Posts for the Topic Co-op tips

An alumni’s nontraditional co-op adventure: Muni’s way

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Abdurrahman Muni, a Waterloo alumnus who graduated in 2016 from the Arts and Business program, gives us a glimpse into his unique co-op journey and tells us about the entrepreneurial business he is running six years later in career coaching.

During his time at Waterloo, Muni completed a total of five co-op work term:

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.

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!

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:

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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