Employers support Waterloo co-op during pandemic; well-being a top priority
By Michelle Radman
The office landscape has changed dramatically in the last few months. Many University of Waterloo co-op students were on their work term when the pandemic hit in March and needed to quickly adapt to a new world. Without hesitation, employers adjusted operations from working in-person to a virtual world. At the same time, many found ways to provide the support and peace-of-mind that co-op students needed to help adjust.
Waterloo International (WI) has allocated $20,000 to support co-op students. This is the result of a collaboration with Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE), who identified a need to provide additional resources to international students.
“Traditionally, our international co-op students have a great track record of finding employment,” says Norah McRae, associate provost of CEE. “The pandemic has added challenges and barriers that we’re committed to helping them overcome.”
Every year, six exceptional co-op students, one from each faculty, are recognized by the University of Waterloo for their contribution to their employer, their community and the further development of experiential education.
For some time now, we’ve heard from students that the way we present our co-op employment statistics could be improved. As one of our website's most highly-visited pages, we know that this information is important as you search for work as it helps to have an idea of how many students are job-hunting and when they actually find employment.
Say hello to a brand-new employment rate dashboard built for co-op students!
It’s official: the new co-op fee amount of $734 for the 2020/21 fiscal year has been confirmed by UWaterloo’s Board of Governors.
The new $734 amount was first announced earlier this year as a result of our annual financial analysis and fee setting process, which recommended a 0.7% increase to the former $729 fee amount given our existing and forecasted budget.
For the past four years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked the number one university in Canada for employer-student connections, according to the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings.
The “Employer-Student Connections” metric is measured by determining the number of individual employers who have been actively present on a university’s campus over the past twelve months, providing students with opportunities to network and acquire information. Actively present employers participate in career fairs, specialized company presentations and any other self-promoting activities or events. The data for this metric is adjusted to account for the size of each institution and considers the number of students presently enrolled.