Employment statistics

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Co-operative Education lists current student employment rates categorized by:

  • Faculty
  • Program of study
  • Level of work term

Briefcase icon98.5%co-op employment ratean increase of 1.9% since 2013/14
Handshake icon96.1%first work term employment ratean increase of 4.6% since 2013/14

The employment rates display both employed and unemployed students.

  • Employed students:
    • Includes co-op students returning to a previous employer, arranging their own job, and matched with a job through WaterlooWorks.
  • Unemployed students:
    • Co-op students scheduled for a work term, but have not yet found employment.

Not every co-op student finds a job

The co-op program does not guarantee you employment. Historically, our overall employment rates have varied between 86-99.9 per cent.

You may not find employment for your co-op work term. The majority of unemployed students each term tend to be at the junior level, looking for a first or second work term.

Here are some reasons you may be unsuccessful at finding employment:

  • How much effort you put into the job search process
  • Your employable and interview skills
  • Work location preferences
  • Availability of jobs in your field
  • Which jobs you choose to apply to
  • Economy trends

If you’re unable to find employment for your work term, Co-operative Education will continue to work with you to help you find a job into the beginning of the work term.

At this point, you can:

  • arrange your own employment that will count for co-op credit.
  • return to school for another academic term (need prior approval).
  • find a non-co-op (no credit) job that allows you to earn money and take a WatPD course.

Depending on your program of study, you'll need four to six work terms credit for your co-op degree.