some advice on finding a co-op job. Laura is also the recipient of the 2021 Math Co-op Student of the Year Award!

How to search for jobs: 4 tips for success

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The job search is stressful, challenging and can sometimes make you lose your patience. Not to mention, you’re on a study term so that just adds even more to your plate. Searching for a job can be difficult, but just like most things, it’s a learning process. You might apply for a hundred jobs and end up getting one or two interviews, or sometimes even zero. But don’t lose hope just yet! There are many ways for you to find a job and I’m here to sprinkle a little bit of guidance into your job search tactics.

How WE Accelerate helped me land a co-op job

University of Waterloo Environment co-op student, Harshminder Sidhu, smiling outside.

Harshminder Sidhu (she/her), a 3B Planning student, shares her co-op experience as a Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate student in the D2L stream.

How do you feel WE Accelerate set you up for success in the search for your next job?

Gaining soft skills: first work term perspective

University of Waterloo Arts co-op student, Ceanna Aranha, smiling outside.

Ceanna Aranha (she/her), a third-year Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) student, shares what her experience was like working at one of the Big Four accounting firms, KPMG, and how this co-op term has helped strengthen her soft skills and career knowledge!

Happiness is key: 5 tips to create a good work-life balance

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Work always seems to keep us busy, to the point where we find ourselves not having enough time for our personal lives. Yes, your job is important and you need to get things done, but your well-being and social life are as well. I know it’s easy to become distracted by your job, but you should also focus on spending time with yourself and those around you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now that most of us are working from home, separating work and life has become even more challenging. Here are some tips to help you lead a good work-life balance! 

Working for one of the largest municipalities in Canada

University of Waterloo Environment co-op student, Jeffrey Ren, smiling inside of a building.

Jeffrey Ren, a fourth-year Urban Planning student at Waterloo, shares his co-op experiences working for the City of Windsor and the City of Ottawa, and how the connections he built through co-op got him an offer for a full-time job!

An E Co-op student’s home decor business venture

University of Waterloo Math and Business E co-op student, Madison Greenough, smiling, and an image of two wooden wall stands.

Madison Greenough, a fifth-year Math and Business double degree student, shares her transition from a traditional co-op to E co-op and what her experience has been like building her own business.

Advice for your internship

University of Waterloo Science co-op student, Jonny Hsu, smiling in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Introduction

For the past four years, I've been a student at the University of Waterloo studying in the Science and Business co-op program, specializing in Biochemistry. Being from B.C. - one of the reasons why I chose to fly across the country to attend Waterloo was because of the co-op program.

Journey around the world for a co-op job

University of Waterloo Math co-op student, Anoushka Gupta, sitting on a chair and smiling

Hello! My name is Anoushka and I am a second-year Computer Science student. I have completed my first co-op work term as a Web Assistant for the Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) department at the University of Waterloo. 

I understood the assignment: giving 110% on your co-op!

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Want to make the most out of your co-op this term? I've got you covered!

Turning a co-op position into a full-time career at KPMG

University of Waterloo Arts and Business co-op alum, Daynica Fisher, standing and smiling in a forest

Daynica Fisher is an Arts and Business Waterloo alum who majored in Sociology and minored in Human Resources Management. She shares her co-op experiences working in human resources and administration and how her co-op positions led her to a full-time career.