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We’re here to help you complete your work term and stay on track for your degree requirements. The good news is that you still have time to look for a job for the Winter 2021 work term. There are lots of other ways you can use your time to continue building your résumé, including learning new skills and working on projects.

You have until March 8, 2021 to start work (for an 8-week work term ending April 30). We have some suggestions for you as you continue your search, or you can consider one of the flexible pathways for the Winter 2021 work term.

Need help finding a job?

First, take a deep breath. You still have time to find a job and we have some tools and tips to help you find a job.

Take advantage of the resources from the Centre for Career Action. You can find supports including 1-1 support, workshops and online supports, including the CareerHub.

Four ways to be future ready (and how this can help you now!)

This year has taught us that changes are everywhere. You’ve had to be flexible in how you take courses and work on projects in a virtual world. The future of work is changing too and has needed us to be more flexible than ever. We want to help you prepare for this shift.

We’ve done a lot of research about the skills that are essential to help make you future ready for whatever industry or job you’re interested in. In the section below, you’ll find free resources and tools available to you to help develop those skills while you continue your job search.

1) Expand and transfer your expertise

To be successful in the workplace, especially during a time where we depend so heavily on technology, we need to keep expanding our expertise. Some of those skills will depend on your discipline and the job at hand, while others are more broadly needed. Things such as understanding how to synthesize relevant data to come to meaningful conclusions and the ability to learn and use technology for better, more efficient results. 

2) Spend time developing yourself

With change being a constant, we need to become lifelong learners and look at different ways that we can develop our careers. Consider taking some of the time you have now and do some self-assessment to think about what skills you need and how to best tell a potential employer that you have them, while developing your self-management skills. 

3) Learn how to build better relationships

Diversity is growing in companies and to succeed in global companies, communication is even more important. Building positive relationships with co-workers and stakeholders requires strong communication and collaboration skills – especially with more of our work being done online. 

4) Design and deliver solutions

The world is changing so quickly and there are complex problems to solve. You need to have critical thinking skills, know how to find innovative solutions and then implement them so that you’re ready for the future. 

Need support?

We’re here to help. You can always reach out to your co-op advisor for support or access online resources from across campus.

  • Find tips and who to contact to help you navigate through the changes and challenges you may be experiencing due to COVID-19 and your continued job search.
  • Reach out if you’re finding all of this challenging. We have several mental health resources available, including two embedded counsellors who provide tailored support to co-op students.