We know that searching for work can be hard, especially if it’s your first time around. Luckily, there are MANY ways to find a co-op job, and we’re here to help you every step of the way!
Contact your co-op advisor
Whether you're searching for work or on a work term, you'll be assigned a co-op advisor who can help answer your questions and direct you toward additional supports. Not sure who your co-op advisor is, or how to get in touch? Visit the link below!
Attend appointments, workshops and drop-in sessions with the Centre for Career Action
Meet with a career advisor to discuss anything related to your professional development, including:
- How to figure out and develop your own career pathway
- How to search for work in your field
- How to market yourself on your résumé and cover letter
- How to prepare for interviews (strategies and practice sessions)
- How to harness the power of networking
- How to prepare for graduate/professional school, if you’re considering further education
- Tips for international students looking for work in Canada and abroad
Visit the CCA’s website to book an appointment, come in for a drop-in or attend a workshop/event.
Access online supports and resources through CareerHub
For 24/7 access to career resources, visit CareerHub! You’ll find tons of information and activities to help you at any stage of your work search, including:
- Résumé and cover letter templates and tips
- Interview support and scenarios
- Advice on negotiating job offers
- Tips for searching for work both inside Canada and internationally
- Considerations for further education
Take courses through our Professional Development program (WatPD)
WatPD is an online program that helps students enhance their professional skills while completing work terms. With courses focused on topics like project management, intercultural skills, and ethical decision making, WatPD helps students develop new strengths and test their skills in their co-op workplaces.
PD1: Career Fundamentals is the first compulsory PD course taken by co-op students in Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics, and Science. PD1 gives students the tools they need to find their first job, develop core career skills, and succeed in the workplace.
Taking WatPD courses is mandatory for all co-op students, but you can choose what topics you’d like to take based on your interests and where you want to grow your skills.
For more information about WatPD, visit their website!
International student supports
We know that co-op can be challenging, especially if it's your first time looking for work in Canada. Visit our page designed for international visa students to access tips and resources to help you through the co-op process.
Have a question about your responsibilities while searching for work?
Visit our co-op roles and responsibilities page for more information on topics like:
- What's expected of you when using WaterlooWorks to search, apply and interview for jobs
- What's required to make a co-op job eligible for co-op credit
- How to change your study/work sequence
- What's needed to graduate with a co-op degree designation
Order business cards for networking
Business cards can be a great way to leave a lasting impression when networking with employers. Waterloo students can order personalized business cards for an affordable price by logging in via the portal below.