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Note: This section doesn't apply to Pharmacy students
When matched with a job, we recommend that you prepare a letter of acceptance to acknowledge your employment match and send it to your employer in an email.
If you already know this information, send an email asking your employer to verify the arrangements.
If you have any other concerns, be sure you voice them before you begin your term.
The best way to connect with your advisor is by using the 'Send A Message' button that appears on the top of your WaterlooWorks dashboard. The system knows to send your message to the right person based on the category and subcategory you select.
Once you're matched with a job, a new section outlining your work-term details will appear on your dashboard. Within that section, a new button will appear where you can send a message to the advisor who will assist you on your upcoming work term. If you have any questions specific to your new work term, use that button.
Your advisor's phone number will also appear on your dashboard.
You will receive an introductory message from your student advisor within the first few weeks of your work term. The message will provide information about the work term consultation you can expect to receive during your employment this term.
Please do not hesitate to contact your student advisor anytime if you have an urgent matter to discuss
Prior to entering your co-op job, or during the first week of your job, you should develop a list of learning objectives.
Learning objectives can help you develop skills and get the most out of your co-op job.
Your learning objectives will be more general when creating them prior to entering your co-op job, and will become more specific as you revise them throughout the progression of your co-op job.
When creating learning objectives, remember to:
Your student advisor will discuss your learning objectives during your work term consultation. As you assess your success, you may wish to discuss your goals further with your student advisor.
The learning objectives you set should clarify your career path and help create a greater understanding of your chosen field.
Remember: every job is different and some of the questions will not have any relation to your job.
Some people like to take complex situations and analyze them; others like to take a general view of events and fit them together. Some are comfortable doing either. Where do you fit in?
How do you tackle problems? Are you tenacious, creative, or a combination of the two? What kind of problems do you like to solve?
Many people think they want creative jobs. What does "creative" mean to you? Does creative relate to objects, designs, ideas, people, relationships, techniques, or systems? How creative does your job need to be?
This section deals with you. The questions help you determine where and how in general you fit into workplaces, how you can enhance the learning process in the future, and how to plan a career.
Every job requires you to work with people. Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? With the public? On a one to one basis or in a group?
Common examples of stressful situations include exams, delivering speeches, and meeting deadlines. How do you handle stress?
No one likes to be criticized. What is your typical reaction to criticism? Are you defensive or aggressive? How does your reaction change when the criticism is from superiors, peers, or subordinates?
Some people have great ideas, but tend to be intimidated by implementation. Others are very good at implementing ideas, but cannot generate them. Where do you fit in?
Some people enjoy persuading others. Others consider persuasion to be aggressive and intrusive. Where do you fit in?
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